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== Library quantification kits using KAPA (for High Throughput Sequencing efforts) ==
== Library quantification kits using KAPA (for High Throughput Sequencing efforts) ==

Revision as of 16:08, 13 March 2013

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Lab safety

General guidelines:

  • You must always wear closed-toes shoes and a lab coat when in the lab!
  • Always use gloves when working in the lab but DO NOT WEAR GLOVES OUTSIDE OF THE LAB (e.g. hallway, elevator, etc).
  • Pre-PCR is carried out in room 4146. All post-PCR activity takes place in room 4162. Discard gloves when moving between rooms and keep all equipment in their designated rooms. AVOID moving things back into the post-PCR room 4162. These precautions are to avoid contamination problems.
  • If you use the last of the supplies (such as tips or gloves), please restock these items.
  • When stock solutions, kits, gloves, Kimwipes, etc runs out, it is your responsibility to make sure these get replaced. If more needs to be ordered, please notify Sarah.
  • At the end of the day, remove all of your stuff from the bench you were using and return all equipment to their appropriate places, washing glassware with deionized water and hanging on the rack to dry.
  • Empty benchtop trash into the appropriate receptacles (i.e. biohazard containers, general laboratory trash contains, recycle bins, etc).
  • Make your own aliquot of stock solutions (to avoid contamination).
  • Label and date EVERYTHING.
  • If you borrow reagents, you must return them.
  • Know where the first-aid kit is located.
  • Do not prop open the laboratory doors. Many of the researchers keep personal belong- ings in the office/lab. We want to prevent theft and follow Environmental Health and Safety guidelines.
  • Please turn off equipment if it is not in use. Especially hot plates! Make sure they are off when you are done using them.
  • If you uncomfortable at all with any laboratory technique, please do not attempt the procedure and ask for guidance.


Your supervisors (graduate student or post-doctoral researcher and Dr. Wayne) are responsible for you. Please make every effort to be a good laboratory citizen. The Wayne lab is filled with friendly and knowledgeable people. Please ask questions when you are at all uncertain about your technique, procedure, or project. Please make every effort to attend our weekly laboratory meetings, as this is an important forum for meeting the lab members and keeping up-to-date on issues in the lab (i.e. new techniques, current research projects underway, presenting your own work, etc.). This is also the time for the rest of the Wayne lab to meet you, so they are familiar with you and are able to provide help if needed.

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Handling hazardous materials

Be extra careful when handling reactions or waste containing hazardous chemicals:

  • Polyacrylamide is a neurotoxin and wear gloves. As a liquid it is particularly nasty. Wear nitrile gloves when using it, as acrylamide goes through regular latex and vinyl gloves.
  • Ethidium Bromide (EtBr) is carcinogenic and wear gloves. Any waste or contaminated material (including stained gels) must be placed in the labelled containers under the UV camera in room 5318.
  • Always work in the hood when handling organic solvents, like phenol and chloroform, and place waste in appropriately labelled containers.
  • Formamide is carcinogenic and wear gloves. Be careful not to breathe near it, as it aspirates easily.


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Recipes for the general-use buffers

5M Sodium Chloride (NaCl) (makes 250mL)
1. Obtain a beaker with at least 250mL capacity
2. Measure out 73.05g of solid sodium chloride (NaCl) and add to beaker
3. Add distilled water up to total volume of slightly less than 250mL
4. Place beaker on stirring block, add stir bar
5. Stir and heat slightly
6. Add water until total volume is 250mL and sodium chloride is totally dissolved
7. Remove stir bar with magnet and place solution in a 500mL bottle with a loosely fitted cap
8. Autoclave (liquid cycle: ~20 mins)
9. Once cooled, run solution through sterile filter system

  • Obtain a short length of plastic hose to connect vacuum line to filter unit
  • Make sure receiving unit (bottom bottle) and filter unit (top half) are held together tightly
  • Slowly turn on vacuum and keep at a low pressure
  • Pour solution into filter unit and allow to drain into receiving unit
  • Turn off vacuum, remove filter unit, screw on cap

10. Label container (common chemical name, concentration, date, your initials)

1M Tris(-Cl), pH 8 (makes 250mL)
1. Obtain a beaker with at least 250mL capacity
2. Measure out 30.275g of Tris base and add to beaker
3. Add 200mL distilled water
4. Place beaker on stirring block, add stir bar
5. Stir and heat slightly to dissolve Tris base
6. Calibrate pH meter with pH 7.0 buffer and pH 10.0 buffer
7. Measure pH of solution
8. Add 9mL of concentrated HCl (be very careful, this acid is highly caustic) and measure pH
9. Continue adding HCl dropwise until pH measures 8.0
10. Add distilled water to total volume of 250mL
11. Remove stir bar with magnet and place solution in a 500mL bottle with a loosely fitted cap
12. Autoclave (liquid cycle: ~20 mins)
13. Once cooled, run solution through sterile filter system

  • Obtain a short length of plastic hose to connect vacuum line to filter unit
  • Make sure receiving unit (bottom bottle) and filter unit (top half) are held together tightly
  • Slowly turn on vacuum and keep at a low pressure
  • Pour solution into filter unit and allow to drain into receiving unit
  • Turn off vacuum, remove filter unit, screw on cap

14. Label container (common chemical name, concentration, date, your initials)


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Qubit quantification of double-stranded DNA

Qubit gives a more accurate reading of the amount of dsDNA in a sample. Because we are using a High Sensitivity (HS) kit, your samples should be 1-100 ng/uL to ensure accuracy. You can use anywhere from 1-10uL of sample in each tube, always with a total volume of 200μL. We use 2μL to save sample and avoid potential pipetting errors of using 1μL.

  • The dye used in Qubit is light sensitive. Keep dye tube covered in aluminum foil. Put sample tubes with dye in tube rack covered with aluminum foil or in a draw when possible.


