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I want to stimulate Human T cells post Nucleofection®. Are there any precautions to keep in mind?

After Nucleofection®, wait at least four hours before stimulation. Stimulating immediately after Nucleofection® may lead to increased cell mortality and poor activation of cells. For more details on the stimulation of Human T cells post...

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.

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

My Nucleofector® Solution was frozen. Is this a problem?

As long as the supplement was not added to the Nucleofector® Solution, then there is no risk of any damage to the solutions. Even long-term storage of several months did not alter the performance of the Nucleofector® Solution. However, if the...

Is the age of the mice important for my mouse T cell Nucleofection?

Yes. We recommend using mice between 6-12 weeks. Using mouse T cells isolated from younger or older animals for Nucleofection™ may result in much lower transfection efficiencies and/or viabilities.

What are the requirements for direct Nucleofection of mRNA for protein expression?

The mRNA should be capped and polyadenylated. The conditions of Nucleofection™ will be the same as for DNA with the particular cell type, i.e. follow the same protocol and use the same program, except one will likely need to add a much higher amount...

I see activation of my monocytes (or macrophages or DCs) following Nucleofection. Why is this? What can I do to address this problem?

We have examined the effects of Nucleofection™ (without DNA) on these cells and have not observed significant activation. This indicates that neither the Nucleofector™ Solution, the Nucleofector™ Program nor the recovery medium are sufficient for...

I currently work with some adherent cell lines, such as 293, which are grown in DMEM media. I have noticed that the mortality seems to be high after Nucleofection®. Do you have any recommendations?

For some adherent cell lines we strongly recommend using RPMI instead of DMEM medium. As described in culture conditions of the cell line optimization kit protocol as well as the NIH3T3 (DSMZ) protocol, using RPMI instead of DMEM as "transfer and...

Can I use the Nucleofector® Technology for RNAi applications? How do I start?

Yes. The Nucleofector® Technology can be easily applied for any RNAi substrate (siRNA, shRNA, miRNA). You can use the same conditions described in the cell type specific Optimized Protocol for DNA vectors (cDNA, shRNA or miRNA expressing plasmids) or...

Can I order any of the Nucleofector® Kit components separately?

No, we do not offer the components of the Nucleofector Kits separately. The Nucleofecton® Kits are only available as complete kits.