PyroMark Q24 Advanced

For advanced methylation and mutation quantification in long sequence runs using Pyrosequencing


  • Advanced technology, software, and chemistry for long sequence runs
  • Quantitative methylation analysis at consecutive CpG or CpN sites
  • Improved quantification of sequence variations at any sequence position
  • Easy and improved base calling functionality
  • Assay versatility on the same instrument and in the same run

Product Details

PyroMark Q24 Advanced has improved Pyrosequencing technology to provide even better real-time sequence-based detection and quantification than before. PyroMark Q24 Advanced features advanced technology, software, and chemistry, and is highly suited for analyzing any kind of sequence variation, particularly DNA methylation at CpG or CpN sites, complex mutations, or for de novo sequencing applications such as microbial typing.


Longer Pyrosequencing runs and improved accuracy
PyroMark Q24 Advanced features improved chemistry and instrument operation algorithms that significantly increase the assay read length and accuracy of the base calling functionality, enabling easy analysis of long de novo sequencing runs. Assay read length was previously limited by background peaks and reduced light signals in the sequencing reaction. The updated chemistry and algorithms of PyroMark Q24 Advanced reduce these background peaks, thereby increasing read length and reliability. Depending on the sequence to be analyzed, highly accurate read lengths of 140 or more bases can be obtained in just a single PyroMark Q24 Advanced reaction (see figure  Long de novo sequencing runs).

Improved methylation analysis at any position
PyroMark Q24 Advanced enables improved methylation quantification in long sequence runs at any sequence position. Previously, analysis of methylation sites further away from the sequencing primer could be uncertain, but now with longer read lengths and higher accuracy, methylation quantification is highly reliable throughout the entire sequencing run (see figure  Analysis of 16 CpG sites in a long sequence run).

Improved sequencing accuracy in homopolymers
Bisulfite conversion in DNA methylation analysis leads to frequent poly T stretches in the nucleotide sequence, and analysis of CpG sites directly after such T homopolymers has previously been challenging due to uncertain quantification of the light signal at these sites. The increased accuracy of PyroMark Q24 Advanced enables reliable quantification of CpG methylation behind and even within a stretch of 8 T nucleotides (see figure  Improved methylation quantification in homopolymers).

Analysis of mutations over long sequences
PyroMark Q24 Advanced also provides reliable quantification of multiple polymorphisms in a single assay. Since single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and other mutations are often not located close to one another, traditional Pyrosequencing chemistry usually requires separate assays for each mutation site to be analyzed. The new chemistry of PyroMark Q24 Advanced allows much longer runs, enabling reliable analysis of more than one mutation or SNP in the same run (see figure  Quantitative mutation analysis in long sequence runs).
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Pyrosequencing technology, which is based on the principle of sequencing by synthesis, provides quantitative data in sequence context within minutes. PyroMark Q24 Advanced is a fully integrated system that provides real-time sequence information with high accuracy and long read lengths, making it highly suitable for analysis of complex mutations, epigenetic research, resistance typing, and microbial identification. The system comprises the PyroMark Q24 instrument (running firmware 3.0 or higher), PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software, PyroMark Q24 Advanced Reagents/PyroMark Q24 Advanced CpG Reagents, PyroMark Q24 Vacuum Workstation, and PyroMark Control Oligo (see table). Sample preparation solutions are also supplied to enable preparation of single-stranded DNA using the PyroMark Q24 Vacuum Workstation.

