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Can I use larger cuvettes for my Nucleofection Reaction ? Can I use the cuvettes more than once?

No. The electrical parameters provided by the Nucleofector™ Device are optimized for the cuvettes contained in the Nucleofector™ Kits. The cuvettes are single-use only. Using the cuvettes more than once will result in higher cell death and lower...

If I use Miltenyi paramagnetic beads for positive selection of cells, i.e. beads remain on the cell surface, does that influence Nucleofection results?

No, it seems that the beads bound to the cell surface do not have any influence on Nucleofection™. Larger magnetic beads (i.e. > 1µm) may disturb the Nucleofection™ process and negatively influence cell viability and efficiency.

Does the Mouse T cell protocol work for stimulated mouse T cells?

Yes. Stimulate the cells with anti CD3 and anti CD28 antibody for 24 hours. Use the optimized protocol. Often times, this will result in higher transfection efficiency (60-70% is possible). Alternatively, you can stimulate with ConA and IL-2 for 2-3...

What is the proof that DNA enters the nucleus during Nucleofection?

There are two facts that prove that the DNA is directly transported into the nucleus: 1.) Using the Nucleofector™ Technology, transfection of non-dividing cells is possible. With conventional non-viral transfection methods cell division is a...

How can I remove the cells from the cuvette after Nucleofector? Is there any alternative?

We recommend using the plastic pipettes provided in the kits. These pipettes prevent any damage to the cells and ensure a good cell recovery.

Can I apply more than one program (transfection condition) per plate with the 96-well Shuttle System?

With the 96-well Shuttle™ Device, it is possible to apply up to 96 different programs (transfection conditions) per 96-well Nucleocuvette™ Plate. Therefore, optimization of Nucleofection™ Conditions for a particular cell line can be easily performed...

What method can I use to fix my HL-60 cells as shown in your optimized protocol?

The cells which are shown in the HL-60 optimized protocol are living cells and not fixed cells. However a good method for fixation of GFP is to use 3.5%-4% Paraformaldehyde in PBS. Please keep in mind that the fixation method is dependant on what...

What cell number do I need per well when using the 96-well Shuttle Device or the 4D-Nucleocuvette Stripes?

The cell number is very much dependent on the cell type you use. For high throughput Nucleofection™, we usually start with one fifth of the optimal amount recommended for the standard Nucleofection™ in the 100µl cuvette. Currently the absolute cell...

What is the amount of DNA needed per well when using the 96-well Shuttle Device?

The amount depends on the cell type and on the DNA construct. As a rule of thumb 400 ng of DNA per well should be applied. However, for some cells or constructs even 100 ng may be sufficient.

What is the amount of siRNA needed per Nucleofection Reaction?

When performing siRNA-mediated knockdown experiments it is advisable to conduct a dose-response (concentration) analysis to determine the minimum siRNA concentration necessary for sufficient target knockdown on the mRNA, protein, or functional...
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