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miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit

For purification of cell-free total RNA, including miRNA, from animal and human plasma and serum

  • Internal control available for normalization
  • Minimal elution volume
  • High-purity RNA suitable for all downstream applications
  • Easy, robust procedures
  • Automatable protocol

The miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit is designed for purification of cell-free total RNA — primarily miRNA and other small RNA — from small volumes of serum and plasma. RNA from serum and plasma typically consists of molecules <100 nucleotides. Purification can be automated on the QIAcube Connect.


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miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit (50)
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For 50 total RNA preps: 50 RNeasy MinElute Spin Columns, Collection Tubes (1.5 ml and 2 ml), QIAzol Lysis Reagent, RNase-free Reagents and Buffers

The miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit is intended for molecular biology applications. This product is not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.

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The miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit efficiently purifies RNA from up to 200 µl serum or plasma. RNA prepared using miRNeasy Kits is highly pure and ready for use in sensitive downstream applications. miRNeasy procedures minimize the possibility of contamination with salts or phenol, which could interfere with later analyses.


One of the most exciting areas of current miRNA research involves the assessment of miRNAs present in serum or plasma samples. The presence of relatively stable, extracellular miRNAs in serum and plasma has generated great interest in the potential use of changes in these miRNA levels as noninvasive biomarkers for a variety of diseases. Using RNA purified from serum or plasma, unique expression of several miRNAs has been shown for some cancers. The miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit enables RNA purification from small volumes of plasma or serum. RNA from serum and plasma typically consists of molecules <100 nucleotides. Purified RNA can then be used for biomarker discovery.

The miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit combines phenol/guanidine-based lysis of samples and silica-membrane-based purification of total RNA. QIAzol Lysis Reagent, included in the kit, is a monophasic solution of phenol and guanidine thiocyanate, designed to facilitate lysis of tissues, to inhibit RNases, and also to remove most of the cellular DNA and proteins from the lysate by organic extraction.


Serum or plasma samples are lyzed in QIAzol Lysis Reagent. After addition of chloroform, the lysate is separated into aqueous and organic phases by centrifugation. RNA partitions to the upper, aqueous phase, while DNA partitions to the interphase and proteins to the lower, organic phase or the interphase.

The upper, aqueous phase is extracted, and ethanol is added to provide appropriate binding conditions for all RNA molecules from approximately 18 nucleotides upwards. The sample is then applied to the RNeasy MinElute spin column, where the total RNA binds to the membrane and phenol and other contaminants are efficiently washed away. High-quality RNA is then eluted in a small volume of RNase-free water.

Serum and plasma contain primarily small RNAs, therefore separate purification of small and large RNA fractions is not necessary.

Automated miRNA purification on the QIAcube

Purification of total RNA, including miRNA, from the aqueous phase after phase separation can be automated on the QIAcube. The innovative QIAcube uses advanced technology to process QIAGEN spin columns, enabling seamless integration of automated, low-throughput sample prep into your laboratory workflow. Sample preparation using the QIAcube follows the same steps as the manual procedure (i.e., lyse, bind, wash, and elute), enabling you to continue using the miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit for purification of high-quality RNA.


The miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Kit allows purification of cell-free total RNA, including miRNA, for use in a variety of applications, including:

  • Biomarker discovery
  • miRNA profiling
  • miRNA sequencing
  • miRNA analysis
  • Northern blot analysis
  • Microarray analysis

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