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Old 03-25-2015, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default HiSeq 2500 v4 chemistry Read 1 quality drop

We have been seeing a very specific fail mode in about 1 in 10 runs since upgrading to v4 chemistry last year, and we wonder if anyone else is experiencing this or has thoughts to the cause.

When this happens:
  • the Q30 starts dropping faster than normal, always at about cycle 50,
  • only the center lanes are affected, 3-6 being most severe, 2 and 7 less so, and 1 and 8 never affected,
  • always total recovery in the Index and Read 2, with normal Q30 for those reads
  • accompanied by high pre-phasing.

Illumina suspects it's the "blue bubble" phenomenon that many users see since the upgrade, which is caused by the peltier being at a slightly higher temperature during the reaction (54 degrees instead of 52.5). But that should cause the "blue bubble" pattern on the intensity chart - higher intensity at the bottom of FC due to the cold reagent entering, and then lower intensity as it passes through. We're not seeing that here. Also, our engineer has made temperature adjustments to no avail.

Perhaps v4 chemistry is more sensitive and less robust than previous versions. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Old 03-26-2015, 01:36 AM   #2
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I have not seen anomaly like this. Just out of interest, are there any differences among good and bad lanes in cluster numbers? Could it be related maybe to a fault in C-Bot?
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Thanks for the reply, nuc. There is no difference between lanes on any early metrics (cluster density, PF, intensities, etc.). We've seen this problem even when we load the same sample in all 8 lanes at the same concentration. We'll have consistent density and PF, then at about cycle 50, the middle lanes start dropping Q30 and pre-phasing jumps. Fluidics always passes tests before and after runs, too.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:47 AM   #4
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I haven't seen the particular issue you're talking about, either.

None of the usual suspects (solenoid, pump) I'd look at seem to be making sense, considering your fluidics tests pass. Lane dependent issues just always make me think hardware.

Can you share some images off SAV? The Q30 chart would help, but also the intensity heat maps off the flow cell for one or two cycles before the issue through to about five cycles after when it more or less remains steadily bad?
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:19 AM   #5
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Did you ever resolve your issue? We have seen similar situations with high prefacing in the middle lanes, where lane 3 and 6 are most significant. Also, when looking at the tile images, it seems as if the clusters are becoming more static with each cycle, as if the the next base fails to incorporate. This has only been evident with the HiSeq 2500 v4 run. Also, it seems that a rehyb will resolve the issue, but this is not a permanent fix. If you had a resolution or any feed back it would be much appreciated.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:38 AM   #6
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We never fully confirmed the cause of this, however it was resolved on all but one instrument by having the FSE replace the front manifold. The last instrument was temporarily fixed with a new front manifold, but the problem returned again and again, until we went further upstream and cleaned the VICI selector valve. We haven't seen this issue since. Good luck!
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