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A DNA fragment library is constructed from whole genomic DNA and is commonly used for whole-genome resequencing or de novo sequencing. Briefly, the whole genomic DNA is fragmented or sheared, ligated with Ion-specific adapter sequences, and then size-selected for the library fragments of the desired length.

Amplicon libraries are constructed from PCR-amplified DNA fragments and are used for targeted sequencing (e.g., investigating variants at known genomic locations). There are two types of amplicon libraries: short and long.

A short amplicon library contains DNA fragments (targets) with lengths that are compatible with the Ion template preparation kits without any further shearing or fragmentation during library preparation. Additionally, no size selection step is required, as the amplicons are already within the desired size range.

A long amplicon library contains DNA fragments (targets) with lengths that are longer than those compatible with the Ion template kits, and it requires further shearing or fragmentation during library preparation. The library preparation protocol for long amplicons is similar to fragment libraries.

We recommend using the Ion Torrent™ Ion Xpress™ Plus Fragment Library Kit (Cat. No. 4471269) for preparing libraries using the Ion Shear™ enzymatic shearing method, or the Ion Plus Fragment Library Kit (Cat. No. 4471252) if using physical fragmentation. The protocol for both library kits is included in the Ion Xpress Plus gDNA Fragment Library Preparation User Guide. Please also refer to the Decision Tree for DNA Sequencing on the Ion PGM™ System for more information.

Please visit the RNA Sequencing applications space for information regarding sequencing data analysis, including white papers, training videos for Ion Proton transcriptome data analysis, and information about third-party software solutions (i.e., Partek Inc.).

16S is a component of the 30S small subunit of a prokaryotic ribosome.  It is a ~1500bp region that can be used to identify and classify microbes.

The Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit uses two primer sets to selectively amplify the corresponding hypervariable regions of the 16S rDNA gene in bacterial samples: 

  • 16S Primer Set V2-4-8 
  • 16S Primer Set V3-6,7-9.

The Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit uses TaqMan™ Environmental Master Mix 2.0.

Yes, the TaqMan™ Environmental Master Mix 2.0 is available separately as Cat. No. 4396838.

The Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit includes E. coli control DNA (strain K-12).

We recommend using the Ion Universal Library Quantitation Kit, Cat. No. A26217.  It is compatible with the uracil-containing amplicons generated by the Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit. 

The workflow, which consists of library generation, template prep, sequencing, and analysis, takes 2 days. 

Use the 16S Metagenomics workflow in Ion Reporter. 

The 16S Metagonics Ion Reporter workflow uses the MicroSeq ID and GreenGenes databases. 

With this kit, you can generate inserts between 2-8 kb. 

We recommend that you start with 2-10 µg of gDNA.

The Ion TrueMate™ Plus Library Kit includes a selection of restriction enzymes needed for the generation of mate-pair libraries.  If you would like to select your own restriction enzymes for optimal cleavage of your particular genome, please use the Ion TrueMate™ Library Kit.

No, Ion TrueMate™ libraries are ~400 bp long, so they are only compatible with 400 bp sequencing on the Ion PGM™ System. 

No, only mechanical shearing using Diagenode’s Megaruptor™ system and Covaris instrument have been tested. 

It takes 3 days to complete the protocol. 

Customers with bioinformatics expertise can use SPAdes v3.1.1 plugin on the Ion Torrent™ server or DNASTAR™ Lasergene™ Genomics Suite software.  For users who are new to bioinformatics, we offer Field Bioinformatics Scientist (FBS) De Novo Assembly Services, Cat. No. A26190, which is a fully outsourced bioinformatics solution for help with data analysis.  

SPAdes v3.1.1 is a command line-based analysis program, and is recommend for customers with a high level of bioinformatics expertise.  DNASTAR™ Lasergene™ Genomics Suite software is an analysis program that utilizes an easy-to-use user interface, and comes with commercial support. It is recommended for users with a medium level of bioinformatics expertise.  

It is Field Bioinformatics Scientist De Novo Assembly Services (Cat. No. A26190).  It is a fully outsourced bioinformatics solution for customers with little or no experience with bioinformatics, for help with data analysis.

The Ion Universal Library Quantitation Kit is compatible with U-containing amplicons generated by the Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit whereas the Ion Library Quantitation Kit is not.  For most other Ion libraries, use the Ion Library Quantitation Kit [exceptions: (1) RNA Seq libraries prepared using the Ion Total RNA-Seq Kit v2 and (2) amplicon libraries prepared following the Ion Amplicon Library Preparation (Fusion Method) User Guide, as these libraries have a truncated P1 (trP1) adapter sequence].

The components are listed below:

  • TaqMan™ Fast Universal PCR Master Mix – 2 tubes (1.54 mL per tube)
  • Ion Library TaqMan™ Quantitation Assay, 20X (250 µL)
  • E. coli DH10B Ion Control Library – 2 tubes (25 µL per tube)

No, the Ion Plus Fragment Library Kit (48 rxns) is only compatible with samples that have been mechanically sheared using a sonicator such as the Bioruptor UCD-200 or the Bioruptor NGS UCD-600 Sonication System.

No, only Ion AmpliSeq libraries can be made on the Ion Chef Instrument

The Ion Plus Fragment Library Kit, 48 rxns (Cat. No. A28950) provides reagents for preparing up to 96 libraries at 100 ng input, or up to 48 libraries at 1 μg input.

The sequences for the barcodes can be found in the Barcodes section of your Torrent Browser. You can also download a .csv file containing the full list of sequences in that set.

The Precision ID DL8 Kit is designed for automated library construction using the Precision ID GlobalFiler NGS STR Panel v2 on the Ion Chef System.

The Precision ID DL8 Kit provides reagents for 32 reactions.

The recommended input DNA amount for the Precision ID DL8 Kit is 125 pg.

The Precision ID DL8 Kit contains materials sufficient for performing 4 Ion Chef runs.

The Precision ID IonCode Barcode Adapters 1-96 Kit in 96-Well PCR Plate provides enough reagents for 960 reactions.

The Precision ID IonCode Barcode Adapters 1-96 Kit in 96-Well PCR Plate provides 10 reactions per barcode.

The Precision ID IonCode Barcode Adapters 1-96 Kit in 96-Well PCR Plate contains 20 µL/well of each barcode.

Up to 32 libraries can be multiplexed on an Ion 530 chip (Cat. No. A27764) with the Precision ID GlobalFiler STR NGS panel v2.

The Precision ID GlobalFiler STR NGS panel v2 is only compatible with the Ion S5 System. It is not designed for use with the Ion OneTouch2 System or Ion PGM System.

