Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer

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The Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer is a microfluids-based platform replacing standard gel electrophoresis for RNA sample QC, DNA fragment analysis, and SDS-page electrophoresis for proteins.

The small volume allows you to conserve valuable sample and with a 30 minute run-time per chip you will be able to determine the quality and quantity of up to 12 total RNA samples and 11 small RNA samples. The analysis will include graphic visualization of ribosomal peaks (23S and 16S) or (28S and 18S), ribosomal ratio, RNA concentration, a calculated RIN (RNA Integrity Number) value, and a gel-like image RNA sample. Although the Bioanalyzer analysis will quantitate RNA samples, in our experience RNA readings are more accurate using the NanoDrop ND-1000 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer which we provide for each sample submitted. NanoDrop is also available as a separate service for both RNA, DNA, and protein quantitation.

The following is a partial list of applications for Agilent’s Lab-on-a-Chip® technology for RNA, DNA, and protein analysis. For a more complete list of applications to meet your research needs. At this time the Bioanalyzer 2100 in the core facility is not equipped with a flow cell needed for cell fluorescence analysis.

Bioanalyzer Applications:

  • Check RNA integrity for downstream applications
  • Genomic and ribosomal contamination of mRNA samples
  • Small RNA (6-150 nt) analysis of miRNA, siRNA, and oligonucleotides
  • Sizing of T7-RNA transcripts
  • PCR product purity and size
  • Restriction digests
  • Protein induction in cell lysates
  • Protein purification
  • Glycoprotein sizing

Sample Submission Instructions

Preparation of samples:

Submit a minimum 5ul of each sample in an RNase/DNase free eppendorf tube. We will check the OD of your sample before running it on a chip.  It is often best to submit no more than 5ul to eliminate the need to pick up remaining sample.

Recommended sample concentrations:

HS DNA: (for extremely dilute samples) 5-500pg/ul
DNA: 20-100 ng/ul (size range 25-1000bp)

Total RNA or mRNA: 25-500 ng/ul
Small RNA: 10-100 ng/ul

Dropoff, Data Delivery, and Shipping Information

  • Samples that arrive prior to 3:00 PM will be processed within the following 2 working days (excluding weekends and OUHSC holidays/closings). You will receive a PDF containing your data.
  • Place samples in the white freezer located in BRC room 1106, Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30. 
  • If samples contain RNA, please ask our Admin Assistant at the front desk to alert the laboratory personnel so that we can move RNA samples to the -80 freezer.
  • For non-OUHSC investigators, samples may be shipped to the following address:

Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Cytometry Research
Attn: Microgen Support
975 NE 10th Street  BRC Room 1106
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Online Submission Instructions

The OUHSC Core Facilities are now using iLab Solution for all online submission.  Please click on this link to reach our Core login page:

If you are an internal user, log in using your institution credentials (OUHSC username and password).   If you are an external user and do not already have an iLabs account, please register for an account.  Once you have logged in, please request the service of your choice.  If you have any questions, please email us at

Analysis Software Download

For our customers that wish to view the actual Bioanalyzer results, instead of the pdf provided, the latest software version is freely available to download in the demo version from the Agilent website.

Current Prices


Chip Type # of samples on Chip Internal External (Academic Non-OUHSC) Industry
DNA 1000 12 $50.00/run $100.00/run $150.00/run
Total RNA or mRNA 12 $51.00/run $102.00/run $153.00/run
RNA Pico 11 $53.00/run $106.00/run $159.00/run
small RNA 11 $71.00/run $142.00/run $213.00/run
HS DNA 11 $79.00/run $158.00/run $237.00/run

*All chips are one use only (empty wells cannot be rerun)