The problem of isolating high-quality total RNA from intervertebral discs has no recognized solution yet. This is due to the extremely low content of live cells in the samples and the voluminous intercellular matrix. A variety of published protocols focused on isolating RNA from articular cartilage have recommended the use of expensive equipment, enzymatic matrix cleavage, or cell culture. In our study, we used a combination of the traditional QIAzol protocol (Qiagen, Germany) and RNEasy column purification (Qiagen, Germany) to obtain high-quality RNA from post-surgical intervertebral disc fragments. Only a mortar and a pestle were used for grinding, making our method particularly accessible. The isolated RNA with a RIN of ~7 is suitable for studying the expression profile of chondrocytes in situ. RNA-seq analysis of three samples demonstrated cell type ratios to be mostly relevant to intervertebral disc tissues, with over 70% of the chondrocytes of the three subtypes having an admixture of blood-related cells.
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