QuantumScript™ Reverse Transcriptase


Universal Reverse Transcriptase is a mutation of M-MLV reverse transcriptase with a reduced RNase H activity and increased thermostability.
SKU OPTIONS PriceQuantity
SSII-25 2,000U, 200 U/µl $56.00
SSII-50 10,000U, 200 U/µl $112.00
SSII-100 50,000U, 200 U/µl $184.00
SSII-200 200,000U, 200 U/µl $551.00
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QuantumScript™ Reverse Transcriptase is a new engineered version of M-MLV reverse transcriptase with a minimum RNase H activity and enhaced thermostability. The enzyme is purified to homogeneity to ensure high performance. The optimal fist-strand cDNA synthesis temperature for this enzyme is 42°C, with the cDNA product size from 100 bp to 7 Kb.

Catalog No.             
SSII-100, SSII-200 and SSII-300

expressed in E. coli

200 u/μl

Storage Buffer:    
20 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.5), 1 mM DTT, 0.05% (v/v)Triton X-100, 0.1 mM EDTA, 0.1 M NaCl and  50% (v/v) glycerol

Reaction Buffer (5x):  
250 mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.3), 375 mM KCl, 15 mM MgCl2, and 50 mM DTT

Unit Definition:      
One unit of the enzyme incorporates I nmole of dTTP into acid-precipitable material in 10 minutes at 37˚C using poly (A): oligo (dT)25 as template-primer.

Quality Control:      
This enzyme has passed the quality control assays: SDS-PAGE analysis for purity, functional absence of endonuclease/nickase activities, functional absence of exonuclease activities, functional absence of protease activity.

Storage and Handling: 

First-Strand cDNA Synthesis
Materials to Be Supplied by the User

  • RNAse inhibitor (Cat.# RNIN-100, RNIN-200, RNIN-300)
  • dNTP, 10mM (Cat.# dNTP-10M, dNTP-25M)
  • Nuclease-free water

The following procedure uses 10 pg to 5 µg of total RNA or 10 pg to 500 ng of mRNA.

  1. In a sterile RNase-free microcentrifuge tube, add primers (200-500 ng of oligo (dT)12-18, 50-250 ng of random primer or 2 pmol of specific primers). Heat the tube to 70°C for 5 minutes and incubate on ice for 1 min to denature any possible secondary structure within the template. Spin briefly to collect the solution at the bottom of the tube.
  2. Add the following components to the annealed primer/template in the order shown.
    Note: Do not alter the ratio of primer to mRNA.
    5 µl 5X Reaction Buffer; 5 µl of 10mM dNTP mixture (10mM each dATP, dGTP, dCTP and dTTP)
    25 units RNAse Inhibitor
    0.5 µl QuantumScript Reverse Transcriptase (100 u/ μl)
    Add nuclease-free water to final volume 25µl
  3. Mix gently. For random primers, incubate tube at 25°C for 5 min. Perform first-strand synthesis at 42°C for 30-60 min. Reaction temperature may be optimized between 50°C-60°C for difficult template with high secondary structure.
  4. Inactivate the enzyme by incubation at 70°C for 15 min after reaction.
  5. When perform PCR amplification after step 4, removal of RNA is highly recommended prior to the PCR amplification to ensure the yield of PCR product. Addition of 2 units of RNase H (Cat. # RNHE-100, RNHE-200, RNHE-300) and 20 min incubation at 37°C is recommended for the removal of RNA. Standard protocols for second-strand synthesis may be found in reference 2.

The 5X Reaction Buffer is compatible with enzymes used in a number of downstream applications. Typically there is no need for phenol extractions or ethanol precipitations using this protocol before any PCR amplification.


  1. Roth, M.J., Tanese, N. and Goff, S.P. (1985) Purification and characterization of murine retroviral reverse transcriptase expressed in Escherichia coli. J. Biol. Chem. 260, 9326–35.
  2. Sambrook, J., Fritsch, E.F. and Maniatis, T. (1989) In: Molecular Cloning: A; Laboratory Manual, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 8.64.


Additional information


2,000U, 200 U/µl, 10,000U, 200 U/µl, 50,000U, 200 U/µl, 200,000U, 200 U/µl, Any Size

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