Air-Dryable Direct Blood

Air-Dryable Direct Blood Sample-specific mixes designed for direct qPCR/ RT-qPCR using whole blood, serum or plasma

Air-Dryable ™ Direct DNA qPCR Blood and Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood are 4x concentrated, glycerol-free mixes designed for sensitive amplification of RNA or DNA from crude whole blood, serum or plasma samples. Blood is one of the most common specimens used for laboratory diagnostic testing and it is useful for evaluating the function of vital organs (kidneys, liver, thyroid and heart) and for diagnosing diseases such as bacterial and viral infections, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders such as diabetes. However, whole blood specimens, serum and plasma contain a number of inherent PCR inhibitors including immunoglobulin G, hemoglobin, lactoferrin and leukocyte DNA. In addition, PCR inhibitors can be found in the anticoagulants used to stabilize blood samples (e.g. EDTA, citrate or heparin). Traditional methods have relied on removing these inhibitors by DNA or RNA extraction prior to testing, however, these methods are problematic, can cause sample loss and are not 100% effective at removing all the inhibitors. Meridian’s Air-Dryable direct blood molecular mixes are unique in that they have been designed to specifically overcome the inhibitors found in blood samples. As a result,they are capable of highly sensitive detection in multiplex assays, either using extracted DNA or RNA or crudely processed samples. No further optimization is required aside from the addition of primers and probes. Furthermore, these mixes can be used in a wet format or dried down by oven or air drying to create ambient- temperature stable assays.

Product Highlights

• Suitable for singleplex or multiplex assays detecting RNA or DNA targets (including ctDNA) at very low levels from crude blood samples • Inhibitor-tolerant, optimized mix, only requires the addition of assay-specific primers and probes • Mixes can be used in a liquid or dry format, reducing the cost and complexity of creating ambient-temperature stable assays

PRODUCT

CAT NO.

VOLUME REACTIONS

5 mL

1,000 Rxn

Air-Dryable ™ Direct DNA qPCR Blood

MDX092

50 mL

10,000 Rxn

5 mL

1,000 Rxn

Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood

MDX121

50 mL

10,000 Rxn

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High reaction efficiency with plasma, serum or whole blood samples containing anticoagulant K2-ETDA

Air-Dryable ™ Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092)

Plasmid DNA containing the targets S. aureus, P. falciparum and Epstein Barr virus was spiked into 10% serum or 10% K2-EDTA plasma and amplified in a triplex reaction using air-dried MDX092 ( red ) (dried in a Memmert Universal oven UF260plus) and kits from KAPA Probe Force (Roche, green ) and TaqPath ™ (Thermo, black ). The results illustrate higher end florescence and better sensitivity with MDX092 than with the other mixes.

Staphylococcus aureus

Plasmodium falciparum

Epstein-Barr Virus

Air-dried | KAPA Probe Force (Roche) | TaqPath ™ (Thermo)

Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121)

Dengue

S. pneumoniae

Zika

Chikungunya

Air-dried | Ultraplex ™ (QuantBio) | TaqPath ™ (Thermo)

Three viral RNA targets (Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya) and one DNA target ( S. pneumonia ) were amplified in a quadruplex reaction using air-dried MDX121 ( red ) and liquid mixes from Ultraplex ™ (QuantBio, grey ) and TaqPath ™ 1-Step (Thermo, black ) in the presence of 5% K2-EDTA blood or 5% K2-EDTA plasma. Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood has higher multiplexing capacity than the other mixes.

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High tolerance to high concentrations of blood (20% K2-EDTA whole blood)

Two viral RNA targets (Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV)) and one DNA target (Hepatitis B virus (HBV)) were amplified in a triplex reaction using Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121) in the presence of 20% K2-EDTA whole blood. The results illustrate the robust and reproducible performance achieved with Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood in the presence of high concentrations of whole blood.

HCV

HBV

HIV

High tolerance to whole blood stabilized with anticoagulants (K2-EDTA, sodium heparin, and sodium citrate)

Anticoagulants and high concentrations of whole blood are known to inhibit qPCR efficiencies. 0% 2%, 5% and 20% human whole blood in the presence of K2-EDTA ( orange ), sodium heparin ( green ) and sodium citrate ( grey ) was tested with (A) Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092) against mixes from KAPA Probe Force (Roche) and TaqPath ™ (Thermo) and (B) Air-Dryable Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121) against mixes from Ultraplex ™ (QuantBio) and TaqPath ™ 1-Step (Thermo). The results demonstrate that the reaction efficiencies of the Air-Dryable Direct Blood mixes are higher both in the presence of anticoagulants and high concentrations of blood than of other suppliers’ mixes.

A) Air-Dryable ™ Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092)

B) Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121)

MDX092

KAPA Probe Force (Roche)

TaqPath ™ (Thermo)

MDX121

Ultraplex ™ (QuantBio)

TaqPath™ 1-Step (Thermo)

K2-EDTA | Sodium heparin | Sodium citrate

Air-drying does not impact assay efficiency or sensitivity Air-Dryable ™ Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092)

A

B

20% K2-EDTA whole blood

20% serum

Air-dried | Liquid | KAPA Probe Force (Roche)

Activity of Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092) in both air-dried ( red ) and liquid ( blue ) formats were compared to a liquid mix from KAPA Probe Force (Roche, green ) in a multiplexing qPCR assay, using a 10-fold serial dilution of plasmid DNA (10,000, 1000, 100 and 10 copies respectively) for Plasmodium falciparum , in the presence of (A) 20% K2-EDTA whole blood and (B) 20% K2-EDTA serum. The results illustrate that the air-dried Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Blood retains the ability to efficiently amplify to the same level as the liquid mix and shows higher end florescence and sensitivity than the KAPA Probe Force (Roche).

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Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121)

5% K2-EDTA whole blood

Activity of air-dried Air-Dryable Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121) in both air-dried ( red ) format and liquid format ( blue ) were compared to Ultraplex ™ (QuantBio, grey ) in a multiplexing qPCR assay, using a 10-fold serial dilution of mammalian RNA (10,000, 1000, 100 and 10 copies respectively), in the presence of 5% K2-EDTA whole blood. The results illustrate that the Air-Dryable Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood retains the ability to efficiently amplified and shows higher end florescence and sensitivity than the supplier Q mix.

Air-dried | Liquid | Ultraplex™ (QuantBio)

Air-dried mixes maintain their shelf-life for up to 12 months A) Air-Dryable ™ Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092)

B) Air-Dryable ™ Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121)

Air-dried | Liquid

The Air-Dryable Direct Blood mixes were air dried and their stability was tested in an accelerated stability study. (A) Three DNA targets were amplified with Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Blood (MDX092) and (B) Three mammalian targets were amplified with Air-Dryable Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood (MDX121) that was air-dried ( red ) and incubated a 37 °C for 1 month and tested against the fresh liquid mix ( blue ) in assays with 5% K2-EDTA whole blood. Results suggest that the air-dried mixes are active following accelerated stability tests with projected 12 months stability at ambient temperature.

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