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Matrices and media for storage and stabilization of biomolecules

Imported: 13 Feb '17 | Published: 10 Feb '15

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The present invention provides compositions useful for biomolecule storage comprising a water soluble inorganic compound, a stabilizer, or a combination thereof. The present invention also provides methods of using the compositions of the invention to store biomolecules in the dry state and in solution, as well as sample carriers and kits comprising compositions of the invention.

Description

The present invention claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/096,747, filed on Sep. 12, 2008, the contents of which are expressly incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In many applications, such as pharmaceutical and medical research, law enforcement, and military identification, it is often desirable to store and to have access to numerous biological samples. Conventional biorepositories or other sample storage facilities utilize liquid or low temperature cryogenic systems for sample storage. These liquid and cryogenic systems are expensive both to create and to maintain, and current technology generally presents system operators with complicated and labor intensive maintenance and administrative responsibilities. In addition, these systems do not address work flow concerns that arise when large numbers of samples are being processed simultaneously. Under such conditions, samples can be left at ambient temperature for long periods of time, resulting in sample degradation.

Related to the issue of work flow, it is becoming increasingly important to ship samples that are collected in the field or elsewhere so that the samples can be analyzed and/or stored at a remote location. However, shipping samples on dry ice is expensive and hazardous and standard modes of shipping, like those employed by carriers such as FedEx, can subject samples to large temperature fluctuations, including high temperatures that can denature or degrade biomolecules present in biological samples. For example, FedEx cautions that temperatures in carrier vehicles can reach 140° F. (60° C.) in closed, parked carrier vehicles during the summer in southern climates. Similarly, for worldwide transportation applications, the U.S. military assumes a worst case scenario where samples are exposed to temperatures as high as 160° F. (71° C.).

There is a need in the field to develop additional biomolecule storage materials and systems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is based, in part, on the discovery that certain compounds, especially water soluble inorganic compounds and compounds that function as singlet oxygen quenchers, are useful for the stabilization and/or storage of biomolecules in the dry state, including at elevated temperatures. The invention is also based, in part, on the discovery that certain combinations of compounds stabilize biomolecules, including RNA, in aqueous solution. Accordingly, the present invention provides compositions, devices and methods useful for stabilization and storage of biomolecules.

In one aspect, the invention provides compositions useful for biomolecule storage and/or stabilization. In certain embodiments, the composition is a matrix (e.g., a solid state matrix) comprising a water soluble inorganic compound, a stabilizer (e.g., a small molecule stabilizer), or a combination thereof. In other embodiments, the composition is a medium (e.g., an aqueous medium) comprising a water soluble inorganic compound, a stabilizer (e.g., a small molecule stabilizer), or a combination thereof. In still other embodiments, the composition is a matrix (e.g., a solid state matrix) or a medium (e.g., an aqueous medium) comprising at least three components selected from the list consisting of an inorganic compound, a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a reducing agent, a metal chelator, a detergent, and a plasticizer. In certain embodiments, the matrix or medium further comprises a plasticizer. In certain embodiments, the matrix or medium further comprises an RNase inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the matrix or medium further comprises biomolecules (e.g., nucleic acids, such as DNA or RNA). For example, the matrix or medium can comprise a sample, such as a biological sample, that contains biomolecules.

In another aspect, the invention provides a sample carrier useful for storing biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the sample carrier comprises a container and a sample node, wherein the sample node is a composition disclosed herein (e.g., a matrix or a medium disclosed herein). The container can, for example, support the sample node. In certain embodiments, the sample carrier comprises a plurality of containers and a plurality of discrete sample nodes. Each of the plurality of sample nodes, for example, can be individually supported by a single container. In certain embodiments, the sample carrier further comprises biomolecules. For example, the sample carrier can comprise one or more samples, such as biological samples, that contain biomolecules. The biomolecules can be, for example, stored in a sample node (e.g., mixed with a matrix or medium disclosed herein). In certain embodiments, the sample carrier comprises an identifying indicia. In certain embodiments, the container or sample node comprises an identifying indicia.

In another aspect, the invention provides kits comprising a composition disclosed herein (e.g., a matrix or a medium disclosed herein) and an instruction for using the composition for storage and/or stabilization (e.g., dry-state storage or stabilization in an aqueous medium) of biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the kits includes a container that contains the composition. In certain embodiments, the kits includes a sample carrier disclosed herein.

In another aspect, the invention provides methods of storing and/or stabilizing biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the methods comprise mixing a sample that contains biomolecules, such as a biological sample, with a composition disclosed herein (e.g., a matrix or a medium disclosed herein) to form a mixture, and drying down the mixture. In certain embodiments, the sample is a liquid sample, such as a bodily fluid, a cellular lysate, or a tissue homogenate. In certain embodiments, the sample is carried by a solid support, such as a cotton swab, a filter paper, or a sponge. In certain related embodiments, mixing comprises rinsing a solid support that carries the sample with a medium disclosed herein.

Additional aspects and details of the invention will be evident from the detailed description that follows.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings.

The term “biomolecules” is expressly intended to include short and long biopolymers including, but not limited to, such polymeric molecules as DNA, RNA, proteins, immunoglobulins, and carbohydrates, whether naturally existing or synthesized and with or without modifications, such as modified amino acids or nucleotides. Thus, for example, the term includes both short, oligomeric nucleic acid molecules (e.g., less than 50 bases in length), long nucleic acid molecules (e.g., greater than 50 kB in length), and any length in between. The term similarly encompasses both short peptide sequences (e.g., less than 10 amino acids), long polypeptide sequences (e.g., greater than 1000 amino acids in length), and any length in between. In addition, the term “biomolecules” is expressly intended to include small molecules found in biological samples, such as lipids, coenzymes, metabolites, and pharmaceutical agents and their metabolites.

The term “protein” as used herein is used interchangeably with the term “polypeptide.”

The term “nucleic acid,” “oligonucleotide” and “polynucleotide” are used interchangeably and encompass DNA, RNA, cDNA, whether single stranded or double stranded, as well as chemical modifications thereof and artificial nucleic acids (e.g., PNA, LNA, etc.).

Compositions

The present invention is based, in part, on the discovery that certain compounds, especially water soluble inorganic compounds and compounds that function as singlet oxygen quenchers, are useful for the stabilization and/or storage of biomolecules in the dry state, including at elevated temperatures. The invention is also based, in part, on the discovery that certain combinations of compounds stabilize biomolecules, including RNA, in aqueous solution.

Accordingly, in one aspect, the present invention provides compositions useful for storing and/or stabilizing biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, wherein the inorganic compound is water soluble.

As used herein, an “inorganic compound” is a compound having a molecular formula that does not include carbon. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is an acid (i.e., a compound that, when dissolved in water, gives rise to a solution having a pH less that 7.0). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is a base (i.e., a compound that, when dissolved in water, gives rise to a solution having a pH greater than 7.0). In other embodiments, the inorganic compound is not a base (e.g., the inorganic compound is not a Lewis base). In still other embodiments, the inorganic compound is a salt.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is a metal chelator. As used herein, a “metal chelator” is a compound that forms two or more bonds with a single metal ion. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound chelates at least one type of metal ion selected from the group consisting of magnesium ions, chromium ions, manganese ions, iron ions, cobalt ions, nickel ions, copper ions, zinc ions, lead ions, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound chelates at least one type of metal ion and inhibits metal-dependent reactions between such ions and biomolecules present in the composition. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound chelates at least one type of metal ion and prevents such ions from degrading biomolecules present in the composition. In preferred embodiments, the inorganic compound chelates magnesium ions and/or manganese ions and inhibits metal-dependant reactions between such ions and biomolecules present in the composition. In other preferred embodiments, the inorganic compound chelates magnesium ions and/or manganese ions and prevents such ions from degrading biomolecules present in the composition.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is a microcidal agent. As used herein, a “microcidal agent” is any compound that slows or stops the growth of a microorganism. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound kills one or more microbial organism, such as a bacterium, protist, and/or fungus. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound inhibits the growth of one or more microbial organism, such as a bacterium, protist, virus, or fungus.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is capable of absorbing or sequestering water molecules, thereby preventing hydrolysis of biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound, when equilibrated with atmospheric humidity of 50%, is hydrated to about 70%, 60%, 50%, 45%, 40%, 38%, 36%, 35%, 34%, 33%, 32%, 31%, 30%, or less by mass.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound concentrates upon drying and forms a crystalline or paracrystalline structure. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound does not form a glass structure upon drying. As used herein, the term “glass structure” refers to a solid-state structure in which the molecules comprising the glass structure display only short-range order, rather than extended-range crystalline order with respect to one another. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is capable of co-localization with biomolecules. For example, in certain embodiments, the inorganic compound concentrates upon drying and forms a crystalline or paracrystalline state in direct contact with biomolecules.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert with respect to one or more types of biomolecules. As used herein in this context, “inert” means that the inorganic compound either does not bind to one or more types of biomolecules or binds reversibly such that the biomolecules are not degraded as a result of such binding. In preferred embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert with respect to nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, coenzymes, metabolites, pharmaceutical agents, metabolites of pharmaceutical agents, or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert with respect to one or more downstream methods that may be used to analyze biomolecules that have been stored in and/or stabilized by a composition of the invention. The term “inert,” as used herein in this context, means that the presence of inorganic compound in a sample does not reduce the rate of the method by more than 50% and does significantly reduce the fidelity of the method. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert with respect to a method selected from the group consisting of nucleic acid transcription and/or amplification (e.g., reverse transcription, PCR, real time PCR, etc.), endonuclease digestion (e.g., reactions involving type II endonucleases, such as EcoRI, BamHI, HindIII, NotI, SmaI, BglII, etc.), cloning techniques (e.g., ligation), protein digestion (e.g., reactions involving proteinases such as proteinase K, trypsin, chymotrypsin, savinase, etc.), microarray analysis (e.g., of nucleic acids or proteins), immunoassays (e.g., immunoprecipitation, ELISA, etc.), mass spectroscopy, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert upon dilution (e.g., dilution by a factor of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, or more). In other embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert in undiluted form. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is inert with respect to one or more such methods when present in the reaction at concentrations of 0.075 mg/ml, 0.1 mg/ml, 0.2 mg/ml, 0.3 mg/ml, 0.4 mg/ml, 0.5 mg/ml, 0.6 mg/ml, 0.7 mg/ml, 0.8 mg/ml, 0.9 mg/ml, 1.0 mg/ml, 2.0 mg/ml, 5.0 mg/ml, 10.0 mg/ml, or greater.