The Precision ID GlobalFiler STR NGS v2 panel provides enough reagents for 96 reactions.

AmpliSeq

The Ion AmpliSeq RNA ERCC Companion Panel is compatible with both manual and chef-ready versions of human and mouse Ion AmpliSeq transcriptome gene expression kits:

- Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Human Gene Expression Kit (Cat. No. A26325, A26326, or A26327)
- Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Mouse Gene Expression Kit (Cat. No. A36553, A36554, or A36555)
- Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Human Gene Expression Panel, Chef-Ready Kit (Cat. No. A31446)
- Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Mouse Gene Expression Panel, Chef-Ready Kit (Cat. No. A36412)

The Ion AmpliSeq RNA ERCC Companion Panel consists of 10 primer pairs targeting 10 transcripts from the ERCC RNA Spike-In Mix representing a 13log2 dynamic range. Chosen for general GC balance and amenability for linear amplification (TaqMan qPCR), the selected ERCC targets produce R2 > 0.9 under normal experimental conditions.

The Ion AmpliSeq ERCC Companion Panel is compatible with Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Human Gene Expression Kit and Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Mouse Gene Expression Kit (not recommended for use with FFPE samples or panels outside of Ion AmpliSeq Human or Mouse Transcriptome kits). With the addition of the Ion AmpliSeq RNA ERCC Companion panel to your Ion AmpliSeq RNA panel, dynamic range and sensitivity can be similarly evaluated in Ion AmpliSeq RNA libraries that are prepared from RNA samples containing the ERCC RNA Spike-In Mix

We recommend adding 1 µL of the Ion Ampliseq RNA ERCC Companion Panel per manual target amplification reaction and 8 µL per primer pool for an automated target amplification reaction on the Ion Chef Instrument.

We do not recommend using the Ion AmpliSeq RNA ERCC Companion Panel with FFPE samples or with any panels besides human and mouse Ion AmpliSeq transcriptome gene expression panels.

To view data from the Ion AmpliSeq RNA ERCC Companion Panel, Torrent Suite Software version 5.10 or later is required and Version 5.10.0.3 or later of the ERCC_Analysis plugin for Torrent Suite Software is required.

The Ion AmpliSeq RNA ERCC Companion Panel provides enough reagents to perform 96 manual reactions or 48 automated reactions.

Ion AmpliSeq technology offers simple and fast library construction for affordable targeted sequencing of specific human genes or genomic regions. Based on ultrahigh-multiplex PCR, Ion AmpliSeq™ technology requires as little as 10 ng of input DNA to target sets of genes, making sequencing of FFPE samples routine on Ion PGM™ Systems.

Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kits contain primers, library reagents, and chips for the rapid preparation and running of 8 exome libraries.

  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 1x8 (Cat. No. A27192) contains the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Panel 1x8 (dried down oligo pools/primers in one 96-well plate with all 8 rows filled (1x8), for ultra-high multiplex PCR enrichment of the exonic regions of the genome)
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 4x2 (Cat. No. A27193) contains the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Panel 4x2 (dried down oligo pools/primers in four 96-well plates, each with 2 rows (C and F) filled (4x2),  for ultra-high multiplex PCR enrichment of the exonic regions of the genome)

Note: Both of these kits include a 4-pack of Ion PI™ Chip Kit v3 for sequencing on the Ion Proton™ Sequencer.

  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 Kit 1x8 (Cat. No. A29854) and Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 Kit 4x2 (Cat. No. A29855) contain all of the same reagents as the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 1X8 and the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 4x2 respectively, but instead include the Ion 540™ Chip for use with the Ion S5™ or Ion S5™ XL Systems.

The Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY panels cover >97% of CCDS (with 5 bp padding around exons), >19,000 coding genes, >198,000 coding exons, no UTRs, miRNAs, or ncRNAs.

The amplicon size ranges from 225-275 bp, the average insert size is ~ 202 bp.

The exome RDY primers are dried down into ready-to-use format. There are ~294,000 primer pairs across 12 primer pools. 

Due to the number of amplicons and coverage needed, the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY panels have only been validated on the Ion Proton™ Sequencer, Ion  S5™ and Ion S5™ XL Systems.

The Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY and Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 kits are not recommended for use with FFPE samples, as the amplicon target sizes (225-275 bp) are larger than we recommend for degraded DNA input.  Increasing the input amount will not help, as the issue will be that some or many of the amplicon targets may not be amplifiable due to the degraded (fragmented) nature of the FFPE-derived DNA.  This could result in amplicon drop out and incomplete coverage of the intended targets.  Further, there could be issues with reproducibility across samples of differing levels of degradation.  For example, some samples may produce sufficient results, while others may completely fail or produce sub-par results.

If barcode balancing is a priority, qPCR is recommended for library quantification. If workflow and speed is a priority, we recommend using the Ion Library Equalizer™ Kit.

  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 1x8 (Cat. No. A27192) and Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 Kit 1x8 (Cat. No. A29854) have only one 96-well plate with all 8 rows filled (1x8). Each row of a plate has the 12 primer pools needed for 1 exome. So each plate has 8 exomes (1 exome per row).
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 4x2 (Cat. No. A27193) and Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 Kit 4x2 (Cat. No. A29855) come with 4 x 96-well plates, each with 2 rows (Rows C and F) filled (4x2). So there are 2 exomes per plate. The other wells on the plate are empty. 

The plates are good for three rounds of target amplification. You can actually cycle the plates with the dried down wells for 3 rounds of cycling, and the dried down wells are still okay, so there is no need to cut the plate.

However, you may want to consider purchasing the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY Kit 4 X2 or Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 Kit 4x2. These kits come with 4 x 96-well plates, each with 2 rows (Rows C and F) filled (4x2). So there are 2 exomes per plate.

Information for Ampliseq™ panels can be found at Ampliseq.com.  Each panel has a detailed description, which includes the number of pools, number of amplicons per pool, as well as a “Download Panel Files” link, which will contain the BED files.

The Ion AmpliSeq™Library Kit PLUS is a component of the Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY and Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome RDY S5 kits, and is not sold separately. It was specifically launched for these kits and has improved formulation components, more robust user variability, higher tolerance of pipetting error, and 1-2% better uniformity. 

  • In the Ion Torrent™ browser, go to the “plan” tab and select “templates”.
  • Select “ampliseq.com” and “Ampliseq exome”.
  • You will be asked to enter your username and password.
  • Choose “exome Panel” and select “import selected”.
  • Exome template should be created with all appropriates BED and analysis parameter files/json files.

