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P1038 Sigma-Aldrich

Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt

random copolymer

Synonym: Poly (C,I)




Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt has been used:
• in pretreatment to understand Con A-induced hepatitis in mice
• in RNA extraction from hemolymph plasma for qPCR detection assay
• to induce inflammatory changes in liver
• as a component of minimal essential medium for the stimulation of rainbow trout gonad line RTG-2 cells


10 mg in poly bottle

5 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) Poly(C,I) is a random copolymer of inosine and cytidine bases which may be useful for comparative physicochemical analysis versus other random copolymers such as Poly(C,A), Poly(C,U) and Poly(C,G).

Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid, poly I:C mimics viral RNA to induce immune response. Administration of poly I:C promotes cytotoxic functionality of natural killer cells and macrophages. However, poly I:C may trigger generation of anti-mitochondrial antibodies (AMAs) and contribute to the pathogenesis of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Poly I:C may play a hepatoprotective role in Con A-induced T cell-dependent liver injury.

Other Notes

Random copolymer

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 


Certificate of Analysis


Frequently Asked Questions

Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?
If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.
How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?
The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.
What can I use to solubilize Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt (Poly (C:I)), Product P1038?
The product is soluble in water at 10 mg/mL.
How large/long a polymer is Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt (Poly (C:I)), Product P1038?
The average length of this polynucleotide has not been determined.
IsPoly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt (Poly (C:I)), Product P1038, single or double stranded?
Product No. P1038 is a single-stranded random co-polymer.
Will Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt (Poly (C:I)), Product P1038, work to induce interferon production?
P1038 is a single stranded RNA. For cell activation, synthetic double-stranded RNA is widely used as the ligand of Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) in place of what is supposed to be the natural ligand (viral dsRNA). This would be Product No. P9582, a double stranded RNA homopolymer, i.e. Poly(I): Poly(C). This product is widely used by other satisfied customers for cell activation.
Is Poly(cytidylic-inosinic) acid potassium salt (Poly (C:I)), Product P1038, product sterile?
Product No. P1038 is not sterile. The product is produced in non-sterile conditions and the level of endotoxin content is not determined.
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