As used herein in this context, “water soluble” means that the inorganic compound has a solubility in water, at 25° C., of 1.0 mg/ml or greater. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound has a solubility in water, at 25° C., of at least 1.5 mg/ml, 2.0 mg/ml, 3.0 mg/ml, 4.0 mg/ml, 5.0 mg/ml, 7.5 mg/ml, 10 mg/ml, 15 mg/ml, 20 mg/ml, 25 mg/ml, 30 mg/ml, 35 mg/ml, 40 mg/ml, 50 mg/ml, 60 mg/ml, 70 mg/ml, 80 mg/ml, 90 mg/ml, 100 mg/ml, 125 mg/ml, 150 mg/ml, 200 mg/ml, or greater. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound can be easily solubilized in water. For example, in certain embodiments, the inorganic compound can be solubilized in water, at 25° C., in 75, 60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, or fewer minutes. In other embodiments, the inorganic compound can be solubilized in water, at 25° C., in 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.5, or fewer hours. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound can be solubilized in water, at 25° C., with or without the use of agitation (e.g., pipetting, shaking, or vortexing).

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound has a molecular formula that comprises an element from the first (e.g., IA), third (e.g., IIIA or IIIB), fifth (e.g., VA or VB), sixth (e.g., VIA), or seventh (e.g., VIIA) Group of the Periodic Table of Elements, or a combination thereof. For example, in certain embodiments, the inorganic compound has a molecular formula that comprises hydrogen, sodium, potassium, boron, aluminum, phosphorus, vanadium, oxygen, sulfur, chloride, or a combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound has a molecular formula that comprises an element from at least the third (e.g., IIIA or IIIB) or fifth (e.g., VA or VB) Group of the Periodic table of elements. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound has a molecular formula that comprises boron, aluminum, phosphorus, or vanadium. In other embodiments, the inorganic compound has a molecular formula that does not comprise an element selected from the group consisting of boron, aluminum, phosphorus, vanadium, or a combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is boric acid or a corresponding salt of boric acid (e.g., borax). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is phosphoric acid or a corresponding salt of phosphoric acid (e.g., Na3PO4, Na2HPO4, NaH2PO4, K3PO4, K2HPO4, KH2PO4). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is a vanadate salt (e.g., Na3VO4, K3VO4). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is an aluminum salt (e.g., an alum, such as potassium alum (KAl(SO4)2∘12H2O), soda alum (Na2SO4Al2(SO4)3∘24H2O), or ammonium alum (NH4Al(SO4)2∘12H2O)). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is sodium chloride or potassium chloride. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is a combination selected from the group consisting of boric acid, a corresponding salt of boric acid (e.g., borax), phosphoric acid, a corresponding salt of phosphoric acid (e.g., Na3PO4, Na2HPO4, NaH2PO4, K3PO4, K2HPO4, KH2PO4), a vanadate salt (e.g., Na3VO4, K3VO4), an aluminum salt (e.g., an alum, such as potassium alum (KAl(SO4)2∘12H2O), soda alum (Na2SO4Al2(SO4)3∘24H2O), or ammonium alum (NH4Al(SO4)2∘12H2O)), sodium chloride, and potassium chloride.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is neither boric acid nor a corresponding salt of boric acid (e.g., borax). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is neither phosphoric acid nor a corresponding salt of phosphoric acid (e.g., Na3PO4, Na2HPO4, NaH2PO4, K3PO4, K2HPO4, KH2PO4). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is not a vanadate salt (e.g., Na3VO4, K3VO4). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is not an aluminum salt (e.g., an alum, such as potassium alum (i.e., KAl(SO4)2∘12H2O), soda alum (i.e., Na2SO4Al2(SO4)3∘24H2O), or ammonium alum (i.e., NH4Al(SO4)2∘12H2O)). In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is not sodium chloride. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is not potassium chloride.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is not an inorganic mineral. As used herein, an “inorganic mineral” is an inorganic compound that is not soluble in water at 25° C. Examples of inorganic minerals include hydroxylapetite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, and various clays, such as kaolin (i.e., Al2O3∘2SiO2∘2H2O) and montmorillonite (i.e., Na0.2Ca0.1Al2Si4O10(OH)2(H2O)10).

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound has a molecular formula that does not include magnesium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, or lead.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) is the principal component of the composition. As used herein, the “principal component” of a composition is a single chemical compound (or specific set of compounds) present in greatest abundance, by weight, in the composition. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) constitutes at least 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, 50%, or more of the composition. In other embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) is the principal non-water component of the composition. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) constitutes at least 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, 50%, or more of the non-water portion of the composition.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present in a concentration of about 0.5 mg/ml to about 200 mg/ml, about 1.0 mg/ml to about 150.0 mg/ml, about 1.5 mg/ml to about 100.0 mg/ml, about 2.0 mg/ml to about 50.0 mg/ml, about 2.5 mg/ml to about 25.0 mg/ml, or about 3.0 mg/ml to about 10.0 mg/ml. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) is part of an aqueous solution of the invention and is present in a concentration of about 0.1 mg/ml to about 10 mg/ml, about 0.2 mg/ml to about 8 mg/ml, about 0.3 mg/ml to about 6 mg/ml, about 0.4 mg/ml to about 4 mg/ml, about 0.5 mg/ml to about 2 mg/ml, or about 0.6 mg/ml to about 1 mg/ml. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound (or mixture of inorganic compounds) is part of an aqueous solution of the invention and is present in a concentration of about 5.0 mg/ml to about 150.0 mg/ml, about 10.0 mg/ml to about 125.0 mg/ml, about 20.0 mg/ml to about 100.0 mg/ml, or about 25.0 mg/ml to about 75.0 mg/ml.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present in a concentration of about 5 mM to about 500 mM, about 6 mM to about 450 mM, about 7 mM to about 400 mM, about 8 mM to about 350 mM, about 9 mM to about 300 mM, about 10 mM to about 250 mM, about 10 mM to about 200 mM, about 10 mM to about 150 mM, about 15 mM to about 140 mM, about 20 mM to about 130 mM, about 25 mM to about 120 mM, about 30 mM to about 110 mM, about 35 mM to about 105 mM, or about 40 mM to about 100 mM. In certain embodiments, the inorganic compound is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present in a concentration of about 1 mM to about 100 mM, about 2 mM to about 80 mM, about 3 mM to about 60 mM, about 4 mM to about 40 mM, about 5 mM to about 30 mM, about 6 mM to about 25 mM, about 7 mM to about 20 mM, or about 8 mM to about 15 mM.

In certain embodiments, compositions of the invention further comprise a stabilizer. For example, in certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound and a stabilizer. The inorganic compound can be as described above. As used herein, a “stabilizer” is any agent capable of protecting at least one type of biomolecule from damage during storage. In certain embodiments, the at least one type of biomolecule protected by the stabilizer is DNA, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, pharmaceutical agent or metabolite thereof, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is capable of inhibiting undesirable contact between biomolecules and various contaminants or potential sources of degradation, including but not limited to oxygen (e.g., reactive oxygen species, such as singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radicals, superoxide anions, etc.), free water, enzymes, metal ions, or other reactive chemical species.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer concentrates upon drying and forms a crystalline or paracrystalline structure. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer does not form a glass structure upon drying. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is capable of co-localizing with biomolecules. For example, in certain embodiments, the stabilizer concentrates upon drying and forms a crystalline or paracrystalline state in direct contact with biomolecules. The co-localization of stabilizers and biomolecules can provide additional stabilization of the biomolecule.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is a small molecule stabilizer. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is selected from the group consisting of singlet oxygen quenchers, hydroxyl radical scavengers, hydroperoxide removing agents, reducing agents, metal chelators, detergents, chaotropes, and combinations thereof. Examples of singlet oxygen quenchers include, but are not limited to, alkyl imidazoles (e.g., histidine, L-carnosine, histamine, imidazole 4-acetic acid), indoles (e.g., tryptophan and derivatives thereof, such as N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, N-acetylserotonin, 6-methoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline), sulfur-containing amino acids (e.g., methionine, ethionine, djenkolic acid, lanthionine, N-formyl methionine, felinine, S-allyl cysteine, S-aminoethyl-L-cysteine), phenolic compounds (e.g., tyrosine and derivatives thereof), aromatic acids (e.g., ascorbate, salicylic acid, and derivatives thereof), azide (e.g., sodium azide), tocopherol and related vitamin E derivatives, and carotene and related vitamin A derivatives. Examples of hydroxyl radical scavengers include, but are not limited to azide, dimethyl sulfoxide, histidine, mannitol, sucrose, glucose, salicylate, and L-cysteine. Examples of hydroperoxide removing agents include, but are not limited to catalase, pyruvate, glutathione, and glutathione peroxidases. Examples of reducing agents include, but are not limited to, cysteine and mercaptoethylene. Examples of metal chelators include, but are not limited to, EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and citrate. Examples of detergents include, but are not limited to, SDS and sodium lauroyl sarcosyl. Examples of chaotropes include, but are not limited to guandinium hydrochloride, isothiocyanate, urea, and formamide.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises a singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., an alkyl imidazole, an indole, or a sulfur-containing amino acid). In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises two or more singlet oxygen quenchers (e.g., selected from the group consisting of an alkyl imidazole, an indole, and a sulfur-containing amino acid). In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises a singlet oxygen quencher and a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a metal chelator, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises a hydroxyl radical scavenger. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises a hydroperoxide removing agent. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises a metal chelator. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises two or more metal chelators. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer comprises a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a metal chelator, or any combination thereof (e.g., a hydroxyl radical scavenger and a hydroperoxide removing agent; a hydroxyl radical scavenger and a metal chelator; a hydroperoxide removing agent and a metal chelator; a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, and a metal chelator).

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer does not comprise EDTA, EGTA, or the combination of EDTA and EGTA. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer does not comprise SDS. In certain embodiements, the stabilizer does not comprise cysteine, mercaptoethylene, or the combination of cysteine and mercaptoethylene.