Materials

  • Qubit dsDNA HS Assay Kit
    • HS buffer
    • HS standard #2 (10ng/μL or 100ng/μL)
    • Quant-it dsDNA reagent (light sensitive dye)
  • Qubit Assay tubes
  • Tinfoil


Methods
1. Thaw High Sensitivity buffer, light-sensitive dye, standard and samples to room temperature (or use room temperature stock).
2. Cover a tube rack in aluminum foil for storing samples (or place in a drawer).
3. Pull Qubit tubes for number of samples plus two for the standards.
4. Label tubes STD-1 and STD-2, and label one tube per sample you will quantify. Put in tube rack covered in aluminum foil (or drawer).
5. In a sterile 1.5 mL tube covered in tinfoil mix the following. You should master mix this for the number of samples plus three to include standards and extra.

  • Working solution per sample:
    • 200μL of HS Buffer
    • 1μL of Reagent Dye

6. Mix thoroughly by pipetting or vortexing. Centrifuge briefly.
7. Make Standards:

  • STD-1 (this is the blank)
    • Add 200μL working solution
  • STD-2 (100ng/μl STD)
    • 190ul working solution
    • 10ul of 10ng/ul standard
    • Mix thoroughly by pipetting or vortex briefly and spin down.

8. Make sample tubes:

  • Aliquot 199μL of working solution into each sample tube
  • Add 2μL of sample in each tube
  • Mix thoroughly by pipetting or vortex briefly and spin down.

9. Make sure all liquid is collected at bottom of tubes, drops on the side are not acceptable.
10. Keep all tubes in covered tube rack and transport to core or 2nd floor in the Alfaro lab.


Qubit Machine
1. Tap screen to turn on.
2. Tap DNAhs.
3. Read new blanks and then follow instructions on screen.

  • Place STD-1 tube into machine, close lid, and press measure.
  • Place STD-2 tube into machine, close lid, and press measure.

4. Begin measuring samples.

  • Place sample in machine, close lid, press measure.
  • Record number on front screen. It should be in ng/mL. There are options for changing the units to ng/μL if you prefer.
  • For ng/µl, press "Calculate stock concentration" and choose appropriate units, making sure the number of µl is what you added (1 or 2 µl).

5. At the end of process, measure STD-2 (same tube) again. It should be around 500 or within 10ng of 100ng.

  • If any of the readings for the standards are not expected, repeat the whole process starting at step 1.


Calculations (if you didn't choose "Calculate stock concentration" above):
(Reading of individual sample X 100)/μL of DNA added= ______ng/μL


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Nanodrop 2000 quantification of DNA

Please use your own materials (pipette, pipette tips, Kimwipes, etc). Start NanoDrop 2000 software and select analysis method (e.g. Nucleic Acid for DNA). Carefully apply a droplet of water (1-2µL) to the pedestal to clean and initialize the instrument. Use a Kimwipe to clean the pedestal and the top in between readings. At the prompt, name the results file and save it in the “My Documents” folder. Apply 1-2µL to the pedestal and press the “Blank” button (AE buffer, TE buffer, water, etc). Clean the pedestal and apply 1-2µL of sample, then press the “Measure” button. After measuring, the concentration and other data appear in the software window. Continue measuring remaining samples. After measuring, view the results table.



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GenomiPhi DNA amplification protocol

1. Retrieve sample buffer and reaction buffer (thaw at room temp); keep enzyme in -80°
2. Label PCR tubes for each individual
3. Bring template DNA into main lab on ice
4. Add 9µl Sample buffer to labeled PCR tube
5. Add 1µl DNA template
6. Use GARY2 WGA directory 95°C for 3min

  • Heat to 95°C for 3 min; Cool to 4°C forever

7. While waiting, make master mix (put enzyme on ice)
8. Add 9µl reaction buffer for each sample into new 0.65ml tube
9. Add 1µl enzyme for each sample to reaction buffer
10. Retrieve samples from thermocycler
11. Add 10 µl master mix (reaction buffer + enzyme) to cooled samples
12. Use Gary WGA directory WGAv2

  • Incubate at 30°C for 90 min; Heat to 65 °C for 10 min; Cool to 4°C forever

13. Retrieve samples from thermocycler; spin down
14. Add 80µl of EB buffer to cooled samples (found in Qiagen MinElute PCR Purification Kit)
15. Transfer to 1.7ml labeled epitubes (sample name and WGA)


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Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR): General Introduction

A PCR contains the following necessary reagents:

  • PCR-buffer. Salt and pH-stabiliser. User stock of 10x is kept in your box.
  • MgCl2. Salt which is required for the Taq polymerase to work. The standard rxn concentration is 1.5 mM (range 1-4). Higher concentrations makes the Taq polymerase less specific and favours amplifications of short fragments. Too much MgCl2 often results in multiple bands. User stock of 25mM is kept in you.
  • dNTPs. Free nucleotides (Gs, As, Ts and Cs) of which the artificial DNA copies are made. User stock (10 mM of dNTP Mix, which has 2.5mM of each dNTP) is kept in your box.
  • Primers. Single stranded DNA (oligonucleotides), usually the length of 18-30 bp. Primers used for RAPD are normally shorter, 10-15 bp. Stock solutions at 100µM are normally, and user stocks at 10µM are stored in your PCR box.
  • Taq DNA polymerase. The enzyme that puts the free nucleotides together. It starts at the 3' end of the primer and uses the complementary DNA strand as a template. User stock of 5 units/µl is kept in your box.
  • Template DNA. The source of DNA for the PCR amplification. This could be DNA extracted from blood, skin, feathers, or old PCR products. We use a standard concentration at 25 ng/µl but depending on the organism and protocol, the concentration might need further adjustments (5-100 ng/µl).


In addition to these reagents, you may find that researchers are adding other reagents to their reactions in hope of getting better results. You may consider:

  • BSA bovine serum albumin. Prevents binding of DNA to the test tube. Recommended concentration is 10-100µg/ml.
  • DMSO dimethylsulfide. Increases linearity of DNA (to prevent formation of secondary DNA structure). Recommended concentration is 1-10% DMSO.


