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Is QuantSeq suitable for preparation of libraries from degraded RNA or FFPE samples?

Yes, low quality and FFPE samples can be used with QuantSeq 3' mRNA-Seq FWD and REV kits.

The use of FFPE samples for QuantSeq-Pool is not recommended (please see this FAQ for more details).

Protocol Modifications

Some minor protocol modifications for QuantSeq FWD and REV are required and are indicated in the tables below:


Table 1 | QuantSeq FWD V2 protocol modifications


Table 2 | QuantSeq REV V2 protocol modifications

Preparing FFPE RNA for QuantSeq

The quality of RNA from FFPE tissues can vary greatly. We recommend measuring the DV200 value (the percentage of RNA greater than 200 nt in length) in addition to RIN values, as RIN values become less meaningful for highly degraded samples.

Optimizing PCR Cycle Numbers

Libraries prepared from FFPE RNA input are typically more variable, hence optimization of PCR cycle numbers is highly recommended. To prevent under- or over-cycling the libraries, we strongly recommend performing a qPCR assay to determine the optimal number of PCR cycles for the set of samples to be processed within each experiment.

When preparing libraries for comparative gene expression profiling, all libraries that will eventually be compared should be amplified using the same number of PCR cycles.

NOTE: The DV200 value is not a reliable predictor of the required number of PCR cycles needed.

If there are a range of optimal PCR cycle numbers predicted for your samples, you may wish to perform an additional endpoint PCR test to check the library yields are sufficient for sequencing. This is ideally done using half the library volume for a couple of samples that have different cycle number predictions (e.g., lowest, middle, and highest cycle number), and using the average number of cycles for the endpoint PCR (adding one additional cycle to account for using half the library volume). After purifying and quantifying these libraries, you can evaluate the relative yields and adjust the number of PCR cycles accordingly.

NOTE: Additional PCR and purification reagents provided in the PCR Add-on and Reamplification Kit V2 (Cat. No. 208) and the Purification Module with Magnetic Beads (Cat. No. 022.96) would be required for this type of endpoint PCR testing.

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