Component                            Description
PyroMark Q24 Sequencing instrument for quantitative sequence analysis
PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software Analysis software with 4 analysis modes (AQ: allele quantification; SNP: genotyping; CpG: methylation at CpG or CpN sites; and SEQ: base-calling of unknown sequences)
PyroMark Q24 Advanced Reagents Enzymes, substrates, nucleotides, and buffers. Compatible only with assays set up and analyzed with PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software. 
PyroMark Q24 Advanced CpG Reagents  Enzymes, substrates, nucleotides, and buffers for assays requiring longer sequence read lengths. Compatible only with assays set up and analyzed with PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software.
PyroMark Q24 Vacuum Workstation Workstation for preparing up to 24 samples in parallel from PCR product to single-stranded template 
PyroMark Q24 Control Oligo Control for verification of proper installation and operation of the system
PyroMark Q24 Advanced system.
Steps of the Pyrosequencing reaction:
Step 1: A DNA segment is amplified, and the strand to serve as the Pyrosequencing template is biotinylated. After denaturation, the biotinylated single-stranded PCR amplicon is isolated and allowed to hybridize with a sequencing primer. The hybridized primer and single-stranded template are incubated with the enzymes DNA polymerase, ATP sulfurylase, luciferase, and apyrase, as well as the substrates adenosine 5' phosphosulfate (APS) and luciferin (see figure " Principle of Pyrosequencing — step 1").

Step 2:
The first deoxribonucleotide triphosphate (dNTP) is added to the reaction. DNA polymerase catalyzes the addition of the dNTP to the squencing primer, if it is complementary to the base in the template strand. Each incorporation event is accompanied by release of pyrophosphate (PPi), in a quantity equimolar to the amount of incorporated nucleotide (see figure " Principle of Pyrosequencing — step 2").

Step 3: ATP sulfurylase converts PPi to ATP in the presence of adenosine 5' phosphosulfate (APS). This ATP drives the luciferase-mediated conversion of luciferin to oxyluciferin that generates visible light in amounts that are proportional to the amount of ATP. The light produced in the luciferase-catalyzed reaction is detected by CCD sensors and seen as a peak in the raw data output (Pyrogram). The height of each peak (light signal) is proportional to the number of nucleotides incorporated (see figure " Principle of Pyrosequencing — step 3").

Step 4:
Apyrase, a nucleotide-degrading enzyme, continuously degrades unincorporated nucleotides and ATP. When degradation is complete, another nucleotide is added (see figure " Principle of Pyrosequencing — step 4").

Step 5: Addition of dNTPs is performed sequentially. It should be noted that deoxyadenosine alpha-thio triphosphate (dATPαS) is used as a substitute for the natural deoxyadenosine triphosphate (dATP), since it is efficiently used by the DNA polymerase, but not recognized by the luciferase. As the process continues, the complementary DNA strand is elongated, and the nucleotide sequence is determined from the signal peaks in the Pyrogram trace (see figure " Principle of Pyrosequencing — step 5").
Streamlined workflow — from sample to result
The versatile PyroMark Q24 Advanced seamlessly integrates into epigenetic and genetic analysis workflows, and complements QIAGEN's advanced technologies for sample preparation, bisulfite conversion, and PCR amplification. The highly reliable instrument enables sequence-based detection and quantification of methylation at CpG or CpN sites, as well mutations. The streamlined workflow means that results can be achieved faster.
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Fast and easy sample preparation 
From PCR product to single-stranded template ready for sequencing — up to 24 samples can be prepared in parallel using the PyroMark Q24 Vacuum Workstation, in less than 15 minutes. The workstation ensures easy handling, and the actual "hands-on time" is less than 5 minutes.

Prior to Pyrosequencing, a biotinylated PCR product is generated. This biotinylated PCR product is bound to Streptavidin-coated Sepharose beads, and the beads are captured with the Vacuum Tool on the Vacuum Workstation, where they are thoroughly washed and subsequently denatured, generating single-stranded DNA suitable for Pyrosequencing. This template DNA is released into the Pyrosequencing reaction plate containing the sequencing primer, and after primer annealing, the plate is placed into the PyroMark instrument. PyroMark Q24 Advanced Reagents or PyroMark Q24 Advanced CpG Reagents contain the enzymes, nucleotides, and substrate for the Pyrosequencing reaction; these are pipetted into the dispensing cartridge, according to the volumes provided by the software, and are also placed into the instrument for the Pyrosequencing run.


