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Is there a difference between, for example, the programs C-20 and C-020?

No, the programs C-20 and C-020 are identical regarding their electrical parameters. The letter minus a two-digit number is the nomenclature of the Nucleofector™ I. Since we have launched the Nucleofector™ II we changed it to a letter minus a three...

How do you recommend that we isolate splenic lymphocytes from mouse spleens for Nucleofection? Is erythrocyte lysis required?

For the preparation of mouse spleen cells we recommend cutting the spleen once and passing the tissue through a 100µM cell strainer or steel mesh using a plunger. The cells are flushed into a petri dish containing PBS. In order to remove fat, cell...

Why do you recommend 7AAD instead of PI staining for cell determination in mouse macrophages?

The results obtained using 7AAD staining are much clearer than those obtained using PI. Using flowcytrometry stained and unstained, transfected and non-transfected populations can be separated much more easily.

Are your Nucleofector Solutions checked for RNase activity during your QC process?

Yes. We do test the Solutions with a real time RT-PCR based assay. This assay basically measures the quantity of an RNA template after incubation in our solution. In case there is RNAse contamination the template would be digested which would be...

How long have you been able to observe GFP expression in primary Human Keratinocytes?

GFP expression has been observed for up to one week as measured by light and fluorescence microscopy.

Do you recommend positive selection or depletion for the purification of Human monocytes for Nucleofection?

We only recommend the depletion method. For Example, the RosetteSep™ Isolation Kit for human monocytes [Stem Cell Technologies, Cat. No 15028]. The advantage of depletion is that the monocytes are left untouched by antibodies during the process.

What kind of buffer do you recommend for resuspending my siRNA?

Please use the buffer that is recommended by your siRNA manufacturer.

Does it matter if the PBS used for monocyte enrichment contains calcium and magnesium, if the cells should be used later in Nucleofection ?

The PBS should be calcium and magnesium free to prevent clumping of cells. We routinely use PBS without calcium and magnesium for example Lonza Cat. No. 17-516F

Do I need a special incubator for cultivation of insect cells ?

Insect cells are cultivated at lower temperatures than E.coli or mammalian cells (S2 cells at 24°C, Sf9 cells at 28°C). Therefore they need a dedicated incubator with appropriate temperature.

What stock concentration of Propidium Iodide does Lonza use for FACS analysis?

We use a stock concentration of 100 µg/ml in PBS. This is diluted 1:300 – 1:400 into the sample.
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