QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits

For fast, one-step qRT-PCR using sequence-specific probes for gene expression analysis

Features

  • Faster results with time savings of up to 60%
  • Sensitive detection of even low copy numbers
  • Accurate detection of a wide range of template amounts
  • Optimized, ready-to-use master mix for fast cycling
  • One cycling protocol for all standard and fast cyclers

Products

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits are intended for molecular biology applications. These products are not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.
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QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR +ROX Vial Kit (2000)

Cat. No. / ID: 204556

For 2000 x 25 µl reactions: 25 ml 2x QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Master Mix (without ROX dye), 1.05 ml ROX Dye Solution, 0.5 ml QuantiFast RT Mix, 20 ml RNase-Free Water
€3,738.00
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QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit (2000)

Cat. No. / ID: 204456

For 2000 x 25 µl reactions: 25 ml 2x QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Master Mix (contains ROX dye), 0.5 ml QuantiFast RT Mix, 20 ml RNase-Free Water
€3,738.00
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QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit (400)

Cat. No. / ID: 204454

For 400 x 25 µl reactions: 3 x 1.7 ml 2x QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Master Mix (contains ROX dye), 100 µl QuantiFast RT Mix, 2 x 2 ml RNase-Free Water
€944.00
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QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR +ROX Vial Kit (400)

Cat. No. / ID: 204554

For 400 x 25 µl reactions: 3 x 1.7 ml 2x QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Master Mix (without ROX dye), 210 µl ROX Dye Solution, 100 µl QuantiFast RT Mix, 2 ml RNase-Free Water
€944.00
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Product Details

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits deliver fast and sensitive real-time one-step RT-PCR quantification of RNA targets using probe-based detection. Q-bond technology and an optimized master mix enable shorter real-time RT-PCR run times, not only on fast cyclers with short ramping times, but also on standard cyclers. The combination of a hot start and a unique PCR buffer system in the ready-to-use master mix ensures highly sensitive qPCR on any real-time cycler without the need for optimization. The kits are also supplied with an optimized RT mix for efficient cDNA synthesis in only 10 minutes. Two kit formats are available: the QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit for cyclers that require ROX dye for fluorescence normalization, and the QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR +ROX Vial Kit for all other cyclers. For convenience, the master mix can be stored at 2–8°C.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This product is phasing-out until June 30, 2021, and afterward, available only until stocks last. Visit the product page of the successor kit to view improved features or to request a trial kit.

 

For more information and FAQs on this transition, visit: www.qiagen.com/PCRresource.

Performance

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits deliver highly sensitive results, outperforming other real-time RT-PCR kits (see figure " Sensitive One-step RT-PCR"). RT-PCR run times are reduced by up to 60% (see figure " Significantly reduced PCR times"), allowing you to achieve fast PCR results without compromising on RT-PCR performance (see figure " Faster results without compromising sensitivity"). You can also greatly increase your sample throughput or efficiently share a cycler with other users. With QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits, you follow the same procedure whether you work with a standard or fast cycler.

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits allow accurate quantification over a wide dynamic range (see figure " Comparable dynamic range"). Template dilutions of up to 6 logs can be reliably detected (see figure " Wide dynamic range and high sensitivity").

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Principle

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits deliver highly sensitive and rapid results over a wide dynamic range on both standard and fast cyclers. The kits are designed for use with all types of sequence-specific probes, including hydrolysis probe detection (e.g., TaqMan and other dual-labeled probes) and FRET probes. The optimized QuantiFast RT Mix enables cDNA synthesis in just 10 minutes and a specially developed fast RT-PCR buffer contains the novel additive Q-Bond, which significantly reduces denaturation, annealing, and extension times (see figure " Fast primer annealing"). The RT-PCR buffer also contains a balanced combination of K+ and NH4+ ions, which promote specific primer annealing and enable high RT-PCR specificity and sensitivity (see figure " Specific primer annealing"). In addition, HotStarTaq Plus DNA Polymerase requires only 5 minutes at 95°C for activation and provides a stringent hot start, preventing the formation of nonspecific products.  

