Technical Note 208

DeNovix dsDNA Ultra High Sensitivity Assay Instructions for Thermo Fisher Qubit™ 3.0 / 4 Fluorometers


The DeNovix dsDNA Ultra High Sensitivity Assay enables the accurate detection of purified double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) samples with a detection range of 5 pg – 3 ng total mass per assay tube.  This is equivalent to sample concentrations of 0.5 – 300 pg/µL.

The DeNovix Ultra High Sensitivity Assay is available for use on Thermo Fisher Qubit™ 3.0 and Qubit™ 4 fluorometers. The assay parameter files are available here

Kit Contents

Three assay sizes are available. The volume of components in each kit are sufficient for 1000, 250 and 50 (evaluation size) assays respectively. Kit components are shown in the table below.

Table 1: Ultra High Sensitivity Assay Kit Contents
DeNovix dsDNA Ultra High Sensitivity Dye (400x)0.5 mL125 µL25 µL
DeNovix dsDNA Ultra High Sensitivity Buffer200 mL50 mL10 mL
DeNovix dsDNA B Ultra High Sensitivity Enhancer (100x)2 x 1 mL0.5 mL100 µL
300 pg/µL dsDNA Standard (calf thymus)2 mL1 mL0.5 mL
0 pg/µL dsDNA Standard2 mL1 mL0.5 mL

Dynamic Range Considerations

The DeNovix Ultra High Sensitivity Assay enables dsDNA quantitation through the full dynamic range on Thermo Fisher Qubit™ fluorometers. However, the sensitivity of these instruments is inadequate to measure dsDNA at the low end of the assay range when following the standard protocol.

In order to measure dsDNA stock concentrations less than 10 pg/µL, sample volumes of 20 µL should be added to 190 µL working solution. For dsDNA concentrations above 10 pg/µL, the standard assay protocol is appropriate.

Installing DeNovix Assays on a Thermo Fisher Qubit™ Fluorometer

For a Thermo Fisher Qubit™ 3.0 / 4 fluorometer:

  1. Download the required .qbt file
  2. Add the .qbt file to the root directory of a USB drive.
  3. Insert the USB into a Thermo Fisher Qubit™ 3.0 / 4 fluorometer.
  4. Navigate to Settings, and select Import Assay.
  5. Select DeNovix High and choose the Qubit® folder where the assay will be stored. (It is recommended to store it under dsDNA).

Once the assay file is uploaded to the Thermo Fisher Qubit™ fluorometer, simply select the DeNovix High Sensitivity Assay to measure dsDNA samples.

Best Practices

Pay careful attention to pipetting accuracy when quantitating low picogram amounts of dsDNA.

  • Use properly calibrated pipettes and DNase-free pipette tips. Use the smallest calibrated pipettor available to dispense each sample volume.
  • If sample dilutions are required, perform dilutions in the recommended assay tubes (DeNovix cat #TUBE-PCR-0.5-500 or equivalent).
  • Prepare fresh working solution for each assay.
  • Ensure that all samples and standards are treated identically in terms of incubation times and temperature.
  • Generate a new standard curve for each assay.

Sample Prep

  1. Allow all solutions to equilibrate to room temperature before use. Vortex, then centrifuge vials briefly before opening to minimize reagent loss on the cap.
  2. Prepare working solution by mixing 10 mL of the assay buffer with 25 µL of the dye and 100 µL of the enhancer. Scale volumes as needed to make enough volume to aliquot 200 µL of the mixture for each standard and unknown.
  3. For each standard or unknown sample above 10 pg/µL, add 200 µL of the working solution into a labeled tube. For each unknown sample below 10 pg/µL, add 190 µL of the working solution.
    Note: Use thin-walled, clear 0.5 mL PCR tubes for assay measurements (DeNovix cat #TUBE-PCR-0.5-500 or equivalent). Label only the tops of the tubes.
  4. Add 10 µL of the 0 pg/µL, 300 pg/µL standards or unknown DNA samples to the respective tubes and mix well. For unknown samples below 10 pg/µL, add 20 µL. Avoid introducing air bubbles when mixing.
  5. Incubate assay tubes at room temperature for 5 minutes. Protect from light.

Sample Measurements

  1. Select the DeNovix High Sensitivity dsDNA Assay on a Thermo Fisher Qubit™ fluorometer.
  2. Select the Read Standard option.
  3. Insert the 0 ng/µL dsDNA standard tube, lower the lid and tap the Read Standard button.
  4. Insert the 300 pg/µL dsDNA standard tube, lower the lid and tap the Read Standard button.
  5. After measuring the two standards, proceed to measure samples by tapping the Read Samples button.
  6. Indicate the volume of sample added into each tube (10 – 20 µL).

Measurement Data

Three replicates of dsDNA samples were measured on a Thermo Fisher Qubit™ 3.0 fluorometer, a Qubit™ 4 fluorometer and a DeNovix QFX Fluorometer using the DeNovix Ultra High Sensitivity Assay. Samples above 10 pg/µL were prepared with 200 µL working solution and 10 µL sample. Samples below 10 pg/µL were prepared with 190 µL working solution and 20 µL stock added. The data is presented in graphical and tabular form across the assay dynamic range below.

Table 2: DeNovix Ultra High Sensitivity dsDNA Assay Data Measured on DeNovix QFX Fluorometer and Thermo Fisher Qubit™ Fluorometers
Expected dsDNAThermo Fisher
Qubit™ 3.0 Fluorometer
Thermo Fisher
Qubit™ 4 Fluorometer
QFX Fluorometer
1Measured Out of Range0.060.0061.160.31
0.5Measured Out of RangeMeasured Out of Range0.251.19


The DeNovix dsDNA Ultra High Sensitivity Assay enables specific, highly sensitive dsDNA quantitation across a wide dynamic range. The assay is available for use on a Thermo Fisher Qubit™ fluorometer through the simple application of downloadable assay files.


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Revised 24 Jan 2022