Pyrosequencing is becoming increasingly important for research applications in a variety of disciplines. Whether examining drug-resistance development in pathogens, the role of epigenetic DNA methylation in gene expression regulation, genetic markers for specific phenotypes in livestock, or polymorphisms in forensic samples of mitochondrial DNA, the PyroMark Q24 Advanced enables powerful and versatile analysis of genetic and epigenetic variation. In addition, because Pyrosequencing integrates sequence detection and quantification, the enhanced analysis resolution can lead to new discoveries.

Product comparison
  PyroMark Q24 Advanced PyroMark Q24
Throughput 1–24 samples 1–24 samples
Running volume 25 µl 25 µl 
PCR requirements 5–10 µl
(~0.5–3 pmol of product)
5–10 µl
(~0.5–3 pmol of product)            
Read length (assay- and
10–140 bp or more 10–80 bp
Application software PyroMark Q24 Advanced SW
(requires firmware 1.5.6903 or higher)
PyroMark Q24 SW 2.0
Software functionality SEQ (de novo sequencing)
CpG/CpN methylation
SQA (de novo sequencing)
CpG methylation
Main applications Complex mutation analysis
Epigenetics (CpG and CpN analysis)
Resistance typing and microbial ID  
Mutation analysis
Resistance typing 
Compatible reagents PyroMark Q24 Advanced Reagents
PyroMark Q24 Advanced CpG Reagents  
PyroMark Q24 Gold Reagents 
Sensitivity 2% mutation
98% wt  
2% mutation
98% wt  


Easy-to-use PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software
PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software, installed on a PC, enables comprehensive analysis of your results. The software contains 4 analysis modes — AQ, SNP, CpG, and SEQ. The AQ mode can be used for a variety of quantification studies of mutations such as SNPs and InDels. It is suitable for analyzing single and multivariable positions, as well as di-, tri- , and tetra- allelic mutations. The SNP mode provides genotype analysis of SNPs and InDels. The CpG mode enables methylation analysis of single or multiple CpG or CpN sites and provides a built-in control for the bisulfite treatment. The SEQ mode is used for base-calling of unknown sequences.

The PyroMark Q24 Advanced Software is user-friendly and intuitive and provides convenient and improved tools for run analysis. If a problem occurs during the run, or if the system detects an inconsistency with an assay, the software provides specific warning information for each individual well (see Warning information and recommendations). A “Warning Info” button gives access to additional information about the warning along with recommendations for troubleshooting and preventing its occurrence in subsequent assays.

Flexible and simple Pyrosequencing assay design using PyroMark Assay Design Software
PyroMark Assay Design Software 2.0 ensures easy design of PCR and sequencing primers for Pyrosequencing analyses. The assays are optimized for use with all PyroMark instruments.

Supporting data and figures


ApplicationsMethylation analysis (CpG and CpN sites), allele quantification, genotyping, sequence analysis, microbial typing
Power100–240 V AC, 47–63 Hz, 1.1–0.45 A (grounded); from external power supply to the instrument : 12 VDC and 24 VDC nominal
Chemical resistancepH 4 to pH 9, common detergents, 0.5 M sodium hydroxide, ethanol
Kits designed for this instrumentPyroMark Q24 Advanced Reagents, PyroMark Q24 Advanced CpG Reagents
ConnectionsOne USB port (2.0)
Instrument dimensions420 x 390 x 525 mm (16.5 x 15.4 x 20.7 in)
Place of operationFor indoor use only
Operating temperature15–32°C (59–90°F)
Pollution level2
HumidityRelative humidity of 20–90% (noncondensing)
Process temperature28°C (82.4°F) ± 1%
Overvoltage categoryII
Process timeDepends on the number of dispensations
Samples per run (throughput)1–24
SoftwarePyroMark Q24 Advanced Software (to be installed on PC)
Weight27.5 kg (60.6 lb)
AltitudeUp to 2000 m (6500 ft)