A suggested concentration for a general PCR cocktail:

Reagents 50μL reaction 25μL reaction 10μL reaction
ddH2O 30.8μL 15.4μL 5.5μL
PCR 10x buffer 5μL 2.5μL 2μL
MgCl2 (25mM) 4μL 1.5-2μL 0.8μL
dNTPs 4μL 1.5-2μL 0.8μL
Forward primer (10μM) 2μL 1μL 0.4μL
Reverse primer (10μM) 2μL 1μL 0.4μL
Taq DNA polymerase 0.2μL 0.1μL 0.08μL
Template DNA (25ng/μL) 2μL 1μL 1μL



To set up a PCR:
1. Make sure you have reserved a thermocycler for your usage. The sign-up dry-erase board is in 5202.
2. Create a PCR protocol and calculate how much you need of your master mix/ cocktail (number of rxn + 10%). Don't forget the rxn for the blank (negative control). The master mix should contain everything except the template (but you should add the Taq just before aliquoting).
3. Make sure the PCR bench is clean.
4. Thaw template DNA and all reaction reagents on the PCR bench, except the Taq polymerase which should remain in the freezer until needed (it contains glycerol so it does not need thawing).
5. Program the PCR machine while the reagents are thawing.
6. Mix and spin all reagents and keep on ice (once experienced with the technique, keeping all reagents on ice is not necessary, unless there are unexpected delays).
7. Place an appropriate number of PCR tubes in a tray, and briefly label each row of tubes.
8. Aliquot your desired amount of template DNA prior to adding Taq polymerase to your cocktail.
9. Make the cocktail in an 1.5 ml eppendorff tube (snap cap). Start with adding the ddH20 and save the Taq DNA polymerase to the last step. Mix by using the 200 µl pipette set at 150µl and pipette up and down a few times.
10. Dispense an appropriate volume of master mix into each of the reaction tubes (total rxn minus amount of template DNA).
11. Add the template (change tip between samples!!!!).
12. Fix the lids on the tubes.
13. Bring the tubes over to the thermocyclers in room 4162 (on ice if you haven't programmed them yet--it may take a few minutes for a newly turned on machine to warm up). Start the PCR machine. Select and run your program, and ALWAYS USE A HEATED LID! Load the tubes, close and tighten the lid, then you are ready to go!

Programming the thermocycler (choosing a temperature profile):
The standard PCR starts with a warming up phase of 3 minutes at 94˚C, to make the template DNA single stranded (denatured). Then follows the cyclic phase that characteristically consists of three different steps.
1. 94˚C. This is again the denaturing step that initiates all cycles and is normally set between 30-60 sec.
2. 37-70˚C. The annealing temperature when the primer is allowed to settle on the template DNA. This step is usually set between 30-120sec. The chosen temperature depends on the melting temperature, Tm, of the primer (length and GC-content).
3. 72˚C. The elongation temperature is the optimal working temperature of the Taq DNA polymerase. This step is set between 5-500 sec depending on the length of the desired fragment. A rule of thumb is that the Taq polymerase builds about 1,000 nucleotides per minute.
4. The number of cycles used varies normally between 20-40 depending on the template DNA concentration, quality, length of product, and above all, empirical experience with the focal reaction.
5. The reaction is normally ended by a 10 minute phase at 72˚C. This will allow the Taq polymerase to add a protruding A at the 3' end of the fragments. This step is very important when cloning the PCR fragments by means of TA-cloning.

Recipe for 2% agarose gels:
1. If a 2% solution is already made up, proceed to step 3 to melt the gel. To make 300 ml of new solution, take a weighing boat from the drawer, place it on the balance, tare, and add 6.0 g agarose (in the cupboard of reagents behind the door). Add to flask.
2. Add 300 ml of 1x TBE buffer (in carboy).
3. Place the bottle in the microwave and boil for repeated 30 sec intervals until the agarose has melted (make sure it doesn't boil over!). Use the orange heat-protection gloves when handling the warm bottle.
4. Tape the ends of the gel casts and insert combs. Use two combs if you don’t need to run the fragments out the full length of the gel--it saves time and materials.
5. When the temperature of the agarose solution reaches 60˚C (you should be able to hold the glass for 5 seconds without burning your hand, but make sure the gel hasn't started to polymerise yet), pour the solution into the cast so that the gel is about 2 mm thick. Allow to polymerize (about 45-60 minutes).
6. When polymerized, remove the combs and tape, slide the gel out of the cast, and place in the ethidium bromide bath. A gel must soak for about 30min to be stained.


2% agarose checking gel:
1. Move the gel bath to the bench with the baby gel chamber. Take a gel from the bath with the tongs and place it in the chamber for electrophoreses (make sure the wells are closest to the black electrode). Always make a new gel and put it into the gel bath so that the next person can use it.
2. If necessary, top up the 1x TBE buffer to the fill line of the chamber. The buffer can be reused several times, but should be replaced every second week.
3. Take a microtiter plate and add 1µl of loading dye in a number of wells corresponding to the number of your samples.
4. Add 2.5 µl (if not otherwise stated) of the final PCR product to each well (change tips between samples).
5. Load the first well in the gel with 5 µl of a DNA ladder and 1µl dye, and then the samples (PCR rxn and dye). You can reuse tips here--just place the tip in the buffer in the chamber and pipette up and down to flush the residue.
6. Put the lid on the electrophoresis chamber.
7. Turn on the power supply, adjust the voltage (80 V), and let the gel run for 30-40 minutes.
8. When finished, place the gel on the glass plate in the UV camera box. Be cautious about exposing your skin to UV rays for too long: severe burns may develop without protective clothing or eyewear.
9. When finished, carefully dispose of the gel in the gel waste bin (under the camera). Wipe down the glass with paper towels and dispose of them in the EtBr waste bin.


A general PCR set-up template for keeping notes on the experiment, samples, thermocycler, and master mix.


