FAQ

Currently, the Asteria single-cell RNAseq kit has been validated to process mammalian cells, including primary and cultured cell lines.

Yes, the Asteria kit features a stopping point 2 hours after starting the protocol. The sample can then be safely stored at -80 °C overnight without loss of transcriptomic information. Stability for a longer period is being tested and further data will be made available soon.

We recommend using the NEBNext ® Ultra II FS DNA Library Prep kit from New England Biolabs and the Illumina Nextera XT kit, for optimal sequencing results with the Asteria single-cell RNA-seq kit. We will expand this list as we validate other library preparation kits.

The use of Asteria single-cell RNA kit only requires basic cell and molecular biology laboratory equipment. A shortlist is available below,

please refer to the User Guide for more details.

• Heat block
• PCR thermocycler
• Centrifuge
• Cell counting equipment (microscope and C-chips from Nanotek are recommended)
• Orbital shaker
• Benchtop centrifuge for 1.5 mL microtubes
• Mini-centrifuge for 1.5 mL microtubes
• Rotator/wheel for 1.5 mL microtubes
• Calibrated Micropipettes (P10, P20, P200, P1000)
• Vortex mixer
The use of the kit requires the following consumables and reagents:
• Sterile serological pipets (5, 10 and 25 mL)
• Sterile and nuclease-free micropipette filtered tips (low-retention tips are recommended)
• DNase/RNase-free 1.5 mL microtubes
• DNase/RNase-free PCR strips
• Molecular biology grade DNase/RNase-free water
• 0.1M NaOH solution (freshly prepared from Molecular biology grade stock solution)
The current protocol is designed to start with 5,000 to 10,000 input cells per sample. The current kit provides enough reagents to label a large number of cells and to run 4 such samples.

We invite you to find the contact of your local distributor on this page. If no distributor yet covers your country, we will deliver the kit to you ourselves and we invite you to fill out our contact form here.

Everyone can access the Cytonaut software by creating a free account. By default, you will be able to explore demo data in read-only mode to play with the features of the software. If you want to run your own data, at the moment you will need to purchase the Asteria Single-Cell Sample Preparation kit to generate your data.
Cytonaut is entirely cloud-based, meaning the entire analysis is managed through our web interface. You can access your analysis from anywhere, and the computational analysis is run remotely.
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