Quartz-Seq2 is a high-throughput single-cell RNA-sequencing method (using Cell sorter, UMI, Cell barcoding, and 384 well-plate). If you need to detect full-length total RNA in single-cell level, please see RamDA-seq page.


  • Quartz-Seq2: a high-throughput single-cell RNA-sequencing method (using Cell sorter, UMI, Cell barcoding, and 384 well-plate)
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Video Tutorial

A cryopreservation step of 384 multiwell plates just after single cell sorting.

How to assemble collector unit for pooling of cell-barcoded cDNA.




Q1. What do you mean “distance of SeqLv was 5″?

A1. SeqLv means Sequence Levenshtein distance. “edit distance 5” indicates that two deletions, insertion, or mismatch of cell barcode can be informatically corrected. There is a similar distance, so-called Humming distance to SeqLv. However, Humming distance can not correct two deletions or insertion in cell barcode sequences.

Q2. Could you clarify the composition of the TdT buffers RH55 and T55 in your Quartz-Seq2 paper? 

A2. Please see as follows. T100 is available as 1xThermopol Buffer from NEB company. RH100 is available as 1xRNase H buffer from NEB company.

T100 20mM Tris-HCl (pH8.8), 10mM (NH4)2SO4, 10mM KCl, 2mM MgSO4, 0.1% Triton X-100
T55 11mM Tris-HCl (pH8.8), 5.5mM (NH4)2SO4, 5.5mM KCl, 1.1mM MgSO4, 0.055% Triton X-100
RH100 50mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.3), 75mM KCl, 3mM MgCl2, 10mM DTT
RH55 27.5mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.3), 41.25mM KCl, 1.65mM MgCl2, 5.5mM DTT

Q3. Where can I buy a metal frame for spin-down collection system? (Fig. S4A)

A3. Please contact As ONE Corp. The item name is Metal frame for spin-down collector type A. The item number is SASA_AS001. The specification is as follows.

Q4. Could you show the list of reagents for Quartz-Seq2?

A4. Please see following file. Additional file 4: Table S3.

Q5. Can I change from X reagent to Y reagent in Quartz-Seq2?

A5. No. It is no longer Quartz-Seq2. We cannot support your original scRNA-seq method.

Q6. Which should I use 384 multiwell plate?

A6. We strongly recommend twin.tec PCR Plate 384 clear (0030 128.508, Eppendorf).

Q7. What is the byproduct of whole-transcript amplification in Quartz-Seq2? Can I remove the byproduct from amplified cDNA?

A7. It has been reported that byproducts could be synthesized from reverse-transcription (RT) primers in poly-A tagging-based methods, including Quartz-Seq2. Almost RT primers can be removed at cDNA purification step. Therefore, there is no byproduct in amplified cDNA, typically. If you observe the byproduct, please remove the byproduct by additional purification with 0.6-0.7x Ampure XP beads.



Yohei Sasagawa, Hiroki Danno, Hitomi Takada, Masashi Ebisawa, Kaori Tanaka, Tetsutaro Hayashi, Akira Kurisaki, Itoshi Nikaido. Quartz-Seq2: a high-throughput single-cell RNA-sequencing method that effectively uses limited sequence reads. (Genome Biology 2018 19:29)


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