With the normal protocol (assuming the DNA input is correct, i.e., 50-100 ng), you should get about 200-1000 pM without the library amplification. With the library amplification, you would get higher concentration (1-5 nM).

These are average yields, and sometimes this does vary. Keep in mind that the library would work even with lower yields.  qPCR is more sensitive than BioAnalyzer for quantitation of yield, and gives a slightly different measurement as qPCR measures ampliplifiable DNA whereas BioAnalyzer just gives the total yield regardless of whether the DNA is good for amplification.

You can use the Human CEPH Genomic DNA Control from the Ion P1 Controls 200 Kit (Cat. No. 4488985)

DNA outside the region window will not interfere with template preparation or sequencing, but may lead to an overestimation of library concentration when using the Qubit™ 2.0 Fluorometer for library quantitation. 

No hardware upgrades are required to run the Ion AmpliSeq™ Kit for Chef DL8 on the Ion Chef™ Instrument.

The Ion AmpliSeq™ Kit for Chef DL8 enables robust, automated Ion AmpliSeq™ library preparation from genomic DNA or RNA using the Ion Chef™ Instrument and 1- or 2-pool Ion AmpliSeq™ primer panels. The kit contains sufficient reagents and consumables to prepare up to 32 barcoded and equalized libraries that are ready for template preparation using either the Ion Chef™ System or the Ion OneTouch™ 2 System. Library preparation from RNA additionally requires the SuperScript™ VILO™ cDNA Synthesis Kit, ordered separately. The kit components are as follows:

  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Chef Reagents DL8 (4 cartridges)
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Chef Solutions DL8 (4 cartridges)
  • Ion AmpliSeq™ Chef Supplies DL8 (1 box with 4 inserts)

Per insert:

                - Ion AmpliSeq™ Tip Cartridge DL8

                - Frames PCR Foil Seal

                - Enrichment Cartridge

  • IonCode™ 0101-0132 in 96-well PCR Plates (dried) (1 set of 4 plates):

                - IonCode™ 0101–0108 in 96 Well PCR Plate (red)

                - IonCode™ 0109–0116 in 96 Well PCR Plate (yellow)

                - IonCode™ 0117–0124 in 96 Well PCR Plate (green)

                - IonCode™ 0125–0132 in 96 Well PCR Plate (blue) 

Yes, fewer than 8 samples may be processed in a run, but keep in mind that a run consumes kit reagents for 8 samples regardless of the sample number.

Please add 10 ng of each of the 8 samples to each well in Column 1 (Rows A to H) of the PCR plate.

Optional sample tracking on the Ion PGM™ Torrent Server allows you to automatically follow samples grouped in “Sample Sets”  from library and template preparation to chip loading, sequencing, and data analysis.

Automated sample tracking from library preparation to template preparation and sequencing is supported only for libraries prepared from one Sample Set in one Ion AmpliSeq™ for Chef run. If libraries from multiple Ion AmpliSeq™ for Chef runs are super-pooled in a Library Sample Tube in an Ion Chef™ template run, you will need to enter sample information manually when setting up a Planned Run.

For libraries >200 bp we recommend using standard rather than FAST instrument run mode on the thermocycler.

The primer pools should be added to the Reagent Cartridge on the Ion Chef™ Instrument in positions A and B. Please see schematic on Page 20 of the User Guide. Tubes in Positions C and D can be left empty.  

If you are processing 5 or fewer samples, we recommend that you quantify your output combined library by qPCR to ensure that an optimal concentration is used in templating reactions.

The Ion AmpliSeq™ Kit for Chef DL8 contains sufficient reagents and consumables for performing 4 Ion Chef™ runs, with up to 8 Ion AmpliSeq™ libraries prepared per Ion Chef™ run, so that would be 32 libraries in total. The libraries are normalized using the equalizer kit to 100 pM and pooled together into one tube to go back on the Ion Chef™ System for template preparation.

Yes, Ion AmpliSeq™ 5X panels require dilution to 2X before use on the Ion Chef™ Instrument. Add 180 μL Nuclease-free Water or Low TE to 120 μL 5X panel.

You can run 8 DNA or cDNA samples with custom or ready-to-use 1- or 2-pool Ion AmpliSeq™ primer panels. RNA samples must be manually reverse transcribed to cDNA with the SuperScript™ VILO™ cDNA Synthesis Kit (sold separately) prior to library construction on the Ion Chef™ Instrument.

After completion of a run, the Ion Chef™ Instrument holds the barcoded libraries in the tube loaded in Position D of the Reagents cartridge. Please see schematic on Page 20 of the User Guide. The tube in Position D will contain 700 μL of combined barcoded libraries. The libraries are at »100 pM (total combined library concentration) and are ready to use in template preparation. To avoid fluid loss due to evaporation, remove and cap the tube of combined barcoded libraries as soon as possible after run completion. After 24 hrs from the start of the run, the instrument chiller will stop actively cooling, and the sample will be held at 27 degrees C. Do not leave the tube in the instrument longer than 24 hrs after the start of the run. You can store unused portions of combined libraries at 4-8 degrees C for up to 1 month. For longer-term storage, store at –30 degrees C to –10 degrees C.      

It takes 30 minutes to complete DNA preparation using the Ion AmpliSeq Direct FFPE Kit.

Yes, the Ion Ampliseq Direct FFPE Kit has been tested on large Ampliseq panels, with varying amounts of FFPE DNA input, resulting in high coverage uniformity.

The shelf life of the Ion AmpliSeq Direct FFPE Kit is 3 years from the date of manufacture.

Yes, we recommend using the Qubit Fluorometer as an optional method of quantitation.

We have data for storage at -20 degrees C for 3 months.

The Ion AmpliSeq Direct FFPE DNA workflow cannot be automated because the slide collection step is manual.

Yes, FFPE DNA derived from the Ion AmpliSeq Direct FFPE Kit kit can be used with both the manual and automated Ion AmpliSeq library processes.

As a starting point, we recommend 5,000 reads per amplicon for an Ion AmpliSeq RNA library targeting from 1-200 genes. The actual sequencing depth required depends on the expression levels of the gene targets in your sample RNA so the sequencing depth can be scaled up or down if needed.

We recommend multiplexing up to 8 samples with this kit when using the Ion Proton system, or the S5 system with the 540 Chip.

