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What is the basic principle of the Nucleofector Technology?

The Nucleofector™ Technology is a novel transfection method especially designed for the needs of primary cells and difficult-to-transfect cell lines. It is a non-viral method based on a unique combination of electrical parameters and cell-type...

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.

Why is the Nucleofector Technology ideal for primary cells and difficult-to-transfect cell lines?

There are several reasons to choose the Nucleofector™ Technology for your gene transfer experiments. One is the direct transfer of DNA to the cell nucleus. This makes gene expression independent from cell division. Therefore, the technique is the...

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

What optimization is necessary to get the Nucleofector Technology to work?

None. For each cell type in our product list we offer a cell-type specific solution and thoroughly optimized electrical parameters. These are already pre-programmed in the Nucleofector™ Device. Additionally our optimized protocols give you...

What can I do when there is no optimized protocol available for my cell of interest?

"Lonza is constantly developing new optimized kits and protocols for an increasing number of primary cells and cell lines. In order to obtain the latest information, check our website or contact our Scientific Support Team. We are offering Cell Line...

How can I determine the correct centrifugation speed for my particular centrifuge and rotor?

The correct rotor speed can be calculated by measuring the maximum radius of your rotor and entering the information into the table found on the website which can be reached by clicking on the Related Link.

What is the best way to establish the Nucleofector Technology in my lab?

We strongly recommend establishing the Nucleofector™ Technology with the positive control vector pmaxGFP™ provided in our kits. pmaxGFP encodes the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from Copepod Pontellina sp. Just like eGFP expressing cells, maxGFP™...

Is there a special recommendation on Human T cell enrichment before Nucleofection?

For Nucleofection™ it is preferable to use Human T cell populations enriched by magnetic separation. For example, MACS™ Microbeads (Miltenyi) or by a rosetting method. For magnetic separation we recommend negative selection or detaching beads after...

Are there any recommendations to avoid excessive mortality during T cell Nucleofection?

Try to keep the DNA amount for Nucleofection™ quite low (e.g. 1 µg plasmid DNA per 100 µl reaction) since higher DNA amounts might cause increasing toxicity and mortality. It is also important to use highly purified DNA, e.g. by using Endofree™...
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