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Protocol for knockdown of HuR with siRNA   

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Through a base-pairing-dependent mechanism, 21-23 nucleotide (nt) siRNA binds to complementary target mRNA to inhibit translation.

Materials and Reagents

  1. HuR-siRNA (Life Technologies, Ambion®, catalog number: 4390824 )
  2. Control siRNA (Life Technologies, Ambion®, catalog number: Am4611 )
  3. OPITMEM (Life Technologies, InvitrogenTM, catalog number: 3198 )
  4. Oligofectamine (Life Technologies, InvitrogenTM, catalog number: 12252-011 )
  5. Culture medium
  6. Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM)
  7. Water (RNase free)


  1. 6-well plate
  2. Flask T-75
  3. Gloves


  1. For 6-well plate
    1. Seed about 0.5-0.6 x 106 to 6-well plate (confluent is 1.2 x 106) ahead of one day. Culture media is DMEM for this cell line.
    2. About 50% confluent. Ready for tranfection. The following steps are carried out at room temperature (RT). 
    3. For each well in 6-well plate, 20 μl 1 μM of SiRNA (stock 100 μM)or Ctrl SiRNA (stock 50 μM) mix with 175 μl of OPTIMEM, stand 5 min. mix 12 μl Oligofectamine with 48 μl of OPTIMEM, stand 5 min. 
    4. Mix the two solutions (255 μl) and let stand for 20 min.
    5. Discard media from plate and wash once with OPTIMEM. Add 250 μl of OPTIMEM and the 255 μl mixture into well. Incubate 4-5 h. in 37 °C 5% CO2. After the incubation, add 3 ml complete medium (10% FCS DMEM) and 600 μl extra FCS (become 15% FCS in the mixture media).
      This method usually is for pre-experiment. Once you are successful, you can use the flask method.

  2. For flask T-75
    1. Seed cells 2 x 106 (50% confluent) to T-75 flask ahead of one day (30 to 50% confluent is best).
    2. 70 μl 1 μM of SiRNA or Ctrl SiRNA mix with 1,225 μl of OPTIMEM, 5 min –tube 1.
    3. 84 μl Oligo with 336 μl of OPTIMEM, stand 5 min-tube 2.
    4. Mix the two solutions (1,715 μl) and stand 20 min at RT.
    5. Discard media from flask and wash one to twicq with OPTIMEM. Add 3.3 ml of OPTIMEM into well and mixture 1,715 μl, total 5 ml. Incubate 4-5 h. After that add 5 ml complete medium (10% FCS DMEM) and 1 ml FCS (final become 15% FCS in the mixture media). Confirm successful knockdown of HuR in pancreatic cell line by-PCR or by western blot. 


All siRNA and control RNA should be kept on ice and the experimenter should wear gloves to take RNA tubes. You can knockdown other target mRNAs of proteins. This is just an example.

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Copyright: © 2012 The Authors; exclusive licensee Bio-protocol LLC.
How to cite: Liu, F. (2012). Protocol for knockdown of HuR with siRNA. Bio-101: e217. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.217.

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