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#1 popogirlxd



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Posted 09 February 2005 - 04:58 PM

I am going to handle some suspesion cell lines and do transfection. I never play with suspension cells. can anyone tell me how to culture it and how to do transfection in suspenstion cells???

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:50 AM

I think electroporation is the best way to transfect suspension cell.


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Posted 10 February 2005 - 08:26 AM

there was a discussion about it at
- Forum: siRNA and RNAi · Post Preview: #10641

For my experiment, i foud a protocol on the user maual of transfection reagent. here is the protocol for lipofectamine :

Transfecting Suspension Mammalian Cells
Use the following procedure to transfect mammalian cells in suspension in a
6-well format. All amounts and volumes are given on a per well basis.

1. On the day of transfection, prepare a single cell suspension from stock cells.
Wash the cells once with serum-free growth medium without antibiotics,
and seed cells at a density of 2-3 x 106 cells per well in 0.8 ml of serum-free
growth medium without antibiotics.
2. For each transfection sample, prepare complexes as follows:
a. Dilute 1-5 µg of DNA in 100 µl of Opti-MEM® I Reduced Serum Medium
(or other medium) without serum.
b. Mix Lipofectin® before use, then dilute 2-25 µl of Lipofectin® in 100 µl of
Opti-MEM® I Medium (or other medium) without serum. Let stand at
room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
c. Combine the diluted DNA with diluted Lipofectin® (total volume =
200 µl). Mix gently and incubate for 10-15 minutes at room temperature
(solution may appear cloudy).
3. Add the 200 µl of complexes to cells. Mix gently by rocking the plate back
and forth.
4. Incubate cells at 37°C in a CO2 incubator for 5-24 hours.
5. The following day, add 4 ml of complete growth medium to the cells.
6. Incubate cells at 37°C in a CO2 incubator for 24-48 hours prior to testing for
transgene expression.

#4 popogirlxd



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Posted 10 February 2005 - 06:15 PM

Thank you all for your reply.
As I never handle suspension cell, so I don't know some basic things, such as how to culture , how to distinguish the dead cells from living cells, how to seperate them when passaging cell ? Is there any tip during culture??

Thanks !!!!

#5 Cindy



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Posted 28 February 2005 - 08:57 AM

I've been using THP-1 cells, which are a suspension cell. If you're just passing them, you can take out some of the media with cells from one plate and add it to fresh media in another plate. If you're going to plate them for an experiment you'll want to spin them down gently and resuspend in a serum free (or starvation) media at the cell density you want. As far as live/dead counts, our lab usually uses Trypan Blue exclusion, so blue cells are dead and the others are living. For THP-1 cells, the lab usually will pass them at a 1:2 dilution if the number of cells per ml is between 5 and 8 million cells. If there's more than 8 million cells per ml, then they're usually passed at a 1:3 dilution. Hope this helps at least a little bit. :rolleyes:

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