Does the BHQ Probe Master Mix contain a passive reference dye (e.g. ROX)?
Yes, BHQ Probe Master Mix contains the passive reference dye, ROX. BHQ Probe Master Mix is available with 3 differing levels of ROX (No ROX, Low ROX and Standard ROX), to allow for normalisation across a wide range of commercially available qPCR instruments.
If you are performing singleplex reactions, please see this table for the optimal ROX level for your qPCR instrument. For FRET-capable plate readers, Biosearch Technologies recommends initial trials with standard ROX BHQ Probe Master Mix.
If you are using the BHQ Probe Master Mix for multiplex reactions (using BHQ Dual-Labelled Probes, BHQplus, BHQnova and BHQplex CoPrimers), it is important to take your dye selection into account when deciding on the appropriate ROX level for the master mix. The ROX in the BHQ Probe Master Mix will occupy the same channel as CAL Fluor Red 610 and therefore, if this is one of the dyes used in your experiment, the master mix with no ROX will be the most suitable option. Our online Spectral Overlay Tool can be used to check if your selected dyes overlap with ROX. Please see this table for our recommendations for multiplex experiments.
If our no ROX BHQ Probe Master Mix is the most appropriate for your experimental setup, but you do require normalisation, you could consider adding alternative normalisation dyes.