PCR Guide

Creating PCR Processes


When your batch of samples have been extracted you are now able to process your samples for PCR paperwork. To begin processing samples, you must ensure that your batches have been extracted. Click on “PCR” on the top menu to get started. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to process the four batches we created from the Extraction Guide.

Processing Batches

Processing DNA-qPCR Batch
  • Step 1 - Referring from the Extraction Guide, we created 4 batches.
  • Step 2 - Let us first process samples in the DNA-qPCR Batch which contains the lab “AAA”.
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  • Step 3 - To do so, find the batch with the lab ID “AAA” and click on “Add All”.
  • Step 4 - If you click the blue downward arrow under “Add All” you may choose to add each sample individually.
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  • Step 5 - When you have selected your samples, click on “Review Process” at the top.
  • Step 6 - Your samples will then be organized by assay.
  • Step 7 - Let us set the Name of this process as “DNA-qPCR Process”, and since this this batch only contains DNA for qPCR, we will set the thermal cycler settings for “DNA qPCR” as “Thermal Cycler Protocol DNA.
  • Step 8 - We must then select the plates we will use for qPCR. Let us select “96W Plate-Lot#:L12341234”.
  • Step 9 - We do not need to select PCR Plates or Gels since this process does not contain any assays for PCR.
  • Step 10 - We will skip the next four settings for now, and leave “Calculate w/ 1+ Well?” checked.
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  • Step 11 - Click on “Update & Review” to review the generated paperwork.
  • Step 12 - You will notice that all your samples and controls have been loaded and organized into your selected plate. Notice how sample AAA-1 is only present for Assay 1.
  • Step 13 - Your list of primers are shown as well as your selected thermal cycler protocol.
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  • Step 14 - You will also notice that you master mixes for each assay has been calculated for you.
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  • Step 15 - Once you have reviewed the results, click on “Confirm PCR Paperwork” and confirm.
  • Step 16 - You will notice that you will not be allowed to continue the process due to using expired controls for this process.
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  • Step 17 - For the sake of this demonstration, we have updated each control's expiration date a month ahead. Of course, in a real setting you must create a new control and assign to each assay that requires them.
  • Step 18 - When you are satisfied with the results, click on “Confirm PCR Paperwork” and confirm. This will update your inventory and save your paperwork for printing.
Processing RNA-qPCR Batch
  • Step 1 - Next, let's process two batches: RNA-qPCR Batch (AAB) and DNA-PCR Batch (AAC).
  • Step 2 - You are able to combine as many batches or samples into one process but be aware that this will produce larger documents.
  • Step 3 - We will then click on “Add All” for batches AAB and AAC.
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  • Step 4 - Then click on “Review Process” to view and sort our selected samples.
  • Step 5 - You will notice that this process will be handling RNA and DNA for both PCR and qPCR.
  • Step 6 - Let us set the Name as “DNA-PCR RNA-qPCR Process”.
  • Step 7 - Set the thermal cycler protocols for RNA qPCR as “Thermal Cycler Protocol RNA” and DNA PCR as “Thermal Cycler Protocol DNA”.
  • Step 8 - For our qPCR and PCR plates, let's select the 96-well plates. We will also select the 24-well gels since we are running assays for PCR.
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  • Step 9 - Click on “Update & Review” and you can see samples for Assay 4 and Assay 5 are not in one plate. The reason for this is that Assay 4 is for RNA while Assay 5 is for DNA.
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  • Step 10 - Having such few samples in a large plate can be quite a waste so let us select a smaller plate.
  • Step 11 - To do so, click on “Go Back” and select “48W Plate-Lot#12341234” for qPCR and PCR plates. Then click on “Update & Review”.
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  • Step 12 - Now you can see that PCRprep chooses the most viable plate for your samples.
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  • Step 13 - You will notice that because Assay 5 is for PCR, it has produced a list of samples for you to load in your gels.
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  • Step 14 - When you are satisfied with the results, click on “Confirm PCR Paperwork” and confirm.
Processing All Assays Batch
  • Step 1 - The last batch of samples we will process is from “All Assays Batch” with lab ID "AAD".
  • Step 2 - Find the batch with the lab ID AAD and click on “Add All”.
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  • Step 3 - Then let's review the process by clicking on “Review Process”.
  • Step 4 - You will immediately see that this batch has 16 samples that all require 5 assays to be tested.
  • Step 5 - Let's set the Name as “All Assays Process”. We will set DNA PCR and DNA qPCR as “Thermal Cycler Protocol DNA” and RNA qPCR as “Thermal Cycler Protocol RNA”.
  • Step 6 - Let's select all available plates and gels.
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  • Step 7 - Then click on “Update & Review”.
  • Step 8 - As you can see samples for Assay 1, Assay 2, and Assay 3 are all in one plate since they are DNA in qPCR.
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  • Step 9 - Here you can see your calculated master mixes for the plate.
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  • Step 10 - Next, you have samples for Assay 4 which are in another smaller plate since these samples are RNA in qPCR.
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  • Step 11 - The last plate contains samples for Assay 5 which is DNA in PCR. This means gels are also required to analyze your results.
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  • Step 12 - When you are satisfied with the results, click on “Confirm PCR Paperwork” and confirm.
  • Step 13 - You will be given an error message notifying you that the amount of magnesium chloride will not suffice for this process. The process requires 142.8μL of magnesium chloride.
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  • Step 14 - For the sake of this demonstration let us update magnesium's volume stored to 500μL.
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  • Step 15 - Let us then click on “Confirm PCR Paperwork” once again. The process is now valid.
View & Print Paperwork
  • Step 1 - To view and print your paperwork.
  • Step 2 - Your list of processes should look similar to the image below.
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  • Step 3 - Click on “Paperwork” on the menu and select which paperwork process you wish to print.
  • Step 4 - Let us click on “All Assays Process” where we can see print our plates and gels. We may also refer to the extraction batches involved should we wish to print them as well.
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This is the end of the tutorial and as you can see, PCRprep can be a very useful tool in managing your inventory, assays, and paperwork. This tool also serves as a guide in using the most viable products in hand to assure that you produce the best PCR results. If you have any questions or wish to share your feedback, please let us know! It is our priority to make PCRprep the best tool for your needs.