Luna® Universal qPCR & RT-qPCR
Optimize RT-qPCR with unique WarmStart® technology

Luna Experience Best-In-Class

The Luna RT-qPCR kits contain a novel, in silico-designed reverse transcriptase (RT) engineered for improved performance. Both the Luna WarmStart Reverse Transcriptase and Hot Start Taq DNA Polymerase, included in these kits, utilize a temperature-sensitive, reversible aptamer, which inhibits activity below 45°C. This enables room temperature reaction setup and prevents undesired non-specific activity. Furthermore, the WarmStart RT has increased thermostability, improving performance at higher reaction temperatures.

Improve performance with our novel, thermostable reverse transcriptase

  • Robust RT delivers improved specificity, sensitivity and efficiency
  • Increased thermostability adds flexibility to reaction setup and improved specificity

Luna WarmStart Reverse Transcriptase exhibits exceptional sensitivity, reproducibility and RT-qPCR performance

Luna RTqPCR Performance

RT-qPCR targeting human GAPDH was performed using the Luna Universal One-Step RT-qPCR Kit, featuring Luna WarmStart Reverse Transcriptase, over an 8-log range of input template concentrations (0.1 pg – 1 μg Jurkat total RNA) with 8 replicates at each concentration. NTC = non-template control.

Achieve better control and better results: WarmStart Luna RT paired with Hot Start Taq

  • WarmStart/Hot Start technology ensures tight control and prevents spurious amplification
  • Unique WarmStart technology is not available with other non-NEB commercially-available products

WarmStart Luna RT prevents spurious amplification resulting from room-temperature  pre-incubation

Luna RTqPCR Control WarmStart

RT-qPCR targeting human ribosomal protein L32 was performed before and after a 24-hour incubation at room temperature, with triplicate reactions for a 5-log range of input human (Jurkat) total RNA and a non-template control. The Luna Universal One-Step RT-qPCR Kit featuring Luna WarmStart Reverse Transcriptase exhibited robust performance and no detectible non-template amplification, either with or without a 24 hour 25°C pre-incubation, while the ABI 1-Step Kit, featuring a non-WarmStart reverse transcriptase, exhibited significant non-template amplification.

Greater thermostability means greater versatility

  • Increased RT reaction temperature is ideal for difficult targets

The increased thermostability of WarmStart Luna Reverse Transcriptase improves performance at increased reaction temperatures

Luna RTqPCR Thermostability

RT-qPCR experiments targeting human ribosomal protein L32 RNA were performed in triplicate over a 5-log range of input human (Jurkat) total RNA (5 pg – 50 ng) using an initial 10 min RT step performed at 50°C – 60°C, as indicated.

A. Luna WarmStart Reverse Transcriptase (recommended incubation temperature: 55°C) exhibited rapid Cq values (bar graph) and robust RT-qPCR performance (amplification plots) at each temperature, indicating that efficient reverse transcription was not perturbed by reaction temperature alterations.

B. In contrast, a commercially available MMLV (recommended incubation temperature: 50°C) exhibited delayed (increased) Cq values, poorer performance, and loss of low-input detection at elevated temperatures, consistent with loss of RT activity.

Available products include:

Luna Universal qPCR Master Mix
 
Rapid, sensitive, and precise dye-based qPCR detection and quantitation of target DNA and cDNA sequences 
 
Luna Universal Probe qPCR Master Mix
 
Rapid, sensitive, and precise probe-based qPCR detection and quantitation of target DNA and cDNA sequences
 
Luna Universal One-Step RT-qPCR Kit
 
Includes everything you need for rapid, sensitive, and precise dye-based qPCR detection and quantitation of RNA targets
Luna Universal Probe One-Step RT-qPCR Kit
 
Includes everything you need for rapid, sensitive, and precise probe-based qPCR detection and quantitation of RNA targets

 

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Overview of qPCR

Learn the basics of qPCR in this short animation.                                                                                                  

NEB TV Episode 16

Learn the basics of qPCR, and hear more about our Luna products, including our novel method for data analysis.

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