Components of 2x QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit*
Component Features and benefits Benefits
HotStarTaq Plus DNA Polymerase 5 min activation at 95ºC Set up of qPCR reactions at room temperature
QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Buffer Balanced combination of NH4+ and K+ ions Specific primer annealing ensures reliable PCR results
Unique Q-Bond additive Faster PCR run times, enabling faster results and more reactions per day
ROX dye Normalizes fluorescent signals on Applied Biosystems and, optionally, Agilent instruments Precise quantification on cyclers that require ROX dye. Does not interfere with PCR on any real-time cycler
QuantiFast RT Mix Separate solution added during PCR setup Fast cDNA synthesis in just 10 minutes
* Also contains dNTP mix (dATP, dCTP, dGTP, and dTTP).
ROX dye is either present in the master mix or as a separate solution.
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Procedure

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits contain ready-to-use master mixes that eliminate the need for optimization of reaction and cycling conditions. Simply add template RNA, primers, and probe to the master mix and follow the protocol in the handbook to get fast and reliable results on any real-time cycler. Kits are available with or without ROX passive reference dye in the master mix, enabling use on virtually any real-time cycler (see table).  Due to the optimized ROX concentrations, detection of even low copy numbers is achieved through automatic data analysis.

Choosing the right QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit
ROX dyeKit Compatible cyclers
Supplied in master mix QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit All cyclers from Applied Biosystems except Applied Biosystems 7500
Supplied in separate tube QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR +ROX Vial Kit Applied Biosystems 7500 and cyclers from
Bio-Rad, Cepheid, Eppendorf, QIAGEN, Roche, Agilent, and other suppliers

Applications

QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kits can be used for probe-based gene expression analysis of RNA targets on any real-time cycler. This includes instruments from Applied Biosystems, Bio-Rad, Cepheid, Eppendorf, Roche, and Agilent. For the Rotor-Gene Q and other Rotor-Gene cyclers, we recommend using the Rotor-Gene Probe RT-PCR Kit, which has been specially developed for fast cycling on these instruments.

Supporting data and figures

Specifications

FeaturesSpecifications
applicationsProbe-based, real-time RT-PCR
singleormultiplexSingle
sampletargettypeRNA
realtimeorendpointReal-time
thermalcyclerAll real-time cyclers (e.g. LC, RG, ABI)
reactiontypeReal-time one-step RT-PCR
sybrgreeniorsequencespecificprobesSequence-specific probes
withorwithoutroxAvailable with ROX in master mix and with ROX as a separate vial

Resources

Kit Handbooks (1)
QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit
QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR +ROX Vial Kit For fast, quantitative, real-time, one-step RT-PCR using sequence-specific probes

FAQ

Can QuantiFast PCR Kits be used on real-time PCR instruments without fast cycling options?

Yes, QuantiFast Kits can also be run on a qPCR cycler without fast cycling options. You cannot achieve rapid ramping rates, but you can still take advantage of the combined annealing/extension step and the reduced denaturation and annealing/extension times offered by QuantiFast Kits.

You will be able to obtain your PCR results in a much shorter time.

 

FAQ ID -1428
Is the master mix of QuantiFast Kits for real-time PCR aliquoted into several tubes to prevent cross-contamination?

QuantiFast Kits for 400 x 25 µl reactions contain a master mix that is aliquoted into 3 separate tubes.

QuantiFast Kits for 2000 x 25 µl reactions provide one tube containing 25 ml master mix to offer a cost-effective solution for higher throughput experiments.

 

 

FAQ ID -1697
Do you have any information or guidelines regarding the choice of reference genes for real-time PCR?

Yes, please visit our website section 'Using endogenous control genes in real-time RT-PCR' for general information. It provides a list of relative gene expression levels for commonly used human and mouse reference genes.

We offer a set of ready-to-order control genes for use in SYBR Green based as well as probe based real-time RT-PCR.