In certain embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compounds to stabilizers in the composition is about 20:1 to about 1:2, about 15:1 to about 1:1.5, about 12:1 to about 1:1, about 10:1 to about 1.5:1, about 8:1 to about 2:1, or about 5:1 to about 2.5:1 by weight. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compounds to stabilizers is about 5:1 to about 1:5, about 4:1 to about 1:4, about 3:1 to about 1:3, about 2:1 to about 1:2, or about 1:1. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compounds to stabilizers is about 20:1 to about 5:1, about 18:1 to about 10:1, or about 16:1 to about 12:1.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer (or mixture of stabilizers) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 0.05 mg/ml to about 100.0 mg/ml, about 0.1 mg/ml to about 80.0 mg/ml, about 0.2 mg/ml to about 60.0 mg/ml, about 0.3 mg/ml to about 40.0 mg/ml, about 0.4 mg/ml to about 20.0 mg/ml, about 0.5 mg/ml to about 15.0 mg/ml, about 1.0 mg/ml to about 10.0 mg/ml, or about 1.5 mg/ml to about 5.0 mg/ml. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer (or mixture of stabilizers) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 0.05 mg/ml to about 10.0 mg/ml, about 0.1 mg/ml to about 8.0 mg/ml, about 0.2 mg/ml to about 6.0 mg/ml, about 0.3 mg/ml to about 5.0 mg/ml, about 0.4 mg/ml to about 4.0 mg/ml, about 0.5 mg/ml to about 3.0 mg/ml, about 0.6 mg/ml to about 2.5 mg/ml, or about 0.7 mg/ml to about 2.0 mg/ml.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 5 mM to about 500 mM, about 6 mM to about 400 mM, about 7 mM to about 300 mM, about 8 mM to about 250 mM, about 9 mM to about 200 mM, about 10 mM to about 150 mM, about 15 mM to about 100 mM, or about 20 mM to about 50 mM. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 0.1 mM to about 100 mM, about 0.2 mM to about 80 mM, about 0.3 mM to about 60 mM, about 0.4 mM to about 40 mM, about 0.5 mM to about 30 mM, about 0.6 mM to about 25 mM, about 0.7 mM to about 20 mM, about 0.8 to about 15 mM, about 0.9 mM to about 12.5 mM, or about 1.0 mM to about 10 mM.

In certain embodiments, compositions of the invention further comprise a plasticizer. For example, in certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound and a plasticizer. As used herein, a “plasticizer” is any agent capable of facilitating or improving the storage function of a dry-state matrix. Thus, in certain embodiments, the plasticizer improves the mechanical properties (e.g., flexibility) of a dry-state matrix. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer improves the durability (e.g., resistance to vibrational damage) of a dry-state matrix. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer facilitates the reversible dissociation between inorganic compounds and biomolecules upon re-hydration of a dry-state matrix. In other embodiments, the plasticizer facilitates the reversible dissociation between stabilizers and biomolecules upon re-hydration of a dry-state matrix.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer does not substantially interfere with the properties of biomolecules stored in a dry-state matrix of the invention (e.g., does not interfere with the chemical or physical stability of stored biomolecules). In other embodiments, the plasticizer inhibits microbial growth (e.g., bacterial or fungal growth) during storage of the dry-state matrices of the invention.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol. As used herein, a “poly-alcohol” is an organic compound having two or more hydroxyl groups. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a long-chain poly-alcohol (e.g., polyvinyl alcohol or polyserine). In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a sugar (e.g., a monosaccharide, a disaccharide, or a complex sugar). Monosaccharides include, but are not limited to, hexoses, pentoses, tetroses, sedoheptulose, glucose, mannose, galactose, allose, altrose, gulose, idose, talose, fructose, sorbose, psicose, tagatose, fucose, fuculose, rhamnose, ribose, arabinose, xylose, lyxose, ribulose, xylulose, deoxyribose, erythrulose, erythrose, threose, dihydroxyacetone, and glyceraldehyde. Disaccharides include, but are not limited to, sucrose, lactose, trehalose, and maltose. Complex sugars include, but are not limited to, trisaccharides, tetrasaccharides, polysaccharides, glycosaminoglycans, aminoglycosidase, raffinose, melezitose, maltotriose, acarbose, stachyose, fructo-oligosaccharide, galacto-oligosaccharide, mannan-oligosaccharide, glycogen, starch, amylose, amylopectin, cellulose, chitin, inulin, dextrin, glucan (e.g., beta-glucan, dextran), heparin, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronan, heparin sulfate, dermatan sulfate, keratan sulfate, kanamycin, streptomycin, tobramycin, neomycin, paromomycin, apramycin, gentamycin, netilmycin, and amikacin.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a short-chain poly-alcohol (e.g., a linear or branched short chain poly-alcohol). As used herein, a “short-chain” poly-alcohol is a poly-alcohol having a backbone of six or fewer carbon atoms. In certain embodiments, the short-chain poly-alcohol includes twelve or fewer carbon atoms. In certain embodiments, the short-chain poly-alcohol is linear and has the general formula Cn(OH)mH2n+2−m where n=2 to 6 and m=2 to n. In certain embodiments, the short-chain poly-alcohol is linear and has the general formula Cn(OH)mH2n+2−m where n=2 to 12 and m=2 to n. In certain embodiments, the short-chain poly-alcohol is branched and has the general formula Cn(OH)mH2n+2−m where n=4 to 6 and m=2 to n. In certain embodiments, the short-chain poly-alcohol is branched and has the general formula Cn(OH)mH2n+2−m where n=4 to 12 and m=2 to n. Short-chain poly-alcohols of the invention include, but are not limited to, ethylene glycol, 1-3 propane diol, glycerol, butane triol (e.g., n-butane triol or isobutane triol), erythritol, pentane triol (e.g., n-pentane triol or isopentane triol), pentane tetraol (e.g., n-pentane tetraol, isopentane tetraol), pentaerythritol, xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a short-chain polyol selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, and erythritol. In other embodiments, the plasticizer is glucose. In other embodiments, the plasticizer is sucrose, trehalose, or mannose. In other embodiments, the plasticizer is ficol or dextran (e.g., short-chain dextran having a MW less than 10 kD). In still other embodiments, the plasticizer is polyvinyl alcohol or polyserine. Thus, for example, addition of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, ficol, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol, or polyserine to a dry-state composition of the invention renders the composition (e.g., matrix) more resistant to vibrational damage and facilitates reversible dissociation of the air-dried matrix upon re-hydration.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a monosaccharide. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a hexose. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a pentose. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a tetrose. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not one or more monosaccharides selected from the group consisting of sedoheptulose, glucose, mannose, galactose, allose, altrose, gulose, idose, talose, fructose, sorbose, psicose, tagatose, fucose, fuculose, rhamnose, ribose, arabinose, xylose, lyxose, ribulose, xylulose, deoxyribose, erythrulose, erythrose, threose, dihydroxyacetone, and glyceraldehyde.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a disaccharide. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is not one or more disaccharides selected from the group consisting of sucrose, lactose, trehalose, and maltose.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a complex sugar. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a trisaccharide. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a tetrasaccharide. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a polysaccharide. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not a glycosaminoglycan. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not an aminoglycosidase. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol, wherein the poly-alcohol is not one or more complex sugars selected from the group consisting of raffinose, melezitose, maltotriose, acarbose, stachyose, fructo-oligosaccharide, galacto-oligosaccharide, mannan-oligosaccharide, glycogen, starch, amylose, amylopectin, cellulose, chitin, inulin, dextrin, glucan (e.g., beta-glucan, dextran), heparin, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronan, heparin sulfate, dermatan sulfate, keratan sulfate, kanamycin, streptomycin, tobramycin, neomycin, paromomycin, apramycin, gentamycin, netilmycin, and amikacin.

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the invention comprise an inorganic compound, a stabilizer, and a plasticizer. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, two or more stabilizers, and a plasticizer. The inorganic compound and the stabilizers can be any inorganic compound and stabilizer described herein.

In certain embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compounds to plasticizers in the composition is about 20:1 to about 1:2, about 15:1 to about 1:1.5, 12:1 to about 1:1, about 10:1 to about 1.5:1, about 8:1 to about 2:1 by weight. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compounds to plasticizers is about 500:1 to about 50:1, about 480:1 to about 100:1, about 460:1 to about 150:1, about 440:1 to about 200:1, about 420:1 to about 250:1, or about 400:1 to about 300:1.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 0.01% to about 10%, about 0.02% to about 8%, about 0.03% to about 5%, about 0.04% to about 2%, about 0.05% to about 1%, or about 0.06% to about 0.5%.

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the invention further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors. For example, in certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound and an RNase inhibitor. RNase inhibitors include, but are not limited to, 2′-cytidine monophosphate free acid (2′-CMP), aluminon, adenosine 5′-pyrophosphate, 5′-diphosphoadenosine 3′-phosphate (ppA-3′-p), 5′-diphosphoadenosine 2′-phosphate (ppA-2′-p), Leucine, poly-L-aspartic acid, tyrosine-glutamic acid polymer, oligovinysulfonic acid, 5′-phopho-2′-deoxyuridine 3′-pyrophosphate P′→5′-ester with adenosine 3′-phosphate (pdUppAp). In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise two or more RNase inhibitors.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise 2′-CMP. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and aluminon. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and ppA-3′-p. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and Leucine. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and poly-L-aspartic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and tyrosine glutamic acid polymer. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise 2′-CMP and pdUppAp. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon and ppA-3′-p. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon and Leucine. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon and poly-L-aspartic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon and tyrosine glutamic acid polymer. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon and oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise aluminon and pdUppAp. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise ppA-3′-p. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise ppA-3′-p and Leucine. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise ppA-3′-p and poly-L-aspartic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise ppA-3′-p and tyrosine glutamic acid polymer. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise ppA-3′-p and oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise ppA-3′-p and pdUppAp. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise Leucine. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise Leucine and poly-L-aspartic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise Leucine and tyrosine glutamic acid polymer. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise Leucine and oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise Leucine and pdUppAp. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise poly-L-aspartic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise poly-L-aspartic acid and tyrosine glutamic acid polymer. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise poly-L-aspartic acid and oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise poly-L-aspartic acid and pdUppAp. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise tyrosine glutamic acid polymer. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise tyrosine glutamic acid polymer and oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise tyrosine glutamic acid polymer and pdUppAp. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise oligovinysulfonic acid. In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise oligovinysulfonic acid and pdUppAp.

In certain embodiments, the RNase inhibitor is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 1 mM to about 250 mM, about 1 mM to about 200 mM, about 1 mM to about 150 mM, about 1 mM to about 100 mM, about 2 mM to about 50 mM, about 3 mM to about 40 mM, about 4 mM to about 30 mM, about 5 mM to about 20 mM, about 6 mM to about 15 mM, or about 10 mM. In certain embodiments, the RNase inhibitor is part of an aqueous medium of the invention and is present at a concentration of about 1 μM to about 500 μM, about 1 μM to about 400 μM, about 1 μM to about 300 μM, about 1 μM to about 200 μM, about 1 μM to about 100 μM, about 1 μM to about 50 μM, about 2 μM to about 40 μM, about 3 μM to about 30 μM, about 4 μM to about 20 μM, about 5 μM to about 15 μM, or about 10 μM.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a stabilizing agent, and an RNase inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a stabilizing agent, a plasticizer, and an RNase inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a metal chelator, and an RNase inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a metal chelator, a plasticizer, and an RNase inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, at least two stabilizing agents, including at least one metal chelator, and an RNase inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, at least two stabilizing agents, including a metal chelator, a plasticizer, and an RNase inhibitor.

