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RNA-Seq, also known as Whole Transcriptome Shotgun Sequencing (WTSS), is a revolutionary high-throughput sequencing method for the evaluation of RNA quantities (Wang, Gerstein et al. 2009). Usually performed in combination with next-generation sequencing (NGS), the RNA-Seq technique allows the determination of gene transcriptional structures, splicing patterns, post transcriptional modifications, expression levels, and so on.

A regular RNA-Seq assay generally requires three steps (Figure 1):

  1. RNA library preparation
    1. Total RNA extraction
    2. RNA fractionation and selection: for differential experimental purposes, specific fractions of RNAs are isolated for subsequent analysis.
    3. cDNA construction via reverse transcription
  2. High-throughput deep sequencing
  3. Computational data analysis

Figure 1. A description of the workflow for a regular RNA-Seq assay (Wang, Gerstein et al. 2009).

Since its development, the RNA-Seq technique has gained tremendous popularity, due to its innate advantages over other methods, including:

  • High-throughput capacity
  • High resolution (single-base resolution)
  • High level of reproducibility
  • Low background noise
  • Potential to reveal sequence variations such as SNPs
  • Feasibility for non-model organisms with no existing genomic sequence
  • Requires lower amount of RNA
  • Relatively low cost

In the field of plant biology, the RNA-Seq technique has also been adopted for the study of a wide range of scientific topics, such as profiling of temporal, special and evolutional transcriptome landscapes, identification and characterizing of novel non-coding RNAs, gene function analysis, establishment of gene co-expression networks.

Lifeasible is a leading plant biotechnology company with proven expertise in plant genetics and plant molecular biology. We proudly provide one-stop plant RNA-Seq service from experimental design to data presentation. Our services are featured by:

  • Customized sample preparation: we provide optimized protocols for the handling and RNA extraction of different types of plant samples, including plant cells, tissues, organs as well as whole plant.
  • Multiple options for RNA preparation: with the adjustability of our service to various research goals, differential RNA fractions, including messenger RNA (mRNA), microRNA (miRNA), long non-coding RNA (LncRNA) and circular RNA (circRNA) can be obtained with high quality.
  • Cutting-edge next-generation sequencing: our high-capacity sequencing facilities guarantee maximum output of your experiment, by providing clean data with high confidence.
  • Comprehensive data analysis. Our groups of scientists, bioinformaticians and computational specialists always work closely with our customers for data analysis, interpretation, organization and presentation.

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  1. Wang, Z., M. Gerstein and M. Snyder (2009). "RNA-Seq: a revolutionary tool for transcriptomics." Nat Rev Genet 10(1): 57-63.