Novascript III Single Step rt-pcr System

A robust, one step -simple & sharp 2x RT-PCR mix optimized for as little as 100pg containing Novascript III Rnase H– Reverse Transcriptase and AuPreP Hot start Polymerase  

Product Features

  • Simple to use! one-step set-up
  • 2x RT-PCR Mix optimized for as little as 100pg Total RNA
  • Contains a highly sensitive blend of Novascript III Reverse Transcriptase and AuPreP Hot-StartPolymerase·
  • Supplied with a dNTP containing buffer • Highly optimized for outstanding results


  • Quantitative PCR
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Gene cloning


NOVASCRIPT III SINGLE STEP RT-PCR SYSTEM has been designed for highly sensitive one-step RT-PCR reactions using any RNA template. The Kit employs an enzyme formulation, which includes AuPreP Hot-Start Polymerase and Novascript our reverse transcriptase that possesses low RNase H activity and is highly sensitive even when the amount of template is a limiting factor. The Kit provides highly specific reverse transcription and PCR in a single tube, using gene-specific primers on either total RNA or mRNA. The kit is provided with RNase inhibitor to protect template RNA from degradation. The special buffer is highly optimized and balanced, leading to outstanding results. The Kit is ideal for the synthesis of double-stranded cDNA products for subsequent cloning, sequencing, expression, or transcription analysis.

The Kit can be used with starting amounts of RNA template from 100pg to 2g. After cDNA synthesis has been performed, the reaction is heated to 95°C for 10 minutes to inactivate Novascript III, and simultaneously to activate AuPreP Hot-Start DNA Polymerase (included). AuPreP Hot-Start DNA Polymerase improves specificity by eliminating the presence of non-specifics, primer-dimers, and mis-primed products.

Storage Conditions:

NOVASCRIPT III SINGLE STEP RT-PCR SYSTEM can be stored for one year at -20°C.

Shipping Conditions: On Dry Ice or Blue Ice



25 Reactions

Enzyme Mix 50=l
2x One-Step RT-PCR Reaction Buffer 625=l
RNase Inhibitor (10u/=l) 25=l
50mM MgCl2 Solution 1.2ml
DEPC-treated Water 1.2ml


Template Quality

  • Intact, high-quality RNA is essential for the reverse-transcription reaction
  • All reagents for use with RNA must be prepared using DEPC-treated Water
  • The inclusion of an RNase Inhibitor protein can reduce template degradation and increase yield of PCR product
  • Low-copy-number genes may require an increase in starting material
  • It is necessary to use a suitable RNA extraction reagent e.g., EZ RNA ISOLATION REAGENT

Primer Design and Concentration

  • The use of gene-specific primers is recommended for use with the NOVASCRIPT III SINGLE STEP RT-PCR SYSTEM. The use of oligo dT or random hexamers is not recommended with a One-Step RT-PCR set-up since this can result in the generation of non-specific products
  • In most cases a final primer concentration of 200nM is sufficient. However, we recommend a primer titration within the 50-500nM range
  • Primers should be checked to ensure that they are not self-complementary
  • Primer design can benefit from the use of an RNA secondary structure prediction model (e.g. MFOLD), to ensure that priming is not prevented by internal double-stranded regions caused by folding
  • The use of intron-spanning primers allows differentiation between amplified cDNA and contaminating genomic DNA
  • Annealing temperature of primers is usually melting temperature (Tm) minus 5-10°C

MgCl2 Optimization

  • The final reaction will contain 1.5mM MgCl 2 (the 2x One-Step RT-PCR buffer contains 3mM MgCl 2 ), which should be optimal for most reverse transcriptase and PCR reactions
  • MgCl 2 requirements for the reaction can vary, depending on the particular template and primers used
  • A titration of MgCl 2 can be performed to optimise the reaction conditions
  • The table below shows how much of the 50mM MgCl 2 solution (provided) should be added to each reaction toprovide an elevated concentration in the final reaction
Volume of 50mM MgCl 2 to be added to a 50=l reaction Final concentration of MgCl 2
0 1.5mM
0.5=l 2.0mM
1.0=l 2.5mM
1.5=l 3.0mM
2.0=l 3.5mM
2.5=l 4.0mM
3.0=l 4.5mM
3.5=l 5.0mM
4.0=l 5.5mM


1) Assemble the following components on ice in a certified RNase-free reaction tube:
2x One-Step RT-PCR Buffer (supplied) 25 1x
One-Step Enzyme Mix (supplied) 2 -
Forward Primer (5=M) 2 200nM
Reverse Primer (5=M) 2 200nM
RNA Sample 1-10 User-determined (100pg-2=g recommended)
Rnase Inhibitor (supplied) 1 10 Units
MgCl 2 (supplied) 2x Reaction Buffer contains 3mM MgCl 2. However additional Mg 2+ may be required (see reaction guidelines) 1.5mM (Unless adjusted by the user)
DEPC-Treated Water (supplied) Up to final volume of 50=l -
    Total Volume 50=l
2) Program the Thermal Cycler to include the RT and subsequent PCR step:

3) 1 cycle of:
Temperature Duration Comments
37-45°C 15-30 minutes We recommend that initial reverse-transcription steps are carried out for 30 minutes at 42°C (see reaction guidelines)
95°C 10 minutes To denature RT enzyme and activate DNA Polymerase
4) Mix reactions gently, load into thermal cycler and start reaction.
5) Analyze the amplified product.

RT-PCR Troubleshooting Guide
Observation Possible Cause Recommended solution(s)
No cDNA synthesis RNA Degraded: Analyze RNA on a denaturing gel to verify integrity. Ensure that all reagents are RNase-free.
No cDNA synthesis RNA contained an RT inhibitor: The presence of inhibitors can be determined by mixing a control RNA with some of the sample and comparing the yield with that of the original amplification. Remove inhibitors such as SDS, EDTA, formamide and pyrophosphate, by ethanol precipitation of RNA, including a 70% ethanol wash step.
No cDNA synthesis Reaction temperature not optimal: Perform a temperature-gradient experiment.
No cDNA synthesis Not enough starting RNA: Increase the amount of starting RNA; this can be an important factor when amplifying low-copy genes from total RNA.
No cDNA synthesis RNA had high secondary structure: Prior to reaction set-up, denature RNA with primers. Raise the temperature of the RT step, up to a maximum of 60°C (for short amplicons).
No cDNA synthesis Target not expressed in tissue analyzed: Try a different target of tissue.
Poor Specificity Non-specific annealing of primers to template: Use gene-specific primers rather than Oligo dT or random hexamers. Increase the annealing temperature. Increase the Tm of the primers. Check for presence of pseudogenes. Set up reactions on ice.
Poor Specificity Primer dimmers: Redesign primers to prevent self-annealing.
Poor Specificity Genomic DNA
Try a different target of tissue.

Suggested Controls

Performing the following controls may prove useful in validating your results.

1. Control for DNA contamination (no RT control): Set up a standard NOVASCRIPT IIISINGLE STEP RT-PCR SYSTEM reaction and start at the 10 min 95°C step (to denature RT and activate DNA Polymerase) followed by normal PCR cycling for 40 cycles:
Temperature Duration Comments
95°C 30 seconds Template denaturation
50-60°C 30 seconds Primer annealing (actual temperature determined by primer sequence, see guidelines)
72°C 15-30 seconds per kilobase Extension step
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