Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer

Molecular diagnostic tests are progressively moving towards lyophilization. There are several advantages for this, including room temperature shipping and storage, extended shelf-life and increased flexibility in sample volume. In order to be compatible with drying however, enzyme preparations must be glycerol-free and include specialized excipients that preserve the mixture as it is exposed to freezing, vacuum and dehydration.

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Meridian's Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer

  • Used to create ultra-sensitive RT-qPCR assays

  • Formulated with a specialized blend of lyo-excipients, compatible with lyophilization into beads or cakes

  • Minimizes non-specific amplification for improved assay sensitivity and reliability

  • High efficiency, giving excellent performance in multiplex RT-qPCR assays

Retention of reverse transcriptase activity following lyophilization

Retention of reverse transcriptase activity following lyophilization
Glycerol-Free Taq HS 50 U/µL (MDX011), 100x Lyo-compatible MMLV-RT (MDX042), primers and probes were added to Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer (MDX052), dried down and rehydrated (red) and tested against a freshly prepared wet mix (blue), in a triplex probe RT-qPCR assay on mouse RNA. The results demonstrate the same reverse transcriptase and polymerase enzyme activity before and following lyophilization.

Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer, MDX052

Application: RT-qPCR Specimen Type: Buffer,Air-Dryable & Lyo-Ready Enzymes Concentration: 2x High Concentration: No Wet: Yes
Glycerol-Free: YesYes Lyo-Ready: Yes Air-Dryable: No Dryable: Lyo-Ready Sustainability: Lyophilizable

Glycerol-free RT-qPCR reaction buffer containing lyo-excipients, designed to deliver highly reproducible, accurate RT-qPCR assay results under fast thermal cycling conditions.

Available in 10 mL (1,000 Rxns) or 100 mL (10,000 Rxns) aliquots


Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer is a glycerol-free qPCR mix containing RNase Inhibitor, reaction buffer, dNTP, MgCl2 and lyo-excipients. In order to produce room temperature lyophilized RT-qPCR reagents, Reverse Transcriptase, Taq polymerase, assay specific primers and probes are added to Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer for subsequent lyophilization.


Description A glycerol-free RT-qPCR reaction buffer containing lyo-excipients. In order to produce room temperature lyophilized qPCR reagents, a lyo-compatible Taq DNA polymerase, assay specific primers and probes are added for subsequent lyophilization.
Concentration 2x
Appearance Clear, colorless solution
Application RT-qPCR
Sample type RNA, cDNA, DNA
Presentation 1 vial
Storage -20 °C
Mix stability See outer label
Consistency ± 0.5 Ct variance between test and reference sample
DNA Contamination None detected in PCR amplification with traces overlay with the negative control on E. coli and mouse genomic DNA specific targets.
DNase Contamination No detectable degradation
RNase Contamination No detectable degradation

FAQs: Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer

Slope of standard 10-fold dilution curve indicates qPCR efficiency. The efficiency of the qPCR should be between 90–110% (−3.58 ≥ slope ≥ −3.1). If the efficiency is greater than 100%, this indicated inaccurate sample and reagent pipetting, if it is less than 100%, this indicates your samples may contain PCR inhibitors or your qPCR primer and/or probe design may not be optimal.

Yes, reaction conditions are the same and they will produce the same Ct values, even with multiplex RT-qPCR assays. This means that the liquid mixes can be used to create SOPs if you do not want to lyophilize and then later if lyophilization is required (for example to increase sensitivity), the SOP can be updated for lyophilization, it does not require completely new SOPs to be written.

Many fluorescent RT-qPCR primer- and probe-based chemistries have been devised and are available from different commercial vendors for molecular diagnostic tests, the two most used are:
– Hydrolysis (TaqMan) probes. The main advantages of using hydrolysis probes are high specificity, a high signal-to-noise ratio, and the ability to perform multiplex qPCR reactions. The disadvantages are that the initial cost of the probe.

– Molecular beacons. Molecular beacons are highly specific, can be used for multiplexing, and if the target sequence does not match the beacon sequence exactly, hybridization and fluorescence will not occur. Unlike hydrolysis probes, molecular beacons are displaced but not destroyed during amplification and can be used for melt curve analysis if necessary. The main disadvantage is that they are difficult to design, requiring a stable hairpin stem that is strong enough that the molecule will not spontaneously fold into non-hairpin conformations but not be too strong, or it may not properly hybridize to the target.

The Lyo-Ready 1-Step RT-qPCR Buffer has some inhibitor tolerance, but for amplification from crude lysates or inhibitor-rich samples we recommend using are optimized Lyo-Ready Specimen-specific (blood, saliva, urine, stool, and plant) RT-qPCR and RT-LAMP mixes.

Following lyophilization in the presence or absence of primers and probes, the Lyo-Ready RT-qPCR Mix is stable for a minimum of 24 months at ambient temperature (17 – 23 °C). Following rehydration, the assay reproducibility, sensitivity, and robustness will be the same as for a freshly made liquid mix, making the mixes ideal for point-of-care molecular diagnostic tests and microfluidic qPCR devices.

No, our lyo-excipients are proprietary.

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