A comparison between ribo-minus RNA-sequencing and polyA-selected RNA-sequencing

Genomics. 2010 Nov;96(5):259-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2010.07.010. Epub 2010 Aug 3.


To compare the two RNA-sequencing protocols, ribo-minus RNA-sequencing (rmRNA-seq) and polyA-selected RNA-sequencing (mRNA-seq), we acquired transcriptomic data-52 and 32 million alignable reads of 35 bases in length-from the mouse cerebrum, respectively. We found that a higher proportion, 44% and 25%, of the uniquely alignable rmRNA-seq reads, is in intergenic and intronic regions, respectively, as compared to 23% and 15% from the mRNA-seq dataset. Further analysis made an additional discovery of transcripts of protein-coding genes (such as Histone, Heg1, and Dux), ncRNAs, snoRNAs, snRNAs, and novel ncRNAs as well as repeat elements in rmRNA-seq dataset. This result suggests that rmRNA-seq method should detect more polyA- or bimorphic transcripts. Finally, through comparative analyses of gene expression profiles among multiple datasets, we demonstrated that different RNA sample preparations may result in significant variations in gene expression profiles.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cerebrum / chemistry
  • Cerebrum / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Profiling*
  • Genome / genetics
  • Mice
  • Poly A / genetics*
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • RNA / classification
  • RNA / genetics*
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • RNA, Ribosomal / genetics*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods*


  • Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Ribosomal
  • Poly A
  • RNA