Archer VariantPlex


The Archer® VariantPlex® CFTR kit is a targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay to detect known and unknown variants in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Independent, unidirectional primers amplify large genomic regions, enabling detection of select intronic variants and exonic mutations as well as large deletions that would otherwise be difficult to detect with opposing primer techniques. Bidirectional coverage reduces allele dropout, increasing your chances of capturing previously unknown variants. This fast and easy-to-use lyophilized workflow is practical and economical for resource-limited communities and is thus suitable for global, pan-ethnic CFTR mutation profiling.


  • High-confidence mutation calling - bidirectional coverage from independent unidirectional primers combat allelic dropout
  • Comprehensive variant detection - exonic and select intronic variant coding, in addition to canonical hotspots, enabling pan-ethnic CFTR coverage
  • Simple, lyophilized workflow - practical for both high- and low-throughput laboratories, enabling flexible batch size with zero reagent waste

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SK0079 - 8-reactions
AB0044 - 16-reactions - starter Kit

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Specifications and performance


Annotated mutations covered


# of GSP2s


Total target size


Input DNA required


Recommended # of reads


Coverage uniformity > 20% mean

2.5 hours

Hands-on time

1 day

Total time



blood, saliva, buccal cells,
DBS punch

Sample types

†Expected coverage uniformity at the recommended read depth.
‡input recommendations for FFPE samples vary depending on Archer Preseq® DNA QC score. 50ng input recommended in absence of PreSeq screening

Gene targets


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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disease that is characterized by the build up of thick mucus resulting in chronic lung infections and airway inflammation. Loss-of-function mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene underlie CF, as CFTR has essential roles in chloride ion transport and the production of thin mucus. While there is no cure for CF, early diagnosis and treatment interventions are necessary to help prevent airway obstruction and lung infections (1). Therefore, carrier identification and newborn screening have significant implications in the overall prognosis of CF patients.

NGS-based detection of large DNA deletions through breakpoint identification

The majority of mutations in the CFTR gene are base substitutions and deletions of varying sizes (1,5). The CFTRdele2,3(21kb) mutation, reported by Dörk et al. in 2000 results in loss of exons 2 and 3 in CFTR transcripts, producing a premature termination signal within exon 4. This severe deletion is more prevalent in Central and Eastern Europeans and confers an aggressive phenotype. As shown in the figure below, the anchored primers used in AMP allow for amplification into large genomic regions from both ends independently, allowing Archer libraries to sequence both wildtype and deletion alleles using the same primers. We tested the ability of the VariantPlex CFTR kit and Archer Analysis DNA anomaly pipeline to detect CFTRdele2,3(21kb) in a pre-validated DNA sample obtained from the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research: NA18668. Part (B) in the adjacent figure show the CFTRdele2,3(21kb) detected from this sample in the Archer Analysis DNA anomaly pipeline and sequence identification of the genomic breakpoint.

Dual, independent coverage reduces allele dropout

Allele dropout due to primers blocking SNVs can reduce confidence in mutation calling. AMP’s strand-specific priming, however, facilitates dual independent coverage across target regions to ensure that some reads are retained when one primer drops out, thus reducing the risk of false negative mutation detection due to ethnic genetic polymorphisms.


  1. J. Amos et al., Technical standards and guidelines for CFTR mutation testing. ACMG (2006).
  2. Committee Opinion No. 486: Update on Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 117, 1028–1031 (2011).
  3. Cystic Fibrosis Mutation Database., (available at
  4. I. Schrijver et al., The Spectrum of CFTR Variants in Nonwhite Cystic Fibrosis Patients: Implications for Molecular Diagnostic Testing. J Mol Diagn. 18, 39–50 (2016).
  5. "Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry" (Bethesda, 2014), (available at
  6. T. Dörk et al., Characterization of a novel 21-kb deletion, CFTRdele2,3(21 kb), in the CFTR gene: a cystic fibrosis mutation of Slavic origin common in Central and East Europe. Human Genetics. 106, 259–268 (2000).
  7. The Clinical and Functional Translation of CFTR (CFTR2); available at Copyright © 2011 US CF Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, The Hospital for Sick Children.

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