A single blocking solution for multiple adapter applications
A single blocking solution for multiple adapter applications
A single blocking solution for multiple adapter applications
OVERVIEW DATA ORDERING & SPECS RESOURCES
OVERVIEW

Optimizing the efficiency of next-generation sequencing (NGS) often involves targeted enrichment of genomic regions of interest prior to sequencing. In the Twist Bioscience target enrichment workflow, biotinylated synthetic DNA probes are designed to hybridize to exons or other custom genomic regions. Following hybridization with a genomic DNA sample, the probes are purified to produce a sample that is enriched for the targeted regions.

Twist Universal Blockers enhance the specificity of target capture by blocking non-specific hybridization between adapter sequences. Blocking non-specific interactions during hybridization simplifies experimental design and execution, reduces sequencing costs, and improves the results of targeted sequencing efforts.

Blocker Solutions
Improve On-Target Capture
Prevent cross-hybridization between TruSeq-compatible adapters
Enhance the performance of target enrichment workflows
Unmatched Flexibility
Retain Flexibility
Blocks many different adapter designs and barcode lengths
Effective across singleplex and multiplex target enrichment workflows
Improve on-target capture regardless of panel size
Maximized Efficiency
Maximize Efficiency
Ready-to-use formulation
Reduce per-sample sequencing cost
Simplify experimental design and execution

Optimizing the efficiency of next-generation sequencing (NGS) often involves targeted enrichment of genomic regions of interest prior to sequencing. In the Twist Bioscience target enrichment workflow, biotinylated synthetic DNA probes are designed to hybridize to exons or other custom genomic regions. Following hybridization with a genomic DNA sample, the probes are purified to produce a sample that is enriched for the targeted regions.

Twist Universal Blockers enhance the specificity of target capture by blocking non-specific hybridization between adapter sequences. Blocking non-specific interactions during hybridization simplifies experimental design and execution, reduces sequencing costs, and improves the results of targeted sequencing efforts.

Blocker Solutions
Improve On-Target Capture
Prevent cross-hybridization between TruSeq-compatible adapters
Enhance the performance of target enrichment workflows
Unmatched Flexibility
Retain Flexibility
Blocks many different adapter designs and barcode lengths
Effective across singleplex and multiplex target enrichment workflows
Improve on-target capture regardless of panel size
Maximized Efficiency
Maximize Efficiency
Ready-to-use formulation
Reduce per-sample sequencing cost
Simplify experimental design and execution
DATA

Block Off-Target Binding to Improve On-Target Capture

Twist Universal Blockers contain a proprietary mixture of universal adapter sequences1. These sequences bind genomic library fragments to block cross- hybridization between TruSeq-compatible adapters and improve on-target capture rates. Twist Universal Blockers can improve the performance of any target enrichment workflow that uses TruSeq-compatible adapters.

Robust Design Maximizes Flexibility

The robust design of Twist Universal Blockers maximizes flexibility for a more efficient target enrichment workflow. Compatible with all Twist Target Enrichment Panels, they improve capture of on-target reads independent of index sequence type, across singleplex and multiplex target enrichment workflows, and regardless of panel size. Twist Universal Blockers allow you the flexibility to choose the best adapter index design for your experiment without penalty to target enrichment performance.

NGS Universal Blockers Workflow
Robust Design Maximizes Flexibility

The robust design of Twist Universal Blockers maximizes flexibility for a more efficient target enrichment workflow. Compatible with all Twist Target Enrichment Panels, they improve capture of on-target reads independent of index sequence type, across singleplex and multiplex target enrichment workflows, and regardless of panel size. Twist Universal Blockers allow you the flexibility to choose the best adapter index design for your experiment without penalty to target enrichment performance.

NGS Universal Blockers-Percent Targeted Bases Covered Graph
Performance of Twist Universal Blockers Across TruSeq Adapter Index Designs

Performance is independent of index design. On-target performance of Twist Universal Blockers across a variety of single and dual index TruSeq- compatible adapters. Individual libraries were generated from a single genomic source (NA12878; Coriell) and TruSeq-compatible adapters with index lengths ranging from 6 to 14 bp (unique molecular identifier [UMI] length not included). Hybrid capture was performed either in the absence or presence of Twist Universal Blockers using an exome target enrichment panel (33.1 Mb; Twist Bioscience) using 500 ng of gDNA per individual library following the manufacturer’s recommendations for 16-hour hybridization reactions. Cot DNA was present in all samples. Sequencing was performed with a NextSeq 500/550 High Output v2 kit to generate 2x76 paired end reads. Data was downsampled to 150x of target size and analyzed using Picard Metrics with a mapping quality of 20. Percentage of Bases On-Bait includes both On-Bait and Near-Bait Bases and is defined by the equation 1 - PCT_OFF_BAIT. Error bars denote one standard deviation or range of observations; N ≥ 2.

