|Gibco Ham’s F-12 Nutrient Mix||11765054|
|5% Horse Serum||–|
|1 mM Gibco Sodium Pyruvate||11360070|
|25 mM Gibco HEPES||15630106|
Proper culture techniques and procedures are an essential part of ensuring successful transfection. Subculturing, also referred to as passaging, is the removal of medium and transfer of cells from a culture into fresh growth medium, in order to propagate the cells. See our product list for this protocol
On the day of transfection, which should be 1 day following cell plating, perform the following steps, which have been optimized for a single well of a 24-well plate using Invitrogen Lipofectamine 3000 Transfection Reagent:
|Step||Tube||Complexation components||Amount per well|
|1||Tube 1||Opti-MEM I medium||25 μL|
|Lipofectamine 3000 reagent||1.5 μL|
|2||Tube 2||Opti-MEM I medium||25 μL|
|DNA amount (DNA concentration should be 0.5–5 μg/μL)||0.5 μL|
|P3000™ reagent||1 μL|
|3||Add tube 2 solution to tube 1 and mix well|
|4||Incubate mixture from step 3 at room temperature for 10–15 min|
|5||Add 50 μL of complex from step 4 to cells;|
gently swirl plate to ensure homogeneous distribution of complex to the entire well
At 48 hr following transfection of a GFP reporter construct, cells were evaluated via microscopy and flow cytometry. To assess transfection efficiency, cells were first visualized via fluorescence microscopy for qualitative assessment of protein expression, morphology, and viability (Figure 1). Cells were then prepared for flow cytometry by aspirating the medium and replacing it with 250 μL of a 7:3 mixture of TrypLE reagent:1X DPBS. Cells were incubated at 37°C for 10 min and then pipetted up and down to ensure single cells for flow cytometry analysis.
Figure 1. Post-transfection analysis of cells. (A) Fluorescence and (B) bright-field images demonstrating 10–20% transfection efficiency.
Use the following table to scale the volumes for your transfection experiment. The most common sizes are listed below.
|Culture vessel||Multiplication factor*||Shared reagents||DNA transfection||siRNA transfection|
|Growth medium||Opti-MEM medium for complexing||DNA||P3000 reagent||Lipofectamine 3000 reagent**||siRNA||Lipofectamine 3000 reagent**|
|96-well||0.2||100 μL||2 x 5 μL||0.1 µg||0.2 µL||0.3 µL||3 pmol||0.3 µL|
|48-well||0.5||250 μL||2 x 12.5 μL||0.25 µg||0.5 µL||0.75 µL||7.5 pmol||0.75 µL|
|24-well||1||500 μL||2 x 25 μL||0.5 µg||1 µL||1.5 µL||15 pmol||1.5 µL|
|12-well||2||1 mL||2 x 50 μL||1 µg||2 µL||3 µL||30 pmol||3 µL|
|6-well||5||2 mL||2 x 125 μL||2.5 µg||5 µL||7.5 µL||75 pmol||7.5 µL|
|60 mm||11.05||5 mL||2 x 250 μL||5.5–11 µg||11–22 µL||17 µL||166 pmol||17 µL|
|10 cm||28.95||10 mL||2 x 500 μL||14–28 µg||28–56 µL||43 µL||434 pmol||43 µL|
|T-75||39.47||15 mL||2 x 750 μL||20–40 µg||40–80 µL||59 µL||592 pmol||59 µL|
|T-175||92.11||35 mL||2 x 1.75 mL||46–96 µg||92–180 µL||138 µL||1,382 pmol||138 µL|
* After determining the optimum reagent amount, use the multiplication factor to determine the reagent amount needed for your new plate format.
** Optimum amount needed is determined from the protocol for Lipofectamine 3000 Transfection Reagent.
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