The kit is available in the following reaction sizes:
- 24 reactions (Cat. No. 4488990)
- 96 reactions (Cat. No. A35907)
- 384 reactions (Cat. No. A38875)

This 384-reaction size kit is composed of four 96-reaction size kits, Cat. No. A35907. Each 96-reaction size kit contains the following components:

- 5X Ion AmpliSeq HiFi Mix (red cap), 480 µL
- FuPa Reagent (brown cap), 192 µL
- Switch Solution (yellow cap), 384 µL
- DNA Ligase (blue cap), 192 µL
- 25X Library Amp Primers (pink cap), 192 µL
- 1X Library Amp Mix (black cap), 4 x 1.2 mL
- Low TE, 2 x 6 mL

The kit contains the following components:

- 5X Ion AmpliSeq HiFi Mix (red cap), 480 µL
- FuPa Reagent (brown cap), 192 µL
- Switch Solution (yellow cap), 384 µL
- DNA Ligase (blue cap), 192 µL
- 25X Library Amp Primers (pink cap), 192 µL
- 1X Library Amp Mix (black cap), 4 x 1.2 mL
- Low TE, 2 x 6 mL

We recommend storing at -30 to -10 degrees C except for Low TE which should be stored at 15 to 30 degrees C.

The kit provides enough reagents for manually preparing 24 libraries.

The kit provides enough reagents for manually preparing 96 libraries for 1- or 2-pool panels (16 or 64 libraries for 3-pool panels, and 12 or 48-libraries for 4-pool panels).

The kit contains the following components:

- 5X Ion AmpliSeq HiFi Mix (red cap), 120 µL
- FuPa Reagent (brown cap), 48 µL
- Switch Solution (yellow cap), 96 µL
- DNA Ligase (blue cap), 48 µL
- 25X Library Amp Primers (pink cap), 48 µL
- 1X Library Amp Mix (black cap), 1.2 mL
- Low TE, 6 mL

The Ion Plus Fragment Library Kit, 48 rxns (Cat. No. A28950) provides reagents for preparing up to 96 libraries at 100 ng input, or up to 48 libraries at 1 μg input.

The kit contains reagents for preparation of 8 exome libraries for sequencing plates containing 12 primer pools that are dried into 2 rows of 4 plates

No, the components of the Ion AmpliSeq Library Kit Plus differ from those of the Ion AmpliSeq Library Kit 2.0.

The Ion AmpliSeq HD Dual Barcode Kit 1-24 provides a set of 24 unique dual-barcode primers designed and validated for optimal performance with Ion GeneStudio S5 series sequencers. The kit enables up to 24 samples to be multiplexed on a single chip and improves the accuracy of multiplex sequencing by reducing sample mis-assignment. The barcode kit is only compatible with the Ion AmpliSeq HD Library Kit (Cat. No. A37694) and should not be used with any other library kit.

No, it is only compatible with manual sample preparation.

The Ion AmpliSeq HD Dual Barcode Kit 1-24 is good for 24 samples. Each barcode is good for one sample.

The kit is shipped at room temperature, but should be stored at -20 degrees C.

The Ion AmpliSeq HD Dual Barcode Kit 1-24 is compatible with Torrent Suite Software version 5.10 and above.

The Ion AmpliSeq HD Library Kit, when combined with Ion AmpliSeq HD panels, enables construction of ultra-high sensitivity panels with a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 0.1%.

No, it is only compatible with Ion AmpliSeq HD panels.

The Ion AmpliSeq Mouse TCR Beta SR Assay, RNA (Cat. No. A45489) is a robust, targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay designed to accurately identify and measure the clonal expansion of T lymphocytes by targeting the complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) of the T-cell receptor (TCR) gene locus from total RNA input.

The Ion AmpliSeq Mouse TCR Beta SR Assay, RNA is compatible with a vast array of research sample types, including FFPE tissue, fresh-frozen (FF) tissue, sorted T cells, whole blood, periperal blood leukocytes (PBLs), and periperal blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs).

The Ion AmpliSeq Mouse TCR Beta SR Assay, RNA is compatible with the Ion 530 Chip, Ion 540 Chip, and Ion 550 Chip.

For the Ion 530 Chip, 8 libraries can be loaded. For the Ion 540 Chip, the number of libraries that can be loaded ranges from 8 to 32, depending on the size of the libraries. For the Ion 550 Chip, the number of libraries that can be loaded ranges from 12 to 48.

The Ion AmpliSeq Microbiome Health Research Kit, Ion 540 bundle (Cat. No. A46496) is a targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay that enables the profiling of the human gut microbiome by targeting eight of nine 16S hypervariable regions of 16S rRNA gene (16S rRNA Gene Pool ) and allows for the accurate detection of 73 key bacterial species associated with human disease (Target Species Pool). This bundle allows templating and sequencing with the Ion 540 Chip to be done on the Ion Chef and Ion GeneStudio systems.

The Ion AmpliSeq Microbiome Health Research Kit, Ion 540 bundle works with DNA isolated from human stool samples to generate libraries for templating and sequencing on the Ion Chef and Ion GeneStudio systems.

The minimum sample input is 1 ng/pool for the Ion AmpliSeq Microbiome Health Research - 16S rRNA Gene Pool and 10 ng/pool for the Ion AmpliSeq Microbiome Health Research - Target Species Pool.

Up to 64 paired libraries (32 samples) can be combined and loaded onto a single Ion 540 Chip.

AgriSeq

The AgriSeq HTS Library Kit is specifically designed for high-throughput preparation of amplicon libraries for targeted genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) applications in agrigenomics.

The AgriSeq HTS Library Kit is designed to run on the Ion Chef and Ion S5/S5XL systems.

You can interrogate up to 5,000 SNPs per sample with the AgriSeq HTS Library Kit.

The AgriSeq HTS Library Kit can yield up to 1.6 M genotypes per day.

The process takes 2 days from sample preparation through data analysis.

The AgriSeq workflow requires less than 4 hours of hands-on time, from sample preparation through data analysis.

Oncomine Assays

10 ng of DNA per target amplification can be used with the Oncomine BRCA Research Assay. The DNA can come from multiple sources, including FFPE samples and whole blood.

24 reactions can be performed with the Oncomine BRCA Research Assay, Manual Library Preparation.

For the Oncomine Immune Response Research Assay, the minimum input amount of RNA is 10 ng.

The Oncomine Immune Response Research Assay covers 395 genes.

Here are the components:
-Oncomine Focus Assay DNA Assay (48 reactions)
-Oncomine Focus Assay RNA Assay (48 reactions)
-Ion AmpliSeq Library Kit 2.0 (96 reactions)

No, it only includes reagents for creating the library. For a complete kit, please see the Oncomine Focus Assay, 318 Solution, Cat. No. A28548. It includes all the necessary reagents and consumables for library construction, template preparation with the Ion OneTouch 2 System, and sequencing on the Ion PGM System.

