TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit

Catalog number: 4387299

TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit

Catalog number: 4387299
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40 reactions
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Price: 3,045.00
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The Ambion™ TaqMan PreAmp Cells-to-CT Kit makes it possible to perform gene expression analysis directly from limited or small numbers of cultured cells without RNA purification. The protocol includes an intermediate amplification step (pre-amplification) between reverse transcription and real-time PCR in which cDNA is enriched for up to 100 gene targets of the user’s choice without amplification bias.

• Complete, validated solution—Optimized workflow includes cell lysis reagents, DNase, RT reagents, PreAmp reagents, and TaqMan™ Gene Expression Master Mix
• Fast, simple and convenient—Prepare samples in 7 minutes; eliminate tedious RNA isolation
• Extend limited samples—Increase real-time PCR potential by up to 64-fold; study up to 100 genes at once
• Accurate results—Uniform amplification without introducing bias
• Robust performance—Linear detection from 10 to 100,000 cells; results equivalent to purified RNA

Complete, Validated Solution

Featuring a unique method for lysing cultured cells while removing genomic DNA and preserving the RNA integrity, the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit contains reverse transcription (RT) reagents for cDNA synthesis, TaqMan™ PreAmp Master Mix for pre-amplification of up to 100 gene targets, and TaqMan™ Gene Expression Master Mix for real-time PCR analysis.

Simple, Convenient 7-Minute Sample Preparation

The TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit incorporates a simple 7-minute sample preparation procedure (Figure 1) for use with 10–100,000 cultured cells⁄sample. Cells are washed in PBS and lysed in solution for 5 minutes at room temperature; DNase treatment can be performed concurrently. Lysis is terminated at room temperature by a 2-minute incubation with Stop Solution.

The lysates are now ready for reverse transcription or storage at –20°C. Because samples can be processed directly in culture plates (96 or 384 wells), sample handling and the potential for sample loss or transfer error are minimized, facilitating extension of limited samples. No heating, washing, or centrifugation is required; the kit greatly simplifies a traditionally time-consuming, labor intensive process and reduces it to 7 minutes.

Extension of Limited Samples—Increase Real-Time PCR Potential by up to 64-fold

The integration of the Cells-to-CT™ technology with pre-amplification capability streamlines a multi-step workflow while significantly extending (greater than 60-fold) the number of PCR reactions possible from precious samples, and increases the sensitivity of mRNA detection from small amounts of sample input.

The standard real-time PCR reaction for gene expression analysis starts with the reverse transcription of total RNA to cDNA using random primers and oligo dT, followed by real-time PCR using gene-specific primers and probes (Figure 2). With the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit, an intermediate amplification step (pre-amplification) between reverse transcription and real-time PCR is performed in which cDNA is enriched for up to 100 gene targets of the user’s choice without amplification bias. The resulting pre-amplified reaction is diluted and serves as the starting material for the subsequent individual TaqMan™ Gene Expression Assays using the TaqMan™ Gene Expression Master Mix, included in the kit. The TaqMan™ PreAmp process effectively extends samples up to 64-fold, enabling analyses previously not possible from limited sample material.

Accurate Results—Equal Amplification without Introducing Bias

The ability to conduct reliable and uniform pre-amplification is critical for gene expression analysis from limited samples. While other methods are available to pre-amplify RNA or cDNA, they use non-specific priming to amplify the starting material, resulting in biased and inaccurate amplification of some transcripts over others. The TaqMan™ PreAmp Master Mix, part of the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit, uses gene specific primers to pre-amplify cDNA resulting in unbiased amplification. The TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit demonstrates unbiased pre-amplification equivalent to purified RNA when compared across 100 different TaqMan Gene Expression Assays. As shown in Figure 3, the pre-amplification reaction does not introduce bias from Cells-to-CT™ lysates nor purified samples; ≥ 92% of the assays were within +⁄- 1.5 ΔΔ CT for pre-amplified vs. un-amplified cDNA from either purified RNA (A) or from Cells-to-CT™ Kit lysates (B).

Robust Performance—Results Equivalent to Purified RNA
Performance of the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit was evaluated with 100 different TaqMan™ Assays utilizing Cells-to-CT™ lysates or purified RNA, either with or without pre-amplification. As shown in Figure 4, the CT values obtained with TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit lysates were equivalent to, and frequently better than CT values obtained using purified RNA, either prior to (A) or after pre-amplification (B). The high level of performance from TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit lysates can be attributed to the preservation of RNA in the starting samples without loss from heating, transfer, or adsorption to matrices.

Linear Detection from 10 to 100,000 Cells

Each step of a workflow for profiling RNA must be robust to work from a few, or many cells. The TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit has been optimized to efficiently generate linearity across 5 logs of cellular input, from 10–100,000 cells per lysis reaction (Figure 5). Furthermore, to maximize sensitivity, the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit allows up to 45% of the RT reaction volume to be comprised of sample lysate. The TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit provides maximal sensitivity derived from the large lysate volume used in the RT reaction, optimized RT reaction conditions, and sample pre-amplification prior to real-time PCR.

Proven Performance, Proven Together

All components of the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit have been optimized for consistent and reliable performance. This removes the guesswork involved in assembling separate sample preparation, RT, pre-amplification, and real-time PCR kits. For added quality assurance, the TaqMan™ PreAmp Cells-to-CT™ Kit has been validated with TaqMan™ Gene Expression Assays.
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm –
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Detection Method
GC-Rich PCR Performance
PCR Method
2-step RT-qPCR
DNA Polymerase
Reaction Speed
For Use With (Equipment)
7000 System, 7300 System, 7500 System, 7900HT System,Applied Biosystems StepOnePlus™ Fast Real-Time PCR System, StepOne™, Standard Mode, StepOnePlus™, Standard Mode, QuantStudio 6 and 7 Pro systems, QuantStudio 7 Flex system, QuantStudio 3 and 5 systems, QuantStudio 12k Flex system, QuantStudio 6 Flex system
Green Features
Fewer resources used and less waste, Less hazardous
Passive Reference Dye
ROX (Pre-mixed)
Product Line
Ambion™, Cells-to-CT™, TaqMan™
Product Type
Preamp Cells-to-C Kit
Purity or Quality Grade
UP (Ultra Pure)
Reverse Transcriptase
Shipping Condition
Dry Ice
Sufficient For
40 Reactions
For Use With (Application)
No. of Reactions
40 Reactions
Sample Type

Contents & Storage

40 sample prep rxns, 40 Dnase rxns, 40 reverse
transcription rxns, and 100 PCR rxns (20 μL each)


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