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the invention further comprise biomolecules. Thus, for example, any of the compositions described herein can further include biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a biological sample that contains biomolecules, such as a bodily fluid (e.g., blood, serum, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, sputum, semen, etc.), a tissue sample (e.g., a piece of solid tissue, such as a tissue biopsy, a tissue homogenate, a hair sample, etc.), a cellular lysate (e.g., a blood cell lysate, a skin cell lysate, etc.), or a fraction thereof. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a purified or synthetic sample of biomolecules (e.g., a purified or synthetic nucleic acid or protein sample). In certain embodiments, the storage compositions comprise small molecules isolated from biological samples (i.e., small molecules that are neither synthetic nor industrially produced). In certain embodiments, the storage compositions comprise one or more types of small molecules selected from the group consisting of lipids, coenzymes, metabolites, pharmaceutical agents, and metabolites of pharmaceutical agents, wherein said small molecules were isolated from biological samples.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise genomic DNA. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise DNA having a length greater than about 0.1 kB, 0.2 kB, 0.3 kB, 0.5 kB, 0.75 kB, 1 kB, 5 kB, 10 kB, 15 kB, 20 kB, 25 kB, 30 kB, 35 kB, 40 kB, 45 kB, 50 kB, or longer. In certain embodiments, the compositions safely store genomic DNA such that genomic DNA fragments having a length greater than about 0.1 kB, 0.2 kB, 0.3 kB, 0.5 kB, 0.75 kB, 1 kB, 2 kB, 3 kB, 5 kB, 10 kB, 15 kB, 20 kB, 25 kB, 30 kB, 35 kB, 40 kB, 45 kB, 50 kB, or longer can be recovered.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise RNA. In certain embodiments, the RNA is present in a crude lysate, a partially purified sample, or a purified RNA fraction from a sample. In certain embodiments, the RNA is mRNA. In other embodiments, the RNA is rRNA or tRNA. In other embodiments, the RNA is siRNA. In still other embodiments, the RNA is total RNA.

In certain embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules in the composition is about 20000:1 to about 2:1 by weight. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules in the composition is about 10000:1 to about 1000:1 by weight. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules is about 1000:1 to about 100:1 by weight. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules is about 100:1 to about 10:1 by weight. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules is about 10:1 to about 1:1. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules is about 5:1 to about 1:5. In other embodiments, the ratio of inorganic compound to biomolecules in the composition is about 5000:1 to about 50:1, about 1000:1 to about 10:1, about 500:1 to about 5:1, about 100:1 to about 2:1, or about 50:1 to about 1:2 by weight. In still other embodiments, the ration of inorganic compound to biomolecules is about 50:1, about 40:1, about 30:1, about 20:1, about 10:1, or about 1:1 by weight.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., an alkyl imidazole, an indole, and/or a sulfur-containing amino acid) and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., an alkyl imidazole, an indole, and/or a sulfur-containing amino acid), a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran) and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., an alkyl imidazole, an indole, and/or a sulfur-containing amino acid), a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran), a metal chelator (e.g., EDTA) and, optionally, biomolecules.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroxyl radical scavenger and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran) and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran), a metal chelator (e.g., EDTA) and, optionally, biomolecules.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroperoxide removing agent and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroperoxide removing agent, a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran) and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroperoxide removing agent, a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran), a metal chelator (e.g., EDTA) and, optionally, biomolecules.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran) and, optionally, biomolecules. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a water soluble inorganic compound (e.g., a compound comprising boron, phosphorus, vanadium, or aluminum), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a plasticizer (e.g., glycerol, polyvinyl alcohol, trehalose, and/or dextran), a metal chelator (e.g., EDTA) and, optionally, biomolecules.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a salt of phosphoric acid, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise potassium alum, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise soda alum, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, histidine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, histidine, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, histidine, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, tryptophan and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, tryptophan, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, methionine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, tyrosine and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, ascorbate and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, azide (e.g., sodium azide) and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, tocopherol and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, carotene and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, o-phenanthroline and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, sodium lauryl sarcosyl and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ammonium alum, guanidium hydrochloride and, optionally, a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compounds of the foregoing compositions (e.g., boric acid, borate, phosphoric acid, salts of phosphoric acid, vanadate salts, potassium alum, soda alum, and ammonium alum) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 5 mM to about 500 mM, about 6 mM to about 400 mM, about 7 mM to about 300 mM, about 8 mM to about 250 mM, about 9 mM to about 200 mM, about 10 mM to about 150 mM, about 20 mM to about 140 mM, about 30 mM to about 130 mM, about 40 mM to about 120 mM, about 50 mM to about 110 mM, about 60 mM to about 100 mM, about 70 mM to about 90 mM, or about 80 mM. In certain embodiments, the stabilizers of the foregoing compositions (e.g., histidine, tryptophan, methionine, tyrosine, ascorbate, sodium azide, tocopherol, carotene, o-phenanthroline, sodium lauryl sarcosyl, and guanidium HCl) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 1 mM to about 250 mM, about 2 mM to about 200 mM, about 3 mM to about 150 mM, about 4 mM to about 100 mM, about 5 mM to about 75 mM, about 10 mM to about 50 mM, about 15 mM to about 45 mM, about 20 mM to about 40 mM, about 25 mM to about 35 mM, or about 30 mM. In certain embodiments, the plasticizers of the foregoing compositions (e.g., ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 0.01% to about 8.0%, about 0.02% to about 5.0%, about 0.03% to about 2.0%, about 0.04% to about 1.5%, about 0.05% to about 1%, or about 0.06% to about 0.5%.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid and dimethyl sulfoxide. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, dimethyl sulfoxide, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, dimethyl sulfoxide, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, dimethyl sulfoxide, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, dimethyl sulfoxide, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid and histidine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, histidine, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid and mannitol. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, mannitol, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, mannitol, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, mannitol, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, mannitol, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid and sucrose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, sucrose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, sucrose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, sucrose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, sucrose, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid and glucose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, glucose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, glucose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, glucose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise boric acid, glucose, and a glutathione peroxidase. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate and dimethyl sulfoxide. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, dimethyl sulfoxide, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, dimethyl sulfoxide, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, dimethyl sulfoxide, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, dimethyl sulfoxide, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate and histidine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, histidine, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate and mannitol. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, mannitol, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, mannitol, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, mannitol, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, mannitol, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate and sucrose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, sucrose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, sucrose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, sucrose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, sucrose, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate and glucose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, glucose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, glucose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, glucose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise borate, glucose, and a glutathione peroxidase. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise an RNase inhibitor (e.g., any RNase inhibitor described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof and dimethyl sulfoxide. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, dimethyl sulfoxide, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, dimethyl sulfoxide, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, dimethyl sulfoxide, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, dimethyl sulfoxide, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof and histidine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, histidine, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, histidine, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, histidine, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, histidine, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof and mannitol. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, mannitol, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, mannitol, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, mannitol, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, mannitol, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof and sucrose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, sucrose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, sucrose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, sucrose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, sucrose, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof and glucose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, glucose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, glucose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, glucose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise phosphoric acid or a salt thereof, glucose, and a glutathione peroxidase. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt and dimethyl sulfoxide. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, dimethyl sulfoxide, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, dimethyl sulfoxide, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, dimethyl sulfoxide, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, dimethyl sulfoxide, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt and histidine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, histidine, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt and mannitol. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, mannitol, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, mannitol, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, mannitol, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, mannitol, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt and sucrose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, sucrose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, sucrose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, sucrose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, sucrose, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt and glucose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, glucose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, glucose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, glucose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a vanadate salt, glucose, and a glutathione peroxidase. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum (e.g., potassium alum, soda allum, or ammonium alum) and dimethyl sulfoxide. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, dimethyl sulfoxide, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, dimethyl sulfoxide, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, dimethyl sulfoxide, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, dimethyl sulfoxide, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum (e.g., potassium alum, soda allum, or ammonium alum) and histidine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, histidine, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, histidine, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, histidine, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, histidine, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum (e.g., potassium alum, soda allum, or ammonium alum) and mannitol. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, mannitol, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, mannitol, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, mannitol, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, mannitol, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum (e.g., potassium alum, soda allum, or ammonium alum) and sucrose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, sucrose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, sucrose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, sucrose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, sucrose, and a glutathione peroxidase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum (e.g., potassium alum, soda allum, or ammonium alum) and glucose. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, glucose, and catalase. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, glucose, and pyruvate. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, glucose, and glutathione. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an alum, glucose, and a glutathione peroxidase. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein) and/or biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample).

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EDTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise EGTA, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline and citrate. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and glycerol. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and trehalose. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and dextran. In certain embodiments, the compositions of the immediately foregoing paragraph further comprise o-phenanthroline, citrate, and polyvinyl alcohol.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic compounds of the foregoing compositions (e.g., boric acid, borate, phosphoric acid or salts thereof, vanadate salts, alums) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 5 mM to about 500 mM, about 5.5 mM to about 400 mM, about 6 mM to about 300 mM, about 6.5 mM to about 250 mM, about 7 mM to about 200 mM, about 7.5 mM to about 150 mM, about 8 mM to about 140 mM, about 8.5 mM to about 130 mM, about 9 mM to about 120 mM, about 9.5 mM to about 110 mM, about 10 mM to about 100 mM, about 10.1 mM to about 90 mM, about 10.2 mM to about 80 mM, about 10.3 mM to about 70 mM, about 10.4 mM to about 60 mM, about 10.5 mM to about 50 mM, about 10.6 mM to about 40 mM, about 10.7 mM to about 30 mM, about 10.8 mM to about 25 mM, about 10.9 mM to about 20 mM, about 11 mM to about 15 mM, or about 12.5 mM. In certain embodiments, the stabilizers of the foregoing compositions (e.g., dimethyl sulfoxide, histidine, mannitol, catalase, pyruvate, glutathione, and glutathione peroxidases) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 1.0 mM to about 250 mM, about 1.5 mM to about 200 mM, about 2.0 mM to about 150 mM, about 2.5 mM to about 100 mM, about 3.0 mM to about 75 mM, about 3.5 mM to about 50 mM, about 4.0 mM to about 40 mM, about 4.5 mM to about 30 mM, about 5.0 mM to about 20 mM, about 5.5 mM to about 10 mM, about 6.0 mM to about 7.5 mM, or about 6.25 mM.

