Available in various sizes, premixed, and shipped dried down. Typically ships within 2-4 business days.
Probes/primers supplied in the following ratios: 0.5/1.0 nmol (Mini); 2.5/2.5–10 nmol (Standard); 12.5/12.5–50 nmol (XL). You may specify the primer-to-probe ratio (except for PrimeTime Mini).
* Predesigned assays are available for human, mouse, and rat targets.
|5' dye||3' quencher||Mini||Standard||XL|
|FAM||ZEN™/Iowa Black™ FQ*||•||•||•|
|HEX||ZEN/Iowa Black FQ*||–||•||•|
|TET||ZEN/Iowa Black FQ*||–||•||•|
|Cy® 5||Iowa Black RQ||–||•||•|
Key: • = available; – = not available
* ZEN/Iowa Black™ FQ is a Double-Quenched Probe, which provides superior performance compared to traditional single-quenched probes. For more information download the PrimeTime Custom qPCR Probes Flyer.
PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays are offered in 3 different sizes to meet the needs of any qPCR experiment, which consist of a forward primer, a reverse primer, and a qPCR probe all delivered in a single tube or plate well. In addition, for the standard and XL sizes, dye–quencher combination and primer-to-probe ratio can be specified to meet your unique experimental demands. PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays are made to order, and each oligonucleotide undergoes QC by mass spectrometry†. All QC results are provided free of charge to you on the IDT website.
Predesigned sequences are available for human, mouse, and rat targets. These sequences are designed using a proprietary algorithm. In addition to optimized oligo melting temperature [Tm (based on composition, oligo length, etc.)], the bioinformatics calculations address avoidance of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; based on NCBI RefSeq releases) and off-target amplification, recognition of splice variants, and secondary structure predictions.
† With the exception of mixed base oligos, which could potentially represent multiple sequences and therefore cannot be accurately evaluated by ESI‑mass spectrometry.
Guarantee: Predesigned sequences will achieve 90% efficiency or better, or we will replace with an alternative design free of charge with the submission of supporting data. For more information, contact us.
Custom sequences can also be designed for other species, as well as human, mouse, and rat, using the PrimerQuest™ Tool. This tool may be used to design oligos for endpoint PCR, qPCR, and Sanger sequencing. Use our optimized preset design parameters for PCR and qPCR or customize parameters for your application. The PrimerQuest Tool is based on the Primer3 engine.
For commonly studied pathways in human, mouse, and rat species, we provide suggested gene sets (see Resources section below) that can be used with our PrimeTime plate ordering system.
We provide primer sequences with each order to assist with best practices in research reporting:
To demonstrate the performance of different dye-quencher combinations, we tested a dilution series to evaluate PCR efficiency and R2 values across all dye-quencher combinations available (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Demonstrated assay performance with multiple dye–quencher combinations. A gBlocks Gene Fragment dilution series of the HPRT gene was used to test different dye-quencher combinations. The data show PCR efficiency and R2 values close to 1 across all dye/quenchers available for PrimeTime qPCR Assays. All reactions were run using IDT’s PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix under standard two step cycling conditions 95°C for 3 min, (95 °C for 15 sec + 60°C for 1 min) x 40 on the QuantStudio™ 7 Flex (Thermo Fisher Scientific) 386 well format. Reactions were 10 µL in volume and contained 500 nM primers and 250 nM probe. The PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix was used with low ROX reference dye.
