NAxtra magnetic nanoparticles for low-cost, efficient isolation of mammalian DNA and RNA

Sci Rep. 2023 Nov 27;13(1):20836. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-46868-5.


A cost-effective, viral nucleic acid (NA) isolation kit based on NAxtra magnetic nanoparticles was developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in response to the shortage of commercial kits for isolation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RNA during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This method showed comparable sensitivity to available kits at significantly reduced cost, making its application for other biological sources an intriguing prospect. Thus, based on this low-cost nucleic acid extraction technology, we developed a simple, low- and high-throughput, efficient method for isolation of high-integrity total NA, DNA and RNA from mammalian cell lines (monolayer) and organoids (3D-cultures). The extracted NA are compatible with downstream applications including (RT-)qPCR and next-generation sequencing. When automated, NA isolation can be performed in 14 min for up to 96 samples, yielding similar quantities to available kits.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COVID-19*
  • DNA
  • Humans
  • Magnetite Nanoparticles*
  • Mammals / genetics
  • RNA, Viral / analysis
  • SARS-CoV-2 / genetics
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Magnetite Nanoparticles
  • RNA, Viral
  • DNA