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The QIAsymphony SP is a versatile nucleic acid purification instrument providing high-quality nucleic acids compatible with with most common downstream assay technologies, such as real-time PCR, digital PCR, and next generation sequencing (NGS). The large range of a dedicated QIAsymphony kits enables optimized purification of genomic DNA, cell-free circulating DNA, RNA, bacterial and viral nucleic acids from a wide range of starting materials. The QIAsymphony AS extends the capabilities of the QIAsymphony SP by integrating automated PCR assay setup, which, in combination with the Rotor-Gene Q and QIAGEN real-time and end-point PCR kits, enables you to optimize your PCR workflow and maximize your efficiency.
The QIAsymphony SP can save you time by processing 1–96 samples — in batches of up to 24 — with sample volumes up to 10 ml. The dedicated range of optimized QIAsymphony kits and protocols guarantees best purification efficiency and nucleic acid quality and increases laboratory capabilities/flexibility with a single instrument. Customization service is available for adjusting standard protocols to your specific needs and specifications.
Extending the QIAsymphony SP with the QIAsymphony AS results in a fully integrated system that can automate sample preparation and assay setup workflows without manual interference. Manual pipetting steps prone to human error are eliminated, making this system ideal for laboratories that perform complex assays on a day-to-day basis. The QIAsymphony AS provides active cooling of reagents, eluates and assays, enabling safe and reproducible assay setup. The QIAsymphony AS supports setup of multiple assays per run or sample. A customization service is available for in-house assays.
The QIAsymphony SP and the QIAsymphony SP/AS instruments deliver state-of-the-art process safety and standardization features. Tip guards minimize the risk of cross-contamination and built-in UV lamps provide effective worktable decontamination. Bar code reading of samples and reagents enables full tracking throughout the entire purification and assay setup procedure. Chronological electronic documentation of results is provided, including information about sample IDs, their positions, and the lot number and expiry date of sample preparation and PCR reagents. Multi-level user management provides a record of which user was responsible for sample processing. Electronic result files may be automatically printed via a networked printer, or downloaded using a USB stick for archiving purposes. The QIAlink software which is available separately (?) can handle communication with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
The QIAsymphony Cabinet SP/AS (see figure " QIAsymphony Cabinet SP/AS") is specifically designed for correct positioning of the QIAsymphony SP/AS instruments. The QIAsymphony Cabinet SP/AS comprises two separate parts: one for the QIAsymphony SP and one for the QIAsymphony AS. If you have both QIAsymphony SP and QIAsymphony AS instruments, you need both cabinet, which are positioned side by side. If you have only a QIAsymphony SP instrument, only the QIAsymphony Cabinet SP is required. The QIAsymphony Cabinet SP and the QIAsymphony Cabinet AS each contain a waste compartment into which used tips from the worktable can be ejected.
The QIAsymphony SP is ready-to-run and requires only minimal installation. Laboratories already operating a QIAsymphony SP can easily upgrade their system onsite with a QIAsymphony AS module. The QIAsymphony AS directly interfaces with the QIAsymphony SP. To reduce manual handling steps and minimize the risk of sample contamination, samples processed on the QIAsymphony SP can be transferred automatically to the QIAsymphony AS (integrated operation). For extra flexibility, the QIAsymphony SP and AS can also be operated independently. Samples that have been processed earlier in the day, or that have been processed on a different QIAsymphony SP, may be manually transferred to the QIAsymphony AS (see figure " QIAsymphony workflows").
Sample preparation and assay setup runs are defined using the touchscreen. Simply load drawers with the required samples, reagents, and consumables. When each drawer is closed, a detailed inventory scan is performed. This ensures that the worktable is correctly set up for the selected protocols. After sample preparation, either remove purified nucleic acids from the eluate drawer or automatically transfer eluates to the QIAsymphony AS via the transfer module for assay setup. After assay setup, assays can be transferred directly to a real-time PCR cycler for analysis.
