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Why Add Sucrose? Improved Yields for Adeno-associated Virus Preparation

Posted by Meghan Rego on Dec 13, 2018 8:14:12 AM

By now you have probably heard about Addgene’s viral service but did you know that Addgene also performs independent research? Since launching the viral service in 2016 Addgene’s research team has been actively investigating ways to improve viral vector production. Whether redesigning viral packaging plasmids, investigating different viral production strategies or developing novel methods for data analysis, our team’s goal is to provide scientists with new tools and protocols that they can easily incorporate into their own labs. This week we are pleased to announce the submission of the results of our first study which can be accessed here at bioRxiv.

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Topics: Viral Vectors, Viral Vector Protocols and Tips

Tips for a 1st time AAV user (by a Rookie AAV user)

Posted by Beth Kenkel on Oct 23, 2018 7:49:25 AM

My lab's vector of choice is AAV, with nearly every experiment requiring AAV. Before joining my lab, I had never worked with AAV, so naturally I had to package some virus for my first experiment. It was a bit intimidating, but I had my lab’s protocols and some great co-workers to help me out. Even with these tools, I found myself writing AAV production tricks into the margins of my protocol. While these tips weren’t critical to the experiment, they definitely made my life easier!  In this post, I’ll share some AAV production, purification, and titration tips, while also summarizing the basic steps and analyses needed for packaging AAV.

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Topics: Viral Vectors, Viral Vectors 101, Viral Vector Protocols and Tips, AAV

Overcoming the Challenges of Lentiviral Production

Posted by Meghan Rego on Aug 7, 2018 8:31:12 AM

While lentiviral vectors are popular gene delivery tools, producing lentivirus, can pose certain challenges. Whether choosing a system that is the best fit for the experiment, trying to produce virus of a usable titer, or fine-tuning selection and expression in your target cell line, researchers often find themselves faced with a roadblock. In this post, we will provide an overview of some of the common challenges associated with producing and using lentivirus and offer some tips and tricks for overcoming these hurdles.

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Topics: Viral Vectors, Viral Vectors 101, Viral Vector Protocols and Tips, Retroviral and Lentiviral Vectors

Adenoviral Vector Production and Troubleshooting

Posted by Karen Guerin on Jun 14, 2018 7:44:26 AM

Adenoviral vectors (AdV) are attractive vectors for research applications and gene therapy: they can be produced at high titers, can accommodate large transgenes, transduce quiescent and dividing cells, and do not integrate into the host’s genome. The main challenge with using AdV is that it triggers a strong immune response after in vivo administration, which results in the death of transduced cells and loss of transgene expression (Interestingly, the strong immunogenicity of AdVs is what makes them ideal candidates for applications in oncolysis and vaccination!)

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Topics: Viral Vectors, Viral Vector Protocols and Tips, Adenoviral Vectors

The Importance of High Titer for AAV Transductions

Posted by Luke Hanley on Mar 1, 2018 9:11:54 AM

Many of us take comfort in the fact that it’s often not quantity, but quality that really matters. Well, it turns out this isn’t the case for using AAV. When it comes to infecting cells, titer, the amount of virus used, really does matter. (*psst*, quality definitely also matters).

Check out this post for a refresher on AAV titers

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Topics: Viral Vectors, Viral Vectors 101, Viral Vector Protocols and Tips, AAV

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