KAPA HyperPlex Adapters

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KAPA UDI Adapter

Truncated adapters are compatible with ligation-based library construction research workflows for direct and targeted multiplexed DNA and RNA (cDNA) sequencing applications on the Illumina® platform. Sequencing barcodes are added with UDI primer mixes during the library amplification step.

KAPA HyperPlex Adapters have a standard Illumina adapter backbone. They are therefore easily incorporated in new and existing Illumina sequencing workflows, and do not require customized sequencing primers. A combination of 8-nt sequencing barcodes on each of the i5 and i7 adapter oligos supports paired-end sequencing on 1- , 2- and 4-channel Illumina instruments. KAPA HyperPlex Adapters support a broad range of sample pooling (2- plex up to 384-plex, as appropriate for your workflow), for target enrichment and/or sequencing research.

Unique dual-indexing is recommended for all applications and Illumina sequencers.1,2

Product highlights

  • Higher library complexity and fewer misassigned reads improve confidence in results.
  • Unique dual-index combinations in KAPA HyperPlex Adapters allow reads with unexpected barcode combinations to be filtered out prior to data analysis.
  • KAPA HyperPlex Adapters are manufactured using stringent procedures and undergo sequencing-based QC testing to reduce the potential for index misassignment resulting from barcode cross-contamination.
  • KAPA Universal Adapter is offered with or without UMI (Unique Molecular Indexes) for germline or somatic variant detection, respectively
KAPA HyperPlex Adapters deliver high library yields in applications that require library amplification
  • When input material is limited, robust library amplification delivers the maximum yield with the minimum number of cycles.
  • The KAPA HyperPlex Adapters combine high library conversion rate with robust amplification efficiency.
  • High complexity libraries deliver the required yield with less amplification cycles and reduced PCR duplication.


graph of total library yield

Figure 1. Truncated adapters can deliver as much as almost twice the library yield generated by conventional full length adapters. Libraries were prepared from 50 ng of human genomic DNA (NA12878; Coriell Institute) using the KAPA HyperPlus Kit and two different adapters. Twelve (n=12) DNA replicates were ligated to a standard Illumina®-compatible full length Y-adapter and amplified for 7 cycles with standard Illumina-compatible library amplification primers. Another twelve (n=12) DNA replicates were ligated to an Illumina-compatible truncated Y-adapter and amplified for 7 cycles with UDI Primer Mixes. All other conditions such as DNA fragmentation time, final adapter and primer concentration, as well as bead cleanup ratios were kept identical between the two sample sets. Libraries were quantified with a Qubit Fluorometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific). The libraries prepared with a full length adapter had a mean yield of 1641.3 ng ±178 ng compared to a mean yield of 3119.2 ng ±157 ng for the libraries prepared with the truncated adapter.

Somatic oncology research from cell-free DNA
  • Accurate molecule counting facilitated by molecular barcoded adapters is essential in somatic oncology applications, especially from low inputs of cfDNA where every molecule counts.
  • The KAPA Universal UMI Adapter has a proprietary design that prevents single errors in the UMI sequence to result in false counting of spurious molecules.
  • The KAPA Universal UMI Adapter shows improved performance in molecule counting, showing higher duplex recovery and lower error rate than Supplier I’s UMI adapter.
% error rate and % duplex recovery graph

Figure 2. KAPA Universal UMI Adapter supports highly accurate molecule counting and high recovery of duplex molecules from 10 ng cfDNA. Five healthy donors’ cell-free DNA samples and the SeraSeq® ctDNA Complete™ Reference Material AF0.5% from SeraCare were tested in duplicate for library preparation and target enrichment with the KAPA HyperCap Oncology Panel (214 Kb capture target). Libraries from 10 ng cfDNA were prepared with the KAPA HyperPrep Kit and captured according to the KAPA HyperCap cfDNA Workflow v1 for cfDNA in single hybridizations per sample. Sequencing clusters of 2 x 150 bp from a NextSeq™ 500 System were downsampled to 50 Million quality filtered clusters per sample prior to analysis.