The Oncomine Breast cfDNA Research Assay v2 covers the following genes:
- ALT1
- ERBB3
- KRAS
- CCND1
- ESR1
- PIK3CA
- EGFR
- FBXW7
- SF3B1
- ERBB2
- FGFR1
- TP53

More information on the coverage and the difference between versions 1 and 2 of the assay can be found in the flyer: Liquid Biopsy Cell Free Research Assays.

The Oncomine Breast cfDNA Research Assay v2 has only been validated on the Ion 530 and 540 chips at this time.

The Oncomine Breast cfDNA Research Assay v2 has only been validated on the Ion 530 and 540 chips at this time.

You would need to use Torrent Suite Software version 5.2 or later in order to see Oncomine options.

The latest BED files can be downloaded from the Oncomine Breast cfDNA Research Assay v2 product page here.

The Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay is a comprehensive, targeted NGS assay designed to assist in the understanding of myeloid cancer. Specifically, it interrogates all relevant DNA mutations and fusion transcripts associated with myeloid disorders in a single NGS run. The Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay, Cat. No. A36940, is for manual library preparation and Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay-Chef Ready, Cat. No. A36941, is for automated library preparation using the Ion Chef System.

The panel is comprised of 40 key DNA genes and a broad fusion panel of 29 driver genes to cover the most relevant targets in major myeloid disorders such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myeloid dysplastic syndrome (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML).

For automated library preparation using the Ion Chef System, we offer the Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay - Chef-Ready (Cat. No. A36941).

The recommended controls are:
-AcroMetrix Oncology Hotspot Control, Cat. No. 969056 (https://www.thermofisher.com/order/catalog/product/969056)
-Seraseq Myeloid Fusion RNA Mix, Cat. No. 0710-0407 (https://www.seracare.com/Seraseq-Myeloid-Fusion-RNA-Mix-0710-0407/)
-Seraseq Myeloid Mutation DNA Mix, Cat. No. 0710-0408 (https://www.seracare.com/Seraseq-Myeloid-Mutation-DNA-Mix-0710-0408/)

The assay can be run on both the Ion PGM System and Ion S5/S5XL systems.
-PGM Plexy = 4 samples per Ion 318 Chip
-S5 Manual Library Prep Plexy = 12 samples per Ion 530 Chip
-S5 Chef Library Prep Plexy = 8 samples per Ion 530 Chip

The kit has been validated on the Ion GeneStudio S5 Series Systems and Ion PGM System.

With the Ion GeneStudio S5 Series Systems, we recommend using:
-Ion 510 & Ion 520 & Ion 530 Kit - Chef (Cat. No. A34019)
-Ion 530 Chip Kit (Cat. No. A27764).

With the Ion PGM System, we recommend using:
-Ion PGM Hi‑Q View OT2 Kit (Cat. No. A29900)
-Ion PGM Hi‑Q View Chef 400 Kit (Cat. No. A30798)
-Ion PGM Hi‑Q View Sequencing Kit (Cat. No. A30044)
-Ion 318 Chip v2 BC (Cat. No. 4488150)
Note: Ion 540 Chip is NOT compatible with the Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay as 400 base pair (850 Flows) sequencing is required.

Blood and bone marrow samples are compatible with the Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay. This kit is not intended for use with FFPE samples.

10 ng of gDNA per pool at a minimum concentration of ≥1.48 ng/µL for manual library preparation 10 ng of RNA at a minimum concentration of ≥2.5 ng/µL for manual library preparation

10 ng of gDNA per pool at a minimum concentration of ≥0.833 ng/µL for Chef library preparation 10 ng of RNA at a minimum concentration ≥1.25 ng/µL for Chef library preparation

We have validated the use of the MagMAX Total Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit (Cat. No. AM1840), which is compatible with whole blood and bone marrow samples. We recommend using your preferred commercially available kit to sequentially isolate high quality gDNA and RNA from research samples for use in library preparation.

We recommend using the MagMAX Cell-Free DNA Isolation Kit (Cat. No. A29319) or the MagMAX Cell-Free Total Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit (Cat. No. A36716).

1 library can be used on an Ion 530 chip, 4 libraries can be used on an Ion 540 chip, and 8 libraries can be used on an Ion 550 chip.

The assay has a 0.1% limit of detection (LOD) with 20 ng of cell-free DNA input.

Analysis of Oncomine Pan-Cancer Cell-Free Assay data is performed using Ion Reporter Software.

The Oncomine Childhood Cancer Research Assay is a unique next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based assay designed for comprehensive genomic profiling of cancers affecting children and young adults. It consists of four pools of Ion AmpliSeq oligonucleotide primers and associated reagents to generate amplicon libraries for next-generation sequencing on the Ion GeneStudio S5 platforms. Since the driving genetic aberrations of these malignancies are different than those affecting adults, a specific and comprehensive panel is needed to advance research. The Oncomine Childhood Cancer Research Assay (Cat. No. A36485) is for manual library preparation where barcodes are not included, and the Oncomine Childhood Cancer Research Assay, Chef-Ready (Cat. No. A36486) is for automated library preparation using the Ion Chef System.

For automated library preparation using the Ion Chef System, we offer the Oncomine Childhood Cancer Research Assay, Chef-Ready (Cat. No. A36486).

We have validated 8 samples on an Ion 540 chip: 7 DNA samples plus one negative control PLUS 7 RNA samples plus one negative control per chip; RNA and DNA from the same sample; 16 barcodes on each chip (8 barcodes for DNA and 8 barcodes for RNA).

This panel is compatible with as little as 10 ng per pool input DNA or RNA, per library, from blood, bone marrow, fresh/frozen tissue or FFPE samples. Reverse transcription of each sample requires 12 ng of DNase-treated total RNA (≥2.5 ng/µL) for manual library preparation and 2 × 5 ng/primer pool plus overage for the RT reaction. Each manual DNA library target amplification reaction requires 10 ng (≥1.82 ng/µL) of mammalian gDNA from normal or FFPE tissue per pool (20 ng in total).

The recommended controls are:
-Acrometrix Oncology Hotspot Control, Cat. No. 969056, found here
-Seraseq FFPE Tumor Fusion RNA Reference Material v2, Cat. No. 0710-0129, found here

This panel is compatible with as little as 10 ng per pool input DNA or RNA, per library, from blood, bone marrow, fresh/frozen tissue or FFPE samples. Chef-ready RNA library preparation requires 10 ng of DNase-treated total RNA (≥0.8 ng/µL) for each sample. Chef-ready DNA library preparation requires 10 ng (≥0.67 ng/µL) of gDNA in total.

