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StrandBrite™ Green Fluorimetric RNA Quantitation Kit *Optimized for Microplate Readers*

RNA dose response with StrandBrite Green in a solid black 96-well microplate using a Gemini fluorescence microplate reader. RFU read over Ex/Em = 490/545 nm.
RNA dose response with StrandBrite Green in a solid black 96-well microplate using a Gemini fluorescence microplate reader. RFU read over Ex/Em = 490/545 nm.
RNA dose response with StrandBrite Green in a solid black 96-well microplate using a Gemini fluorescence microplate reader. RFU read over Ex/Em = 490/545 nm.
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Spectral properties
Excitation (nm)509
Emission (nm)527
Storage, safety and handling
H-phraseH303, H313, H340
Hazard symbolT
Intended useResearch Use Only (RUO)
R-phraseR20, R21, R68


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Detecting and quantitating small amounts of RNA is extremely important for a wide variety of molecular biology procedures such as measuring yields of in vitro transcribed RNA and measuring RNA concentrations before performing Northern blot analysis, S1 nuclease assays, RNase protection assays, cDNA library preparation, reverse transcription PCR, and differential display PCR. The most commonly used technique for measuring nucleic acid concentration is the determination of absorbance at 260 nm. The major disadvantage of the absorbance-based method is the interferences caused by proteins, free nucleotides and other UV absorbing compounds. The use of sensitive, fluorescent nucleic acid stains alleviates this interference problem. StrandBrite™ RNA quantifying reagent is an ultrasensitive fluorescent nucleic acid stain for quantitating RNA in solution. StrandBrite™ RNA quantifying reagent can detect as little as 5 ng/mL RNA with a fluorescence microplate reader or fluorometer. Our StrandBrite™ Green Fluorimetric RNA Quantitation Kit includes our StrandBrite™ Green nucleic acid stain with an optimized and robust protocol. It provides a convenient method for quantifying RNA in solutions.


Fluorescence microplate reader

Excitation490 nm
Emission545 nm
Cutoff515 nm
Recommended plateSolid black


Example protocol


Protocol Summary
  1. Add 100 µL RNA standards or test samples
  2. Add 100 µL StrandBrite Green™ working solution
  3. Incubate at RT for 2-5 minutes
  4. Monitor the fluorescence at Ex/Em=490/545 nm 
Important      The following protocol is an example for quantifying RNA with StrandBrite™ Green. Allow all the components to warm to room temperature before opening. Prevent RNase contamination of the StrandBrite™ reagent and kit components. Always use clean disposable gloves while handling all materials. Use nuclease-free water and sterile, disposable polypropylene plastic ware for reagent preparation. Caution: No data are available for addressing the mutagenicity or toxicity of StrandBrite™ Green RNA stain. Because this reagent binds to nucleic acids, it should be treated as a potential mutagen and handled with appropriate care. The DMSO stock solution should be handled with caution as DMSO is known to facilitate the entry of organic molecules into tissues.


Unless otherwise noted, all unused stock solutions should be divided into single-use aliquots and stored at -20 °C after preparation. Avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.

Assay Buffer stock solution (1X)
Dilute the concentrated 10X Assay Buffer (Component B) to 1X Assay Buffer stock solution with sterile, distilled, nuclease-free water.


For convenience, use the Serial Dilution Planner:

RNA standard
Add 10 µL of 100 µg/mL RNA Standard (Component C) to 990 µL of 1X Assay Buffer to have 1 µg/mL RNA standard solution (RS7). Then perform 1:3 serial dilutions to get remainder serial dilutions (RS1 - RS6).


Prepare StrandBrite™ Green working solution by making a 200-fold dilution of the concentrated DMSO solution in 1X Assay Buffer. For example, add 50 μL of StrandBrite™ Green (Component A) into 10 mL of 1X Assay Buffer. Protect the working solution from light by covering it with foil or placing it in the dark.
Note     We recommend preparing this solution in a plastic container rather than glass, as the dye may adsorb to glass surfaces. For best results, use promptly, within a few hours of its preparation.


Table 1. Layout of RNA standards and test samples in a solid black 96-well microplate. SD = RNA standard (SD1 - SD7, 1 to 1000 ng/mL); BL = blank control; TS = test sample.
Table 2. Reagent composition for each well.
SD1 - SD7100 µLserial dilution (1 to 1000 ng/mL)
BL100 µLTE Buffer
TS100 µLsample
  1. Prepare RNA standards (RS), blank controls (BL), and test samples (TS) in a 96-well solid black microplate according to the layout provided in Table 1 and Table 2. For a 384-well plate, add 25 µL of reagent per well instead of 100 µL.
  2. Add 100 µL of StrandBrite™ Green working solution to each well of the RNA standard, blank control, and test samples to make the total RNA assay volume of 200 µL/well. For a 384-well plate, add 25 µL of working solution into each well instead, for a total volume of 50 µL/well.
  3. Incubate the reaction at room temperature for 2 to 5 minutes; protect from light.
  4. Monitor the fluorescence increase with a spectrofluorometer at Ex/Em = 490/545 nm (cutoff at 515 nm).
    Note     To minimize photobleaching, keep the time for fluorescence measurement constant across all samples. 


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Spectral properties

Excitation (nm)509
Emission (nm)527



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