High performance – KAPA HyperCap Target Enrichment
  • Consistent high performing target enrichment workflows require extensive testing and optimization with complete reagent and kit offering to achieve reproducible quality.
  • KAPA Universal Adapter and KAPA UDI Primer Mixes have been validated with the KAPA HyperCap Workflow v3 and are compatible with KAPA EvoPrep, KAPA HyperPrep, KAPA EvoPlus V2, KAPA HyperPlus and the KAPA RNA HyperPrep Kit (with or without RiboErase).


graph KAPA Universal Adapter with all 384 KAPA UDI Primer Mixes

Figure 3. KAPA Universal Adapter with all 384 KAPA UDI Primer Mixes perform consistently in the KAPA HyperCap Workflow v3. High reproducibility was demonstrated when replicate libraries prepared with all 384 UDIs were pooled in the same sequencing run, delivering high specificity (% reads on-target), high uniformity (% bases within 0.5x - 2x of median coverage) and deep target coverage (% bases covered by >50x). The KAPA HyperCap Heredity Panel (10 Mb capture target) was used to enrich libraries which were prepared from 100 ng replicate inputs of human genomic DNA (NA12878; Coriell Institute) with the KAPA HyperPlus Kit in the KAPA HyperCap Workflow v3. Pre-capture libraries were quantified with a Qubit Fluorometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific). An average pre-capture yield of 3.9 ±0.4 µg was obtained across the 384 libraries that were multiplexed by 12 in 32 hybridizations. All 384 final enriched libraries (32 captures) were sequenced on a NovaSeq™ 6000 System lane at 2 x 100 bp, resulting in a mean of ~28.4 Million clusters (56.8 M reads) per sample after quality filtering. After downsampling to 10 Million clusters per sample, analysis followed the technical note “How To Evaluate KAPA Target Enrichment Data” (March 2020). Total duplicate rate was 3.2 % ±0.2% and fold-80 base penalty was 1.32 ±0.01.

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  1. https://www.illumina.com/science/education/minimizing-index-hopping.html. Accessed February 2019.
  2. Costello M, et al. BMC Genomics. 2018;19:332

Unless otherwise indicated all data is on file with Roche.

KAPA HyperPlex Adapters are truncated adapters with or without UMI for ligation-based library construction. They are validated with 384 UDI primer mixes that contain non-redundant sequencing barcode combinations, designed to mitigate the impact of index misassignment on Illumina instruments with patterned flow cells. Kit specifications are listed below.

For additional details related to product shipping, storage and handling, please refer to technical documentation.

KAPA Adapter selection guide

1The sets of 192 and 768 barcode sequences used in KAPA UDI Adapters and KAPA UDI Primer Mixes (respectively) are exclusive to Roche and different between the two sets.

2Theoretically possible but not fully tested.

3This is sufficient for four or one library preps (KAPA UDI Adapter plate or KAPA UDI Primer Mixes plate, respectively) with the KAPA HyperPrep Kit or KAPA HyperPlus Kit if no adapter dilution is required. Generous overfill supports use on automated liquid handling systems.

4KAPA UDI Primer Mixes and KAPA UDI Adapter plates are shipped with peelable seals. Replacement seals (three per plate) are peelable and pierceable.

*KAPA HyperPlex Adapters and KAPA UDI Adapters are not compatible with methyl-seq applications.

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KAPA Universal Adapter and KAPA Universal UMI Adapter are provided in a 2 mL tube each at 960 μL with sufficient overage to support automation. KAPA UDI Primer Mixes are dried and plated in hard-shell 96-well PCR plates in a single-use format with sufficient overage to support automation. Each plate is shipped with a peelable sealing film and three piercable replacement seals.

KAPA HyperPlex Adapters have been validated for use with the KAPA HyperCap Workflow and KAPA HyperPETE Workflow.

Roche Cat. No Description Kit Size
9063781001 KAPA Universal Adapter, 15μM 960 μL 96 samples
9063790001 KAPA Universal Adapter, 15μM 4x960 μL 384 samples
9329862001 KAPA Universal UMI Adapter, 960 μL 96 samples
9329889001 KAPA Universal UMI Adapter, 4x960 μL 384 samples
9134336001 KAPA UDI Primer Mixes, 1-96, 96 rxn 96 samples
9329838001 KAPA UDI Primer Mixes, 97-192, 96 rxn 96 samples
9329846001 KAPA UDI Primer Mixes, 193-288, 96 rxn 96 samples
9329854001 KAPA UDI Primer Mixes, 289-384, 96 rxn 96 samples
KAPA Adapters are not methylated and are not suitable for Methyl-Seq applications.
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