QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit

For purification of genomic DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues


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QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit (50)

Cat. No. / ID:  56404

For 50 DNA preps: 50 QIAamp MinElute Columns, Proteinase K, Buffers, Collection Tubes (2 ml) Use our next-generation QIAamp DNA FFPE Advanced Kits for improved performance.
The QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit is intended for molecular biology applications. This product is not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.

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  • Rapid purification of high-quality, ready-to-use DNA
  • Consistent, high yields
  • Complete removal of contaminants and inhibitors

Product Details

The QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit is specially designed for purifying DNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections. The kit uses special lysis conditions to release DNA from tissue sections and to overcome inhibitory effects caused by formalin crosslinking of nucleic acids. The kit uses QIAamp MinElute spin columns for purification of high-quality DNA in small volumes. Purification of DNA using the QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit can be automated on the QIAcube Connect.

Try the next-generation QIAamp DNA FFPE Advanced Kits for efficient recovery from DNA and optional removal of artefacts.


The QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit purifies DNA that can be used in a wide range of downstream applications, such as single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and short-tandem repeat (STR) genotyping and pharmacogenomic research. DNA purified with the QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit can also be used in PCR (see figure " PCR analysis of DNA purified from FFPE tissue samples").
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The QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit uses well-established QIAamp MinElute technology for purification of genomic and mitochondrial DNA from small sample volumes or sizes. The kit combines the selective binding properties of a silica-based membrane with flexible elution volumes of between 20 and 100 μl.

Specially optimized lysis conditions allow genomic DNA to be efficiently purified from FFPE tissue sections without the need for overnight incubation. Incubation at an elevated temperature after proteinase K digestion partially removes formalin crosslinking of the released DNA, improving yield as well as DNA performance in downstream assays. Note that DNA isolated from FFPE samples is usually of lower molecular weight than DNA from fresh or frozen samples. The degree of fragmentation depends on the type and age of the sample and the conditions used for fixation.


The QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue procedure consists of 6 steps: remove paraffin, lyse, heat, bind, wash, and elute (see flowchart " Procedure"). After sample lysis, the simple QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue procedure, which is highly suited for simultaneous processing of multiple samples, yields pure DNA in less than 30 minutes.


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The QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit is specially designed for purifying DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue.

Supporting data and figures


ApplicationsReal-time PCR, STR analysis, LMD-PCR
Purification of total RNA, miRNA, poly A+ mRNA, DNA or proteinGenomic DNA, mitochondrial DNA
Elution volume20-100 µl
FormatSpin column
TechnologySilica technology
Main sample typeFormalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue samples
Sample amountUp to 8 sections, each with a thickness of up to 10 µm and a surface area of up to 250 mm2


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Critical factors for molecular analysis of FFPE samples
Kit Handbooks (1)
Safety Data Sheets (1)
Additional Resources (1)
Certificates of Analysis (1)


Gender-related survival differences associated with EGFR polymorphisms in metastatic colon cancer.
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Cancer Res; 2008; 68 (8):3037-42 2008 Apr 15 PMID:18413774
Discrepancy between CYP2D6 phenotype and genotype derived from post-mortem dextromethorphan blood level.
Bailey B; Daneman R; Daneman N; Mayer JM; Koren G;
Forensic Sci Int; 2000; 110 (1):61-70 2000 May 8 PMID:10802201


I received a kit containing the MinElute columns; however, they were left out for a while and not stored at 2–8°C upon receipt. Can I still use them?

The MinElute spin columns included in the following kits should be stored at 2–8°C upon arrival: AllPrep DNA/RNA Micro, EpiTect Fast DNA Bisulfite, EpiTect Fast FFPE Bisulfite, EpiTect Fast LyseAll Bisulfite, EpiTect Plus DNA Bisulfite, EpiTect Plus FFPE Bisulfite, EpiTect Plus LyseAll Bisulfite, exoRNeasy Serum/plasma Maxi, exoRNeasy Serum/Plasma Midi, GeneRead DNA FFPE, GeneRead rRNA Depletion, GeneRead Size Selection, MinElute Gel Extraction, MinElute PCR Purification, MinElute Reaction Cleanup, miRNeasy FFPE, miRNeasy Micro, miRNeasy Serum/Plasma, QIAamp DNA FFPE, QIAamp DNA Investigator, QIAamp DNA Micro, QIAamp MinElute Media, QIAamp MinElute Virus Spin, QIAamp MinElute Virus Vacuum, RNeasy FFPE, RNeasy Micro, RNeasy Plus Micro.

Short-term storage (up to 4 weeks) at room temperature (15–25°C) does not affect the performance. However, for optimal performance and quality, storage temperature should not exceed 25°C.

FAQ ID - 3560
What is the composition of elution buffer ATE in the QIAamp DNA Investigator kit, QIAamp DNA FFPE Tissue kit and the QIAamp Fast DNA Stool Mini kit?

The composition of Buffer ATE is:

- 10 mM Tris-Cl pH 8.3

- 0.1 mM EDTA

- 0.04% NaN3 (sodium-azide)

FAQ ID -3122
What can be used as an alternative to the A260 measurement for quantification of small amounts of RNA and DNA?

Small amounts of RNA and DNA may be difficult to measure spectrophotometrically. Fluorometric measurements, or quantitative RT-PCR and PCR are more sensitive and accurate methods to quantify low amounts of RNA or DNA.

Fluorometric measurements are carried out using nucleic acid binding dyes, such as RiboGreen® RNA Quantitation Reagent for RNA, and PicoGreen® DNA Quantitation Reagent for DNA (Molecular Probes, Inc.).

FAQ ID -728