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RiboCluster Profiler™

RiboTrap Kit

The tool for global analysis of RNP clusters using RNA affinity tags.

  • Immunoaffinity method to explore the RNA-protein and RNA-RNA interactions by using RNA of interest as a bait.
  • No denaturing agent is used for elution, making it possible to work for a wide range of experimental purpose.
  • Nucleus and cytoplasmic fraction can be extracted separately, making it possible to analyze the RNP components of both fractions.
The RiboTrap Kit utilizes BrU-labeled RNA to isolate the RNP bound to the BrU-labeled RNA for the global analysis of RiboCluster components.


The RiboTrap Kit is used to isolate RBPs and other proteins that are associated with mRNA, ribosomal RNA (rRNA), transfer RNA (tRNA), viral RNA, miRNA or any other RNA of interest from either the cytoplasmic or nuclear extract of cultured mammalian cells.

The RNA of interest is modified with 5-bromo-UTP (BrUTP) by in vitro transcription, followed by incubation with a cell lysate (cytoplasmic extract or nuclear extract) to form the assembled RNA-RBP complexes. The BrU-labeled RNA-RBP complexes are then immunoaffinity-purified by anti-BrdU monoclonal antibody (mAb), which cross-reacts with BrUTP. RBPs associated with the BrU-labeled RNA can be identified by immunoblotting or mass spectroscopy.


Three (3) different wash buffers provided in the RiboTrap Kit allow for analysis of both weakly and tightly bound RBPs.

· Wash Buffer I : mild condition (primary screening)
· Wash Buffer II : stringent condition (high-ionic strength)
· Wash Buffer III : stringent condition (strong detergent)

Antisense RNA (corresponding to complementary RNA of interest) or truncated RNA of interest is used to exclude nonspecific binding proteins. Elution buffer composed of the optimal concentration of BrdU allows specific recovery of BrU-RNA/protein complexes. RBPs isolated with native conformations can be used in several downstream applications.

RiboTrap Kit (Code No. RN1011/RN1012) detailed information

Example of analysis using RiboTrap Kit
(with Wash Buffer I )

BrU-labeled 3'-UTR of p21 mRNA was incubated with cytoplasmic fraction of HEK293T cells to form mRNA-protein complex followed by immunoaffinity-purification using anti-BrdU antibody. Endogenous proteins bound to bait RNA were identified by LC-MS/MS, and these binding statuses were confirmed by Western blotting using antibodies against each protein.

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