In certain embodiments, the metal chelators of the foregoing compositions (e.g., EDTA, EGTA) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 0.01 mM to about 50 mM, about 0.02 mM to about 45 mM, about 0.03 mM to about 40 mM, about 0.04 mM to about 35 mM, about 0.05 mM to about 30 mM, about 0.06 mM to about 25 mM, about 0.07 mM to about 20 mM, about 0.08 to about 15 mM, about 0.09 mM to about 10 mM, about 0.1 mM to about 5 mM, or about 0.1 mM. In certain embodiments, the metal chelators of the foregoing compositions (e.g., citrate) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 0.01 mM to about 200 mM, about 0.02 mM to about 180 mM, about 0.03 mM to about 160 mM, about 0.04 mM to about 140 mM, about 0.05 mM to about 120 mM, about 0.06 mM to about 100 mM, about 0.07 mM to about 80 mM, about 0.08 to about 60 mM, about 0.09 mM to about 40 mM, about 0.1 mM to about 20 mM, about 0.1 mM to about 15 mM, about 0.1 mM to about 10 mM, about 0.2 mM to about 9 mM, about 0.3 mM to about 8 mM, about 0.4 mM to about 7 mM, about 0.5 mM to about 6 mM, about 0.6 mM to about 5 mM, about 0.7 mM to about 4 mM, about 0.8 mM to about 3 mM, about 0.9 mM to about 2 mM, about 1.0 mM to about 1.5 mM, or about 1.25 mM. In certain embodiments, the plasticizers of the foregoing compositions (e.g., glycerol, trehalose, dextran, and polyvinyl alcohol) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 0.01% to about 8.0%, about 0.02% to about 5.0%, about 0.03% to about 2.0%, about 0.04% to about 1.5%, about 0.05% to about 1%, or about 0.06% to about 0.5%.

In another aspect, the invention provides compositions comprising a stabilizer. The stabilizer can be any stabilizer disclosed or suggested herein (e.g., a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a reducing agent, a metal chelator, a detergent, a chaotrope, or any combination thereof). In certain embodiments, the stabilizer is a singlet oxygen quencher. The singlet oxygen quencher can be any singlet oxygen quencher described or suggested herein. In other embodiments, the stabilizer is a hydroxyl radical scavenger. The hydroxyl radical scavenger can be any hydroxyl radical scavenger described or suggested herein. In still other embodiments, the stabilizer can be a hydroperoxide removing agent. The hydroperoxide removing agent can be any hydroperoxide removing agent described or suggested herein.

In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise an inorganic salt, a plasticizer, or a combination thereof. The inorganic salt can be any inorganic salt disclosed or suggested herein. Thus, in certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a stabilizer and an inorganic salt. In certain embodiment, the inorganic salt comprises an element from the first Group (e.g., Group IA) of the Period Table of Elements. In certain embodiments, the inorganic salt is sodium chloride. In other embodiments, the inorganic salt is potassium chloride. In certain embodiments, the ratio of stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) to inorganic salt is about 20:1 to about 1:20, about 15:1 to about 1:15, about 10:1 to about 1:10, about 7:1 to about 1:7, about 5:1 to about 1:5, about 4:1 to about 1:4, about 3:1 to about 1:3, about 2:1 to about 1:2, or about 1:1.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a stabilizer and a plasticizer. The plasticizer can be any plasticizer described or suggested herein (e.g., a monosaccharide, disaccharide, complex sugar, long-chain poly-alcohol, or a short-chain poly-alcohol). In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a linear or branched short-chain poly-alcohol (e.g., glycerol). In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is glycerol. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is a monosaccharide (e.g., glucose). In other embodiments, the plasticizer is a disaccharide (e.g., sucrose, trehalose, or mannose). In other embodiments, the plasticizer is a complex sugar (e.g., ficol or dextran (e.g., short-chain dextran having a MW less than 10 kD)). In certain embodiments, the ratio of stabilizer to plasticizer is about 20:1 to about 1:20, about 15:1 to about 1:15, about 10:1 to about 1:10, about 7:1 to about 1:7, about 5:1 to about 1:5, about 4:1 to about 1:4, about 3:1 to about 1:3, about 2:1 to about 1:2.

In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise one or more RNase inhibitors. Thus, in certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a stabilizer, either an inorganic salt or a plasticizer (or a combination thereof), and one or more RNase inhibitors. The RNase inhibitors can be any RNase inhibitors disclosed or suggested herein.

In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise biomolecules. The biomolecules can be any biomolecules described or suggested herein. In certain embodiments, the ratio of stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) to biomolecules in the composition is about 20000:1 to about 2:1, about 10000:1 to about 1000:1, about 1000:1 to about 100:1, about 100:1 to about 10:1, or about 10:1 to about 1:1. In other embodiments, the ratio of stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) to biomolecules in the composition is about 5000:1 to about 50:1, about 1000:1 to about 10:1, about 500:1 to about 5:1, about 100:1 to about 2:1, about 50:1 to about 1:2. In still other embodiments, the ration of inorganic compound to biomolecules is about 50:1, about 40:1, about 30:1, about 20:1, about 10:1, or about 1:1 by weight.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., an alkyl imidazole) in combination with an inorganic salt, a plasticizer, or a combination thereof. The inorganic salt and the plasticizer can be any inorganic salt and plasticizer disclosed or suggested herein. In certain embodiments, the composition further comprises an additional stabilizer. For example, in certain embodiments, the additional stabilizer is a second singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., an indole or a sulfur-containing amino acid). In other embodiments, the additional stabilizer is a stabilizer other than a singlet oxygen quencher (e.g., a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a metal chelator, or any combination thereof). The additional stabilizer can be any stabilizer disclosed herein. In certain embodiments, the composition further comprises one or more RNase inhibitors, biomolecules, or a combination thereof. The RNase inhibitors and biomolecules can be any RNase inhibitors and biomolecules disclosed herein.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a hydroxyl radical scavenger in combination with an inorganic salt, a plasticizer, or a combination thereof. The inorganic salt and the plasticizer can be any inorganic salt and plasticizer disclosed or suggested herein. In certain embodiments, the composition further comprises an additional stabilizer. For example, in certain embodiments, the additional stabilizer is a second hydroxyl radical scavenger. In other embodiments, the additional stabilizer is a stabilizer other than a hydroxyl radical scavenger (e.g., a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a metal chelator, or any combination thereof). The additional stabilizer can be any stabilizer disclosed herein. In certain embodiments, the composition further comprises one or more RNase inhibitors, biomolecules, or a combination thereof. The RNase inhibitors and biomolecules can be any RNase inhibitors and biomolecules disclosed herein.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise a hydroperoxide removing agent in combination with an inorganic salt, a plasticizer, or a combination thereof. The inorganic salt and the plasticizer can be any inorganic salt and plasticizer disclosed or suggested herein. In certain embodiments, the composition further comprises an additional stabilizer. For example, in certain embodiments, the additional stabilizer is a second hydroperoxide removing agent. In other embodiments, the additional stabilizer is a stabilizer other than a hydroperoxide removing agent (e.g., a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a metal chelator, or any combination thereof). The additional stabilizer can be any stabilizer disclosed herein. In certain embodiments, the composition further comprises one or more RNase inhibitors, biomolecules, or a combination thereof. The RNase inhibitors and biomolecules can be any RNase inhibitors and biomolecules disclosed herein.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise histidine and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise histidine, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise histidine, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tryptophan and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tryptophan, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tryptophan, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise methionine and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise methionine, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise methionine, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tyrosine and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tyrosine, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tyrosine, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ascorbate and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ascorbate, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise ascorbate, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise azide and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise azide, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise azide, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tocopherol and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tocopherol, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise tocopherol, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise carotene and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise carotene, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise carotene, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise DMSO and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise DMSO, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise DMSO, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise mannitol and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise mannitol, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise mannitol, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise catalase and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise catalase, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise catalase, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise pyruvate and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise pyruvate, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise pyruvate, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise glutathione and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise glutathione, sodium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise glutathione, potassium chloride and, optionally, and a plasticizer selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,3-propane diol, glycerol, erythritol, glucose, sucrose, trehalose, mannose, dextran, polyvinyl alcohol and polyserine. Each of the embodiments of this paragraph can further comprise one or more metal chelators (e.g., EDTA, EGTA, o-phenanthroline, and/or citrate), one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., any RNase inhibitor or combination thereof described or suggested herein), biomolecules (e.g., any sample comprising biomolecules, such as a biological sample), or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) is the principal component of the composition. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer constitutes at least 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, or more of the composition. In other embodiments, the stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) is the principal non-water component of the composition. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer constitutes at least 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, or more of the non-water portion of the composition.

In certain embodiments, the stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and is present at a concentration of about 0.05 mg/ml to about 100.0 mg/ml, about 0.1 mg/ml to about 75.0 mg/ml, about 0.2 mg/ml to about 50.0 mg/ml, about 0.3 mg/ml to about 25.0 mg/ml, about 0.4 mg/ml to about 15.0 mg/ml, or about 0.5 mg/ml to about 10.0 mg/ml. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and is present at a concentration of about 1.0 mM to about 500 mM, about 2.0 mM to about 400 mM, about 3.0 mM to about 300 mM, about 4.0 mM to about 200 mM, about 5.0 mM to about 100 mM, about 6.0 mM to about 95 mM, about 7.0 mM to about 90 mM, about 8.0 mM to about 85 mM, about 9.0 mM to about 80 mM, about 10 mM to about 75 mM, about 11 mM to about 70 mM, about 12 mM to about 65 mM, about 13 mM to about 60 mM, about 14 mM to about 55 mM, about 15 mM to about 50 mM, about 20 mM to about 40 mM, or about 30 mM. In certain embodiments, the stabilizer (e.g., singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and is present at a concentration of about 1.0 mM to about 50 mM, about 2.0 mM to about 40 mM, about 3.0 mM to about 30 mM, about 4.0 mM to about 20 mM, about 5.0 mM to about 10 mM, or about 6.25 mM.

In certain embodiments, the inorganic salt (e.g., sodium chloride or potassium chloride) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and is present at a concentration of about 0.05 mg/ml to about 100.0 mg/ml, about 0.1 mg/ml to about 75.0 mg/ml, about 0.2 mg/ml to about 50.0 mg/ml, about 0.3 mg/ml to about 25.0 mg/ml, about 0.4 mg/ml to about 15.0 mg/ml, or about 0.5 mg/ml to about 10.0 mg/ml. In certain embodiments, the inorganic salt (e.g., sodium chloride or potassium chloride) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and is present at a concentration of about 1.0 mM to about 500 mM, about 2.0 mM to about 450 mM, about 3.0 mM to about 400 mM, about 4.0 mM to about 350 mM, about 5.0 mM to about 300 mM, about 6.0 mM to about 250 mM, about 7.0 mM to about 200 mM, about 8.0 mM to about 150 mM, about 9.0 mM to about 125 mM, about 10 mM to about 100 mM, about 11 mM to about 90 mM, about 12 mM to about 80 mM, about 13 mM to about 70 mM, about 14 mM to about 60 mM, about 15 mM to about 50 mM, about 20 mM to about 40 mM, or about 30 mM. In certain embodiments, the inorganic salt (e.g., sodium chloride or potassium chloride) is part of an aqueous medium of the invention (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and is present at a concentration of about 1.0 mM to about 50 mM, about 2.0 mM to about 40 mM, about 3.0 mM to about 30 mM, about 4.0 mM to about 20 mM, about 5.0 mM to about 10 mM, or about 6.25 mM.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizer is the principal component of the composition. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer constitutes at least 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, or more of the composition. In other embodiments, the plasticizer is the principal non-water component of the composition. In certain embodiments, the plasticizer constitutes at least 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35%, 40%, 45%, or more of the non-water portion of the composition.

