A frequent customer query concerns baculovirus transfer vector plasmid compatibility with either flashBACTM or other systems for making recombinant viruses. Obviously, if you are buying flashBACTM and our pOET range of transfer vectors you won’t have a problem. However, given that baculovirus expression vectors have been around since 1983 and many labs have produced variations around a theme, it is not surprising that confusion can arise. (more…)
While OET is currently unable to offer GMP manufacture of recombinant proteins or viruses, we can offer a premium service for pre-GMP manufacture. This can serve as a very useful bridge to full GMP projects conducted by other service providers. So what is the advantage of a pre-GMP step? (more…)
A question that comes up from time to time is the use of co-infection with baculovirus vectors for multiple protein expression in insect cells. The need arises if you have produced a number of baculovirus vectors that each synthesise a component of a multi-subunit complex, such as an enzyme or a virus like particle. Intuitively, you know that it is probably necessary to add many virus particles per cell to achieve efficient infection with each recombinant. But how many viruses can you add to each cell and still get each one into every cell in equal numbers? (more…)
A question we are asked from time to time is to identify baculovirus transfer vectors
compatible with our flashBAC™ system. We obviously nominate our own extensive range that is available but frequently someone has an old plasmid from years ago that they want to reuse. (more…)
Variable expression of multi-component protein complexes is increasingly necessary as more sophisticated projects are attempted. But how can this be achieved? Most of our expression work is based on the baculovirus system, in particular our flashBAC™ vectors that permit easy recombinant virus generation in a one-step process. These insect-specific viruses offer an ideal platform for producing a wide range of recombinant proteins including nuclear, cytoplasmic, membrane-bound and secreted examples. (more…)
Between initial tests and larger scale up you may want to conduct intermediate scale recombinant protein production using baculovirus vectors. If you are working with several constructs then this can begin to get expensive of cell culture vessels such as the ubiquitous 125ml conical flasks, in which you can amplify 25-30mls of virus-infected cells. Space on shakers can also be at a premium in some labs. (more…)
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A question that often comes up from clients is what is the best signal peptide to use for baculovirus-expressed secreted recombinant proteins? While we have discussed the best flashBAC™ variant to use for the production of secreted proteins in a previous blog, we have never considered the role of the signal peptide. (more…)
There are many methods available for the titration of recombinant baculoviruses. One of the most convenient is the use of the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (QPCR), which assesses how much virus DNA is present in a freshly-amplified stock. This is compared with a standard curve derived from a control virus stock to give an infectious titre expressed as Q plaque forming units (pfu) per millilitre. OET Ltd market the baculoQUANT™ all-in-one virus extraction and titration kit for this purpose. (more…)
Sequence errors in your gene for expression Part II follows on from an earlier blog where we discussed a problem we were having producing a particular protein after synthesizing a gene based on very old sequence data. The baculovirus we made containing this synthetic gene produced very low levels of recombinant protein that were hardly visible after immunoblot analysis. This wasn’t a good start to a project where a purified protein was required for diagnostic purposes. (more…)