The sample input drawer accommodates a wide range of sample input formats to suit varying workflows and sample preparation requirements. Bar code-labeled primary and secondary sample tubes (diameter 10–16.9 mm), microplates, and blocks are supported.Continuous loading in batches of up to 24 samples plus internal controls, and the option to assign different protocols to each batch, delivers increased efficiency and walkaway time. The QIAsymphony AS enables setup of single or multiple PCRs per run or sample, splitting of eluates for panel testing, and active cooling of eluates, reagents, and PCRs. A choice of output adapters enables use of different real-time PCR cyclers (e.g., Rotor-Gene Q, 96-well cyclers, 32-capillary cyclers). To use the Rotor-Gene Q for subsequent detection, simply set up your PCRs in Strip Tubes or Rotor-Discs.
QIAsymphony Kits are safe and exceptionally easy to use. Ready-to-run, bar code-labeled reagent cartridges are prefilled with all reagents required for the purification procedure, including accessory enzymes (see figure " Prefilled, sealed reagent cartridges"). Worktable setup is rapid and saves you valuable time. Simply place up to 2 reagent cartridges in the QIAsymphony drawer. The reagent cartridges can be from the same or different kits, enabling different purification procedures to be performed within the same run of 96 samples. Reagent cartridges are automatically opened by the instrument, and reagent volumes only for the selected number of samples are used, giving you complete cost control.
The QIAsymphony SP is an optimal nucleic acid purification system for most applications and workflows
As an integrated system in combination with the QIAsymphony AS, the QIAsymphony SP can automate workflows from sample to PCR setup ready for amplification.
QIAsymphony operating software guides the user step-by-step through setting up a sample preparation or assay setup run, with options to select and adapt standardized protocols. Required volumes of buffers, reagents, master mix, and controls are automatically calculated, and the user is informed of the number and type of consumables to be loaded. Transfer of sample loading information from the QIAsymphony SP to the QIAsymphony AS is convenient and reduces the number of steps required for assay definition.
The QIAsymphony SP/AS instruments provide standardized communication interfaces. Work lists and rack files may be imported to the instruments, enabling automatic run definition before samples are received in the laboratory. After assay setup, sample lists can be exported to selected real-time PCR cyclers. This bi-directional data exchange allows integration of QIAsymphony SP/AS instruments into laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
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|Power||100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz, 1400 VA, mains supply voltage are not to exceed 10% of nominal supply voltages|
|Input volume||QIAsymphony SP — minimum input volume: 200 µl (application dependent)|
|Place of operation||For indoor use only|
|Elution volume||QIAsymphony SP — 30–500 µl (application dependent)|
|Kits or Application Packs designed for this instrument||QIAsymphony SP — QIAsymphony DSP Virus/Pathogen Kits and other QIAsymphony Kits; QIAsymphony AS — artus QS-RGQ Kits (not available in all countries), Rotor-Gene Kits and other QIAGEN real-time and end-point PCR kits|
|Humidity||Relative humidity of 15–75% (noncondensing); maximum 75% relative humidity for temperatures up to 31°C, decreasing linearly to 50% humidity at 32°C|
|Instrument dimensions||QIAsymphony SP, 128 x 103 x 73 cm; QIAsymphony AS, 59 x 103 x 73 cm; QIAsymphony SP/AS (integrated operation), 185 x 103 x 73 cm|
|Protocols/main application on this instrument||QIAsymphony SP — Purification of DNA, RNA, and bacterial and viral nucleic acids from a wide range of starting materials; QIAsymphony AS — PCR setup.|
|Storage temperature||5–40°C in manufacturer's package|
|Technology||QIAsymphony SP — QIAGEN magnetic-particles chemistry|
|Transportation temperature||–25 to 70°C in manufacturer's package|
|Weight||QIAsymphony SP, 175 kg; QIAsymphony AS, 90 kg; QIAsymphony SP/AS (integrated operation), 265 kg|
|Altitude||Up to 2000 m (6500 ft)|
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High-throughput DNA sample prep using the QIAsymphony SP instrument: An overview of workflow optimization at Bode Cellmark Forensics.
