Introduction to Single-Cell RNA Sequencing

Complex biological systems are determined by the coordinated functions of individual cells. Conventional methods that provide bulk genome or transcriptome data are unable to reveal the cellular heterogeneity that drives this complexity. Single-cell sequencing is a next-generation sequencing (NGS) method that examines the genomes or transcriptomes of individual cells, providing a high-resolution view of cell-to-cell variation.

Highly sensitive ultra-low-input and single-cell RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) methods enable researchers to explore the distinct biology of individual cells in complex tissues and understand cellular subpopulation responses to environmental cues. These assays enhance the study of cell function and heterogeneity in time-dependent processes such as differentiation, proliferation, and tumorigenesis.

Advantages of Single-Cell RNA-Seq

Single-cell and ultra-low-input RNA-Seq are powerful tools for studying the transcriptome in an unbiased manner from minimal input.

  • Robust transcriptome analysis down to single-cell input levels for high-quality samples
  • Integrated protocol proceeds directly from whole cells and preserves sample integrity
  • High resolution analysis enables discovery of cellular differences usually masked by bulk sampling methods

Single-Cell RNA Sequencing in Immunotherapy Research

Swetha Anandhan from the MD Anderson Cancer Center joins Illumina and 10x Genomics for this webinar. She highlights the use of single cell RNA-sequencing to identify a unique population of macrophages in glioblastoma multiforme that persists after treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Single-cell Analysis Software

SeekSoul  Tools, self-developed by SeekGene is a software for processing and analyzing single-cell transcriptome data. It is used to identify the cell barcode, genome alignment and gene quantification. In this way, a cell expression matrix that can be generated  for downstream analysis,   followed by cell clustering and  expression analysis. The product not only supports the output data of the SeekOne Kits, but also supports various customized design structures through the description of barcode.