The Oncomine TCR Beta-LR Assay is an RNA-based next-generation sequencing (NGS) research assay that enables the characterization of the T cell receptor Beta (TCR Beta) sequences including all three complementarity-determining regions (CDR1, 2, and 3) of the variable gene. The assay measures T cell repertoire diversity as well as clonal expansion, and allows for identification of allele-specific polymorphisms.

A variety of research sample types including fresh-frozen tissue, whole blood, and sorted T cells are compatible with the Oncomine TCR Beta-LR Assay.

Up to 16 samples can be multiplexed on an Ion 530 chip, up to 4 samples can be multiplexed on an Ion 520 chip, and up to 4 samples can be multiplexed on an Ion 318 chip.

Here are the components of the Oncomine TCR Beta-LR Assay:

- Oncomine TCR Beta‑LR Panel
- Ion AmpliSeq Library Kit Plus
- Ion Select Barcode Adapters

The Oncomine TCR Beta-LR Assay has been developed and verified for use on the Ion GeneStudio S5 Series System. The assay can be used with the Ion PGM System, however, this instrument configuration is not supported.

Torrent Suite Software 5.6 and Ion Reporter Software 5.6 are needed to generate reports. In Torrent Suite Software 5.6, two Planned Run templates are provided for use with the Oncomine TCR Beta-LR Assay.

Unlike other AmpliSeq panels, there are no BED files and no reference is needed. All downstream analysis takes place in Ion Reporter Software.

We recommend using T Cell Leukemia (Jurkat) Total RNA (Cat. No. AM7858) as a control. T cell Leukemia (Jurkat) Total RNA is derived from a cell line consisting of a single T cell clonotype. Running the Oncomine TCR Beta-LR Assay on Jurkat Total RNA should enable detection of a single clonotype.

The Oncomine Lung Cell-Free Total Nucleic Acid Research Assay is part of a complete solution to detect lung tumor-derived cell-free DNA and RNA (cell-free total nucleic acid; cfNA) isolated from the plasma fraction of whole blood. This assay enables the analysis of:

- Hotspot genes (SNVs) and short indels: ALK, BRAF, EGFR, ERBB2, KRAS, MAP2K1, MET, NRAS, PIK3CA, ROS1, and TP53 (˜168 hotspots covered). These genes have been identified as frequently mutated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
- Gene fusions: ALK, RET, ROS1
- MET exon 14 skipping
- Copy number gene (CNV): MET

The input amount range is 1-50 ng and the recommended input amount is 20 ng. There is a high primer dimer peak when using <5 ng input. The higher input will shift the family size distribution (i.e., more reads will be needed to call out a variant). LOD (limit of detection) for SNV/small indels calls and fusion detection is more sensitive to the input amount whereas LOD for CNV calls is only slightly impacted by the input amount.

The Oncomine Lung Cell-Free Total Nucleic Acid Research Assay contains sufficient reagents to prepare 8 libraries from cell-free total nucleic acid.

For the best results, we recommend using plasma fraction from whole blood with minimal-to-low level of hemolysis. To prevent hemolysis during blood collection, please follow guidelines provided here. The Oncomine Lung Cell-Free Total RNA (cfNA) Research Assay is compatible with FFPE samples.

Note: Plasma samples with minimal-to-mild hemolysis are recommended to achieve minimal SNV false positives.

K2 EDTA blood collection tubes are preferred and can be purchasd from any major lab supplier. You can also use Cell-Free DNA BCT tubes from Streck (Cat. No. 218962).

1 sample can be multiplexed on an Ion 318 chip, up to 6 samples can be multiplexed on an Ion 530 chip, and up to 24 samples can be multiplexed on an Ion 540 chip

The number of reads needed to detect single nucleotide variants (SNVs) for each library is ˜2.5 million. This determines hpw many samples can be multiplexed on a chip.

Here are the components of the Oncomine Lung Cell-Free Total Nucleic Acid Research Assay:

- cfDNA Library PCR Master Mix
- Low TE Buffer
- Lung cfTNA Panel
- cfDNA Library Primer P1
- Tag Sequencing BC1
- SuperScript VILO Master Mix

We recommend using the Tag Sequencing BC Set 1-24 (Cat. No. A31830) and Tag Sequencing BC Set 25-48 (Cat. No. A31847) to generate barcoded libraries for multiplexed templating and sequencing.

We recommend using the fluorescence-based Qubit dsDNA HS Assay Kit (Cat. No. Q32851) for quantification of cfNA and cfDNA samples. Spectrophotometric quantification methods are not recommended, because they are not reliable when the nucleic acid concentration is low. Use of these methods can lead to gross overestimation of the concentration of sample, under seeding of the target amplification reaction, and low library yields. There isn't a good absolute quantitation method for cfRNA.

Through the use of Tag Sequencing technology, low limits of detection (LOD) can be achieved for different variant types*:

- For SNVs/short indels, an LOD of 0.1% can be achieved with sensitivity of ˜90% and specificity of >99%
- For fusions & MET exon skipping, an LOD of 1% can be achieved with sensitivity of >90% and specificity of >99%
- For MET CNV target, detection as low as 1.2-fold amplification can be achieved with sensitivity of >90% and specificity of >99%

*Sensitivity and specificity for each variant type were determined using a collection of contrived positive samples and cfNA isolated from normal healthy donors.

Yes, there is a specific BED file and Hotspot file. These files can be found here, under Documents > Product literature.

There are two analysis workflows available:

1. Oncomine TagSeq Lung v2 Liquid Biopsy - w2.0 - Single Sample: Detects and annotates low-frequency variants including SNPs/Indels (down to 0.1% limit of detection), Fusions, and CNVs from targeted nucleic acid libraries (DNA & RNA) from the Oncomine Lung Cell‑Free Total Nucleic Acid Research Assay. This is compatible with DNA & RNA purified from cell-free total nucleic acids.

2. Oncomine TagSeq Lung v2 Tumor - w2.0 - Single Sample: Detects and annotates low-frequency variants including SNPs/Indels (down to 0.5% limit of detection), fusions, and CNVs from targeted nucleic acid libraries (DNA & RNA) from the Oncomine Lung Cell-Free Total Nucleic Acid Research Assay. Due to deamination events caused by the FFPE process, the minimum alternative allele frequency is set to 0.3%. This makes it compatible with DNA & RNA purified from FFPE tumor tissue as well as fresh frozen tumor tissue.

The Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay is a targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay that is designed for tumor profiling by annotating cancer driver variants and provides an accurate assessment of mutation load (mutations/Mb). The assay detects and annotates low-frequency somatic variants (SNPs and INDELs) from 409 genes, spanning ˜1.7 Mb of genomic space, encompassing 1.2 Mb of exonic sequence. The assay is designed to facilitate successful selection and identification of samples most likely to derive responses in cancer immunotherapy research.

We offer the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, manual library preparation (Cat. No. A37909) and the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, Chef-ready library preparation (Cat. No. A37910).

The Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, manual library preparation consists of the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay - Manual primer panel (2 pools) and the Ion AmpliSeq Library Kit Plus. Sufficient panel primers and reagents are provided for the preparation of 24 barcoded sample libraries from DNA.

The Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, manual library preparation, includes panel primers and reagents sufficient for the preparation of 24 barcoded sample libraries from DNA.

The starting material is formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples. We recommend using 10 ng of DNA per primer pool. As there are 2 pools, total input is 20 ng of DNA. For each target amplification reaction, use 300-30,000 copies of DNA (10 ng of mammalian gDNA) from normal or FFPE tissue. Increasing the amount of DNA results in higher-quality libraries, especially when DNA quality or quantity is unknown. We recommend using 1 ng of gDNA(300 copies) only with high-quality, accurately quantified samples.

Ion Xpress Barcode Adapters Kit (Cat. No. 4471250, 4474009, 4474518, 4474519, 4474520, 4474521, or 4474517) is compatible with the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, manual library preparation. The barcode adapters need to be diluted as following: Barcode X at a final dilution of 1:4 for each adapter.

Mutation Load, also known as Tumor Mutational Burden (TMB), as determined by the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, is defined as the number of nonsynonymous variants (missense and nonsense single-nucleotide variants (SNVs)), plus insertion and deletion variants (INDELs) detected per megabase (Mb) of exonic sequence. The Ion Reporter Software TMB algorithm filters out germline mutations using the Mutation Load Calculation Filter Chain when calculating the Mutation Load result.

Calculation of the Mutation Load alone does not require as many reads as when performing variant calling. To calculate the Mutation Load alone, we recommend combining up to a maximum of 8 libraries on an Ion 540 Chip, or up to a maximum of 16 libraries on an Ion 550 Chip.

To perform variant calling along with calculation of the Mutation Load, we recommend multiplex sequencing of no more than 4 libraries on an Ion 540 Chip and no more than 6 libraries on an Ion 550 Chip, to achieve sufficient read depth for variant calls at a ≥5% allele frequency.

The Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, Chef-ready library preparation consists of the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay - Chef-ready primer panel (2 pools), at 2X concentration pre-measured in barcoded Primer Pool tubes, ready to load into an Ion AmpliSeq Chef Reagents DL8 cartridge. In addition, the kit contains the Ion AmpliSeq Library Kit Plus. Sufficient panel primers and reagents are provided for the preparation of 32 barcoded sample libraries from DNA.

IonCode Barcode Adapters 1-384 Kit (Cat. No. A29751) is compatible with the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay, Chef-ready library preparation. The set includes 4 PCR plates containing a total of 384 unique barcodes:

- IonCode 0101-0196 in 96 Well PCR Plate (red)
- IonCode 0201-0296 in 96 Well PCR Plate (yellow)
- IonCode 0301-0396 in 96 Well PCR Plate (green)
- IonCode 0401-0496 in 96 Well PCR Plate (blue)

Yes, germline filters cover across different ancestry types. They are not ethnicity-based, but are global population-based.

Yes, total variant calls are quantified and reported by the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay workflow and a .vcf file of all called variants is available to download in the user interface.

No, the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load Assay is optimized for use with FFPE tissue. The in-house development of the assay specifically focused on three tissue types: melanoma, lung, and colon.

The Oncomine Focus Assay, Chef-Ready Library contains the following components needed to prepare libraries for 32 samples:

- Oncomine Focus Assay, DNA Chef-Ready Panel (2X) - contains the DNA primer pool
- Oncomine Focus Assay, RNA Chef-Ready Panel (2X) - contains the RNA primer pool
- Ion AmpliSeq Kit for Chef Reagents DL8 cartridge - allows automation of the library prep on the Ion Chef Instrument

Note: The SuperScript transcriptase for cDNA synthesis is not included and must be purchased separately.

8 samples can be processed per IonCode plate. The kit contains 4 IonCode plates, hence, a total of 32 samples can be processed using the Oncomine Focus Assay, Chef-Ready Library kit.

For each target amplification reaction, use 300-30,000 copies of DNA (10 ng of mammalian gDNA) from normal or FFPE tissue.

Each reverse transcription reaction requires 10 ng of DNase-treated total RNA (≥1.43 ng/µL).

Reproductive Health

The Ion ReproSeq™ PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening) kits are bundles of four or five sub-kits which, when used in conjunction with the Ion PGM™ System, provide reagents and materials for whole genome amplification and sequencing to detect chromosomal aneuploidies, chromosome arm events (>48 Mb), and copy number variations starting from a single cell.

The Ion ReproSeq™ PGS workflow takes approximately 8-10 hours depending on the Ion Chip type in use.  The library construction takes ~3.5 hours and the template preparation takes 2 hours.  The run time for an Ion 314™ Chip takes 2.5 hours, an Ion 31™6 Chip takes 3.5 hours, and an Ion 318™ Chip takes 4.5 hours.

Six configurations of the Ion ReproSeq™ PGS Kit are available. The kits vary in the number of Ion SingleSeq kits provided, the maximum number of samples processed per kit, the type of Ion sequencing chip provided, and whether Ion sequencing chips are included.

Depending upon the configuration, there are 4 or 5 subkits in the Ion ReproSeq™ PGS kits:

  • Ion SingleSeq Kit includes reagents to extract, amplify, and barcode genomic DNA.
  • Ion PGM™ Template IA 500 Kit includes reagents for preparing template-positive Ion PGM™ Template IA Ion Sphere™ Particles (ISPs) for sequencing with the Ion PGM™ System. 
  • Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Sequencing Kit includes reagents and materials for the initialization and sequencing runs on the Ion PGM™ Sequencer. 
  • Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Wash 2 Bottle Kit
  • Ion Chip Kit v2 - The Ion ReproSeq™ PGS kits are available with three different types of Ion Chips Kits v2:  Ion 314™ Chip Kit v2, Ion 316™ Chip Kit v2, and Ion 318™ Chip Kit v2. The Ion Chips Kits v2 in the Ion ReproSeq™ PGS kits are barcoded (BC). The non-barcoded (non-BC) versions of the Ion Chip Kits v2 are also available and can only be purchased as standalone items. 