The RLT buffer is more viscous than the RLT plus buffer. Extraction will work fine, but there may be some magnetic bead carryover to the eluate.
For most sample types, incubating longer than specified in the pretreatment protocol for the QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit does not increase yields. However, lysates can be incubated overnight without negatively affecting the quality of the extracted DNA.
No. Sample handling, software, and introduction to maintenance for the QIAsymphony SP System are included in the installation training and are covered by the installation fee.
The following disinfectants and detergents are recommended for cleaning the QIAsymphony SP:
Note: If you want to use disinfectants different from those recommended, ensure that their compositions are similar to those described above.
No. Modified QIAGEN protocols or custom protocols for QIAsymphony SP can be developed to meet your specific requirements and purchased from QIAGEN.
No. The use of internal controls with the QIAsymphony Virus/Bacteria Kits is not mandatory. When using internal controls, they are added to the carrier RNA mixture (total volume of the mixture must be 120 µl).
Yes. Any number of samples between 1 and 96 can be processed on the QIAsymphony SP.
The barcode on the adapter at the cooling elution position is read by default. This can be changed in the configuration settings which are available from the tools menu if you have logged in as Supervisor. The option is on the tab Process SP1 and is called ”On which elution slots should the bar codes be scanned”. To disable the barcode reading, put the setting to ”none”.
For purification of RNA from blood on the QIAsymphony SP, we recommend using the QIAsymphony PAXgene RNA Kit, since it includes stabilization of gene expression profiles.
Part number for O-rings for pipetting channels of QIAsymphony SP and AS instruments is 9019168. There are 32 O-rings included in one bag.
You will also require the tool to change the O-rings. Part number for this tool is: 9019164. This tool set includes one bag of 32 O-rings.
We recommend replacing O-rings on all pipetting channels, once a month.
No. All solid materials (e.g., swabs, blood card punches, chewing gum) must be removed completely from the lysate before performing automated extraction on the QIAsymphony SP. QIAshredder columns can be used to increase sample recovery from some solid materials. For more information, see the corresponding pretreatment protocol.
For purification of RNA on the QIAsymphony SP, tissue samples require mechanical disruption and homogenization in the supplied lysis buffer (Buffer RLT Plus), e.g., by using the TissueLyser or TissueRuptor. Cultured cells should be lysed by vortexing in the lysis buffer contained in the kit.
Please navigate to Tools/Instrument Report/Create + Save to USB.
No. We do not recommend use of carrier RNA with the QIAsymphony Virus Blood 200 Protocol.
In general, magnetic particles are not carried over into QIAsymphony eluates. However, if high amounts of genomic DNA are purified (large number of white blood cells in the sample) magnetic-particle carryover may be observed. If carryover does occur, magnetic particles in eluates will not affect most downstream applications. If magnetic particles need to be removed before performing downstream applications, tubes or plates containing eluates should first be placed in a suitable magnet and the eluates transferred to a clean tube.
Tissue: If no information about the expected yield is available, we recommend starting with 25 mg sample material. Depending on the yield obtained, the sample size can be increased in subsequent preparations to a maximum of 50 mg.
FFPE: Up to 4 sections, each with a thickness of up to 10 µm, or 8 sections with a thickness of up to 5 µm and a surface area of up to 250 mm2, can be combined in one preparation.
Eluates obtained on the QIAsymphony SP can be stored at 2–8°C for 3 days before use in downstream applications and should be placed at –20°C or –80°C for long-term storage.
Plasma, serum, and CSF samples can be processed using the Virus Cellfree protocols of the QIAsymphony Virus/Bacteria Kits. Respiratory samples (sputum, BAL, aspirates, dried swabs, transport media), and urogenital samples (urine, urogenital swabs, transport media) can be processed using the Pathogen Complex protocols.
DNA yields strongly depend on the type and source of the tissue processed on the QIAsymphony SP. Approximately 70–80 µg DNA can be isolated from 25 mg of spleen, 40–50 µg from 25 mg liver, and 10–15 µg from 50 mg muscle.
