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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.

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 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.

Which promoter can be recommended for transient protein production in mammalian cells ?

Vectors with a CMV promoter [e.g. pmaxCloning™, Lonza, Cat. No. VDC-1040] typically work fine for transient protein expression in mammalian cells, like HEK293, CHO or NSO. For insect cells, like Sf9 or Sf21, vectors with insect promoters are...

What is the best incubation time for transient protein production?

The optimal incubation time ranges from 2-days to 6 days depending on various factors like the stability of the protein in the medium, potential toxicity of the protein, cell density and stability of the plasmid in the nucleus. To check the timepoint...

Is it more difficult to detect DsRed by FACS than GFP?

Yes, DsRed is much less bright than GFP and is more difficult to detect by FACS and microscopy because it bleaches quickly.

Why is the Nucleofector Technology ideal for transient protein production ?

For many cell lines in suspension, especially sCHO, conventional transfection methods are very limited in efficiency. For protein production, suspension cells are favored over adherent cells because they are much easier to cultivate. Unlike...

Why is the Nucleofector Technology ideal for protein production from stable clones ?

The generation of a stable clone often requires six months or more due to selection procedures and adaption to serum-free conditions after transfection. With the help of the Nucleofector technology suspension cells can be transfected directly in a...

Can I use the pmaxGFP control plasmid with insect cells such as S2 cells or SF9 cells?

The pmaxGFP™ Vector provided in our Nucleofector™ Kits is not expressed in insect cells. We strongly recommend an insect expression vector encoding a fluorescent protein or lacZ reporter as a positive control for your experiments [e.g. Novagen™’s...

How many cortical neurons can I expect from a single pup?

According to QBM Cell Sciences, you can expect 12 million cortical neurons from an average E18-E19 rat pup. You can expect 4 million cortical neurons from an average mouse pup.