Manual NGS library preparation for DNA-seq and RNA-seq is time-consuming and subject to human error. The automated SMARTer Apollo system provides a complete, walkaway solution for these applications, producing consistent libraries in as little as 30 minutes of hands-on time. The SMARTer Apollo system combines in-tip bead separation, prealiquoted SMARTer PrepX kits, and validated protocols for reliable sample preparation, cleanup, and NGS library prep.
Increase reproducibility with in-tip bead separation
NGS library prep protocols require several bead cleanup steps that can result in variation and decreased yields due to loss of product. The SMARTer Apollo system improves bead cleanup with in-tip bead separation, which minimizes variation and product loss. Improved bead cleanup is facilitated by an automated magnetic bar. First, the SMARTer Apollo system draws up the suspended beads. Then, the magnetic bar swings down and comes into contact with the tips, instantly aggregating the beads, which can be seen as a dark mass adhering to the side of the tip that makes contact with the magnetic bar. Any remaining beads are captured by repeatedly passing the solution in the tip past the magnetic bar. After capture, the solution is cleared, and the beads can be seen as a dark mass adhering to the magnetic bar. See in-tip bead purification in action:
Automated in-tip bead capture on the SMARTer Apollo system is consistent, regardless of deck position or time of sample processing. To verify this, DNA-seq libraries were prepared on the system from E. coli DNA using the SMARTer PrepX Complete ILM 32i DNA Library Kit, 96 Samples. Bioanalyzer traces of libraries produced from different deck positions and on different days with the same input sample demonstrate consistent library preparation, independent of when the sample is processed or which deck position is used for processing.
Reduce errors with complete, plug-and-play SMARTer PrepX kits
Manual NGS library preparation can be tedious and confusing, with hours of hands-on time and complicated multi-tube chemistries. SMARTer Apollo users can easily generate consistent, high-quality NGS libraries with complete SMARTer PrepX kits and compatible scripts. SMARTer PrepX kits provide every reagent necessary for library prep in prealiquoted, color-coded, single-use reagent strips. This makes deck setup simple: follow the prompts on the integrated touchscreen that tell you exactly where and how to place the reagents, minimizing error and stress.
Designed with flexibility in mind, SMARTer PrepX kits and compatible scripts accommodate a variety of sample throughputs and input amounts.
|Cat. #||SMARTer Apollo reagent kit||Compatible script||Script throughput||Minimum input amount per sample|
|640101||SMARTer PrepX Complete ILMN DNA Library Kit, 24 Samples||PrepX ILM 8||1–8||1 ng DNA|
|640102||SMARTer PrepX Complete ILMN 32i DNA Library Kit, 96 Samples||PrepX ILM 32i||4–32||1 ng DNA|
|640096||SMARTer PrepX RNA-Seq for Illumina Library Kit, 24 Samples||PrepX mRNA 8||1–8||100 pg polyA-enriched RNA; 2 ng rRNA-depleted mRNA|
|640097||SMARTer PrepX RNA-Seq for Illumina Library Kit, 48 Samples||PrepX mRNA 48||6–48||100 pg polyA-enriched RNA; 2 ng rRNA-depleted mRNA|
|640098||SMARTer PrepX PolyA mRNA Isolation Kit, 96 Samples||PrepX PolyA 8 or PrepX PolyA 48||1–8 or 6–48||100 ng total RNA|
|640099||SMARTer PrepX Small RNA for Illumina Library Kit, 24 Samples||PrepX small RNA 8||1–8||100 ng total RNA|
|640100||SMARTer PrepX Small RNA for Illumina Library Kit, 48 Samples||PrepX small RNA 48||6–48||100 ng total RNA|
Set up the deck, hit run, and walk away
The SMARTer Apollo system’s graphic user interface (GUI) on the integrated touchscreen displays easy-to-follow instructions for SMARTer PrepX kit reagent placement. GUI-adapted protocols will display an overview of the deck setup and then call out each deck position to identify which plastic, what reagent, and how much of that reagent to load in a specific location. It also prompts you to add reagents and strips in a certain orientation, depending on the script and kit used.
This screenshot is part of a series of images displayed on the SMARTer Apollo system’s integrated touchscreen that guides users through deck setup. Just verify the deck setup is correct, hit run, and the SMARTer Apollo system does the rest!