See details for upper limits of various starting materials in the table below:
|Sample type||Sample amount||Protocol|
|Heart||25 mg||Tissue Standard|
|Spleen||25 mg||Tissue High Content|
|Lung||25 mg||Tissue Standard|
|Liver||25 mg||Tissue High Content|
|Kidney||25 mg||Tissue Standard|
|Muscle||50 mg||Tissue Standard|
|Mouse tail||0.8 cm||Tissue Standard|
|Jurkat Cells||2 x 10e6||Tissue Standard|
|Jurkat Cells||1 x 10e7||Tissue High Content|
The QIAsymphony system has an integrated UV lamp. UV decontamination should be performed daily. It helps to reduce possible pathogen contamination of the QIAsymphony SP/AS worktables. The efficiency of inactivation has to be determined for each specific organism and depends, for example, on layer thickness and sample type. QIAGEN cannot guarantee complete eradication of specific pathogens.
A total of 192 samples can be processed with one QIAsymphony DNA Mini Kit and the Virus Blood 200 protocol (96 samples per reagent cartridge).
QIAGEN protocols on the QIAsymphony SP can be stopped if there is an emergency by pressing "Pause". To confirm that you want to stop the protocol run, press "Stop". To cancel the stop protocol command, press "Continue".
Note: If a protocol run is stopped, the run cannot be restarted. Samples must be processed manually. For more information, refer to the QIAsymphony User Manual.
Yes, the QIAsymphony RNA Kit is compatible with stabilized samples. We recommend stabilizing tissue samples with RNAprotect Tissue Reagent or AllProtect Tissue Reagent, or by flash-freezing. Cultured cells can be lysed directly in cell culture dishes, or after pelleting. Alternatively, cells can be stabilized using RNAprotect Cell Reagent.
Sample volumes of 200 µl can be processed with the Virus Blood 200 Protocol using the QIAsymphony DNA Mini Kit.
Samples are lysed by Proteinase K digestion in lysis buffers optimized for tissue, cultured cells, and bacteria, respectively. For lysis of gram-positive bacteria, lysozyme is used in addition to Proteinase K. Lysed samples are homogenized by pipetting up and down, and insoluble material is removed by centrifugation (see the QIAsymphony DNA Handbook for details).
Samples should be processed on the QIAsymphony within 24 hours of collection. Samples should be transported and stored at 2–25°C.
No. The specified lysate volumes are optimal for QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit protocols. Lower volumes (150 µl, 400 µl, 900 µl, respectively) can be used.
However, to maximize yields, we recommend transferring as much of the lysate as possible. QIAshredder columns can be used to increase recovery from some sample types. For more information, see the corresponding pretreatment protocol.
The QIAsymphony SP instrument has the following weight and dimensions:
Yes, QIAsymphony SP can be connected to a lab information management system. Result files can be exported in html format. At a later date, users will be able to import sample worklists to the QIAsymphony SP.
The QIAsymphony RNA Kit enables purification of RNA from cultured cells and easy-to-lyse tissues, such as kidney, liver, and spleen on the QIAsymphony SP. A large-volume protocol is available that enables processing of larger sample amounts.
For particularly DNA-rich tissues, such as spleen or thymus, we recommend either using no more than half the maximum amount, or using DNase at a higher concentration (see the QIAsymphony RNA Handbook; additional DNase required).
Sample volumes that can be processed with the QIAsymphony Virus/Bacteria Kits depend on the protocol:
Human whole blood samples treated with EDTA or citrate can be processed using the QIAsymphony Virus Blood 200 protocol with the QIAsymphony DNA Mini Kit. We do not recommend using heparin-treated blood samples.
You can find this information in the respective labware list. All tubes which require an insert in the sample input carrier or plates are not suitable.
Yes. QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit protocols purify both genomic and mitochondrial DNA.