In addition, you may want to refer to the following citations on reference gene selection for quantitative real-time PCR:

• Vandesompele J, De Preter K, Pattyn F, Poppe B, Van Roy N, DePaepe A, Speleman F [2002]: Accurate normalization of real-time quantitative RT-PCR data by geometric averaging of multiple internal control genes. Genome Biol 2002, 3:0034.

• Radonic A, Thulke S, Mackay IM, Landt O, Siegert W, Nitsche A., 2004. Guideline to reference gene selection for quantitative real-time PCR. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 313(4): 856-62.

• Katrien Smits,Karen Goossens, Ann Van Soom, Jan Govaere, Maarten Hoogewijs, Emilie Vanhaesebrouck,Cesare Galli, Silvia Colleoni, Jo Vandesompele, and Luc Peelman [2009]Selection of reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR in equine in vivo and fresh and frozen-thawed in vitro blastocysts. BMC Res Notes. Dec 11;2:246.

FAQ ID -2371
Do you offer trial-kit sizes for the new QuantiFast Kits?

Yes, the QuantiFast SYBR Green PCR Kit and QuantiFast Probe PCR Kits are available for 80 x 25 µl reactions. This trial-kit size is not available for QuantiFast RT-PCR Kits.

 

FAQ ID -1429
Why do replicates in real-time PCR have different plateau heights?

Replicates in real-time PCR may have different plateau heights due to differences in the reaction kinetics for each sample. Even though replicates start out with identical template amounts, the rate at which reagents are being depleted, and the point when exponential accumulation of PCR product stops and becomes linear, differ between replicates. This will result in different plateau heights, the stage where PCR reactions have come to a halt, and little or no additional PCR product is being amplified. You can find further information in Chapter 'Quantification of target amounts' of our Brochure "Critical Factors for Successful Real-Time PCR".

 

FAQ ID -539
How should fluorescent labeled probes be stored?

Fluorescent oligonucleotides should be stored in the dark, as light can slowly degrade the fluorescent moieties. For optimal long-term storage of fluorescent dye-labeled probes (except Cyanine 570, Cy3.5, Cyanine 670, and Cy5.5), the oligos should be resuspended in a slightly basic solution (e.g., TE buffer at pH 8.0). If resuspended below pH 7.0, the probe can degrade. We recommend to aliquot the sample, and store the aliquots at -20°C.

Note that Cyanine 570, Cy3.5, Cyanine 670, and Cy5.5 begin to degrade at a pH above pH 7.0. For best results, resuspend Cy-labeled oligos at pH 7.0, aliquot, lyophilize, and store at -20°C.

FAQ ID -784
Do you have information on the use of recombinant DNA and RNA as absolute standards for realtime RT-PCR?

Recombinant DNA (recDNA) is very stable and represents the average size of mRNA. Due to the cloning and purification processes, obtaining recDNA can lengthen the overall process of generating standards.

Recombinant RNA (recRNA) and native RNA undergo reverse transcription as well as PCR, and mimic the natural process for mRNA in RT-PCR. Complicated cloning and purification of recRNA and instability of recRNA are two disadvantages for using recRNA as a standard. For further details please refer to the section "Generating Standard Curves" in Appendix D of the QuantiTect SYBR Green PCR Handbook.

FAQ ID -729
What are the differences between the existing QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit and the new Plus Kit?
QuantiFast Mix 1 is delivered with the QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Plus kit which contains genomic DNA Wipeout Buffer to eliminate residual gDNA. The rest of the procedure is comparable to the existing QuantiFast Probe RT-PCR Kit.
FAQ ID -2358
How many reactions can I perform with the new QuantiFast Kits for real-time PCR?

Compared with QuantiTect Kits, the recommended reaction volume for QuantiFast Kits is reduced from 50 µl to 25 µl (96-well block cyclers), and from 20 µl to 10 µl (384-well block cyclers).

