- OMNIgene•GUT including user instructions and spatula (OM-200)
- 2 toilet accessories packaged in a plastic envelope (OM-AC1)
- Bio-specimen bag (MO-5)
- 2-way mailers shipping box (with peelable adhesive strip for sample return)
- Custom label for traceability
- Improve donor compliance with intuitive and user-friendly at home collection
- Same collection box for shipping to donors and returning the sample to the lab
- Rapidly homogenize and stabilize samples at the point-of-collection
- Ensure microbiota profiles accurately represent the in vivo state
- Transport and store stabilized DNA at ambient temperature for 60 days
- Eliminate the costs associated with temperature controlled shipping
- Barcoded for full sample traceability
- Accurate measurement of a host microbiome requires standardization in methods of sample collection, stabilization, handling and extraction.
- Pre-analytical and analytical factors contribute to microbiome variability and have a large impact on accuracy and reproducibility of microbiome profiling.
- OMNIgene•GUT collection, stabilization and homogenization technology effectively mitigates environmental impacts.
- Sample stabilization and DNA extraction method are the most important pre-analytical processes to assess when establishing SOPs.
- Regards to stabilization methods, OMNIgene•GUT showed the lowest dissimilarity when compared to fresh, immediately extracted samples.
- Bias introduced by the extraction method could cause inappropriate data interpretation, increased signal to noise ratio and limited reproducibility.
- OMNIgene•GUT enables easy self-collection and high return rates for donors with dysbiosis.
- The in vivo microbiome profile is accurately maintained in OMNIgene•GUT samples collected from IBD patients.
- Microbiome profiles of IBD patients are preserved during ambient transport when collected into OMNIgene•GUT.
- OMNIgene•GUT devices are not restricted to bacteriome analysis but are also suitable for the study of the less abundant human gut mycobiome and virome.
- Preliminary data demonstrate that OMNIgene•GUT can accurately capture and stabilize both fungal and viral species.
- Analysis of fungal species in OMNIgene•GUT samples by ITS sequencing revealed that primer selection is paramount for accurate taxonomic identification, with ITS-2 giving optimal species identification.
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- Gut Microbiota Worlwatch. Everything you always wanted to know about the Gut microbiota. Public Information Service from European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility. http://www.gutmicrobiotawatch.org/gut-microbiota-info/. Accessed June 3 2014.
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Diversigen offers microbial profiling for a broad range of high, medium and low microbial biomass sample types (human, animal and environmental); including the complete line of DNA Genotek’s OMNIgene® collection devices.
OM-200+ACP102 | Microbiome Collection Kit
All-in-one solution for gut microbiome profiling that allows subjects to easily collect fecal samples in the comfort of their home.
When combined with the toilet accessory and the 2-way mailers box, the OMNIgene•GUT provides donors an easy-to-use solution for at-home collection and stabilization of DNA from fecal samples while simplifying shipping and handling logistics.
Collection kit configuration (OM-200+ACP102)
Key features and benefits of the OMNIgene•GUT
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Beyond GUT microbiome
The OMNIgene® line of products also includes all-in-one systems for quantitative profile analysis of the oral and vaginal microbiome.View All Microbiome Collection Devices
NEW PD-PR-00873: OM-200 gut microbial DNA purification protocol using QIAGEN® QIAamp® PowerFecal® PRO DNA Kit (pdf)
PD-PR-00434: OMR-200 gut microbial DNA purification protocol using QIAGEN® QIAamp® PowerFecal® DNA Kit (pdf)
NEW PD-WP-00057: OMNIgene™•GUT provides ambient temperature stabilization of pediatric fecal samples for microbiome profiling (pdf)
PD-WP-00064: Impact of stool collection methods on sample heterogeneity and extraction reproducibility in gut microbiome profiling (pdf)
PD-WP-00056: OMNIgene®•GUT provides easy self-collection and stabilization of liquid fecal samples for microbiome profiling. (pdf)
PD-WP-00042: OMNIgene®•GUT stabilizes the microbiome profile at ambient temperature for 60 days and during transport (pdf)
PD-WP-00040: OMNIgene®•GUT enables reliable collection of high quality fecal samples for gut microbiome studies (pdf)
NEW MK-AN-00040: Powering a pilot study: How to design an experimental plan to compare the performance of collection/preservation methods (pdf)
Identification of factors impacting reproducibility and quality of microbiome profile analysis (MK-00464)
Critical To Quality pre-analytical factors and their impact on microbiome analysis (MK-00629)
A validated study protocol to compare microbiome and mycobiome profiles of Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients in remission and active flare (MK-00971)
Beyond bacteria - Characterization and analysis of the mycobiome and virome in human gut samples (MK-01051)
Safety Data Sheets
1. What is the gut microbiome?
A human body is made up of all kinds of different cells. Some of these cells are human cells such as skin cells or blood cells. We are also host to trillions of microscopic microbial cells which include bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists and viruses. This group of non-human cells within our bodies is referred to as the human microbiome and they have their own unique set of genes. The gut microbiome refers to the microbes living in our gastrointestinal tract. It is the largest and most diverse microbial community in the human body and scientists are discovering this community plays an important role in our health.
2. Where does it come from?
We get most of the microbes in our gut microbiome from other humans. Babies first encounter microbes through the birth canal, their mother’s skin, breast milk and other individuals who touch them. As babies grow, they encounter microbes in the environment, other people, plants and animals. We also ingest microbes from the food we eat.
3. What does the gut microbiome do?
The microbes in your gut are actually helping to keep you healthy. Your gut microbiome provides about 10% of your daily energy supply because they can breakdown things we eat that we can’t digest on our own. Your gut microbes are also responsible for producing vitamins like biotin and vitamin K and producing hormones that tell your body whether or not to store fat. They also help to support your immune system and to protect you from disease.
4. Does everyone have a similar gut microbiome?
Each person’s gut microbiome is a reflection of their diet, lifestyle, and complete social history so there can be quite a bit of variation from one person’s gut microbiome to the next. Even though over 1000 different bacterial species can be part of the gut microbiome, each of us “only” has 150 to 170 different species in our own gut microbiomes. People who are related or live together tend to have similar gut microbiomes. Over time, your gut microbiome can change if you alter your diet, take antibiotics or visit a new environment. How things like diet, lifestyle and medication change the gut microbiome is something scientists are only beginning to understand.
5. What is the relationship between the gut microbiome, health and disease?
Researchers are discovering that the gut microbiome might be an important factor in a wide range of health issues like obesity, asthma, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders and heart disease. There are also indications that the gut microbiome may affect sleep patterns, mood, anxiety and other behaviors. Your gut microbiome can also affect how you respond to certain drugs. Research is deepening our understanding of the role the gut microbiome plays in many different aspects of human health.
6. Why is it important to collect a great sample to study your gut microbiome?
Researchers need to get an accurate representation of you and your microbiome. Unfortunately, your microbiome profile changes when your sample is not carefully handled and is exposed to unfavorable environmental conditions during collection and shipping. An inaccurate microbiome profile would give researchers wrong information that could result in erroneous conclusions. In order to avoid this problem, it is essential to protect your sample from the very beginning. The OMNIgene•GUT collection kit will keep your sample protected, ensuring an accurate representation of your microbiome.
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Focus on fecal matters
OMNIgene•GUT vs. traditional collection
Overcoming challenges in DNA sample collection.
Transport and store stabilized DNA at ambient temperature – no cold chain required.