Author Abstract – Synthetic 3′-biotin-tagged microRNAs (miRNAs) have often been used to select interacting messenger RNA(mRNA) and noncoding RNA (ncRNA) targets. Here, we examined the extent of association of 3′-end biotinylated miR-27 with Argonaute (Ago) proteins in transfected human cells using a coimmunoprecipitation assay followed by Northern blot analysis. We report that biotinylated miR-27 does not efficiently associate with Ago compared to unmodified miR-27. These results suggest that 3′-end biotin-modified miRNAs are questionable monitors of miRNA function in cells.
3′-Biotin-tagged microRNA-27 does not associate with Argonaute proteins in cells.