ddPCR Expert Design Assays

ddPCR Expert Design Assays


QX200™ Droplet Digital™ PCR System Brochure

Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™) is Bio-Rad's unique digital PCR technology.

  • Unrivaled precision provides absolute quantification of target DNA or RNA molecules without the use of standard curves
  • Addresses the lack of scalable and practical technologies for digital PCR implementation

The QX200 ddPCR system makes this powerful technology accessible to you for unveiling previously unattainable
research levels.

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QX200™ Droplet Digital™ (ddPCR™) System Data
Detection of BRAF V600E Mutation

High sensitivity of the QX200 system allows quantification of BRAF V600E mutation in the presence of wild-type DNA using PrimePCR ddPCR assays. A, 2-D fluorescence amplitude plot generated by QuantaSoft™ software shows triplicate wells of a mixed mutant:wild-type sample. The black cluster on the plot represents the negative droplets, the green cluster represents the droplets that are positive for wild-type DNA only, the blue cluster represents the droplets that are positive for mutant DNA only, and the orange cluster represents the droplets that are positive for both mutant and wild-type DNA. B, 2-D fluorescence amplitude plot shows three replicates of a wild-type-only sample. C, fractional abundance plot shows the percentage frequency (orange markers) of the mutant DNA in a wild-type DNA background. The blue markers indicate the concentration of mutant DNA (copies/µl) and the green markers indicate the concentration of wild-type DNA (copies/µl) in each of three replicate samples. All error bars generated by QuantaSoft software represent the 95% confidence interval.

Detection of Herpes Simplex Virus and β2 Microglobulin

ddPCR enables precise and reproducible detection of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and ß2 microglobulin (B2M) targets in a duplex assay. A, 2-D fluorescence amplitude plot shows three merged replicate samples of 10,000 copies/well of HSV-1 duplexed with 20,000 copies/well of Β2M. The black cluster on the plot represents the negative droplets, the green cluster represents the droplets that are positive for HSV-1 only, the blue cluster represents the droplets that are positive for B2M only, and the orange cluster represents the droplets that are positive for both HSV-1 and B2M targets. B, concentration plot shows merged triplicate wells across an HSV-1 sample dilution series from 0 to 40,000 copies in a constant background of 20,000 copies (66 ng human genomic DNA) of B2M. The blue markers indicate HSV-1 copies/µl and the green markers indicate B2M copies/µl. All error bars generated by QuantaSoft software represent the 95% confidence interval.

Detection of Copy Number for
Myelocytomatosis Oncogene and β-Globin

The QX200 system provides superior resolution with copy number (CN) calls from CN1 to CN13. A, 2-D fluorescence amplitude plot shows duplicate wells of a CN6 sample duplexed with myelocytomatosis oncogene (MYC) and β-globin (HBB) assays. The black cluster on the plot represents the negative droplets, the green cluster represents the droplets that are positive for MYC only, the blue cluster represents the droplets that are positive for HBB only, and the orange cluster represents the droplets that are positive for both MYC and HBB targets. B, copy number plot shows samples ranging from CN1 to CN13 with precise duplicate well values. All error bars generated by QuantaSoft software represent the 95% confidence interval. NTC, no template control.

Validation for Next-Generation Sequencing

ddPCR provides nearly 1,000-fold greater sensitivity and an amplification bias–free approach compared to RNA-Seq for validation. A, concentration plot shows a twofold dilution of cDNA generated using Bio-Rad’s iScript™ advanced cDNA synthesis kit for RT-qPCR. Two independent measurement sets were made: one at a high concentration range and one at a lower range, with four points overlapping. B, table shows comparative results between ddPCR and MiSeq. ddPCR detected thousands of copies per well with low-abundance transcripts (TBP and GUSB genes) using an input of 100 ng total RNA, which demonstrates enhanced sensitivity. The MiSeq sequencer detected only single-digit reads per kilobase per million reads (RPKM) for these transcripts. ddPCR, Droplet Digital PCR.

Gene Expression Analysis of Stem Cell Markers

High sensitivity and precision of the QX200 system allow reliable detection of small fold changes with rare transcripts. The TGFβ signaling pathway plays a role in ovarian stem cell regulation, and the addition of TGFβ will increase the number of stem cells in the population, increase the expression of putative stem cell markers, and decrease terminal differentiation markers like E-cadherin (ECAD). Data show expression levels of cKIT, CD133, OCT3/OCT4, and ECAD genes across ten samples with and without TGFβ treatment, normalized to PPIA in this study. Reproducible detection of cDNA copies as low as 0.5–1 target/µl in a 20 µl reaction was achieved. S, sample.