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PCR programs

For 10μL reaction volumes using M13-hybrid primers: [M13MXSTD] on Wayne lab thermocyclers

  • 95 ºC for 15 min; (For 25 cycles: 94ºC 30s, 59ºC 90s, 72ºC 60s); (For 15 cycles: 94ºC 30s, 53ºC 90s, 72ºC 60s); 60ºC 30 min; 4ºC forever hold


For 10μL reaction volumes using regular dye-labeled primers (Non-M13): [JPSDMPLX] (a step-down program with hotstart and final annealing temperatures and times recommended by Qiagen)

  • 95 ºC for 15 min; (For 12 cycles: 94ºC 30s, 60ºC 90s dropping 0.5°C every cycle, 72ºC 60s); (For 33 cycles: 89ºC 30s, 55ºC 90s, 72ºC 60s); 60ºC 30 min; 4ºC forever hold


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Microsatellite Qiagen multiplexing PCR setup

These are M13-hybrid primers, with the M13 tag on either the Forward or Reverse primer. Make note for preparing the primer mix below.

Primer Mix (SINGLE LOCUS)

Reagents 1 reaction (50μL total volume) 5 reactions (250μL total volume)
100μM non-M13 primer 1 (stock concentration) 1μL 5μL
2.5μM M13 primer 1 (remember to dilute the 100μM stock) 2μL 10μL
2.5μM M13 dye-label (we mostly use 6FAM but others are available) 2μL 10μL
diH2O 45μL 225μL


Primer Mix (TWO LOCI; total volume=160μL)

Reagents Locus 1 Locus 2 Add:
100μM non-M13 primer 8μL 8μL
2.5μM M13 primer 16μL 16μL
2.5μM M13 6FAM dye-label 32μL
diH2O 80μL


Primer Mix (THREE LOCI; total volume=120μL)

Reagents Locus 1 Locus 2 Locus 3 Add:
100μM non-M13 primer 4μL 4μL 4μL
2.5μM M13 primer 8μL 8μL 8μL
2.5μM M13 6FAM dye-label 24μL
diH2O 60μL


Primer Mix (FOUR LOCI; total volume=160μL)

Reagents Locus 1 Locus 2 Locus 3 Locus 4 Add:
100μM non-M13 primer 4μL 4μL 4μL 4μL
2.5μM M13 primer 8μL 8μL 8μL 8μL
2.5μM M13 6FAM dye-label 32μL
diH2O 80μL



PCR Mastermix cocktail(1 reaction)

Reagents 1x
Primer mix 1μL
BSA (10mg/mL; dilute stock using 1μL 100mg/mL stock to 9μL dH2O) 0.4μL
diH2O 2.1μL
Qiagen Master Mix (pre-made from the kit) 5μL
  • Add 8.5μL of master mix to 1.5μL DNA
  • If you would like to use the Q-solution that comes in the Q-MM kit, reduce the water by 1μL and add in 1μL of the Q-solution.


PCR Mastermix (96 wells + smidegen extra= 105 reactions)

Reagents 105x
Primer mix 105μL
BSA (10mg/mL; dilute stock using 1μL 100mg/mL stock to 9μL dH2O) 42μL
diH2O 220.5μL
Qiagen Master Mix (pre-made from the kit) 525μL

Add 8.5μL of master mix to 1.5μL DNA


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What are M13 primers, anyways?

A process where we can save money by not having to buy primers that are already dye-labeled, we instead add a 16mer sequence tag (we use the M13F –20 sequence 5'-GTA AAA CGA CGG CCA G-3') onto the 5’ end of one of the primers (called a M13-hybrid primer). After the first couple rounds of PCR cycles, the 16mer tag gets added onto your copied DNA product. We put a small enough amount of the hybrid primer in the PCR cocktail so that it all gets used up by 20-25 cycles. We also put a small amount of M13F-20 primer (16bp in length) in the mix, and this primer has been dye labeled. We then drop the annealing temperature by 5°C and this allows the much shorter dye labeled M13F-20 primer (16bp) to anneal and be added onto the copied DNA strands. We run another 20 cycles and you end up with dye labeled PCR product that is 16bp longer than than your original primer sized product (good to remember if you are comparing it to results using the regular primer).

This is much cheaper because we can buy the M13-20 dye labeled primer in bulk, we need to use so little, and we do not have to buy unique dye labeled primers for every primer set we wish to use (the M13-hybrid primers cost about $10-$12, instead of $70 - $120 for a dye labeled primer).

For further details on the hybrid primer process see:

Boutin-Ganache I, Raposo M, Raymond M, Deschepper CF (2001) M13-tailed primers improve the reliability and usability of microsatellite analyses performed with two different allele sizing methods. Biotechniques 31 (1), 24-26.



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Sending microsatellite products to the Core facility

1. Thaw 1ml of ABI HiDi (Formamide).
2. Prepare mix of HiDi and size standard (Liz 500).

  • 9.7μL HiDi and 0.3μL Liz PER SAMPLE.
  • 1ml HiDi and 15μL Liz PER 96 SAMPLES.

3. 9.5μL of HiDi/Liz per well in a 96-well plate.
4. Make a 1/20 dilution of PCR product.

  • 2μL PCR product to 38ul water.
  • Use a dilution plate.

5. Add 2μL of diluted PCR to the 9.5ul HiDi/Liz in each well.
6. Use a sticky lid and centrifuge.
7. Denature at 95°C for 5min (disable heated lid); DENATURE program.

  • Place on ice immediately for 5min.

8. Spin down plate and place back on ice.
9. Label plate with name: Wayne_r_<PlateName>, your initials, date.
10. Carry on ice to the Core facility (5th floor Gonda, 5309).
11. Place plate in the bottom shelf of the genotyping refrigerator labeled “Ready to Run with ABI 3700”.
12. Plate results will be on the WebSeq webpage, to be genotyped using GeneMapper. 13. Be sure to mark the number of plates you brought to the Core on the Wayne lab form on the freezer.


