Transfection without cytotoxicity

Ian A. York iayork at
Sun Mar 17 10:22:27 EST 2002

In article <96m59uglhsmlonfbphufgs2s8it80uqqdq at>,
 <delios97 at> wrote:
>Perhaps if you used the reagent correctly, you would experience

I assume you mean "would not" experience toxicity?  Do you have a reason 
to believe I'm *not* using the reagent correctly?  

Could you please quote correctly, with the original text, TRIMMEND 
INTELLIGENTLY, at the top, followed by your comments?  That's the proper 
convention on Usenet (where this is sent, by the way), although the 
default for microsoft seems to be the way you quoted.  Of course, anyone 
stupid enough to use Microsoft defaults deserves to have their hard drive 
destroyed, and probably will within a few months.

I've left the arrangement the way you set it up, so you can see that how 
difficult it is to get context from your arrangement.

(I don't know why I'm bothering to reply, actually.  An inane comment, 
improperly quoted, with no explanation or context, and with a typo that 
reverses the apparent intent of the author, sent by an anonymous person 
with a hotmail account.  Sheesh.)


>On Wed, 13 Mar 2002 11:47:27 +0000 (UTC), iayork at (Ian A.
>York) wrote:
>>In article <20020308110332.4531.qmail at>,
>>Martin Thompson  <bugeater at> wrote:
>>>appears to be causing almost as much death as the test transfection (which
>>>seems to be considerable).  I think that is most probably caused by the
>>>transfection reagent I am using (Lipofectamine 2000).
>>I found Lipofectamine 2000 to be extremely toxic, though of course the 
>>manufacturer claims it's lovely and mild and refreshing.  I don't know of 
>>any transfection reagent or protocol that is completely non-toxic (though 
>>some virus-mediated delivery systems may come close; but those tend to be 
>>much more work to construct the vector).  I've had good luck with Roche's 
>>Fugene6, and the Mirus line of TransIT have also seemed fairly non-toxic.  
>>There are many transfection reagents out there, and the companies 
>>introduce new ones all the time.  It's worth giving many a try, because 
>>they do vary widely and different cell lines have very different 
>>reactions.  Sometimes, if you threaten to hold your breath until you turn 
>>blue, your nice company reps will give you little trial-size samples to 

    Ian York   (iayork at  <>
    "-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
     very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England

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