Digital PCR using QX200™ and AutoDG™ ddPCR Systems
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Genomic Variation Analysis: Single Nucleotide Polymorphism: Validation of Allele-Specific Expression Predicted by RNA-Seq in Human Brain Specimens
In the context of human brain development, the QX100™ Droplet Digital™ PCR System yields unambiguous results for genotype identification of low-expression genes and provides absolute quantification of allele-specific expression (ASE) without the use of a standard.
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Genomic Variation Analysis: Copy Number Variation: DUF1220 Copy Number Variation across Healthy and Diseased Populations
Studying copy number variation (CNV) with the QX100 Droplet Digital PCR System allows the robust identification of genetic factors such as DUF1220 in neurogenetic diseases between individuals with greater accuracy and precision, while effectively validating array CGH data.
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Genomic Variation Analysis: Single Nucleotide Polymorphism: Detection of Single Nucleotide Variation Frequencies by Droplet Digital™ PCR
The QX100 Droplet Digital PCR System validated DNA sequencing results of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). In addition to confirming the high frequency of single nucleotide variations (SNVs), a de novo type of SNV was identified.
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Cancer Mutation Analysis: How Droplet Digital PCR Has Revolutionized Noninvasive Plasma-Based Detection of Mutations
Performing Droplet Digital PCR with the QX100 Instrument effectively detected and accurately quantified the EGFR T790M marker in targeted therapies with limited cancer tumor samples.
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Viral Quantification: Adeno-Associated Virus Vector Genome Titer Assay
Determining the adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector genome (vg) titer assay is critical in gene therapy applications. The improved sensitivity observed with Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™) technology makes it highly suitable for titration of clinical-grade AAV vector preparations.
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Gene Expression: Digital Quantification of Potential Therapeutic Target RNAs
Measuring the exact number of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in subcellular compartments with Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) provides insights into their role and mechanism of action.
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Third Generation PCR: A Novel Way to Accurately Measure Copy Number Variations in Human Genome
The McCarroll Lab uses Droplet Digital technology to study the distribution and molecular properties of the genome and its influence on gene expression, as well as the genetics underlying schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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Success Stories: Videos

Droplet Digital™ PCR opens new perspectives in HIV research. Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. is developing HIV therapeutics toward a functional cure using the company’s proprietary zinc finger DNA-binding protein technology.
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Professor Alec Morley, a pioneer in digital PCR, and his colleagues in Adelaide have developed tests for detecting acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) using the unrivaled sensitivity of the QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System.

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Droplet Digital PCR Publications

Browse the growing list of cited peer-reviewed journal articles in Droplet Digital PCR research featuring Bio-Rad products.

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ddPCR Expert Design Assays are designed specifically for Droplet Digital PCR by the experts that developed the technology. ddPCR Expert Design Assays encompass a wide variety of assays (for e.g. translocations, mutation detection, multiplex mutation screening, etc.). Each assay has a unique Assay ID that corresponds to a specific formulation of primers and probes. Details about each assay can be obtained at bio-rad.com/digital-assays. These assays should be validated prior to use by the end user. Browse a list of Expert Design Assays available.

Packaging Options

Based on the design complexity and manufacturing requirements, Expert Design Assays are assigned to one of the catalog numbers listed below.

Catalog# Product Name Reaction Size
12003898 ddPCR Expert Design Assay C1_0 1000
12003899 ddPCR Expert Design Assay C2_0 1000
12003900 ddPCR Expert Design Assay C3_0 1000
12003901 ddPCR Expert Design Assay G1_0 1000
12003902 ddPCR Expert Design Assay G2_0 1000
12003903 ddPCR Expert Design Assay G3_0 1000
12003904 ddPCR Expert Design Assay Q1_0 1000
12003905 ddPCR Expert Design Assay Q2_0 1000
12003906 ddPCR Expert Design Assay Q3_0 1000

Catalog# Product Name Reaction Size
12003907 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R C1_5 1000
12003908 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R C2_5 1000
12003909 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R C3_5 1000
12003910 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R G1_5 1000
12003923 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R G2_5 1000
12004111 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R G3_5 1000
12004112 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R Q1_5 1000
12004113 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R Q2_5 1000
12004114 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R Q3_5 1000
Catalog# Product Name Reaction Size
12004115 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R C1_10 1000
12004116 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R C2_10 1000
12004117 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R C3_10 1000
12004118 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R G1_10 1000
12004119 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R G2_10 1000
12004120 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R G3_10 1000
12004121 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R Q1_10 1000
12004122 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R Q2_10 1000
12004123 ddPCR Expert Design Assay 1000R Q3_10 1000

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