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RNase I (DNase free)


recombinant, E. coli

Cat. No. Amount Price (EUR) Buy / Note
EN-176S 2.000 units 32,80 Add to Basket/Quote Add to Notepad
EN-176L 5 x 2000 units 131,20 Add to Basket/Quote Add to Notepad

For in vitro use only!

Unit Definition: One unit is the amount of enzyme required to degrade 1 μg of RNA in 30 minutes at 37 °C.

Shipping: shipped on blue ice

Storage Conditions: store at -20 °C
avoid freeze/thaw cycles

Shelf Life: 12 months

Molecular Weight: 27.0 kDa

Purity: > 95 % (SDS-PAGE)

Form: liquid (Supplied in 10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.0, 200 mM NaCl and 50 % [v/v] glycerol)


  • degrades RNA to cyclic nucleotide monophosphates leaving a 5'-OH and 2'-, 3'-cyclic monophosphate
  • Ribonuclease Protection Assays
  • Mapping or Quantitation of RNA by selective cleavage of single-strand regions
  • Eliminates RNA from DNA- and protein purification

Ribonuclease l (27 kD) is a completely nonspecific ribonuclease that hydrolyzes the phosphodiester bond of all four bases.
It degrades any RNA to a mixture of mono-, di-, and trinucleotides and does not degrade DNA, although it does bind to DNA. It has a marked preference for single-stranded RNA over double-stranded RNA, which allows it to work well in RNase Protection Assays. It has a high specific activity which, coupled with its non-specificity, typically results in complete degradation of RNA using ng amounts of protein.
Contains no endonuclease or exonuclease activity toward DNA substrates.

Reaction conditions:
For RNase Protection Assays using approximately 10 μg of total RNA per sample, we suggest using 100 - 500 units of enzyme at 37 °C for 30 min.
For boiling lysate minipreps we suggest using 50 units at 37 °C for 30 min.


  • does not require divalent cations and is fully active in Tris and phosphate buffers
  • 80 % active in 0.3 M NaCl and 100 % active in 0.1 - 0.2 M NaCl
  • completely and irreversibly inactivated by 0.1 % SDS or phenol extraction
  • inactivated by freeze-thaw cycles in aqueous buffers but is protected from inactivation by 20 % glycerol

Product Citations:
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Selected References:
Meador et al. (1990) Cloning and sequencing the gene encoding Escherichia coli ribonuclease I: exact physical mapping using the genome library. Gene 95: 1.
Ono et al. (1987) Nucleotide sequence of the pnd gene in plasmid R483 and role of the pnd gene product in plasmolysis. Mirobiol. Immunol.31:1071.
Ito et al. (1983) The roles of RNA polymerase and RNAase I in stable RNA degradation in Escherichia coli carrying the srnB+gene. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 739: 27.