To determine the success of PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays with commercially available master mixes, we tested 5 different master mixes over a dilution series of 6 orders of magnitude (Figure 2). The PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays had efficiency close to 100% across many commercially available master mixes. We have also developed the PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix for use with PrimeTime probe-based assays in two-step RT-qPCR.
|Product||Qiagen QuantiNova Probe PCR Kit||Thermo Fisher Scientific TaqMan Fast Advanced||Bio-Rad Sso Advanced||Aligent Stratagene Brilliant II®||Takara Premix Ex Taq||IDT Gene Expression Master Mix|
|Correlation coefficient (R²)||0.998||0.998||0.996||0.996||0.999||0.998|
Figure 2. Successful amplification of PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays with various commercial qPCR master mixes. A 10-fold dilution series over 6 orders of magnitude (1 x 106 to 1 x 101 copies) was created for the HPRT1 transcript. The standard curves were generated by running the assay with the indicated commercial master mixes. The samples were run on a Thermo Fisher Scientific QuantStudio™ 7 Flex instrument under standard cycling conditions for 40 cycles. The data shows greater than 90% efficiency and correlation coefficients greater than 0.99 for all tested qPCR master mixes.
PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays have low variability from lot to lot and across scales, which supports your research needs for re-ordering consistent assays and for transitioning from discovery or validation applications to screening. We tested 5 genes from 2 lots each of mini, standard, and XL PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays. The assays showed consistency between lots and across all 3 scales with negligible Cq variation (Figure 3).
Figure 3. PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays are consistent from lot to lot and across scales. Reverse transcription of qPCR Human Reference total RNA (Agilent) was performed using oligo(dT), random hexamers, and SuperScript® II (Thermo Fisher Scientific). Each qPCR reaction contained 50 ng of cDNA. All assays were run in duplicate on the CFX384 Touch Real-Time PCR system (BioRad) for 45 cycles using the PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix. The Cq values for the 2 replicates are shown. Assays for 5 genes were formulated as PrimeTime Mini, Standard, and XL qPCR Assays.
To show the dynamic range for PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays, we tested a dilution over 6 orders of magnitude down to 10 copies per reaction (Figure 4). All dilutions tested produced highly consistent results.
Figure 4. Dynamic range (6 logs) down to 10-copies. An HPRT PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assay was analyzed by utilizing a gBlock Gene Fragments dilution series and a no template control (NTC). The data shown illustrates 6 logs of dynamic range and assay down to 10 copies per reaction. The efficiency of the assay calculated from the standard curve is 97.6% with a correlation coefficient of 0.9991.
Fast cycling allows for higher throughput and faster access to results. Unfortunately, researchers often have to sacrifice performance for speed. PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays were tested using the PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix, which allows run times as short as 45 minutes. These results were compared to 30 matched, inventoried assays from a competitor.
Sixteen assays from a competitor were compared to an equal number of PrimeTime qPCR 5' Nuclease Assays. To ensure the assays were comparable, the PrimeTime Assays and Competitor assays were selected to span the same exon boundary of each gene. The reactions were run with the PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix and identical thresholds were set for all runs (Figures 5).
Figure 5. PrimeTime qPCR Assays have consistently lower mean Cq values for the same target. PrimeTime qPCR Assays were compared to matched Competitor assays using five, 4-fold dilutions of cDNA and the PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix. The reactions were run on the CFX384 Touch Real-Time PCR system (BioRad) for 45 cycles with the following PCR cycling conditions: 2 min 50°C; 10 min 95°C; 45 x (15 sec 95°C, 1 min 60°C). Identical thresholds were set for all runs for comparison across assays.
qPCR efficiency was compared using 30 PrimeTime qPCR Probe Assays and Competitor A assays (Figure 6). Again, the PrimeTime qPCR Assays showed a higher average qPCR efficiency than Competitor assays. In addition, the overall distribution of qPCR efficiency was narrower and higher than that for Competitor assays.
Figure 6. PrimeTime qPCR Assays have higher average qPCR efficiency and a smaller distribution range than Competitor assays. PrimeTime qPCR Assays were compared to matched Competitor assays using five, 4-fold dilutions of cDNA and the PrimeTime Gene Expression Master Mix. The reactions were run on the CFX384 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System (BioRad) with the following PCR cycling conditions: 2 min 50°C; 10 min 95°C; 45 x (15 sec 95°C, 1 min 60°C). Identical thresholds were set for all runs for comparison across assays.