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GenomePlex® Whole Genome Amplification Kit: A High-Throughput Approach for Rapidly Amplifying Genomic DNA from a Variety of Biological Materials

Danhui Wang, Lukasz Nosek, Jennifer Van Dinther, and Rafael Valdes-Camin


Genomic characterization has become the starting point for understanding biological systems. In many instances, this process is hampered by insufficient quantities of genomic DNA, especially for rare and archived samples. The GenomePlex® Whole Genome Amplification (WGA) Kit allows for a rapid and highly representative, up to 1000 fold amplification of genomic DNA from trace samples. This system utilizes a proprietary amplification process in which genomic DNA is subjected to random chemical fragmentation followed by a series of stepped, isothermal primer extensions to convert the resulting DNA fragments into an amplifiable library, the OmniPlex® Library. The OmniPlex Library is then subjected to traditional amplification using universal primers and a limited number of cycles. To meet the high-throughput requirements for amplification of genomic DNA samples, an automated method has been developed using the Biomek® FX workstation. The entire process from genomic DNA fragmentation, OmniPlex Library generation, and amplification are automated in a single method resulting in highly consistent amplifications across 96 samples. This method has been successfully applied to a variety of sources including whole blood, blood cards, and formalin fixed, paraffinembedded (FFPE) tissue.


Unless otherwise indicated, all reagents and materials used in this work were obtained from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, MO). GenElute™ Mammalian, Plant, and Blood Genomic DNA Miniprep Kits (Cat. Nos.: G1N10, G2N10, and NA2000) were used to isolate genomic DNA from FFPE rat liver tissue, buccal swab, plant leaf, whole blood, and blood card. GenomePlex Complete Whole Genome Amplification Kit (Cat. No.: WGA2) was used to amplify genomic DNA isolated from different sources.


Genomic DNA Isolation
Genomic DNA was purified from different biological materials using various GenElute Genomic DNA Miniprep Kits. The detailed protocols may be downloaded from Sigma’s Web site at:

OmniPlex Library Amplification
The concentrations of purified genomic DNA samples were determined by measuring absorbance. A total of 10 ng genomic DNA was aliquoted into each well of a 96-well PCR amplification plate. The Beckman Biomek® FX Liquid Handling Workstation was used to set up the amplification reactions. Cycling was performed in a GeneAmp® PCR System 9700 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA).

Agarose Gel Analysis
6 μL of each amplified product was analyzed on a 1% agarose gel.

Overview of GenomePlex Whole Genome Amplification

Overview of GenomePlex Whole Genome Amplifi cation

Figure 1. GenomePlex WGA begins with the random, non-enzymatic fragmentation of the genome followed by the conversion of these fragments into PCR-amplifiable units fl anked by universal adaptor sequences. This library of fragments (the OmniPlex library) is then subjected to a limited number of PCR cycles to generate sufficient material for subsequent use in a variety of downstream applications.

Automated GenomePlex WGA Protocol

Automated GenomePlex WGA Protocol


Amplification of Genomic DNA Isolated From Formalin Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Rat Liver Tissues

Amplification of Genomic DNA Isolated From Formalin Fixed

Figure 2. Eighty-eight samples of DNA isolated from FFPE rat liver tissue were amplified using the automated WGA procedure on the Biomek FX workstation. 6 μL of each amplified product was analyzed on a 1% agarose gel. All 88 samples showed uniform amplification. M: PCR marker. (+): Human genomic DNA control. (-): No DNA template control.

Cross-Contamination Analysis

Cross-Contamination Analysis

Figure 3. An aliquot of 10 ng of human genomic DNA samples or 8 μL of water were placed in alternating wells of an amplification plate. The 96-well plate was processed using the automated WGA procedure on the Biomek FX workstation. All samples were then subjected to amplification and 6 μL of the resultant products were electrophoresed on a 1% agarose gel. Amplified products were not detected in wells without DNA samples. M: PCR marker.

Amplification of Genomic DNA Isolated From Different Sources

Amplification of Genomic DNA Isolated From Different Sources

Figure 4. DNA isolated from buccal swab, tomato leaves, whole blood, blood card, and FFPE rat liver tissue were amplified using the automated WGA procedure on the Biomek FX workstation. 6 μL of each amplified product was analyzed on a 1% agarose gel. DNA purified from those different sources were all successfully amplified. M: PCR marker.


  • GenomePlex WGA Kit amplifies genomic DNA to ~500-fold from trace amount samples.

  • GenomePlex WGA Kit is suitable for use with purified genomic DNA from a variety of sources including buccal swabs, plant leaves, whole blood, blood cards and FFPE tissues.

  • A semi-automated protocol for GenomePlex WGA kit enables high-throughput genomic DNA amplifications which are required for the studies of TaqMan® assays, SNP analysis, CGH analysis and sequencing, etc.

  • The automated method is rapid—96 samples can be processed in less than 4 hours.


  • GenomePlex® and OmniPlex® are the registered trademarks of Rubicon Genomics, Inc.

  • GenElute™ is the trademark of Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

  • Biomek® is a registered trademark of Beckman Coulter.

  • TaqMan® is the registered trademark of Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.


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