For labs working with infectious agents that are restricted to BSL2 labs, the UMGC has placed a Bio-Rad ddSeq single-cell isolator in a BSL2 lab for DIY access, giving researchers who work with HIV, influenza, mycobacterium, etc. access to a droplet partitioning technology. When combined with the Illumina SureCell WTA 3’ kit, the ddSeq is a scalable and high-throughput sequencing solution that allows transcriptome analysis on individual cells to give a high-resolution, unbiased profile between cell populations. It uses an end-to-end workflow that starts with capturing single cells in nanoliter-sized droplets in disposable cartridges for up to four samples and ends with BaseSpace analysis with the SureCell RNA Single-Cell app, which calculates and reports single-cell metrics.
The UMGC provides training on an as-needed-basis in the BSL2 lab located in the Microbiology Research Facility building near TCF Stadium. A staff scientist, who specializes in single-cell technologies, will guide new users through Day 1 of the SureCell WTA 3’ protocol, including isolating and barcoding single cells through 2nd strand synthesis. Training will be hands-on using a cell suspension, a SureCell WTA 3’ kit, and consumables provided by the researcher and up to two scientists from one lab can attend the ~4-hour training at $162.58/lab. For researchers needing training on the complete library prep protocol (Day 1 and 2), please inquire.
Reserving the ddSeq
After the training run, researchers should be able to independently use the ddSeq isolator for isolating and barcoding single cells without further support from the UMGC staff.
Jerry Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org will assist in coordinating a time with the researcher and the BSL2 lab. Please be sure to have a confirmed time at the ddSeq workstation before preparing your cell suspension – it can take up to a week to coordinate the BSL2 workstation.
The average cell output is 300 single cells/chamber that start with an input suspension of 2,500 cells/ul in 1X PBS + 0.1 % BSA solution, resulting in a 3-4% capture efficiency. It is critical for the ddSeq isolator to have a cell concentration between 2,250-2,750 cells/ul for optimal performance.
In addition, researchers should prepare a high-quality, clump-free cell population that has >95% viability and contains intact cells – broken or dead cells will release nucleic acid in the cell suspension and increase background signal. Cells must also be dissociated and free from aggregates to prevent doublets or multiplets in the droplets, and to prevent this, it is recommended to run the cells through a 35 µm cell strainer.
The ddSeq workflow has been tested with mouse and human commercially available cell lines and primary keratinocytes.
The SureCell WTA 3’ kit can be purchased in 8-sample or 24-sample configurations through Adam Hauge at Illumina (email@example.com) and researchers will receive the UMN discount. Illumina guarantees the shelf life to be at least three months from the date of receipt. Additional consumables are the responsibility of the user.
Final libraries are submitted to the UMGC for QC analysis, including size determination on the BioAnalyzer High Sensitivity chip, and quantification by a fluorescent method as well as quantitative PCR. Libraries with a broad size distribution between 300-1,000 bp, with no fragments in the 100-300 bp range, will be recommended for sequencing. Based on the QC results, passing libraries will be diluted and pooled by the UMGC for sequencing.
Please see the Guidelines tab for the Illumina SureCell WTA 3’ Reference Guide. For additional questions on using the ddSeq in the BSL2 lab, contact Jerry Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Required training. - 1/2 library prep protocol.|
|A UMGC scientist will guide new users through isolating and barcoding single cells through 2nd strand synthesis. Up to two scientists from one lab can attend the training.||1||session||$162.58||$186.92|
|Required training - full library prep protocol.|
|Training on the complete SureCell WTA 3’ library prep protocol starting with single-cell isolation through library QC.||1||session||inquire||N/A|
|Client operated ddSeq run.|
|Client independently uses the ddSeq workstation in the MRF BSL2 lab to fully execute their own experiment including barcoding single cells and library prep.||1||day||$317.72||$365.27|
How to sign-up
The UMGC provides training as needed in the BSL2 lab located in the Microbiology Research Facility building near TCF Stadium. Training is scheduled through Jerry Daniel at email@example.com and users supply cells, kits, and consumables.
Once ddSeq training is complete, users are able to reserve the ddSeq in one-day increments. Jerry Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org assist in coordinating a time with the researcher and the BSL2 lab. Please be sure to have a confirmed time at the ddSeq workstation before preparing your cell suspension – it can take up to a week to coordinate the BSL2 workstation. Clients should email the below reservation form to email@example.com to provide an EFS number for billing and indicate the confirmed day and start time for the ddSeq workstation.
Client Instrument Reservation Form
Client Consumable List
SureCell WTA 3’ Reference Guide
Location for training and the ddSeq
BSL 2 Lab
Microbiology Research Facility (MRF) Building
Lead: Jerry Daniel
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday
There are four options for transferring data from the UMGC to clients: 1) delivery to the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute’s (MSI) high-performance file system, 2) download from a secure website, 3) download with Globus, or 4) shipment on an external hard drive. Please indicate your data delivery preference when placing an order for sequencing.
1. MSI storage
Internal clients have their data released to MSI's Shared User Resource Facility Storage (SURFS). Delivered data will be located in the "data_delivery" folder in your group's folder on MSI's primary filesystem (home/GROUP/data_delivery/umgc). MSI does not charge for SURFS storage costs, but files expire and are removed one year after they've been delivered. Files should be copied to other MSI storage locations such as Tier2, Tier3, or your group's "shared" folder before they expire.
2. Web download
Internal clients that opt-out of MSI storage and external clients can download their data from a secure website using either a web browser or a command-line download tool, complete instructions are provided in an email from the UMGC. The client’s data is available for download for 30 days, after which the data will be removed from the data download website and the client takes responsibility for storing the data.
Internal and External clients can use Globus to download their data. This is the recommended method for external clients to download large datasets.
4. Hard drive
External clients may have data shipped on a hard drive purchased by the UMGC and invoiced to the client at a cost of $250 per hard drive.
The UMGC archives most customer data for a year and some datasets are retained for 5 years or more. If you need a dataset re-delivered email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate data recovery. The UMGC does not provide any guarantee that data can be successfully recovered from the archive.