The Ion ReproSeq™ PGS Kit workflow does not use the Ion OneTouch™ 2 System for template preparation.  Template preparation is performed using Ion IA technology, whereby DNA is clonally amplified onto a bead surface through a non-emulsion, isothermal reaction.

The Ion SingleSeq Kit and the Ion PGM™ Template IA 500 Kit are not available separately. The Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Sequencing Kit, Ion PGM™ Hi-Q™ Wash 2 Bottle Kit, and Ion Chip Kits v2 can be purchased as standalone items.

If only a subset of barcodes is needed, pierce the foil of the barcode adapter to collect the required amount of barcode adapter for the reaction.  If you are using a subset, after piercing, seal the pierced wells with laboratory tape to minimize cross-contamination.

1-10 cells are recommended for use with the Ion ReproSeq™ PGS Kit.

Purified gDNA can be used with the Ion ReproSeq™ PGS Kit and the recommended amount is 15-60 pg.  

Sample libraries may be stored individually at -30 degrees C to -10 degrees C before proceeding to the next step.  We do not recommend storing library pools prior to quantification.

Diluted library pools and non-diluted library pool stock solutions may be stored for 1 week at 4 degrees C. After 1 week, we recommend that you thaw the individual Ion SingleSeq libraries and repeat the pooling, purification, quantification, and dilution steps starting from the “Pool the libraries“ step in the protocol.

The template ISPs should be in the Ion PGM™ Template IA Wash Solution and can be stored at 4 degrees C for up to one week.

The enriched ISPs can be stored at 2 degrees C to 8 degrees C for up to 3 days.

The maximum number of Ion SingleSeq libraries that can be pooled and sequenced on a chip depends on the chip being used and can vary between 2-24 samples/run:

  • Ion 314™ Chip Kit v2 (BC or non-BC) = 2 libraries per chip
  • Ion 316™ Chip Kit v2 (BC or non-BC) = 16 libraries per chip
  • Ion 318™ Chip Kit v2 (BC or non-BC) = 24 libraries per chip

The Ion ReproSeq PGS View Kit on the Ion PGM System provides a simple, cost-effective, and scalable aneuploidy detection solution in a workflow as little as 8 hours long. After isolation of a single cell or multiple cells from a preimplantation embryo, DNA extraction and library construction with barcoding are performed using the Ion SingleSeq Kit in 3.5 hours. The template is then prepared using the Ion PGM Template IA 500 Kit in just 2 hours and loaded onto a chip. The sequencing run and analysis are completed in just 2.5 hours for the Ion 314 Chip or 4.5 hours for the Ion 318 Chip. Primary data analysis is performed using Torrent Suite Software, and aneuploidy status is determined using Ion Reporter Software.

64 samples in total (4 runs with 16 samples per run) can be processed with the Ion ReproSeq PGS Kit with Ion 510 Chips.

96 samples in total (4 runs with 24 samples per run) can be processed with the Ion ReproSeq PGS Kit with Ion 510 Chips.

384 samples in total (4 runs with 96 samples/run) can be processed with the Ion ReproSeq PGS Kit with Ion 530 Chips.

Collibri Library Prep Kit

Yes. The Collibri DNA Library Prep kits include ready-to-ligate adapters with unique dual indexes (UDIs), or combinatorial dual indexes (CDs) that allow pooling of up to 24 or 96 different samples before the sequencing run. These adaptors provide multiplexing by mitigating sample misassignment due to index hopping.

Each well in the combinatorial dual indexes (CDs) plate contains a single-use adaptor that consists of a unique combination of two 8 nucleotide identification barcodes. Combination of one D5 barcode with one D7 barcode in each ready-to-use adaptor allows pooling of up to 24 or 96 different samples before the sequencing run.

Each well in the unique dual indexes (UDIs) plate contains a single-use adaptor that consists of two unique 8-nucleotide indexes of D5 and D7 when each index appears in the whole plate only once. The combinatorial approach is not used.

Adaptors are not available separately and are provided only as an integral part of the Collibri kits.

ES - Enzymatically sheared. Collibri ES DNA Library Prep Kit includes reagents for enzymatic shearing and downstream DNA library preparation.
PS - Physically sheared. Collibri PS DNA Library Prep Kit is designed for library construction starting from physically sheared DNA.

Yes, customized formats can be accommodated by our custom services group. Please send an email to techsupport@thermofisher.com with your custom request and they will provide you with further details.

Collibri kits contain Platinum SuperFi DNA Polymerase whose exceptionally strong proofreading activity helps ensure amplification of NGS libraries with supreme sequence accuracy, producing NGS error rates similar to PCR-free methods. The enzyme is a part of Collibri Library Amplification Master Mix, which is included in the kits with PCR option. Designed exclusively for NGS application, Collibri Library Amplification Master Mix is based on a proprietary reaction buffer that has been specially optimized for efficient and uniform amplification of NGS libraries regardless of GC content.

Note: Collibri DNA Library Prep kits are available with or without PCR library amplification.

PCR-free libraries of ≥4 nM concentration using Collibri PS DNA Library Preparation Kit can be prepared from as little as 500 ng input DNA.


PCR-free libraries of ≥4 nM concentration using Collibri ES DNA Library Preparation Kit can be prepared from as little as 100 ng input DNA.

Library size distribution and the absence of primer dimers and/or over-amplification products should be verified by an electrophoretic method (with Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer instrument).


To achieve the highest-quality sequencing data, it is essential to create optimal cluster densities across the flow cell. The most accurate quantification methods to assess the quantity of adaptor-ligated molecules in the library are qPCR-based methods, and we recommend using the Collibri Library Quantification Kit. Quantification can be performed at different stages of the workflow, for example after the post-ligation cleanup or size-selection step (for PCR-free workflows), or after the post-amplification cleanup step (for amplified libraries).

Collibri PS DNA Library Prep Kit can be used for library construction from lower-quality DNA (such as FFPE samples). However, the yields of adaptor-ligated molecules are typically lower compared to the yields obtained with high-quality DNA.

Collibri ES DNA Library Prep Kit is not recommended for library construction from FFPE samples.

Dyes inside the master mix react with CO2 and change the color from red to orange. The mix is still usable when the color changes to orange. To prevent discoloration, avoid keeping it on dry ice.

No. They are specifically designed for a product and cannot be used interchangeably.

Fragment size ranges from 150 bp to 850 bp. For optimal results, we recommend and provide detailed instructions for 350 bp and 550 bp average size library construction.