RNA Isolation from Ctenophores

Methods Mol Biol. 2024:2757:201-214. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-3642-8_8.


RNA-seq or transcriptome analysis of individual cells and small cell populations is essential for virtually any biomedical field. Here, we examine and discuss the different methods of RNA isolation specific to ctenophores. We present a convenient, inexpensive, and reproducible protocol for RNA-seq libraries that are designed for low quantities of samples. We demonstrated these methods on early (one, two, four, eight cells) embryonic and developmental stages, tissues, and even a single aboral organ from the ctenophore Pleurobrachia bachei and other ctenophore species (e.g., Mnemiopsis, Bolinopsis, and Beroe).

Keywords: Ctenophora; Development; Pleurobrachia; RNA-seq; Single cells; Transcriptome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ctenophora* / genetics
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods
  • Gene Library
  • RNA* / genetics
  • RNA* / isolation & purification
  • RNA-Seq / methods
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods
  • Transcriptome / genetics


  • RNA