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Jelena Jankovic

Articles by Jelena Jankovic:

Protein Colocalization: You Know They Overlap, but Can You Prove It?

Microscopy by default is a technique that allows us to observe, rather than measure, biological events and make conclusions based on what we see, rather than based on some calculations. The topic of this article may therefore seem a little surprising since it deals with the measurements of colocalization. While there are situations where you…

03 May 2018 Microscopy and Imaging

Extracting Circulating microRNA, Part Two: Isolation Methods

In the second part of this two part series on analyzing extracellular microRNA (miRNA) from blood or serum, we continue with the methods for miRNA extraction. Generally, there are two different approaches for microRNA isolation. The first of these is organic, liquid-liquid. The total RNA extraction method employs phenol/chloroform isolation with guanidine isotiocyanate as a…

21 Mar 2018 DNA / RNA Manipulation and Analysis

Extracting Circulating microRNA, Part One: The Preanalytical Phase

microRNA (miRNA) is leading the way as circulating biomarkers in disease biomarker discovery. The hype around circulating miRNA is warranted. They meet many criteria for a good biomarker—namely, stability in circulation and varying levels in certain pathological conditions. Recently, studies have shown that miRNAs could be useful markers for cancer, myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis, and neuro-degenerative…

05 Mar 2018 DNA / RNA Manipulation and Analysis

Divide and Conquer: How to Setup Your First Droplet Digital PCR Experiment

Droplet digital PCR?  It’s easy. Because we’re here to guide you through it. We recently introduced you to the principles of digital PCR technology and how it differs from qPCR. In a nutshell, digital PCR is an end-point PCR technology that divides a single PCR into a large number of partitions, and then perform PCR…

06 Apr 2017 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR

Reverse Transcription: The Most Common Pitfalls!

Good quality starting material is king for reverse transcription! Obtaining reliable results in any experiment requires good preparation. We often take reverse transcription for granted, and we don’t always consider that our qPCR might be performing poorly because of problems in that step. Since it’s quite often the reverse transcription reaction itself that causes fuss…

19 Jan 2017 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR