Protein cloned in pRK-5 Myc and pcDNA3.1 Myc-His Tag not showing up
Posted 18 February 2010 - 09:32 AM
I need some help to transiently express a protein. I inserted from a cDNA derived from RNA of a patient. I sequenced the product and it is fine. I do not have frameshift and I do not have stop codons in the coding region. I cloned this product for the first time in a pcDNA3.1 His-Myc tagged at the C terminal and gave it to the person who will do the experiment. He made a transfection with lipofectamine and a western and could not see any product. The protein is 1232 aminoacid long. The detection was done with an anti-Myc antibody after 24 hrs transfection. I guess he made a blot with an anti-His too and the result was the same. So he told me could be a problem of the vector...he hasd already had problems with this vector, so he suggested me to try again with another expression vector that in his hands is working more than fine. So I made the constructs once again this time in a pRK-5 vector with a Myc tag at the N terminal. Once again sequenced the construct and every thing was in frame. Gave back to him the construct and again lipofectamine transfection, western and no differences between cells not treated- 24h and 48 hrs of expression.
Now should I try yet another vector? What can be wrong? The cells we have to transfect are epithelial cells A539 (if I'm not mistaken). We tried with the first vector to transfect the HEK239 with a protocol optimized for another vector, but no luck either....no bands at all......
So 2 vectors 2 fails?
Can you suggest any other vector or anything that could be improved to make things work?
Thanks for the help in advance
Posted 20 February 2010 - 11:06 AM
Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:26 PM
Well the person who is doing the WB told me that he has a protocol which is always working fine for the myc antibody. I checked with sequence and the myc tag is in frame and no stop codons detected, bot for the 3' and the 5' tag
Posted 20 February 2010 - 10:33 PM
How is the transfection efficiency in cells? I would wait for atleast 48 hrs before making lysates from the transfected cells.