Rapid and sensitive amplicon-based genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2

Changwoo Park, Kwan Woo Kim, Dongju Park, Zohaib ul Hassan, Edmond Changkyun Park, Chang Seop Lee, MD Tazikur Rahman, Hana Yi, Seil Kim

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As SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern emerged, the genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 strains became more important. In this study, SARS-CoV-2 was sequenced using amplicon-based genome sequencing with MinION. The primer panel used in this study consisted of only 11 primer panels and the size of the amplicons was approximately 3 kb. Full genome sequences were obtained with a hundred copies of the SARS-CoV-2 genome, and 92.33% and 75.39% of the genome sequences were obtained with 10 copies of the SARS-CoV-2 genome. The few differences in nucleotide sequences originated from mutations in laboratory cultures and/or mixed nucleotide sequences. The quantification of the SARS-CoV-2 genomic RNA was done using RT-ddPCR methods, and the level of LoD indicated that this sequencing method can be used for any RT-qPCR positive clinical sample. The sequencing results of the SARS-CoV-2 variants and clinical samples showed that our methods were very reliable. The genome sequences of five individual clinical samples were almost identical, and the analysis of the sequence variance showed that most of these nucleotide substitutions were observed in the genome sequences of the other clinical samples, indicating this amplicon-based whole-genome sequencing method can be used in various clinical fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number876085
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug 17


  • amplicon-based genome sequencing
  • long amplicon
  • MinION
  • reverse transcription digital droplet PCR
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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