Final elution volumes of 60 µl, 85 µl, 110 µl, or 165 µl can be selected using the QIAsymphony Virus Blood 200 protocol. Please note that the initial elution volumes are 95 µl, 120 µl, 145 µl, or 200 µl. When calculating the amount of internal control(s) as well as the titer of the processed sample, it is necessary to take into consideration the initial volume of elution buffer that is used for each sample.
No. Protocols on the QIAsymphony SP cannot be modified by users. However, protocols allow elution volumes to be selected within a predefined range. Customized protocols for QIAsymphony SP will be available on request.
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The High Content protocol for DNA extractions on the QIAsymphony SP is optimized for samples with an expected DNA yield of more than 30 µg. Up to 90 µg DNA can be purified from tissues with high cell densities (e.g., spleen) or large numbers of cultured cells.
Yes. At the end of each protocol run on the QIAsymphony SP, a report file is generated that contains important information such as number of samples, liquid volumes measured during the load check, and run time. A log file is also generated that contains information about instrument actions, such as movement of the robotic arm.
Depending on the application, elution volumes on the QIAsymphony SP range from 30 µl to 500 µl.
The large-volume protocol of the QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit is intended for samples that can not be submerged completely during lysis in volumes less than 1 ml, as well as samples that are very absorbent.
|Sample type||Sample amount||Typical RNA yield (µg)*|
|HeLa, Jurkat||1 x 10e6 cells||15|
*RNA yields strongly depend on the type and quality of the sample material.
Pre-treatment of samples used with the QIAsymphony Virus/Bacteria Kits can improve nucleic acid extraction for some sample types. Viscous samples (e.g., sputum, respiratory aspirates) might require liquefaction to enable pipetting. Pretreatment protocols are provided in the QIAsymphony Virus/Bacteria Handbook.
Yes. Magnetic particles used in the QIAsymphony SP System will bind RNA and total DNA. If isolation of RNA-free DNA is required, RNase A must be added to the lysate before isolation of DNA.
Power consumption of a QIAsymphony SP instrument is 800 VA. Therefore, the approximate thermal output is 2729 BTU/h.
If the QIAsymphony SP is connected to a QIAsymphony AS, then the power consumption is 1400 VA. The thermal output is ~4777 BTU/h.
QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit protocols are optimized for maximum sensitivity in extraction of typical forensic-casework and reference sample types, which usually have low DNA content. Due to optimized bead capacity, maximum DNA yields are approximately 3 µg.
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Please navigate to the Product Page of the QIAsymphony Kit you are using; for example, the QIAsymphony RNA Kit, Cat No./ID: 931636. Refer to the resources tab and download the labware document. The labware document will list the sample tubes that have been tested for your application. Please contact Technical Service if you wish to use sample tubes not listed in the labware document.
No. Carrier RNA is only used in casework protocols for the QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit to enable efficient extraction of minute quantities of DNA. Carrier RNA is not used in reference protocols.
No. The use of internal controls is not mandatory for use with the QIAsymphony Virus Blood 200 Protocol. If an internal control is not required, Buffer ATE without internal control is added to the samples. Buffer ATE must be placed in slot A of the sample drawer.
To ensure performance with the QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit, lysis volumes have been optimized according to sample type. In general, large or absorbent samples require larger buffer volumes than small and non-absorbent samples.
Buffer ATE of the QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit is a low-EDTA elution buffer optimized for long-term storage of DNA as well as performance in sensitive downstream applications. Alternatively, casework protocols using water for elution are available.
Buffer ATE contains a small amount of the preservative sodium azide. If the eluate is measured for absorbance the spectrophotometer should be blanked with the buffer ATE as sodium azide absorbs strongly at 230 nm.
Each QIAsymphony RNA Kit enables preparation of up to 192 samples (96 per reagent cartridge) using the standard protocol on the QIAsymphony SP. If only the large-volume protocol is used, the number of samples that can be prepared per kit is reduced to 96 (48 per reagent cartridge). Any combination of standard and large-volume sample preparation can be performed.