Illumina recommends locating the instrument in a post-PCR laboratory, because the final product collected from the instrument is amplified libraries.
The NeoPrep System has a touch screen monitor with on-screen keyboard to enable on-instrument configuration and setup using the software interface. A mouse and/or keyboard can be connected via the external USB ports if preferred. The system can also be customized to disable the on-screen keyboard and only use an external keyboard; however, these are not provided with the system.
All library prep processes occur within the tightly controlled environment of the NeoPrep library card. The NeoPrep instrument is dry and performs no liquid handling. The library card is disposed of at the end of the run, therefore no washes are required. Routine maintenance procedures are included in the NeoPrep Library Prep System Guide.
Library concentrations are reported on the NeoPrep Control Software screen after the run is complete. In addition, the final report can be accessed using the Access Logs function on the Welcome Screen. The run report can also be saved to a network drive by specifying an alternate output folder location on the System Configuration screen. The information is also streamed to BaseSpace Sequence Hub if run was set-up in BaseSpace Sequence Hub Prep tab.
Libraries can remain at room temperature on a library card for up to 3 days after a run is complete.
The complete NeoPrep protocol results in 10 µl 10 nM library after the library droplet is collected from the library card, diluted in RSB, and separated from the oil.
To perform a run on the NeoPrep System, a single-use NeoPrep System library prep kit is required. Each kit contains the following for a single run:
For specific library prep kit contents and storage conditions, see the appropriate library prep reference guide.
The used library card contains hazardous materials. Personal injury can occur through inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, and eye contact. Wear protective equipment, including eye protection, gloves, and a laboratory coat. Handle the used library card as chemical waste. Dispose of it in accordance with the governmental safety standards for your region. Refer to the safety data sheets (SDSs) for the consumables in the kit that you are using for detailed environmental, health, and safety information and dispose of according to your institution and other requirements. SDSs are available on the Illumina website at support.illumina.com/sds.html.
Do not use adapters other than those provided in NeoPrep library prep kits. The adapters are especially formulated to work in the digital microfluidics environment.
Guaranteed shelf life is three months from date of shipment.
Up to 16 libraries can be prepared. If you run less than 16 libraries, Illumina recommends that the wells that do not have samples are the last ones in the row. RSB should be loaded into empty sample wells.
A sample sheet can be loaded during the Load Library Card step. If you are not using the default index adapter layout, create and edit a sample sheet to record information about your samples and indexes. Illumina recommends that you use IEM to create an appropriate sample sheet. For more information, see the Illumina Experiment Manager Software Guide.
Use the following required pipettes and tips. Other pipettes and tips are not supported and can result in reagents not dispensing properly and run failure.
20 μl Volume:
200 μl Volume:
No, load the library card when it is on the stage to avoid spilling oil or disturbing the contents after loading.
Yes, you can select three types of workflows on the NeoPrep System:
If you are not using the on-board quantification, libraries can be quantified using a fluorometric quantification method that uses dsDNA binding dyes or qPCR. For more information, see the appropriate library prep reference guide.
Some options can be modified and the options vary by assay. For more information, see the appropriate library prep reference guide.
A library quality check on a Bioanalyzer is optional. See the appropriate library prep reference guide for library trace examples.
A blue dye is used in NeoPrep library prep reagents to aid in loading and collection. It appears as a characteristic peak at 200–250 bp in a Bioanalyzer trace and is not indicative of issues with the final library. The blue dye has no impact on downstream sequencing.
Fragment Analyzer does not show the blue dye peak in the trace due to dilution on that instrument.
NeoPrep libraries are ready for cluster generation. If the NeoPrep run included quantification, see the suggested clustering recommendations on the support pages for your library prep kit.
In general no, because data from a run can be saved locally. However, the following operations require an internet connection:
Illumina recommends that you purchase and install an anti-virus software of your choice to protect the instrument control computer against viruses. For more information, see the NeoPrep Library Prep System Site Preparation Guide.