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RNase I

Provided with dilution buffer, 10X TNE buffer, and 0.1 M DTT.

RNase I

Completely digest single-stranded RNA with this heat-labile, non-sequence specific RNase.

Key features

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  • Remove unwanted RNA by digesting with this heat labile, non-sequence specific ribonuclease
  • Complete: Unlike RNase A, RNase I does not have a base preference and digests between all dinucleotide pairs in single-stranded RNA
  • Heat Labile: RNase I is easily inactivated by heating 70℃ for 15 minutes

Size: 1000 units

Item ID N6901K
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Product information

RNase I degrades single-stranded RNA to nucleoside 3´ monophosphates via 2´,3´ cyclic monophosphate intermediates by cleaving between all dinucleotide pairs, 2,3 unlike RNase A, which cleaves only after cytosine and uridine. In addition, the enzyme is completely inactivated by heating at 70 °C for 15 minutes, eliminating the requirement to remove the enzyme prior to many subsequent procedures.


  • Removal of RNA from DNA preparations. 1
  • RNase protection assays to detect single-base pair mismatches in RNA:RNA and RNA:DNA hybrids. 1

Figure 1. Removal of RNA from plasmid DNA preparations. Plasmid DNA was prepared from 1.5 mL of an overnight culture, suspended in 50 µL TE buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl (pH 8), 1 mM EDTA), and treated with RNase A, RNase I, or no enzyme. Five µL of each reaction were resolved by agarose gel electrophoresis and visualised by staining with ethidium bromide. Lane 1, no RNase; Lane 2, 1.5 U of RNase I; Lane 3, 20 µg/mL RNase A; MW, 1-kb ladder. Arrow denotes small undigested RNA.


  1. Johnson, M. (1996) Epicentre Forum 3(4), 7.
  2. Shen, V. and Schlessinger, D. (1982) The Enzymes XV (Part B), 501.
  3. delCardayré, S.B. and Raines, R.T. (1995) Anal. Biochem. 225, 176.

Unit Definition: One unit of RNase I degrades 100 ng of E. coli ribosomal RNA per second into acid-soluble nucleotides at 37 °C under standard assay conditions.

Dilution and Storage Buffer: 50% glycerol containing 50 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.5), 100 mM NaCl, and 0.1 mM EDTA.

Quality Control: RNase I is free of detectable exo- and endodeoxyribonuclease activities.

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