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RNAprotect Tissue Tubes

For collection, RNA stabilization, transport, and storage of tissues
  • Immediate RNA stabilization and protection, due to RNase inactivation
  • Reliable gene expression and gene-profiling data
  • Convenient and safe handling at room temperature instead of freezing a sample
  • Tissue archiving without risk of RNA degradation
  • Easy collection and storage in reclosable tubes
  • No need for liquid nitrogen or dry ice, ideal for sample collection in the field

RNAprotect Tissue Tubes are screw-top tubes that contain RNAprotect Tissue Reagent, which immediately stabilizes RNA in tissue samples to preserve the gene expression profile.  The RNAprotect reagent is a storage solution that permeates harvested tissues rapidly. Stabilization takes place a room temperature, eliminating the need for dry ice or liquid nitrogen.

The following kits are compatible with the RNAprotect Tissue Reagent: RNeasy Plus Kits, RNeasy Kits, miRNeasy Kits, and AllPrep Kits.

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Cat No./ID: 76154
RNAprotect Tissue Tubes (50 x 1.5 ml)

For stabilization of RNA in 50 x 150 mg tissue samples: 50 screw-top tubes containing 1.5 ml RNAprotect Tissue Reagent each

Cat No./ID: 76163
RNAprotect Tissue Tubes (20 x 5 ml)

For stabilization of RNA in 20 x 500 mg tissue samples: 20 screw-top tubes containing 5 ml RNAprotect Tissue Reagent each

RNAprotect Tissue Tubes are intended for molecular biology applications. These products are not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.

QIAGEN’s former RNA Stabilization Reagent, was manufactured and offered under license from Ambion, Inc., the owner of the RNAlater® trade mark. Following the expiration of that license and corresponding patents, QIAGEN’s new product name for the identical formulation is RNAprotect TissueTubes.

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RNAprotect Reagent prevents degradation of mRNA in tissues.
RNAprotect Tissue Tubes prevent RNA changes in tissues.

RNAprotect Tissue Reagent stabilizes and protects the RNA expression pattern of samples during harvest and storage. Immediate protection with RNAprotect technology ensures that downstream analyses truly reflect the expression profile of the intact tissues. Samples can be archived without risk of RNA degradation, even after multiple freeze–thaw cycles. RNeasy purified RNA from RNAprotect stabilized samples stored under a wide variety of conditions is ideal for downstream processes such as northern blotting and RT-PCR.


Once a biological sample is harvested, its RNA becomes extremely unstable. The innovative, aqueous RNAprotect Tissue Reagent quickly permeates tissues resulting in immediate stabilization of the RNA and preservation of the RNA expression pattern. Gene induction or down-regulation triggered by sample manipulation is also prevented, allowing accurate analysis of gene expression.


For RNA protection and sample storage, tissue samples are submerged in an appropriate volume of RNAprotect Tissue Reagent immediately after harvesting. RNAprotect Tissue Tubes provide premeasured volumes of RNAprotect Tissue Reagent in reclosable tubes for convenient handling and sample storage. The reagent preserves RNA for up to 1 day at 37°C, 7 days at 18–25°C, or 4 weeks at 2–8°C, allowing processing, transportation, storage, and shipping of samples without liquid nitrogen or dry ice. Alternatively, the samples can also be placed at –20°C or –80°C for archival storage.


Animal and human tissues stabilized in RNAprotect Tissue Reagent can be efficiently disrupted using QIAGEN instruments for sample disruption, and used with QIAGEN kits for:

  • Total RNA purification
  • miRNA purification
  • mRNA purification

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RNAprotect Tissue Tubes - For collection of harvested animal tissues with immediate stabilization of the gene expression profile, and subsequent transport and storage; RNAprotect Tissue Reagent - For immediate stabilization of the gene expression profile in harvested animal tissues
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