PEI-Mediated Transient Gene Expression In CHO Cells.
Published 2018 · Medicine, Chemistry
We describe a method for polyethyleneimine (PEI) mediated transient transfection of suspension-adapted Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-DG44) cells for protein expression applicable at scales from 2 mL to 2 L. The method involves transfection at a high cell density (5 × 106 cells/mL) by direct addition of plasmid DNA (pDNA) and PEI to the culture and subsequent incubation at 31 °C with agitation by orbital shaking. This method requires 0.3 mg/L of coding pDNA, 2.7 mg/L of nonspecific (filler) DNA and 15 mg/L of PEI. The production phase is performed at 31 °C in the presence of 0.25% N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMA). We also provide information on culture vessel options, recommended working volumes, and recommended shaking speeds for transfections at scales from 2 mL to 2 L.