This step adds a unique index combination to each DNA template sample amplified in the previous PCR with Anchor Primers step as well as universal flanking P5 and P7 sequences needed for cluster formation on the Illumina NGS flow cell.

The Index PCR Plate in the kit contains a unique combination of Forward and Reverse index primers in each well. The primers have been dried onto the bottom of each well and will resuspend when the PCR reaction mix with the sample is added. One well should be used for each sample being sequenced. See Appendix C. Forward and Reverse Index Combinations for the sequences of each Forward and Reverse Index combination.

For the 24 sample kit, just use the first 3 columns of well for the samples. If you are processing less than 96 samples, you can use scissors to cut the desired number of wells from the index plate (e.g., cut 6 colums of wells for 48 samples, or 1 row for 12 samples), then store the rest of the plate for later use. Alternatively, you can set up duplicate or triplicate NGS runs for each samples by setting up each of the Index PCR reactions in 2 or 3 wells.

NOTE: If you just run samples on a cut-out portion of the plate, be sure to reference the well location relative to the whole plate when entering the sample names at each plate index into the DriverMap Data Alignment Software (see the Extract Sequencing Read Data section),

Arrangement of the index pairs for 96 indexed samples.
Arrangement of the index pairs for 96 indexed samples.
  1. Prepare enough of the Index PCR Master Mix, following the formulation below for a single sample, for all samples and controls plus 5% extra volume of all components as a safeguard against pipetting error:
    Index PCR Master Mix Component Volume per sample, µl
    PCR Buffer 10
    dNTP Mix 1
    PCR-Grade Water 38.5
    DNA Polymerase 0.5
    Total 50

Note: If you are using a multichannel pipette, aliquot the master mix in a tube strip to minimize pipetting steps.

  1. Gently vortex the Index PCR Master Mix, and spin down briefly to collect droplets. Spin the Index PCR Plate and remove the plate seal from the plate. Set up the Index Primer PCR Reactions as follows:
  1. Aliquot 50 µl of the Index PCR Master Mix into appropriate wells of the 24 or 96-well Index PCR Plate. To avoid index-to-index contamination, add Index PCR Master Mix using a new tip for each well.
  1. Spin down, then remove the seal from the Anchor Primer PCR plate (plate from PCR with Anchor Primers step). Add 2 µl of Anchor Primer PCR product to each of the Index Primer PCR reactions on the Index PCR Plate. To avoid mistakes, ensure that samples in the Anchor Primer PCR plate are arranged in the same format as the Index PCR Primer pair mixes in the Index PCR Plate (e.g. Sample 1A is aliquoted to well 1A, etc). We recommend that you record the Sample name and well number (e.g., Sample 1 in well 1A) for all the samples, including the positive control. This will help minimize mistakes in the NGS deconvolution step.
    Component Volume per sample, µl
    Anchor PCR Product (from previous step) 2
    Index PCR Master Mix (above) 50
    Total 52
  1. Seal the plate with new adhesive film and spin down to collect droplets.
  1. Load the plate in the thermal cycler, and run the following program:
    Temperature Time Cycles
    98°C 30 sec 1
    98°C 10 sec 7
    72°C 20 sec
    72°C 30 sec 1
    4°C 1

Last modified: Feb 27, 2019

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