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NEXTFLEX Rapid Directional RNA-Seq Kit 2.02019-08-27T14:52:34+00:00

NEW AND IMPROVED LIBRARY PREP KIT FOR YOUR RNA SEQUENCING NEEDS

NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq Kit 2.0

  • Reliable: Even coverage uniformity with low duplication rate
  • Convenient: Optimized with reverse transcriptase and cleanup/size selection beads
  • Streamlined: Simple protocol validated with NEXTFLEX® poly(A) beads 2.0
  • Flexible: Designed to work with NEXTFLEX® color-balanced barcodes that allow a wide range of multiplexing (up to 384 samples in one run)
  • Efficient: Automated on the Sciclone® G3 NGSx and Zephyr® G3 NGS workstations
For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Even Coverage Uniformity, Low Duplication Rates, >99% Strand Specificity 

The NEXTFLEX® rapid directional RNA-seq kit 2.0 produces libraries for Illumina® sequencing with even coverage uniformity, low duplication rates, >99% strand specificity and minimal rRNA contamination when used with the NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads 2.0. This kit includes reverse transcriptase, necessary library preparation reagents, and cleanup/size selection beads optimized to ensure reliable performance. The kit involves a simple library preparation protocol that has been validated with the updated NEXTFLEX® poly(A) beads 2.0 to accommodate total RNA as input. The NEXTFLEX® rapid directional RNA-seq kit 2.0 is designed to be used with NEXTFLEX® barcodes, which will be provided to early access users. NEXTFLEX® RNA-seq barcodes and NEXTFLEX-96RNA-seq barcodes are provided at concentrations that are not compatible with this kit. Please contact [email protected] to discuss which barcodes will best meet your needs. All NEXTFLEX® barcodes are color-balanced and have undergone proprietary purity QC analysis to give you reliable sequencing results for every sample.

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Figure 1. The NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 demonstrates even coverage along transcripts compared to the Competitor N kit. Poly(A) mRNA was isolated from Universal Human Reference RNA (Agilent® #740000) using the NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads 2.0 and the Competitor N Poly(A) enrichment kit. Libraries were generated using the NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 and the Competitor N’s library preparation kit. The resulting libraries were sequenced on the Illumina® MiSeq® sequencer using paired-end mode (2×76 bp). Reads were trimmed using cutadapt and mapped to the Gencode v30 reference using bowtie2. The coverage along transcripts was calculated using the BBMap pileup tool.

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Figure 2. The NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 demonstrate lower duplication rate compared to the Competitor N kit. Poly(A) mRNA was isolated from Universal Human Reference RNA (Agilent #740000) using the NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads 2.0 and the Competitor N Poly(A) enrichment kit. Libraries were generated using the NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 and the Competitor N’s library preparation kit. The resulting libraries were sequenced on the Illumina® MiSeq® sequencer using paired-end mode (2×76 bp). Reads were trimmed using cutadapt, mapped to the Gencode v30 reference using bowtie2, and randomly downsampled to 100k reads. Duplication rate was calculated using the fastp all-in-one FASTQ preprocessor.

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Figure 3. The NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 demonstrate superior strandedness than the Competitor N kit. Poly(A) mRNA was isolated from Universal Human Reference RNA (Agilent #740000) containing ERCC RNA Spike-In mix (Thermo Fisher® Scientific #4456740) using the NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads 2.0 and the Competitor N Poly(A) enrichment kit. Libraries were generated using the NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 and the Competitor N’s library preparation kit. The resulting libraries were sequenced on the Illumina® MiSeq® sequencer using paired-end mode (2×76 bp). Reads were trimmed using cutadapt and mapped to the ERCC92 reference using bowtie2. Strandedness was calculated using SAMtools.

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Figure 4. The NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 delivers libraries containing lower levels of rRNA contamination than the Competitor N kit. Poly(A) mRNA was isolated from Universal Human Reference RNA (Agilent #740000) using the NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads 2.0 and the Competitor N Poly(A) enrichment kit. Libraries were generated using the NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 and the Competitor N’s library preparation kit. The resulting libraries were sequenced on the Illumina® MiSeq® sequencer using paired-end mode (2×76 bp). The reads were trimmed using cutadapt and the percent of rRNA was determined by using bowtie2 to map reads to human rRNA. The NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0 demonstrated superior removal of 5S, 5.8S, 12S, 16S, 18S, and 28S rRNA species compared to the Competitor N kit.

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Figure 5. Libraries prepared using the Zephyr® G3 NGS workstation and manually deliver comparable yields using the NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0. Poly(A) mRNA was isolated from Universal Human Reference RNA (Agilent® #740000) using the NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads 2.0. Libraries were generated using the NEXTFLEX® Rapid Directional RNA-Seq kit 2.0. Final library concentrations were quantified using the Qubit® 2.0 fluorometer (Thermo Fisher® Scientific #Q32866).

WORKFLOW

KIT CONTENTS

  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq Fragmentation Buffer 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® Directional First Strand Synthesis Buffer Mix 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® Rapid Reverse Transcriptase 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® Directional Second Strand Synthesis Mix 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq Adenylation Buffer Mix 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq Adenylation Enzyme 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq Ligase Buffer Mix 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq Ligase Enzyme 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq PCR Master Mix 2.0
  • NEXTFLEX® RNA-Seq Primer Mix 2.0 (50 µM)
  • Nuclease-free Water
  • Resuspension Buffer
  • NEXTFLEX® Cleanup Beads XP

REQUIRED MATERIALS NOT PROVIDED

  • 10 ng – 1 µg total RNA for enrichment by NEXTFLEX® Poly(A) Beads or ~ 1 ng – 100 ng isolated mRNA or rRNA-depleted RNA
  • DynaMag-2 Magnet (Life Technologies Cat # 123-21D)
  • 100% Ethanol (stored at room temperature)
  • 2, 10, 20, 200 and 1000 µL pipettes
  • RNase-free pipette tips
  • Nuclease-free 1.5 mL microcentrifuge tubes
  • Thin wall nuclease-free 0.5 mL microcentrifuge tubes
  • 96 well PCR Plate Non-skirted (Phenix Research, Cat # MPS-499) / or / similar
  • Adhesive PCR Plate Seal (BioRad, Cat # MSB1001)
  • Magnetic Stand -96 (Ambion, Cat # AM10027) / or / similar for post PCR cleanup
  • Microcentrifuge
  • Thermocycler
  • Heat block
  • Vortex

SEQUENCES

  • Sequences of NEXTFLEX Unique Dual-Indexed DNA Barcode Indexes – Excel / PDF
  • Sequences of NEXTFLEX-HT Barcode Indexes – Excel / PDF

FLYER

The NEXTFLEX®  Rapid Directional RNA Library Prep Kit 2.0 contains enough material to prepare 8 samples for Illumina® sequencing. The shelf life of all reagents is 12 months when stored properly. The Nuclease-free Water and Resuspension Buffer can be stored at room temperature. The NEXTFLEX® </sup Cleanup Beads XP should be stored at 4°C, and all other components should be stored at -20°C.