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MOPS-EDTA-Sodium Acetate (MESA)

powder for RNA electrophoresis buffers

Synonym: MESA Buffer



Related Categories Molecular Biology, Nucleic Acid Electrophoresis, Nucleic Acid Running Buffers, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Molecular Biology More...
grade   for molecular biology
product line   BioReagent
form   powder
pH range   6.8 - 7.2 (reconstituted per directions)
solubility   H2O: soluble, faintly yellow
foreign activity   DNAses, RNases, NICKases, endonucleases, and exonucleases, none detected
storage temp.   room temp



1x MESA buffer contains:
• 40 mM MOPS
• 10 mM sodium acetate
• 1 mM EDTA (pH 8.3)


Suitable for use when making formaldehyde-agarose gels and associated running buffer for RNA electrophoresis.

General description

MOPS – EDTA – Sodium Acetate (MESA) is the most commonly used running buffer for RNA electrophoresis prior to Northern blotting procedures. Applied voltage of 5 V/cm is recommended for maximum resolution.


1 L in poly bottle


Dissolve entire contents of bottle in a final volume of 1L molecular biology grade water. This produces a 10x MESA stock solution that can be further diluted as needed.

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Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Protocols & Articles


Introduction to Nucleic Acid Electrophoresis

Introduction Agarose gel electrophoresis for DNA Agarose gel electrophoresis for RNA Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis for DNA Reference
Keywords: AGE, Buffers, Degradations, Electrophoresis, Environmental, Gel electrophoresis, PAGE, Purification, Separation, Size-exclusion chromatography

Introduction to Southern and Northern Blotting

The transfer of macromolecules such as nucleic acids and proteins to solid-phase membranous support is known as blotting. Fragments of DNA and RNA molecules separated by gel electrophoresis are trans...
Keywords: AGE, Buffers, Digestions, Electrophoresis, Filtration, Gel electrophoresis, Nucleic acid hybridization, Precipitation, Purification, Scintillation, Separation, Sterilizations

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