 

NGS Reagents and Kits Universal Blockers Percent on Bait Graph 1
Robust Blocker Design Maximizes Flexibility of Panel Design

Performance is independent of panel size. On-target performance of Twist Universal Blockers across a variety of panel sizes. Individual libraries were generated from a single genomic source (NA12878; Coriell) and 8 bp dual-indexed TruSeq-compatible adapters. Hybrid capture was performed either in the absence or presence of Twist Universal Blockers with target enrichment panels of various sizes (0.04Mb to 33.1Mb; Twist Bioscience) and 500 ng of gDNA per individual library following the manufacturer’s recommendations for 16-hour hybridization reactions. Cot DNA was present in all samples. Sequencing was performed with a NextSeq 500/550 High Output v2 kit to generate 2x76 paired end reads. Data was downsampled to 150x of target size and analyzed using Picard Metrics with a mapping quality of 20. Percentage of Bases On-Bait includes both On-Bait and Near-Bait Bases and is defined by the equation 1 - PCT_OFF_BAIT. Error bars denote range of observations; N = 2.

NGS Reagents and Kits Universal Blockers Percent on Bait Graph 2

Block Off-Target Binding to Improve On-Target Capture

Twist Universal Blockers contain a proprietary mixture of universal adapter sequences1. These sequences bind genomic library fragments to block cross- hybridization between TruSeq-compatible adapters and improve on-target capture rates. Twist Universal Blockers can improve the performance of any target enrichment workflow that uses TruSeq-compatible adapters.

Robust Design Maximizes Flexibility

The robust design of Twist Universal Blockers maximizes flexibility for a more efficient target enrichment workflow. Compatible with all Twist Target Enrichment Panels, they improve capture of on-target reads independent of index sequence type, across singleplex and multiplex target enrichment workflows, and regardless of panel size. Twist Universal Blockers allow you the flexibility to choose the best adapter index design for your experiment without penalty to target enrichment performance.

NGS Universal Blockers Workflow
Robust Design Maximizes Flexibility

The robust design of Twist Universal Blockers maximizes flexibility for a more efficient target enrichment workflow. Compatible with all Twist Target Enrichment Panels, they improve capture of on-target reads independent of index sequence type, across singleplex and multiplex target enrichment workflows, and regardless of panel size. Twist Universal Blockers allow you the flexibility to choose the best adapter index design for your experiment without penalty to target enrichment performance.

NGS Universal Blockers-Percent Targeted Bases Covered Graph
Performance of Twist Universal Blockers Across TruSeq Adapter Index Designs

Performance is independent of index design. On-target performance of Twist Universal Blockers across a variety of single and dual index TruSeq- compatible adapters. Individual libraries were generated from a single genomic source (NA12878; Coriell) and TruSeq-compatible adapters with index lengths ranging from 6 to 14 bp (unique molecular identifier [UMI] length not included). Hybrid capture was performed either in the absence or presence of Twist Universal Blockers using an exome target enrichment panel (33.1 Mb; Twist Bioscience) using 500 ng of gDNA per individual library following the manufacturer’s recommendations for 16-hour hybridization reactions. Cot DNA was present in all samples. Sequencing was performed with a NextSeq 500/550 High Output v2 kit to generate 2x76 paired end reads. Data was downsampled to 150x of target size and analyzed using Picard Metrics with a mapping quality of 20. Percentage of Bases On-Bait includes both On-Bait and Near-Bait Bases and is defined by the equation 1 - PCT_OFF_BAIT. Error bars denote one standard deviation or range of observations; N ≥ 2.

 

NGS Reagents and Kits Universal Blockers Percent on Bait Graph 1
Robust Blocker Design Maximizes Flexibility of Panel Design

Performance is independent of panel size. On-target performance of Twist Universal Blockers across a variety of panel sizes. Individual libraries were generated from a single genomic source (NA12878; Coriell) and 8 bp dual-indexed TruSeq-compatible adapters. Hybrid capture was performed either in the absence or presence of Twist Universal Blockers with target enrichment panels of various sizes (0.04Mb to 33.1Mb; Twist Bioscience) and 500 ng of gDNA per individual library following the manufacturer’s recommendations for 16-hour hybridization reactions. Cot DNA was present in all samples. Sequencing was performed with a NextSeq 500/550 High Output v2 kit to generate 2x76 paired end reads. Data was downsampled to 150x of target size and analyzed using Picard Metrics with a mapping quality of 20. Percentage of Bases On-Bait includes both On-Bait and Near-Bait Bases and is defined by the equation 1 - PCT_OFF_BAIT. Error bars denote range of observations; N = 2.

NGS Reagents and Kits Universal Blockers Percent on Bait Graph 2
ORDERING & SPECS
SPECIFICATIONS
Workflow Step Target Enrichment
Storage Store at -5 to -30°C
PRODUCT SKUS
100856 Twist Universal Blockers, 2 Reactions 
100578 Twist Universal Blockers, 12 Reactions 
100767 Twist Universal Blockers, 96 Reactions

The Twist Universal Blockers are for research use only, and subject to additional use restrictions as set forth in Twist’s Supply Terms and Conditions.

SPECIFICATIONS
Workflow Step Target Enrichment
Storage Store at -5 to -30°C
PRODUCT SKUS
100856 Twist Universal Blockers, 2 Reactions 
100578 Twist Universal Blockers, 12 Reactions 
100767 Twist Universal Blockers, 96 Reactions

The Twist Universal Blockers are for research use only, and subject to additional use restrictions as set forth in Twist’s Supply Terms and Conditions.

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