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Microsatellite genotyping using GeneMapper v3.0/3.7

1. Add (Import) samples to project.

2. Set up marker panel and create a Bin Set in Panel Manager; set up bins if alleles are known. This is done in a hierarchical method in the Panel Manager:

  • In the left navigation window, click Panel Manager and then “New Kit” (upper far-left button). Name it and select the type of data you want.
  • Select on the new Kit you created, then click “New Panel”. Name it and press Enter.
  • Click on the panel you created, then click “New Marker”. Name it, provide marker range, color, and number of repeats, and comments if you choose.
  • Add in as many markers you have. I create different Kits for each multiplex combination set. Make sure to name everything consistently so you can link up to them later and you know exactly what it means. Example: name Analysis Method, Panel, Kit, etc all matching the microsatellite multiplex primer mix so you can easily cross-reference them when setting up in GeneMapper.
  • Next, select your Kit and in the Bins menu, select New Bin Set. Name it and then you can select it from the drop-down menu. This Bin Set is used in the Analysis Method to again, be clear about how you name your Kits and Panels.


3. Set up Analysis Method specific to your samples in GeneMapper Manager.

  • In the GeneMapper Manager, click the Analysis Method Tab, and then click New.
  • Follow prompts, then name your Method on “General” tab.
  • “Allele” tab: this is where you link your Analysis Method to the Bin Set you just created. You can also click “Use the marker-specific stutter ratio” if your marker stutters.
  • If marker is known to stutter, you can the change the stutter ratio (value is a percentage of the time you observe stutter in dataset) and this will avoid “over labeling” of stutter peaks.
  • “Peak Detector” tab: click “User Specific (rfu)” and here you can set a Minimum Peak Height requirement; useful to avoid over labeling low-intensity peaks. The higher the value, the higher the intensity requirement for peak calling.
  • The remaining tabs have tons of values you can change to better tweak your analysis. I haven’t figured them all out yet, but don’t let that stop you from having fun!
  • Click OK, then Done.


4. Select your Analysis Method, Panel, and Size Standard information on Samples Tab of project, and hold “Ctrl-D” to fill down for all samples.

5. Click “Analyze” (green triangle) button to analyze; Genotype Tab will then be activated.

6. On the Genotype Tabs, each individual is represented by a separate entry for each marker it was run with (if you multiplexed markers). Each run is tested for quality control in many categories. The GQ (Genotype Quality) column is most important and is rated one of three quality levels:

  • Green square: good to go!
  • Yellow triangle: usually ok to go!
  • Red hexagon: bad; it’s a no-go!


7. To view all electropheregrams, select all runs in each marker (left navigation window in Genotypes Tab) and click the “Display Plots” button.

8. There are two important buttons in the upper left corner (Peak Selection Mode and Binning Mode buttons). You can view runs and add allele bins here if necessary.

  • Peak Selection Mode: Here you can click on any peak, add it as an allele you created previous to the analysis run, delete the allele call, or custom name the allele peak as a “new” allele for that individual peak.
  • Binning Mode: Here you can create/delete/edit bins and increase/decrease the marker range as needed. Any changes made are saved when you exit the screen but you will need to RE-analyze for it to be applied to all the other samples analyzed with that marker. Go back to the Samples Tab and click the “Analyze” button.


9. I recommend viewing all runs to double check the calls made by GeneMapper. If you think a run is good, but the program gave it a GQ red hexagon (failed), you can override this by two ways:

  • When you make any changes to a run, it automatically replaces quality values with gray triangles. This tells you that you made manual changes to the run.
  • You can “right” click on the final GQ value and a prompt appears asking “Override the Genotype Quality of this marker?” Yes will also create the gray triangles.


10. Once you have viewed/edited all the runs for a single marker, you can always sort the entries under the Edit menu. You can also edit the Table Settings in Table Settings Editor to hide some of the excessive columns that normally appear on both the Samples and Genotype Tabs. Make sure to select the Table Settings you created in the drop- down menu in order for it to be applied to your project.

11. To Export your Allele Table, click “Export Table” button and save it in your folder. It is saved as a “.txt” file and easily copy/pastes into Excel. No problem!

12. Congratulations! (as a last note, I recommend re-analyzing all samples for a marker when you add more samples for that marker...keeping allele calls consistent and standardized across PCRs).


Troubleshoot:

  • Check that you are viewing the table in the correct table edit selection. Microsatellite data should be under the Microsatellite Default viewing screen, AFLP with the AFLP screen, and so on.
  • Check that you have selected the appropriate bin set when viewing alleles. This makes a world of difference.


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High resolution melting (HRM) curve analysis protocol

This method is used for quick genotyping of small variants (e.g. indels, SNPs). Primer design is different that of that for microsatellites.
HRM primer design
1. Locate SNP (or other genetic variant) and it’s position using the UCSC Genome Browser or Ensembl in the most recent genome build
2. Obtain about 100 bases of flanking sequence in both directions with the SNP in the middle of the sequence (use the DNA tab to get genomic sequence)
3. Use Primer3 online to submit sequence using default primer picking options

  • Use the brackets [A] to target the SNP location

4. Design as small of amplicons as possible (target product size of 45-80 bases max)

  • The SHORTER THE AMPLICON THE BETTER
  • Keep decreasing product size until Primer3 can’t design primers

5. Name the primer set: HRM-chr#.position (example: HRM-chr15.32383555)


Setting up the HRM plate and master mix
1. Thaw reagents, found in the pre-PCR room chest freezer

  • Water
  • Roche MgCl2
  • Roche MM (light sensitive)
  • Primers

2. Make 2μM primer mix (1μL of the forward primer + 1μL of the reverse primer + 98μL of diH2O
3. Make master mix, vortex and spin down
4. Add 2μL of the 20x diluted PCR product and mix by pipetting up and down several times
5. Seal the plate with a sticky lid and spin down using the centrifuge
6. Denature at 95° for 5 min (disable the heated lid) and place on ice immediately (DENATURE programs on most thermocyclers)
7. After 5 min on ice, spin down plate and return to ice
8. Label plate with name using the following format: wayne_r "Plate Name", your initials, date
9. Carry on ice and covered to the Core facility (Gonda 5309)
10. Place denatured plate in genotyping fridge labeled "Ready to Run with ABI 3700" shelf (at the bottom)
11. When the samples have been sequenced, they will be posted on WebSeq and downloaded.


