Demultiplex QIAseq UPX 3' reads

The UPX 3' RNA application of the Analyze QIAseq Panels guide offers a Demultiplex tool to be run before starting the Quantify QIAseq UPX 3' workflow. The workflow requires the reads to be sequenced with a QIAseq UPX 3' Transcriptome Kit or a QIAseq UPX 3' Targeted RNA Panel.

Click Run to open the wizard. In the first dialog, select the reads you want to demultiplex, and click Next.

In the following dialog (figure 11.1):

  1. Select the sequencing platform and the plate size. The initial selections have been automatically inferred. Those selections can be adjusted as needed. (Note: For data from NovaSeq, select the MiSeq/HiSeq as the sequencing platform.)
  2. Specify whether a mismatch per barcode should be allowed.
  3. Select all the wells used in the experiment in the diagram in the Select wells area (details below).

Selecting the wells used

A diagram of the plate, based on the selected well size, is shown in the Select wells area. Wells identified automatically as used in the experiment are shaded in blue.

All wells used in the experiment must now be selected. Select wells using functionality associated with the plate diagram, and buttons below it:

Selected wells are indicated by a dark blue circle around the well. When you click on Next, it is the barcodes for these wells that will be used for demultiplexing.

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Figure 11.1: Wells identified automatically as being used in the experiment are shaded in light blue. Here, none of the wells have yet been selected for use.

Outputs of demultiplexing

For each sample analyzed, a sequence list is generated for each selected well. There are also optional outputs: a sequence list containing reads that did not contain any of the expected barcodes, and a report containing information about the number of reads found for each barcode.

Requirements when running demultiplexing in batch mode

When running demultiplexing in batch mode, all samples being analyzed should have been sequenced on the same platform, and the same wells should have been used for each plate. This is because:

Automatic selection of plate size and wells

The automatic selection of plate size and the indication of which wells were used is done by sampling the reads used as input. When using a single file as input, the first 10,000 reads are scanned for barcodes, and this information is used. When multiple files are used as input for a sample, a selection of 10,000 reads is also used, but the selection is taken from across the files.