In certain embodiments, the plasticizers of the foregoing compositions (e.g., glycerol, trehalose, dextran, and polyvinyl alcohol) are in an aqueous medium (e.g., either before or after being mixed with a sample) and have a concentration of about 0.01% to about 8.0%, about 0.02% to about 5.0%, about 0.03% to about 2.0%, about 0.04% to about 1.5%, about 0.05% to about 1%, or about 0.06% to about 0.5%.

In another aspect, the invention provides compositions comprising at least three components selected from the list consisting of an inorganic compound, a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, a reducing agent, a metal chelator, a detergent, and a plasticizer. The inorganic compound, singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent, reducing agent, metal chelator, detergent, and plasticizer can be any inorganic compound, singlet oxygen quencher, hydroxyl radical scavenger, hydroperoxide removing agent, reducing agent, metal chelator, detergent, and plasticizer described or suggested herein. In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise at least three components selected from the list consisting of an inorganic compound, a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroyl radical scavenger, a hydroperoxide removing agent, and a metal chelator.

In certain embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, and a hydroperoxide removing agent. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a singlet oxygen quencher, and a hydroxyl radical scavenger. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise an inorganic compound, a singlet oxygen quencher, and a hydroperoxide removing agent. In other embodiments, the compositions comprise a singlet oxygen quencher, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, and a hydroperoxide removing agent. In certain related embodiments, the compositions further comprise a metal chelator, a plasticizer, one or more RNase inhibitors, or any combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions further comprise biomolecules (e.g., a sample, such as a biological sample, comprising biomolecules).

The compositions of the present invention can be provided in any form suitable for biomolecule storage. In one embodiment, a composition of the present invention is provided as a solid-state matrix. As used herein, “solid-state” means that the matrix is provided in a solid or dry form which can be converted to a liquid form by suspending, re-hydrating, or solubilizing the matrix in water. In certain embodiments, the solid-state matrix is obtained by air drying (e.g., in a chemical fume hood). In other embodiments, the solid state storage matrix is obtained by drying in a vacuum (e.g., in a vacuum centrifuge). In certain embodiments, the solid-state matrix has a crystalline or paracrystalline structure. In certain embodiments, the solid-state matrix does not have a glass structure. In certain embodiments, the solid-state matrix has been equilibrated with atmospheric relative humidity and has a water content of 70%, 60%, 55%, 50%, 48%, 46%, 44%, 42%, 40%, 38%, 36%, 35%, 34%, 33%, 32%, 31%, 30%, or less by weight.

In other embodiments, a composition of the present invention is provided as an aqueous medium. As used herein, “aqueous” refers to a solution in which water is the principal solvent. The aqueous medium can be the form the composition has prior to being mixed with sample. Alternatively, the aqueous medium can be the result of mixing a dry-state matrix with a liquid sample. In preferred embodiments, an aqueous medium of the invention can be dried down (e.g., by air or vacuum drying) to obtain a solid state matrix of the invention. In certain embodiments, the aqueous medium, upon drying, forms a solid state matrix having a crystalline or paracrystalline structure. In certain embodiments, the aqueous medium, upon drying, does not form a glass structure. In other embodiments, a solid state matrix of the invention can be solubilized in water or a liquid biological sample (e.g., a bodily fluid, a tissue homogenate, a cellular lysate, a purified or synthetic sample of biomolecules), diluted or otherwise, to produce an aqueous medium of the invention.

In certain embodiments, the compositions of the invention do not comprise Tris base, EDTA, EGTA, or a combination thereof.

In certain embodiments, the compositions are substantially free of magnesium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, or lead. In this context, the term “substantially free” means that the composition is less than 0.5% magnesium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, or lead by weight, wherein the percentage is determined by dividing (1) the weight of magnesium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, or lead in the composition by (2) the weight of all non-water compounds in the composition and multiplying the result by 100. In preferred embodiments, the composition contains less than 0.1%, 0.05%, 0.01%, 0.005%, or less magnesium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, or lead.

In certain embodiments, the compositions are substantially free of one or more water soluble organic polymers, such as polyvinyl alcohol, dextran, dextran sulfate, and cellulose. In this context, “substantially free” means that the composition is less than 0.5% by weight of a particular water soluble organic polymers, where the percentage is determined by dividing (1) the weight of the water soluble organic polymer in the composition by (2) the weight of all non-water compounds in the composition and multiplying the result by 100. In certain embodiments, the composition contains less than 0.1%, 0.05%, 0.01%, 0.005%, of a particular water soluble organic polymer.

In certain embodiments, the compositions are inert with respect to one or more downstream methods that may be used to analyze biomolecules that have been stored in and/or stabilized by the compositions. The term “inert,” as used herein in this context, means that the presence of a composition in a sample does not reduce the rate of the method by more than 50% and does significantly reduce the fidelity of the method. In certain embodiments, the composition is inert with respect to a method selected from the group consisting of nucleic acid transcription and/or amplification (e.g., reverse transcription, PCR, real time PCR, etc.), endonuclease digestion (e.g., reactions involving type II endonucleases, such as EcoRI, BamHI, HindIII, NotI, SmaI, BglII, etc.), cloning techniques (e.g., ligation), protein digestion (e.g., reactions involving proteinases such as proteinase K, trypsin, chymotrypsin, savinase, etc.), microarray analysis (e.g., of nucleic acids or proteins), immunoassays (e.g., immunoprecipitation, ELISA, etc.), mass spectroscopy, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the composition is inert upon dilution (e.g., dilution by a factor of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, or more). In other embodiments, the composition is inert in undiluted form.

Sample Carriers

In another aspect, the invention provides sample carriers comprising compositions of the invention. In certain embodiments, the sample carriers comprise a container and a sample node, wherein the sample node comprises or consists of a composition disclosed herein (e.g., a solid-state matrix or an aqueous medium disclosed herein). In certain embodiments, the sample node is reversibly attached to the container. In certain embodiments, the container contains and/or supports the sample node. The container can be any size and shape suitable for containing or supporting such compositions and/or practicing the methods of the invention. For example, in certain embodiments, the container is a tube (e.g., a test tube, a sample tube having a volume of about 0.1 ml to about 2.0 ml, etc.) or a well (e.g., a well in a plate, such as a standard multi-well plate).

In certain embodiments, the container has a volume of about 10 μl to about 2 ml, about 25 μl to about 1.5 ml, about 50 μl to about 1000 μl, about 75 μl to about 800 μl, about 100 μl to about 700 μl, about 125 μl to about 600 μl, or about 150 μl to about 500 μl.

In certain embodiments, the sample carrier comprises an identifying indicia, such as an optical barcode. In certain embodiments, the container comprises an identifying indicia. For example, in certain embodiments, the container comprises an optical barcode or a biological barcode. Biological barcodes have been described, for example, in US Patent Application No. 2004/0219533 and No. 2005/0026181. In certain embodiments, the sample node comprises an identifying indicia, such as a biological barcode.

In certain embodiments, the sample node comprises about 10 μg to about 1000 μg, about 15 μg to about 900 μg, about 20 μg to about 800 μg, about 25 μg to about 700 μg, about 30 μg to about 600 μg, about 35 μg to about 500 μg, about 40 μg to about 400 μg, about 45 μg to about 300 μg, about 50 μg to about 200 μg, about 55 μg to about 150 μg, about 60 μg to about 125 μg, about 65 μg to about 100 μg, or about 70 μg to about 80 μg of a solid state matrix disclosed herein. In other embodiments, the sample node comprises about 1.0 mg to about 100 mg, about 2.0 mg to about 90 mg, about 3.0 mg to about 80 mg, about 4.0 mg to about 70 mg, about 5.0 mg to about 60 mg, about 6.0 mg to about 50 mg, about 7.0 mg to about 40 mg, about 8.0 mg to about 30 mg, about 9.0 mg to about 20 mg, or about 10 mg of a solid state matix disclosed herein. In other embodiments, the sample node comprises about 10 μl to about 1000 μl, about 15 μl to about 900 μl, about 20 μl to about 800 μl, about 25 μl to about 700 μl, about 30 μl to about 600 μl, about 35 μl to about 500 μl, about 40 μl to about 400 μl, about 45 μl to about 300 μl, about 50 μl to about 200 μl, about 55 μl to about 150 μl, about 60 μl to about 125 μl, about 65 μl to about 100 μl, or about 70 μl to about 90 μl of an aqueous medium disclosed herein.

In certain embodiments, the sample carrier comprises a plurality of containers and a plurality of discrete sample nodes. As used herein in this context, “discrete” means that the sample nodes are physically separate from the other sample nodes of the sample carrier and can be accessed and manipulated individually. Thus, for example, each of the plurality of sample nodes can be individually contained or supported by a single container. In certain embodiments, the plurality of containers is a plurality of tubes (e.g., an 8×12 array of screw cap tubes having an SBS microtiter footprint). In certain embodiments, the plurality of containers is a plurality of wells in a multi-well plate (e.g., a microtiter plate having an SBS microtiter footprint). In general, such multi-compartment container is compatible with automation and robotic handling.

In certain embodiments, each of said plurality of containers comprises an identifying indicia. For example, in certain embodiments, each of said plurality of containers comprises an optical barcode or a biological barcode. In other embodiments, each of said plurality of containers can be identified by its position within the sample carrier (e.g., the coordinates of a well within a multi-well plate).

In certain embodiments, the sample carrier further comprises biomolecules. Thus, in certain embodiments, the sample carrier comprises one or more samples, such as biological samples, containing biomolecules. The samples can be any biological sample disclosed herein, such as a bodily fluid, a tissue homogenate, a cell lysate, a fraction thereof, a purified sample, or a synthetic sample.

Kits

In another aspect, the invention provides kits comprising a composition disclosed herein and an instruction for using the composition for storage of biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the composition is a solid-state matrix disclosed herein. In other embodiments, the composition is an aqueous medium disclosed herein. In certain embodiments, the instruction describes a method for dry storage of biomolecules disclosed herein. In other embodiments, the instruction described a method for stabilizing biomolecules (e.g., in a dry state or in a liquid medium). In still other embodiments, the instruction describes a method for shipping biomolecules (e.g., in a dry state) described herein.