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Targeted sequencing


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Bioanalyzer


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Biorupter


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Library quantification kits using KAPA (for High Throughput Sequencing efforts)


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Cloning, colony picking, and PCR

Goal: Use a pipette tip to pick a colony, boil it to lyse plasmid from bacteria, and then PCR it with M13F and R primers to cleanly amplify just the target insert without needed gel band cutout.

Pick & Boil Step
Recommend using a new box of sterile pipette 20 or 200 µl size tips (Caution! Don’t use tips from a box that has been previously opened and used for other work. If you don’t use all the tips, set them aside and label for colony picking use only).

Use a 96-well PCR plate and add 30µl of 0.1X TE buffer into each well you plan to use for a picked colony. We recommend using the bottle of molecular grade 50X TE buffer from which we make the 0.1X solution.

Using a sterile pipette tip, gently touch the selected colony to get some cells on it, then place the tip into the well of the PCR plate. Gently swirl the tip in the well for a few seconds. After you have picked all the desired colonies and “innoculated” the wells of the plate (a tip should be in a well for at least a minute), then gently remove each tip without dripping any liquid into other wells.

Put a flexy silicone lid on the plate and then boil the colonies to spring (lyse) the plasmids from the bacteria. The cycle used should be 95°C for 10 minutes, followed by 4°C forever until you are ready to take the plate out of the PCR machine. Make sure to use the heated lid option!

PCR Reaction Mix & Cycle
You want to put enough plasmid into the PCR reaction to get decent amplification of the insert, but not too much that you have to ultimately cut the insert band out because the plasmid concentration is too high. We have found that 1µl of the boiled colony solution works well to get this result.

Reagents for a 10μL reaction x1
Qiagen Master Mix 5μL
BSA (10mg/mL; dilute stock using 1μL 100mg/mL stock to 9μL dH2O) 0.4μL
M14F and Reverse primer mix (2μM) 1μL
diH2O 2.6μL
  • add 9μL of PCR cocktail to 1μL boiled colony per reaction


PCR program

  • 95 ºC for 15 min; 94°C for 30s; (For 45 cycles: 89ºC 30s, 50ºC 60s, 72ºC 60s); 60ºC 30 min; 4ºC forever hold


Do a checking gel to see if you have an insert amplifying in each sample (if there is a ~200bp band, that means there is no insert; if no band, means there was no or very few cells in the boiled solution). Use 3µl of PCR product and 2µl of loading dye for the checking gel. If clean single band of the expected insert size, do the standard next steps for sequencing (Agencourt/Beckman prep, or if UCLA core – Exosap and Big Dye rxn).


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Beckman Coulter Sequencing

1. Make sure to use Neptune 96-well plates and tinfoil lids.

  • Need to provide:
    • 20μL PCR product per well in 96-well plate
    • 25μL of primer per well in 96-well plate

2. Log on to Beckman Coulter Sequencing online:

3. Click link for Create a New Project
4. Clink link for Single Pass PCR Sequencing Project under the heading of High Throughput Sequencing
5. Enter a project name
6. Enter the number of samples into 96-Well Qty (# of PCR product plates)
7. Enter Amplicon Size
8. Check Yes or No if your samples are purified. Typically enter NO, unless you gel purified your samples
9. Enter sequencing direction, number of samples to be sequenced (# of PCR products), total number of reads (# of PCR products x # of sequencing directions)
10. Click Next
11. Download template (in Primer Information section) and rename the file with your project name

  • a. Under the Sample Information section: enter plate name, amount (20μL), and amplicon size (other columns can be left blank)
  • b. Under the Primer Information section: enter plate name (fill out a row for each primer plate), concentration (3μM), and amount (25μL) (other columns can be left blank)
  • c. Save file

12. Return to Beckman page and click Attach file to upload Primer File
13. Click Next
14. Enter date shipped, carrier (FedEx), and tracking # (if you have already generated FedEx slip, not required information)
15. Check .ab1 file
16. Shipping information should automatically be shown
17. Get quote and PO number (on top of freezer under thermocycler sign up board)
18. Submit Project and print a copy of the submission form
19. Login to our FedEx account:

  • See password sheet in computer room for login and password information

20. Find Beckman shipping profile, which is saved under My Shipping Profile
21. Click Ship and Print
22. Package plates in separate ziplock baggies for each plate. Wrap with bubble wrap. Put inside Styrofoam box within a cardboard box
23. Package samples on dry ice (see Sarah for lab account usage)

  • tape Styrofoam box closed
  • include a copy of the PO and submission form in the cardboard box
  • put FedEx slip on the top of cardboard box in provided sticky envelope
  • make sure to put a dry ice form on the outside of cardboard box (diamond sticker)


Here is the shipping information just in case (standard overnight) to:
Beckman Coulter Genomics, Inc
36 Cherry Hill Drive
Danvers, MA 01923-2575

Fill out sign-up sheet on Post-PCR freezer (below thermocycler sign-up board).

  • Very important for budgeting


Renaming .ab1 files
Beckman names the files according to the project name. The Shaffer lab provided us with a script to rename the files. Two files are required and can be found on the iMac named Brock3 in the seq renamer Beckman file (desktop).

1. Login to Beckman
2. Click on Get Your Results Tab
3. Download your project and save
4. Create an excel or text file with the names of your samples in one column.

  • A1
  • B1
  • C1
  • …through H1
  • A2
  • B2
  • …through H2
  • etc

5. Open new_names.tab
6. Change the first column to your project name with Find and Replace.

  • Example:
    • new_names.tab file = GGM9_A01 etc
    • my project name = ss
  • Find: GGM9
  • Replace: ss
    • do not change _A01

7. In your excel or text file, copy your column of sample names
8. Paste over second column in the new_names.tab file (in TextWrangler hold down control and drag curser over second column to highlight only the second column)
9. Save file
10. Copy and paste the new_names.tab and chromat_renamer.perl into the file that contains your .ab1 files
11. Open Terminal
12. Change directory to your file that contains your .ab1 files

  • Type cd (drag your file into terminal window); press enter

13. Type perl chromat_renamer.perl; press enter
14. A new file named renamed_chromats should be in your .ab1 file with your samples renamed.



