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Tet Inducible Gene Expression Stable Cell Line Construction Services

Tet Inducible Gene Expression Stable Cell Line Construction Services

Seattle Genova’s experienced scientists will give researchers a reliable, affordable, and fast knock-in cell line generation service, which contains Tet-On DNA construction, PCR sequencing, and engineered cell line generation. Our mammalian cell lines with long-term gene editing can be one of the largely beneficial tools in your research or drug discovery program.


To progress the study of gene function, scientists were in search of inducible promoters able of controlling eukaryotic gene expression. Various endogenous promoters had been observed that responded to stimuli, such as hormones or metal ions; however, these systems were confounded by secondary impacts. Scientists started to maintain a non-endogenous system for eukaryotes. At the time, bacterial systems from E. coli illustrated the best candidates for inducible expression.

Bacterial systems were assessed for functionality in mammalian cells. The lac system with the IPTG inducer was tested first, and IPTG was established to be inefficient, arising in low levels of induction. In 1992, Manfred Gossen and Hermann Bujard tested the tet system in a mammalian cell system (HeLa) and create that the test system was functional, and had rapid induction with productive tetracycline uptake.

Tet System and Tet Response Element (TRE)

A TRE is 7 repeats of a 19 nucleotide tetracycline operator (tetO) sequence and is perceived by the tetracycline repressor (tetR). In the endogenous bacterial system, if tetracycline, or one of its analogues like doxycycline, are present, tetR will attach to tetracycline and not to the TRE, permitting transcription.

Tetracycline Off System

The initial system Gossen and Bujard formulated is known as tetracycline off: in the existence of tetracycline, expression from a tet-inducible promoter is decreased. To use tetracycline as a regulator of gene expression, a tetracycline-controlled transactivator (tTA) was expanded. NTA was created by fusing tech with the C-terminal domain of VP16 (virion protein 16), an important transcriptional activation domain from HSV (herpes simplex virus).

In the lack of tetracycline, the term portion of the will bind these tet-O sequences and the activation domain promotes expression. In the existence of tetracycline, tetracycline binds to the test. This precludes tTA binding to the tetO series and subsequent increase in expression by the activation domain, arising in reduced gene expression. This idea of a hybrid transactivator was originally used with the lac system. Tetracycline is also recognized as the tTA-dependent system.


Tetracycline On System

In Gossen et al (1995), random mutagenesis was utilized to recognize which amino acid residues of tetR were significant for tetracycline-dependent repression. Mutating these residues led to the growth of a reverse Tet repressor, or rent, which reversed the phenotype and established reliance on the existence of tetracycline for induction, rather than repression. The new transactivator rtTA ( reverse tetracycline-controlled transactivator) was built by fusing rest with VP16. The tetracycline in the system is also understood as the rtTA-dependent system.


Experimental process and Tips

Choosing a test system

If your gene of interest should be active, and only turned off sometimes, using tetracycline or tTA is more applicable.

If your gene of interest should be mostly inactive, and only turned on sometimes, using tetracycline or it is more applicable.

Basic components

Elements for a tetracycline off system are:

A plasmid including a tetracycline-dependent promoter upstream of your gene of interestt

TA expression plasmid

Elements for a tetracycline on the system are:

A plasmid including a tetracycline-dependent promoter upstream of your gene of interestrt

TA or TetR expression plasmid

Stable cell lines can be made that continuously express a network component (e.g. tTA).

Advantages of our service 

Switch-like gene activation: Unlike Tet-On vectors expressing only rtTA that usually have a significant leaky expression in the lack of induction, our Tet-On vector system works as a true tetracycline-regulated on-and-off switch for regulating gene expression, which can minimize the background expression without induction and outcome in high sensitivity and high vibrant range of the tetracycline induction.

Technical simplicity: Delivering plasmid vectors into cells by formal transfection is technically straightforward, and far easier than virus-based vectors which expect the packaging of viral vector plasmids into live viruses.

Very large cargo space: Our regular plasmid vectors can include ~30 kb of total DNA. The plasmid backbone only acquires about 4.6 kb, comprising Tet-On components, leaving plenty of room to accommodate the user's GOI and promoter for driving Tet-regulatory proteins.

High-level expression: The TRE promoter can lead to high levels of expression of the GOI in its induced state. Moreover, conventional transfection of plasmids often results in very high copy numbers in cells (up to several thousand copies per cell). This can drive to very high expression levels of the gene(s) taken on the vector.


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