The volume of master mix remains the same, which means that QuantiFast Kits offer twice the number of reactions as QuantiTect Kits. However, for LightCycler instruments, the recommended reaction volume remains the same (20 µl).

FAQ ID -1425
Why is the RT step with the QuantiFast RT Kits much shorter compared to QuantiTect RT Kits?

The combination of Omniscript and Sensiscript Reverse Transcriptases was optimized in the QuantiFast RT-PCR Kits. In addition, an optimized dNTP concentration and the limitation of amplicon size to <300 bp allow to reduce the time for the reverse transcription step to only 10 minutes.

 

FAQ ID -1451
Why is the storage time for QuantiFast PCR Kits shorter than that for QuantiTect PCR Kits?

The storage time for QuantiFast PCR Kits is shorter than for QuantiTect PCR Kits, because all QuantiFast master mixes contain HotStarTaq Plus DNA Polymerase, instead of HotStarTaq DNA Polymerase which requires longer activation times.

Excessive exposure to elevated temperatures will result in reactivation of the HotStarTaq Plus DNA Polymerase, eventually leading to nonspecific amplification.

 

FAQ ID -1446
How important is the RNA purification process, for obtaining reliable qRT-PCR results?

The most important prerequisite for any gene expression analysis experiment is the preparation of consistently high-quality RNA from every experimental sample. Contamination by DNA, protein, polysaccharide, or organic solvents can jeopardize the success of an experiment.

Genomic DNA contamination in an RNA sample compromises the quality of gene expression analysis results. The contaminating DNA inflates the OD reading of the RNA concentration. It is also a source of false positive signals in RT-PCR experiments.

RNase contamination degrades RNA samples whichcauses low signal and false-negative results in PCR.

Residual polysaccharides, collagen, other macromolecules, and organic solvents in an RNA sample can inhibit the activity of DNase, which may interfere with DNase treatment for genomic DNA removal. These contaminants may also inhibit reverse transcriptase and DNA polymerase, leading to lower reverse transcription efficiency and reduced PCR sensitivity.

For fast purification of high-quality RNA we recommend QIAGEN’s RNeasy Kits like the RNeasy Mini Kit, the RNeasy Plus Universal Kit, or the RNeasy FFPE Kit.

FAQ ID -2655
What is the threshold cycle or Ct value?
The Ct or threshold cycle value is the cycle number at which the fluorescence generated within a reaction crosses the fluorescence threshold, a fluorescent signal significantly above the background fluorescence. At the threshold cycle, a detectable amount of amplicon product has been generated during the early exponential phase of the reaction. The threshold cycle is inversely proportional to the original relative expression level of the gene of interest.
FAQ ID -2682
How do you achieve fast cycling, yet still deliver the same performance in PCR as that achieved with standard cycling?

Our unique multiplex PCR buffer system with ammonium and potassium ions and Factor MP has been further optimized in QuantiFast and Rotor-Gene Kits. We have also discovered Q-Bond, a buffer component which supports the rapid formation of the polymerase–primer–template complex, leading to reduced annealing times.

FAQ ID -1430
Why does my realtime PCR assay quality decrease over time?
Make sure that template, primers, probes, and amplification reagents are stored correctly and avoid multiple freeze–thaw cycles for oligonucleotides and template. Check the performance of your real-time instrument as some instruments require the halogen lamp to be frequently replaced. Lasers must also be replaced occasionally.
FAQ ID -589
Do special settings have to be used for QuantiFast PCR Kits on the Eppendorf Mastercycler ep realplex?

No. Optimized thermal cycling programs for use with QuantiFast Kits and a Program Selection Guide are available.

To install these programs on your Mastercycler ep realplex, contact your Eppendorf sales representative or visit our QIAGEN/Eppendorf Alliance page.

 

FAQ ID -1437
Are there problems with the default threshold setting on the Applied Biosystems 7500 when using QuantiFast Probe PCR Kits?

