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Papers: 26 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020


Methods Mol Biol


Real-Time Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR for Detection of Opioid Receptors in Immune Cells.


Celik M Ö, Labuz D, Machelska H
Methods Mol Biol. 2021; 2201:83-95.
PMID: 32975791.


Real-time quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (qRT-PCR ) is a highly sensitive molecular biology method based on the amplification of the cDNA of mRNA to detect and quantify the levels of mRNA of interest. In this chapter, we describe real-time qRT-PCR to detect and quantify mRNA of opioid receptors in immune cells. Specifically, we analyze mouse immune cells isolated from the blood and sciatic nerves exposed to a chronic constriction injury, which represents a model of neuropathic pain. We describe in detail the requirements and techniques to induce the chronic constriction injury, to isolate immune cells from the blood and injured nerves, to isolate the total RNA from immune cells, to perform a cDNA reverse transcription from the total RNA, and to perform real-time qRT-PCR for μ-, δ-, and κ-opioid receptor mRNAs.