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Ethanol precipitation for DNA clean-up

1. In the 1.5mL epi tube containing the DNA sample to clean, add 1mL of COLD 100% ethanol and 100ul sodium acetate (NaOAc) pH 5.2. Mix by inverting.
2. Place in -20°C freezer for at least 3 hours, overnight is fine.
3. Spin at 14,000 rpm in a chilled centrifuge at 4°C for 10-15 min.
4. Discard supernatant. Careful not to disturb pellet! Pellet may be invisible.
5. Re-suspend in 1mL fresh 70% ethanol, centrifuge for 5min at 14,000 rpm.
6. Discard supernatant.
7. Dry pellet in Speed Vac for up to 10min at low or medium heat.
8. Re-suspend pellet in 1x TE or Qiagen AE buffer. Generally use 50-200ul, depending on amount of DNA present. Thermomixer is probably ideal at RT.


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Phenol/Chloroform extraction of genomic DNA

Day 1: Digestion of Sample
1. Finely mince ~25 mg of tissue or 200 µl of blood to a 2.0 ml tube.
2. Add the following reagents to the tube:

  • 500 µl of 1x TEN Buffer
  • 50 µl of 10% SDS
  • 40 µl of Proteinase K (20 mg/ml)

3. Mix by vortexing
4. Incubate at 56 °C overnight on a rocking platform.

Day 2: PCI Extraction

  • Make sure the relevant buffers (PCI, CI) and reagents (NaOAc, 70% EtOH) are prepared!

1. Remove tubes from incubator, and add 500 µl of buffered phenol. Shake tubes and invert several times (5 – 10 mins). Spin tubes in centrifuge at max speed (14,000 rpms) for 5 mins.
2. Observe 2 layers. The top layer contains the DNA/RNA and the bottom, organic layer the waste.
3. Remove the top layer and transfer into a new and labeled tube, and discard the bottom layer in the PCI organic waste container.
4. Add 500 µl of PCI to the samples in the new tubes, and shake tubes and invert several times (5 – 10 mins). Spin tubes in centrifuge at max speed (14,000 rpms) for 5 mins.
5. Observe 2 layers. The top layer contains the DNA/RNA and the bottom, organic layer the waste.
6. Remove the top layer and transfer into a new and labeled tube, and discard the bottom layer in the PCI organic waste container.
7. Add 500 µl of CI to these new tubes, and shake tubes and invert several times (5 – 10 mins). Spin tubes in centrifuge at max speed (14,000 rpms) for 5 mins.
8. Pipette off the top layer and transfer it to a 1.7ml final epi tube with the final sample name and number.
9. [OPTIONAL] If you want to RNase treat the DNA, add 1ul of a 10 µg/mL stock solution of RNase A to your DNA and incubate at 37ºC for 30-60 min.
10. To this tube add the following:

  • 100 µl of 3M sodium acetate (NaOAc)
  • 1 ml of cold 100% ethanol (EtOH)

11. Invert tubes several times and place in a -20 freezer overnight. (3 hours is sufficient).
12. You can either stop here and do precipitation the next day or after 3 hours, complete the precipitation.

Ethanol Precipitation
1. Remove tubes from the freezer, and centrifuge at max (14,000 rpms for ~10 min) to pellet the DNA.
2. Observe a white or brownish pellet. (May be absent in low concentration samples).
3. Decant the supernatant, being careful not to lose the pellet.
4. Add 1ml of fresh 70% EtOH to the tube containing the pellet. Vortex briefly to re-suspend the pellet.
5. Centrifuge at max (14,000 rpms for 10 min) to pellet the DNA.
6. Decant the EtOH, being careful not to lose the pellet.
7. Remove the remaining 70% EtOH by vacuum centrifuging in the tubes in the Savant Speed-Vac for 10 mins or until the pellet is dry. (Do not use high heat for more than 5 mins).
8. Re-suspend DNA in 100-200 1x TE (or Qiagen’s AE) Buffer.

RNase treatment [if you didn’t do this prior to precipitation]

  • If you are extracting DNA from an RNAbuffer (e.g. PAXgene RNA tubes which do not contain any DNases), you may consider doing an RNAse treatment of the final DNA*

1. Add 1ul of a 10 µg/mL stock solution of RNase A to your DNA and incubate at 37ºC for 30 min.
2. Recover the DNA by adding 1/10 volume of 3M sodium acetate (pH 6.8) and 2 volumes of isopropanol or 95% ethanol to the DNA containing solution.
3. Incubate on ice for 10 min.
4. Centrifuge at maximum speed for 5 min at room temperature, to pellet the DNA.
5. Discard (carefully) the alcohol. Wash with 70% ethanol and dry DNA via Speed-Vac on low heat for 10 mins.
6. Dissolve in AE, TE or dH2O, as you did in the DNA extraction. 



Common buffers and preparations by the final desired volume:

TEN Buffer 1x 50mL 25mL
0.5M EDTA 100μL 50μL
5M NaCl 1mL 500μL
1M TRIS 500μL 250μL
ddH2O 48.41mL 24.2mL


PCI 50mL 25mL 12.5mL
Buffered Phenol 25mL 12.5mL 6.25mL
Chloroform 24mL 12mL 6mL
Iso-Amyl Alcohol 1mL 500μL 250μL


CI 50mL 25mL
Chloroform 48mL 14mL
Iso-Amyl Alcohol 2mL 1mL


70% Ethanol 50mL
100% Ethanol 35mL
ddH2O 15mL


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Calibration of SeraPure beads to AMPure XP beads

Note: This protocol is derived via Brant Faircloth from the referenced protocol created by Nadin Rohland (Rohland N, Reich D. Cost-effective, high-throughput DNA sequencing libraries for multiplexed target capture. Genome Research. Early Online Access. Doi: 10.1101/gr.128124.111)

1. Prepare fresh aliquots of 70% EtOH (70ml EtOH + 30ml water).
2. Mix 1μg ladder per trial volume.

  • Use 20μL 50bp E-Gel ladder (undiluted).
  • For 4 trial volumes (.2X, .4X, .6X, .8X of ampure), add 30.76μL ladder to 49.24μL water.