No. We recommend using QuantiFast Probe +ROX Vial Kits: the master mix does not contain ROX dye, but the kit is supplied with a separate tube of ROX dye. The kits allow to adjust the ROX concentration in the master mix according to your cycler’s requirements.

Please follow specific recommendations in the QuantiFast Probe PCR Handbook.

 

FAQ ID -1702
Why should DNA or cDNA targets be less than 250 bp long for real-time PCR?

Shorter amplification products facilitate high PCR efficiencies. Ideally, amplicon length should be less than 150 bp for optimal amplification efficiency. PCR efficiencies close to 100% are a crucial prerequisite for accurate quantification of target copy numbers in real-time PCR.

FAQ ID-751
What should I use as a standard for absolute quantification in real-time PCR?

For quantification of RNA, we strongly recommend using RNA molecules as standards. Use of in vitro transcripts as standards takes into account the variable efficiency of the RT reaction. An alternative to the use of in vitro transcripts as RNA standards is the use of a defined RNA preparation (e.g., from a cell line or virus preparation), for which the absolute concentration of the target has already been determined.

For quantification of DNA, several types of DNA can be used, such as plasmids, PCR products, or genomic DNA.

For more information, see Appendix E 'Generating Standard Curves' in the QuantiTect Probe PCR Handbook.

FAQ ID -1085
Can 2 µl reaction volumes be used with QuantiFast PCR Kits?

We recommend a reaction volume of 10 µl when using 384-well blocks with QuantiFast PCR Kits. If reducing the reaction volume to 2 µl, results will vary depending on the real-time cycler used.

Please contact QIAGEN Technical Services for more information.

FAQ ID -1440
Why is the QuantiFast denaturation step different for PCR and RT-PCR runs in the two-step protocol for the ABI 7500 and other cyclers?

This is due to differences in composition between PCR and RT-PCR buffers. QuantiFast PCR Buffers are optimized for fast amplification with shortest possible PCR steps, while QuantiFast RT-PCR Buffers are optimized for reverse transcription and subsequent amplification.

FAQ ID -1442
What are the main differences between Rotor-Gene and QuantiTect or QuantiFast PCR Kits?

Rotor-Gene Kits are specifically developed for the Rotor-Gene Q PCR Cycler. The unique rotary system of the cycler combined with the kits’ proprietary buffer system enable ultrafast cycling. Rotor-Gene Kits do not contain ROX dye since no normalization to a passive reference is required. Also, Rotor-Gene Kits do not contain dUTP; therefore, UNG pretreatment is not possible.

 

FAQ ID -2119
Do you offer a QuantiFast Kit for one-step RT-PCR?

Yes, we offer Quantifast one-step RT-PCR kits for Probe and SYBR Green detection:

 

FAQ ID -1695
Does the master mix in the QuantiFast Kits contain dUTP to allow UNG treatments?

No. The master mix in QuantiFast PCR Kits contains only dTTP. To perform a UNG treatment, we recommend using QuantiTect Kits.

 

FAQ ID -1431
How do QuantiFast PCR Kits compare to QuantiTect PCR Kits for quantitative real-time PCR?

We have compared QuantiFast Kits and QuantiTect Kits using around 30 different assays (using both SYBR Green and Probe detection for each assay).

QuantiFast Kits gave identical or sometimes better Ct values than QuantiTect Kits (except for very long amplicons). Therefore, scientists switching from QuantiTect to QuantiFast Kits can, in most cases, obtain comparable results.

 

 

FAQ ID -1441
Can I adjust the ROX concentration in the QuantiFast master mix?

The master mix in QuantiFast SYBR Green Kits contains an optimized concentration of ROX dye that works well with all cyclers.

QuantiFast Probe PCR Kits are available in two formats:

  • the QuantiFast Probe PCR Kit with master mix containing ROX dye
  • the QuantiFast Probe PCR +ROX Vial Kit with master mix not containing ROX dye, and a separate vial of ROX dye

We recommend using the latter with the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast System. Use the ROX concentration indicated in the QuantiFast Probe PCR Kits handbook.

FAQ ID -1427