Transfections and GFP expression

Martin Houle martin.houle at
Mon Mar 1 12:12:21 EST 1999

In article <36D6734F.98E66BE0 at>, Mark Slack
<Mark.Slack at> wrote:

> We are doing lipofectamine transfections of a GFP expression plasmid
> into different cell lines all of which are done in duplicate. We do this
> by making a large cocktail of the DNA and lipofectamine mix and then
> pipette equal amount onto all cells.
> The problem we are having is that in one of the duplicates we may get
> really high transfection efficiency leading to high fluorescence and low
> background but the second duplicate we see low transfection and high
> background of fluorescence.
> I am looking for an explanation to this problem but do not think it is a
> mixing problem.
> I hope you can help.
> Many thanks.
> Mark

Just so you know lipofectamine tends to fluoresce by itself. So that may
explain you high background. If at all possible, for you I would suggest
you use fugene 6 which does not give the high background that
lipofectamine does. You can check this out under a fluorescence microscope
and you'll see what I mean.

Martin Houle M.Sc.
Centre de Recherche du CHUL
Laval University, Quebec, Canada
email: martin.houle@(REMOVE)

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