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Need to start baculovirus work. Please give your recommendations on kits and protocols

Sam Lee samuel.lee at utoronto.ca
Thu Mar 19 11:20:26 EST 1998


As has already been mentioned by others in the discussion groups before,
there are several baculovirus construction kits available commercially. I
believe the most popular are the Bac-to-Bac kit from Life Technologies (i.e.
Gibco) and a kit from Invitrogen, the name of which eludes me at the moment.
I have heard good things and bad things about both kits, but, in our lab, we
have used the Life Technologies kit rather successfully.

Both kits are straightforward and anyone with basic molecular biology and
cell culture experience can figure them out rather easily. If cost is of
extremely little importance, there are also several companies that perform
baculovirus construction for you.

As for insect cell culture maintenance and protein expression, this is
relatively simple compared to mammalian cell culture. Both Invitrogen and
Life Technologies have reasonably good literature explaining the techniques. 

I hope this helps.

samuel.lee at utoronto.ca

Department of Pharmacology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Dima Klenchin wrote:
> I do have the experience with the system but that was over 3 years ago and
> involved only mindless protein expression using virus someone else made
> and sent me. Now I have to start from the very beginning. Please give your
> opinions on what to use. Speed and simplicity are biggest factor here,
> money are less important.
> Thanks,
> Dima
> Please note that email address is made somewhat spam-resistant

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