One Shot® BL21(DE3) Chemically Competent E. coli

Catalog number: C600003

Invitrogen™  Related applications: Protein Expression

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One Shot® BL21(DE3) Chemically Competent E. coli are ideal for use with bacteriophage T7 promoter-based expression systems (e.g., pRSET, pCR™T7, and pET). BL21(DE3) cells carry the lambda DE3 lysogen. Recombinant proteins that are nontoxic to E. coli are generally expressed at higher levels in BL21(DE3) cells than in BL21(DE3)pLysS or BL21(DE3)pLysE. However, the basal expression levels of heterologous genes are significantly higher in BL21(DE3) than in BL21(DE3)pLysS or BL21(DE3)pLysE.

About BL21 strains
BL21 strains are descended from the E. coli B strain and have been specifically constructed for high-level expression of recombinant proteins. These strains have two important attributes that make them ideal for protein expression: key genetic markers and inducibility of protein expression. The most important genetic markers help recombinant RNA and/or protein accumulate to high levels without degradation. Inducibility helps to minimize the toxic effects of some recombinant proteins.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Competent Cell Type: Chemically Competent
Species: E. coli
Format: One Shot
Blue-White Screening: No
Bacterial or Yeast Strain: BL21(DE3)
Product Size: 20 x 50 µL
Reduces Recombination: No
Cloning Methylated DNA: No
Improves Plasmid Quality: No
Propagating ccdB Vectors: Not for ccdB vector propagation
Transformation Efficiency: > 1x10^8
F' Episome (to make ssDNA): Lacks F' Episome
T1 Phage - Resistant (tonA): No
High Throughput Compatibility: Not High Throughput-Compatible (Manual)

Contents & storage

• One Shot® BL21(DE3) E.coli: 20 vials, 50 µl each (total of 1 ml)
• pUC19 DNA (10 pg/ul): 1 vial, 50 µl
• SOC Medium: 1 bottle, 6 ml

Store Competent Cells at -80°C. Store pUC19 DNA at -20°C. Store SOC Medium at 4°C or at room temperature.


Manuals & protocols

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