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Old 01-05-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default maxing out multiplexing in mRNA seq?

Hi all,

We are designing an experiment in which we are interested in measuring 100+ transcriptomes using Illumina mRNA sequencing. I wonder whether anyone who is currently doing multiplexing for transcriptome analysis has any experience to share about relative depth of coverage at different levels of multiplexing. What would be the maximum number of transcriptomic samples you would be comfortable combining in a single lane with the GAII? (We work with yeast.)

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Old 01-07-2011, 03:31 AM   #2
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Hi Andrea,

It depends on how many sequences you will need per sample. If you are happy with 5 M sequences per sample you can combine 7-8 samples per lane (if working on a GAIIx with an expected 35-40 M sequences/lane).

You could also combine more samples (e.g. 20-plex) and then repeat on several lanes (and in different flowcells) to gain enough sequences. This aproach migth be usefull if you would like to account for the minor differences between flowcells/runs.

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Old 01-08-2011, 05:19 AM   #3
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Hi Andrea,

I have done about 32 RNA-Seq libraries for S. cerevisiae. All of the GAIIx data we generate and I have had generated off-site are more in the 20-30M range, ~25M read average per lane. For all of these, I have done 4-plex to balance the bases in the index and have enough coverage for things that pop up like unmapped reads, rRNA contamination, less even coverage from mixing libraries, etc. This will change when we get our HiSeq up and running, I have been told to expect ~120M+ reads per lane and I will be able to do more samples per lane at a lower run cost. I am also moving towards strand-specific and DSN normalized, which may need more reads.

I really like the NuGEN NGS library prep and multiplexing kit. The kit supports 8-plex, but the real benefit is that the index is in the first 4 bp of the read (5' most end). The Illumina indexing needs a second read for the index, either adding cost or reducing your first read. I made an equimolar mix of the four libraries together (BC1 - BC4, BC5 - BC8) and then I sequence in a standard SR-36 run.

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Default Results of 4-plex on two GAIIx lanes

Multiplexed yeast mRNA-Seq, Illumina GAIIx 10/2010

Read Counts
Index, Lane 1, Lane 2, BC#
ACCC, 5264469, 28367, BC1
CGTA, 10523020, 77495, BC2
GAGT, 6176660, 60123, BC3
TTAG, 7077502, 199002, BC4
AGGG, 175973, 8185099, BC5
CCAT, 18504, 7832521, BC6
GTCA, 26668, 7003926, BC7
TATC, 7576, 4831595, BC8

% of lane
Index, Lane 1, Lane 2, BC#
ACCC, 16.69%, 0.09%, BC1
CGTA, 33.36%, 0.25%, BC2
GAGT, 19.58%, 0.19%, BC3
TTAG, 22.44%, 0.64%, BC4
AGGG, 0.56%, 26.52%, BC5
CCAT, 0.06%, 25.37%, BC6
GTCA, 0.08%, 22.69%, BC7
TATC, 0.02%, 15.65%, BC8
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Many thanks all!! This was very helpful.
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