3. Add trial volume of ampure to 20μL of ladder mixture (may need to do more trials if AMPure haven’t been tested in awhile).

  • Example:
Final concentration of AMPure Volume of ladder mixture Volume of AMPure
.2X 20μL 4μL
.4X 20μL 8μL
.6X 20μL 12μL
.8X 20μL 16μL

4. Mix gently with a pipette and incubate at room temperature for 5 minutes.
5. Place tubes in magnetic tube holder and allow to rest for 2 minutes. Beads should be drawn out of solution and should gather on the side of the tube in contact with the magnet.
6. Carefully pipette off supernatant - without disturbing the beads - and discard.
7. Add 500uL fresh 70% ethanol to each tube, then pipette off ethanol and discard.
8. Repeat step 6.
9. Allow beads to air dry with tube caps open to remove all traces of ethanol (~5-10 minutes) or place beads of a 37°C heat block for 3-4 min until dry.
10. Resuspend beads in 10μLuL 1X TE buffer to elute DNA.
11. Transfer elute to new labeled tubes and discard beads.
12. Mix elute with 1μL of loading dye.
13. Electrophorese in an E-gel for approximately 9 min.
14. Compare the results of the trial volumes do obtain the most appropriate Xul needed to do the following AMPure Bead Cleanup Protocol.
15. Post results on small Post-PCR refrigerator.


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AMPure XP bead clean-up of DNA

1. Use sample DNA concentration to calculate volume that will yield 1μg of DNA.

  • To calculate the number of microliters needed to obtain 1μg of DNA, divide 1000 by the concentration of DNA in ng/μL.
  • To obtain genomic DNA, use a ratio of XuL bead solution per μg of sample DNA (X is the optimum volume figured out by testing the ampure mixture; typically 40-60μL).

2. Obtain clear 1.7mL tubes. In each 1.7mL tube, combine bead solution, DNA, and 1X TE buffer in the following ratio: XμL : 1μg : up to 160μL total volume.

  • Can be scaled up to combine as much as 3μg DNA with 3XμL bead solution and 1X TE to a total volume of 480μL in each tube.

3. Mix gently with a pipette and incubate at room temperature for 5 minutes.
4. Place tubes in magnetic tube holder and allow to rest for 2 minutes. Beads should be drawn out of solution and should gather on the side of the tube in contact with the magnet.
5. Carefully pipette off supernatant - without disturbing the beads - and discard.
6. Add 500μL fresh 70% ethanol to each tube, then pipette off ethanol and discard.
7. Repeat step 6.
8. Allow beads to air dry with tube caps open to remove all traces of ethanol (~5-10 minutes) or place beads of a 37°C heat block for 3-4 min until dry. You can also use a sterile toothpick to remove any blobs of ethanol from the tube walls.
9. Resuspend beads in 10μL 1X TE buffer to elute DNA.
10. Transfer elute to new labeled tubes (combining duplicates from the same initial sample, if possible) and discard beads.
11. NanoDrop to determine new sample concentration. Perform ethanol precipitation to concentrate if necessary.


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Ambion Trizol Plus RNA purification kit protocol

1. Turn centrifuge on and set to 4°C.
2. Clean area with bleach/RNase away. Set up mortar and pestle with tinfoil, petri dish, and razor blade.
3. Label round-bottomed tubes.
4. Add 300ul TRIzol to tubes.
5. Put samples on ice.
6. Using tinfoil covered mortar and pestle, crush the vial containing the sample.
7. (optional: on dry ice) Using the razor blade cut the sample into pieces and quickly transfer into TRIzol.
8. Homogenize samples for 3min using bead mill.
9. Add 700ul TRIzol.
10. Incubate at room temperature for 5 minutes.
11. Add 200 μl chloroform and shake the tube vigorously by hand for 15 seconds.
12. Incubate at room temperature for 2-3 minutes.
13. Centrifuge the sample at 12,000 x g for 15 minutes at 4°C.

  • Make up 1ml of 70% ethanol for each sample.
  • Make up Purelink DNase mixture (10ul DNase, 8ul buffer, 62ul water).

14. Transfer ~600 μl of the colorless, upper phase containing the RNA to a fresh RNase-free tube.
15. Add an equal volume of 70% ethanol.
16. Mix well by vortexing and invert the tube to disperse any visible precipitate.
17. Transfer up to 700 μl of sample to a spin cartridge (with a collection tube).
18. Centrifuge at 12,000 x g for 15 seconds at RT. Discard the flow-through and reinsert the spin cartridge into the same collection tube.
19. Repeat steps 17-18 until the entire sample has been processed.
20. Add 350 μl Wash Buffer I to the spin cartridge containing the bound RNA. Centrifuge at 12,000 x g for 15 seconds at RT. Discard the flow-through and collection tube. Insert the spin cartridge into a new collection tube.
21. Add 80 μl Purelink DNase mixture directly onto the surface of the spin cartridge membrane. 22. Incubate at RT for 15 minutes.
23. Add 350 μl Wash Buffer I to the spin cartridge. Centrifuge at 12,000 x g for 15 seconds at RT. Discard flow-through and collection tube. Insert the spin cartridge into a new collection tube.
24. Add 500 μl Wash Buffer II with ethanol to the spin cartridge.
25. Centrifuge at 12,000 x g for 15 seconds at RT. Discard flow-through and reinsert the spin cartridge into the same collection tube.
26. Repeat steps 24-25 once.
27. Centrifuge the spin cartridge at 12,000 x g for 1 minute to dry the membrane with bound RNA. Discard collection tube and insert the spin cartridge into a recovery tube.
28. Add 30 μl RNase-free water to the center of the spin cartridge.
29. Incubate at room temperature for 1 minute.
30. Centrifuge spin cartridge and recovery tube for 1 minute at ≥12,000 x g at room temp.
31. Insert the spin cartridge into a new, labeled recovery tube.
32. Add 20 μl RNase-free water to the center of the spin cartridge and repeat steps 29-30.
33. Place on ice. Take 3ul for nano drop and surface tension gel.
34. Store at -80°C as soon as possible.


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