In certain embodiments, the kits include a container that contains the composition. The container can be any size or shape suitable for containing the composition. In certain embodiments, the container is a bottle. In certain embodiments, the container contains a composition disclosed herein (e.g., an aqueous medium or a dry-state matrix) in sufficient quantity to provide storage and/or stability to a plurality of samples (e.g., 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, or more samples). In certain embodiments, the container contains 100 μl, 200 μl, 300 μl, 400 μl, 500 μl, 750 μl, 1.0 ml, 1.5 ml, 2.0 ml, 2.5 ml, 5.0 ml, 7.5 ml, 10.0 ml, 15.0 ml, 20.0 ml, or more of an aqueous medium of the invention. In other embodiments, the container contains 500 μg, 1 mg, 1.5 mg, 2.0 mg, 2.5 mg, 5.0 mg, 7.5 mg, 10.0 mg, 15.0 mg, 20.0 mg, 50.0 mg, 100 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, 1 g, or more of a dry-state matrix of the invention.

In other embodiments, the kits includes a sample carrier disclosed herein. For example, in certain embodiments, the kit includes a sample carrier comprising a plurality of containers (e.g., a multi-well plate), wherein each of said plurality of wells contains a storage composition disclosed herein.

Methods

In another aspect, the invention provides methods of storing biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the methods comprise mixing a sample that contains biomolecules, such as a biological sample, with a composition described herein (e.g., a solid state matrix or an aqueous medium described herein) to form a mixture, and drying down the mixture to form a dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules. The sample can be any type of sample described herein.

In certain embodiments, the sample is a liquid sample, such as a bodily fluid (e.g., blood, serum, sputum, urine, cerbrospinal fluid, etc.), a cellular lysate, or a tissue homogenate. In certain embodiments, the sample is a liquid sample and is mixed with a dry-state matrix of the invention. In other embodiments, the sample is a liquid sample and is mixed with an aqueous medium of the invention. In other embodiments, the sample is carried by a solid support, such as a cotton swab, a filter paper, or a sponge. For example, in certain embodiments, the sample is a liquid sample and the mixing comprising washing the solid support with an aqueous medium of the invention. In still other embodiments, the sample is a solid sample, such as a piece of tissue (e.g., a biopsy). For example, in certain embodiments, the sample is a solid sample and is stored in an aqueous medium for storage (e.g., overnight, or for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 days or more). In certain embodiments, a solid sample is placed in a mixture of an aqueous medium of the invention and another liquid known for stabilizing biomolecules present in a solid tissue sample such as a biopsy. Fpr example, in certain embodiments, the sample is placed in a mixture of an aqueous medium of the invention and RNALater™ (by Ambion) or Allprotect™ (by Qiagen).

In certain embodiments, mixing the sample with a composition of the invention comprises agitating (e.g., by repeat pipetting, shaking, or vortexing) the combination of sample and composition. In other embodiments, mixing the sample with a composition of the invention comprises incubating the combination of sample and composition at a temperature above room temperature (e.g., at a temperature of 30° C., 37° C., 40° C., 42° C., 45° C., 50° C., 55° C., 60° C., or higher). In certain embodiments, mixing the sample with a composition of the invention comprises incubating the combination of sample and composition at a temperature less than 70° C., 65° C., 60° C., 55° C., 50° C., 45° C., 40° C., or lower. In certain embodiments, mixing the sample with a composition of the invention comprises agitating the combination of sample and composition, and incubating the combination at a temperature between room temperature and 60° C. As used herein, “room temperature” is the temperature in a typical laboratory. Thus, in general, room temperature is between about 20° C. and about 28° C., or between about 22° C. and about 26° C.

In certain embodiments, drying down the storage solution comprises air drying (e.g., air drying in a chemical fume hood overnight). In other embodiments, drying down the storage solution comprises vacuum drying (e.g., drying in a vacuum centrifuge for one or more hours). Following drying, the dry-state matrix can be stored, for example, in a sample archive. Suitable archives have been described, e.g., in U.S. Pat. No. 7,142,987 and U.S. Patent Application No. 2003/0129755.

In certain embodiments, the storage is short term (e.g., the time it takes to transport the biomolecules to a remote location for further processing). Thus, for example, in certain embodiments, the storage is for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, or more hours, or for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or more days. In certain embodiments, the storage is for an intermediate time perior (e.g., for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or more weeks, or for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, or more months). In still other embodiments, the storage is long term (e.g., for archiving). Thus, for example, in certain embodiments, the storage is for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 20, or more years.

In general, the compositions of the present invention can be used to store any biomolecule. Exemplary biomolecules include without any limitation, DNA, RNA, nucleic acid, polynucleotide, oligonucleotide, amino acid, peptide, polypeptide. Such biomolecules can be in any form, e.g., in a biological sample, an extract, any other intermediate or semi-processed biological samples, a purified sample, or a synthetic sample. Exemplary biological samples include without any limitation, blood, plasma, urine, saliva, cerebrospinal fluid, or any biological fluid, skin cells, cell or tissue samples, cell lysate, nuclear extract, nucleic acid extract, protein extract, cytoplasmic extract, etc.

In a related aspect, the invention provides methods of transporting biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the methods comprise storing the biomolecules in a dry-state matrix of the invention (e.g., according to a method of storing biomolecules described herein). Thus, for example, in certain embodiments the methods comprise mixing a sample that contains biomolecules, such as a biological sample, with a composition described herein (e.g., a solid-state matrix or an aqueous medium described herein) to form a mixture, drying down the mixture to form a dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules, and transporting the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules. The sample can be any type of sample described herein.

In certain embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is transported to a location where the biomolecules can be stored for future use (e.g., an archive). In other embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is transported to a location where the biomolecules can be analyzed (e.g., a laboratory). In certain embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is transported at a temperature greater than 25° C. In other embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is transported at a temperature greater than 37° C. In still other embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is transported at a temperature greater than 50° C. Thus, for example, in certain embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is exposed to ambient temperatures of about 25° C. to about 80° C., about 37° C. to about 75° C., or about 50° C. to about 70° C. during said transporting step.

In certain embodiments, the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is exposed to elevated temperatures for one or more hours (e.g., for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, or 24 hours, or more) during said transporting. As used herein in this context, “elevated temperatures” refers to temperatures greater that 25° C. Thus, for example, in certain embodiments the dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules is exposed to temperatures greater than 25° C., greater than 37° C., greater than 50° C., and/or greater than 70° C. for one or more hours (e.g., for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, or 24 hours, or more). In certain embodiments, the biomolecules in the dry-state matrix are not damaged by the exposure to elevated temperatures. For example, in certain embodiments, greater that 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, or more of a particular type of biomolecule (e.g., DNA, RNA, protein, etc.) will remain in good condition for analysis following the exposure to elevated temperatures.

In certain embodiments, the transporting occurs by air (e.g., in an airplane). In certain embodiments, the transporting occurs by ground (e.g., in a delivery vehicle).

In another aspect, the invention provides a method of stabilizing biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the method comprises mixing a sample comprising biomolecules with a composition described herein (e.g., a dry-state matrix or an aqueous medium described herein) to form a mixture, wherein at least one biomolecule in the mixture is stabilized by the presence of the composition. As used herein, a biomolecule is “stabilized” by a composition when there is a lower likelihood that is will become degraded over time in the presence of the composition as compared to in the absence of the composition. In certain embodiments, the stabilization occurs in solution. Thus, for example, the invention provides a method of stabilizing biomolecules in solution, the method comprising mixing a sample comprising biomolecules with an aqueous medium described herein, wherein the at least one biomolecule is stabilized by the aqueous medium. In other embodiments, the method comprises mixing a liquid sample comprising biomolecules with a dry-state matrix described herein, and resuspending the dry-state matrix in the liquid sample to form a mixture, wherein at least one biomolecule in the mixture is stabilized by the resuspended matrix.

In certain embodiments, the mixture is maintained at a temperature greater than 0° C. As used herein in this context, the term “maintained” simply means that the mixture is allowed to stand in a particular location characterized by a particular ambient temperature. Thus, for example, after a sample has been mixed with a composition of the invention, if the resulting mixture is set aside (e.g., while other samples are attended to), the sample is being maintained at the ambient temperature in the room where the mixture is located. In certain embodiments, the mixture is maintained at a temperature greater than 4° C., 10° C., 15° C., 20° C., 25° C., 30° C., 35° C., 37° C., or more. In certain embodiments, the biomolecules are maintained at a particular temperature (e.g., 25° C. or greater) for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 75, 90, 105, 120, or more minutes. In certain embodiments, the biomolecules are maintained at a particular temperature (e.g., 25° C. or greater) for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, or more hours. In certain embodiments, the biomolecules are maintained at a particular temperature (e.g., 25° C. or greater) for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or more days.

In certain embodiments, the biomolecules stabilized are nucleic acids (e.g., DNA and/or RNA). In other embodiments, the biomolecules stabilized are proteins or peptides. In other embodiments, the biomolecules stabilized are carbohydrates. In other embodiments, the biomolecules stabilized are lipids. In still other embodiments, the molecules stabilized are small molecules, such as steroids, pharmaceutical drugs, and metabolites thereof.

In another aspect, the invention provides methods of recovering biomolecules. In certain embodiments, the methods comprise adding a resuspension fluid to a dry-state matrix of the present invention that comprises biomolecules, and resuspending the matrix. In certain embodiments, the volume of resuspension fluid added to the storage matrix is greater than the volume of storage solution that was dried down to form the storage matrix. For example, in certain embodiments, the volume of resuspension fluid added to the storage matrix is greater than the volume of storage solution by a factor of 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2.0, or more. In other embodiments, the volume of resuspension fluid added to the storage matrix is less than the volume of storage solution that was dried down to form the storage matrix. For example, in certain embodiments, the volume of resuspension fluid added to the storage matrix is less than the volume of storage solution by a factor of 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2.0, or more. In preferred embodiments, the volume of resuspension fluid added to the storage matrix is about the same as the volume of storage solution that was dried down to form the storage matrix.

In certain embodiments, the resuspension fluid is water. In other embodiments, the resuspension fluid is a buffer. For example, in certain embodiments, the resuspension fluid is a buffer that comprises Tris base (e.g., 10 mM Tris or TE). In certain embodiments, the resuspension fluid has a pH of about 7.0. For example, in certain embodiments, the resuspension fluid has a pH of about 5.5 to about 8.5, or about 6.0 to about 8.0, or about 6.5 to about 7.5, or about 7.0.

Biomolecules recovered from dry-state matrices of the invention can be analyzed and manipulated using standard molecular and biochemical techniques. For example, recovered nucleic acid molecules can be amplified (e.g., using standard PCR or real-time PCR) and/or analyzed (e.g., using restriction endonucleases and other nucleic acid modification enzymes, as well as by hybridization, such as to microarrays or blots). In preferred embodiments, the recovered biomolecules do not require any purification prior to such manipulation and/or analysis.

EXAMPLES

The following examples are intended to illustrate, but not to limit, the invention in any manner, shape, or form, either explicitly or implicitly. While they are typical of those that might be used, other procedures, methodologies, or techniques known to those skilled in the art may alternatively be used.

