Biomek i-Series Automated Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Kit

Introduction

Illumina TruSeq Nano DNA Library Prep Kit enables preparation of uniquely indexed DNA libraries for single end and paired end sequencing (Figure 1). Especially designed for low sample input, this method is known to deliver high coverage across the genomes and reduce library bias (Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Guide15041110-d). The method avoids the sample loss associated with gel-based selection by the use of a bead-based size selection strategy. Therefore, the Nano DNA Library Prep Kit is widely used across many NGS applications. In this technical note, we will demonstrate automated performance of the Kit on the Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid (Multichannel 96, Span-8) Genomics Workstation.

When compared to manual pipetting, the Illumina TruSeq Nano DNA Library Prep Kit automated on a Biomek platform provides:

  • Reduced hands-on-time and increased throughput
  • Reduction in pipetting errors
  • Reduction of cost by using low reagent volumes
  • Standardized workflow for improved results
  • Quick implementation with demonstrated methods
  • Knowledgeable support for reagents, automation and methods all from a single vendor

Spotlight: Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid (Multichannel 96, Span-8) Genomics Workstation

System features deliver reliability and efficiency to increase user confidence and walk-away time, compared to manual operation.

  • 300uL or 1200uL Multichannel head with 1-300uL and 1-1200uL pipetting capability
  • Span-8 pod with fixed and disposable tips
  • Enhanced Selective Tip pipetting to transfer custom array of samples
  • Independent 360˚ rotating gripper with offset fingers optimize access to high density decks
  • High deck capacity with 45 positions
  • Orbital Shakers, peltiers, span-8 and 96 channel Tip washing for controlling sample processing
  • Spacious open platform design to integrate on-deck and off-deck elements (e.g. thermocyclers)
Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid (Multichannel 96, Span-8) Genomics Workstation

Figure 1. Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Kit protocol.

Figure 1. Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Kit protocol. 

 

Process Time
24 Samples 96 Samples
Prepare Reagents, Set up Instrument 15 min 30 min
Method Run (walk away time) 4 hr, 52 min 5 hr, 51 min
Total* 5 hr, 7 min 6 hr, 21 min

*Timing estimate includes incubations and thermocycling.

Timing estimate does not include reagent thawing.

Table 1. Estimated run times for Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Kit on the Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid Genomics Workstation. 

 

Figure 2. Biomek Method Launcher provides an easy interface to start the method

Figure 2. Biomek Method Launcher provides an easy interface to start the method

 

Figure 3. Biomek Method Options Selector indicate sample number and processing options

Figure 3. Biomek Method Options Selector indicate sample number and processing options

Automated Method

Automation provides increased efficiency, reducing the hands-on time (Table 1). The automated TruSeq Nano DNA Library Prep Kit protocol includes logical start and stop points assigned based on Illumina’s recommendations, providing the users flexibility in scheduling their day (Figure 1).

1. Biomek Method Launcher (BML)

BML is a secure interface for method implementation without introducing errors during method setup (Figure 2). Within BML, the method steps are organized in a modular manner for workflow optimization (Figure 1).

2. Method Options Selector (MOS)

MOS enables selection of sample number and sample processing options (e.g. insert size selection, adaptor transfer options) to maximize flexibility, adaptability and the ease of method execution (Figure 3). The thermocycling steps can be done either off-deck or on-deck using an automated thermocycler (ATC Thermo Fisher) (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Deck Layout for Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Kit protocol on Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid for 96 samples with on-deck thermocycling option

Figure 4. Deck Layout for Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Kit protocol on Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid for 96 samples with on-deck thermocycling option

3. Guided Labware Setup (GLS)

GLS provides the user specific text and graphical setup instructions with reagent volume calculation and step by step instructions to prepare reagents (Figure 4). The automated method supports placing Illumina low throughput and high throughput adaptor labware on deck along with custom adaptor plates (Figure 5). The GLS steps are generated based on the options selected in MOS. For instance, selecting automatic adaptor transfer creates dataset driven adaptor ID logs. Users also have the ability to customize adaptor assignments by uploading a .csv file.

Figure 5. Guided Labware Setup indicates calculated reagent volumes required to make reagent mixes and guides the user for correct deck setup

Figure 5. Guided Labware Setup indicates calculated reagent volumes required to make reagent mixes and guides the user for correct deck setup

Figure 6. Guided Labware Setup enables selecting index tube layout

Figure 6. Guided Labware Setup enables selecting index tube layout

Experimental Design

Promega Human gDNA (200 ng/µl) was used for the automation of the Nano DNA Library Prep kit protocol on the Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid (Multichannel 96, Span-8) Genomics Workstation. After the preparation, the libraries were analyzed on Agilent TapeStation 2200 with High Sensitivity D5000 Kit and by qPCR (Applied Biosystems 7900HT Fast real time PCR system) using KAPA Library Quantification Kit.

Results

Agilent TapeStation results indicated that the prepared libraries are of expected size (Approximately around 900 base pairs, Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Guide15041110-d; Table 2; Figure 7). The yields according to qPCR show that the libraries are suitable for sequencing (Approximately 10nM of samples are used for the proceeding steps, Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep Guide15041110-d; Table 2).

Sample ID Mass (ng) Insert Size (bp) Index TapeStation Size (bp) qPCR Yield (nM)
Promega Human gDNA rep1 200 550 AD001 845 452
Promega Human gDNA rep2 200 550 AD003 917 383.4
Promega Human gDNA rep3 200 550 AD008 960 383.4
Promega Human gDNA rep4 200 550 AD009 547 365.3
Promega Human gDNA rep5 200 550 AD010 958 549.8
Promega Human gDNA rep6 200 550 AD011 849 398.8
Promega Human gDNA rep7 200 550 AD020 879 389.8
Promega Human gDNA rep8 200 550 AD022 842 453.5
Promega Human gDNA rep9 200 550 AD023 838 476.6
Promega Human gDNA rep10 200 550 AD025 846 481.3
Promega Human gDNA rep11 200 550 AD027 837 454.5
Promega Human gDNA rep12 200 550 AD002 812 401.6
Promega Human gDNA rep13 200 550 AD004 852 404.9
Promega Human gDNA rep14 200 550 AD005 905 393.9
No Template Control 0 550 AD006 0 0

Table 2. Library quantification of automated Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep kit protocol using Agilent TapeStation 2200 and qPCR using the Kapa Illumina Library Quantification Kit.

Figure 7. Electropherogram (Sample intensity vs. size in base pairs) of Agilent TapeStation corresponding to UHR250 replicate3 showing the libraries around expected size of the marker

Figure 7. Electropherogram (Sample intensity vs. size in base pairs) of Agilent TapeStation corresponding to UHR250 replicate3 showing the libraries around expected size of the marker

Summary

We demonstrated the automation of Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Library Prep kit on Biomek i7 Dual Hybrid (Multichannel 96, Span8) Genomics Workstation. The quality and the quantity of prepared libraries indicate that they are appropriate for sequencing. Automation increases the library preparation efficiency by reducing the hands-on time. In addition, by the use of Biomek Method Launcher the user can easily customize (i.e. change sample number and select a module to run) and run the method.

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