Example 1

Boric Acid Dry-State Matrices

Matrices comprising a water-soluble inorganic compound, were fabricated in conical bottom, polypropylene, 96-well microtiter plates. 20 μL aliquots of medium consisting of a 4.0 mg/ml aqueous solution of boric acid were added to individual wells. The medium was subsequently air dried at room temperature onto the bottom surface of each well to form a discrete, solid-state inorganic matrix (i.e., a discrete sample node). The drying process typically required 2 hours in a vacuum centrifuge or overnight in a hood. FIG. 1 shows representative matrices formed according to these procedures.

Example 2

Boric Acid Plus Histidine Dry-State Matrices

Matrices comprising a water-soluble inorganic compound (boric acid) and a small-molecule stabilizer (histidine) were fabricated in a conical bottom, polypropylene, 96 well microtiter plate. 20 μL aliquots of medium consisting of an aqueous solution of boric acid (4.0 mg/ml) and histidine (from 0.5 mg/ml to 2.5 mg/ml) were added to individual wells. The medium was subsequently air dried at room temperature onto the bottom surface of each well to form a discrete, solid-state inorganic matrix (i.e., a discrete sample node). The drying process typically required 2 hours in a vacuum centrifuge or overnight in a hood.

Example 3

Boric Acid Plus Glycerol Dry-State Matrices

Matrices comprising a water-soluble inorganic compound (boric acid) and a plasticizer (glycerol) were fabricated in a conical bottom, polypropylene, 96 well microtiter plate. 20 μL aliquots of medium consisting of an aqueous solution of boric acid (4.0 mg/ml) and glycerol (from 0.5 mg/ml to 4.0 mg/ml) were added to individual wells. The medium was subsequently air dried at room temperature onto the bottom surface of each well to form a discrete, solid-state inorganic matrix (i.e., a discrete sample node). The drying process typically required 2 hours in a vacuum centrifuge or overnight in a hood.

Example 4

Storage of DNA in Dry-State Matrices Comprising Boric Acid with or without Histidine

To the matrices described in Examples 1-2, 20 μL aliquots of human DNA (supplied by Roche) in TE buffer were added per well. The solid-state matrix in each well was resuspended and solubilized in the DNA solution by repeat pipetting. The resulting solutions were then air-dried to form solid-state matrices comprising biomolecules. The amount of DNA added to each well ranged from about 100 ng to about 5000 ng. After the matrices comprising DNA were formed, the plates were stored at room temperature (i.e., about 25° C.), 37° C., 55° C., or 76° C.

Example 5

Recovery of DNA from Dry-State Matrices by Addition of Water

To retrieve the DNA from the dry-state storage of Example 4, 20 μL of water was added to each well and the plates were incubated at room temperature for about 15 minutes. The DNA-containing solutions were retrieved by pipetting and then used “as is” or diluted with water as needed for further analysis.

Example 6

Gel Electrophoresis of DNA Recovered from Dry-State Matrices

DNA stored according to Example 4 and recovered according to Example 5 was analyzed by gel electrophoresis. A volume of DNA-containing solution corresponding to 100 ng of recovered DNA (assuming 100% recovery) was run on a 0.8% agarose gel at 250 volts for 1 hour and stained with Ethidium bromide. The results are shown in FIG. 2.

Example 7

Real time PCR Analysis of Human DNA Recovered from Dry-State Matrices

Real time PCR was used to compare and evaluate the recovery of DNA from the dry-state matrices of Example 4. The DNA was recovered as described in Example 5. PCR analysis was based on a nuclear chromosome encoded gene, β-actin, as provided by ABI (Cat #401846)

PCR reactions were carried out in a 25 μL volume. The reactions contained 1×ABI TaqMan buffer A, 3.5 mM MgCl2, 0.3 μM primers-probe, 0.2 mM dNTPs, and 0.125 μL of Amplitaq Gold at 5 U/μL. The conditions for these PCR tests were as follows: (1) 95° C. for 10 minutes; (2) 40 cycles of 95° C. for 15 seconds, 60° C. for 1 minute; and (3) 4° C. hold. Approximately 80 μg of DNA recovered from dry state storage (assuming 100% recovery) was used as template for each reaction. For controls, 80 μg of frozen DNA was used as template. All of PCR results were evaluated by real time PCR using ABI 7700. The results are shown in FIG. 3.

Example 8

Microarray Analysis of DNA Recovered from Dry-State Matrices

Microarray analysis was performed on DNA recovered from the dry-state matrices of Example 6. The DNA was recovered as described in Example 8. Affymetrix 6.0 and Illumina 1M Microarray SNP analyses were performed by Expression Analysis, Inc. (Durham, N.C.) as per manufacturer recommendations. The results of the analysis are shown in FIG. 4.

Example 9

Storage of Buccal Swab or Blood Swab Lysates in Dry-State Matrices Comprising Borax

Whole blood or cheek cell samples are collected on cotton swabs and air dried. The swabs are later rehydrated by addition of 100 mM Borax in water, followed by heating to 95° C. for 10 minutes. The swab extract is collected from the swab by centrifugation or by squeezing the fluid from the swab by hand. The resulting solution is then aliquoted into one or more wells of a 96-well microtiter plate at a volume not to exceed about 200 μL per well. The plate is allowed to dry at room temperature, thus forming a dry-state matrix comprising biomolecules.

The biomolecules in the resulting dry-state matrix are recovered from a pre-selected well by the addition of a volume of water equal to the original fluid volume prior to drying (i.e., up to 200 μL/well). Recovered nucleic acid molecules are ready for use in applied genetic analyses or preparative nucleic acid biochemistry.

Example 10

Storage of Buccal Swab or Blood Swab Lysates in Dry-State Matrices Comprising Borax and Histidine

Whole blood or cheek cell samples are collected on cotton swabs and air dried. The swabs are rehydrated by addition of 100 mM Borax and 2 mM-100 mM histidine in water, followed by heating to 95° C. for 10 minutes. The swab extract is collected from the swab by centrifugation or by squeezing the fluid from the swab by hand. The resulting solution is then aliquoted into one or more wells of a 96-well microtiter plate at a volume not to exceed about 200 μL per well. The plate is allowed to dry at room temperature, thus forming an inorganic storage matrix.

The biomolecules in the resulting dry-state matrix are recovered from a pre-selected well by the addition of a volume of water equal to the original fluid volume prior to drying (i.e., up to 200 μL/well). Recovered nucleic acid molecules are ready for use in applied genetic analyses or preparative nucleic acid biochemistry.

Example 11

RNA Stability During Dry-State Storage at Elevated Temperatures

One microgram samples of purified total RNA were mixed with various compositions of the invention (as described below) and then stored in the dry state at (A) 25° C. or (B) 76° C. for 7 days. At that point, the samples were resuspended and analyzed on an Agilent Bioanalyzer. The dry-state matrices were as follows:

    • 1) Borate, citrate, EDTA, pyruvate, and dextran (results shown in FIG. 5);
    • 2) Tris, borate, mannitol, and EDTA (results shown in FIG. 6);
    • 3) borate, citrate, mannitol, and dextran (results shown in FIG. 7);
    • 4) borate citrate, mannitol, and pyruvate (results shown in FIG. 8);
    • 5) borate, citrate, pyruvate, and dextran (results shown in FIG. 9);
    • 6) borate, citrate, EDTA, and dextran (results shown in FIG. 10);
    • 7) borate, EDTA, and pyruvate (results shown in FIG. 11);
    • 8) borate, citrate, and pyruvate (results shown in FIG. 12);
    • 9) borate, citrate, and mannitol (results shown in FIG. 13);
    • 10) borate, citrate, and EDTA (results shown in FIG. 14);
    • 11) no matrix control (results shown in FIG. 15).

In the Agilent bioanalyzer traces of total RNA, if the RNA is intact, the ribosomal RNA complement of the total RNA appears as a pair of sharp bands migrating at about 41 & 48 seconds. As the RNA degrades, strand breaks are incurred due to RNA backbone cleavage, thereby causing the sharp ribosomal RNA bands to be broadened, and eventually indetectible, as in FIG. 15(B).

Overall, the data in FIGS. 5-14 show that all ten of the compositions described above provide for high levels of RNA stabilization at 76° C., as assessed by the use of ribosomal RNA as a surrogate. This high temperature exceeds the maximum possible ambient shipping temperature predicted by FEDEX and the Dept of Defense, thus indicating that the above 10 formulations (and other similar matrices), allow RNA to be stored and transported under extreme conditions in the dry state. By comparison, RNA stored dry in the absence of these compositions becomes moderately degraded when stored at 25° C. (FIG. 15(A)) and highly degraded when stored dry at 76° C. (FIG. 15(B)).

Additional compositions suitable for the dry-state storage, transport, and/or stabilization of RNA include: borate, citrate, mannitol, and dextran; borate, mannitol, pyruvate, and dextran; borate, EDTA, mannitol, pyruvate, and dextran; and borate, citrate, EDTA, mannitol, pyruvate, and dextran. For aqueous stabilization of RNA, one or more RNase inhibitors (e.g., as described herein) could be added to the compositions of this example.

All patents and publications, including all sequences disclosed within such patents and publications, referred to herein are expressly incorporated by reference.

Although the invention has been described with reference to the presently preferred embodiments and the foregoing non-limiting examples, it should be understood that various changes and modifications, as would be obvious to one skilled in the art, can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is limited only by the following claims.

Claims

1. A composition comprising:
boric acid or a salt thereof;
a plasticizer, wherein the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol;
a hydroxyl radical scavenger; and
an RNase inhibitor, wherein the RNase inhibitor is aluminon,
wherein the composition is:
a solid-state or dry-state matrix in a solid or dry form which can be converted to a liquid form by suspending, re-hydrating, or solubilizing the matrix in water; or
an aqueous medium in a liquid state.
boric acid or a salt thereof;
a plasticizer, wherein the plasticizer is a poly-alcohol;
a hydroxyl radical scavenger; and
an RNase inhibitor, wherein the RNase inhibitor is aluminon,
wherein the composition is:
a solid-state or dry-state matrix in a solid or dry form which can be converted to a liquid form by suspending, re-hydrating, or solubilizing the matrix in water; or
an aqueous medium in a liquid state.
wherein the composition is:
a solid-state or dry-state matrix in a solid or dry form which can be converted to a liquid form by suspending, re-hydrating, or solubilizing the matrix in water; or
an aqueous medium in a liquid state.
a solid-state or dry-state matrix in a solid or dry form which can be converted to a liquid form by suspending, re-hydrating, or solubilizing the matrix in water; or
an aqueous medium in a liquid state.
2. The composition of claim 1, further comprising a metal chelater.
3. The composition of claim 2 wherein the metal chelater is EDTA.
4. The composition of claim 1 wherein the hydroxyl radical scavenger is histidine.