Why We Use serum-free media for transfection?

Why We Use serum-free media for transfection?

When transfecting cells with RNA, we recommend performing the transfection procedure in the absence of serum to avoid possible contamination with RNases. Most cells remain healthy for several hours in a serum-free medium. The quality of serum can significantly affect cell growth and transfection result.

What is a serum-free medium?

Serum-free media are media designed to grow a specific cell type or perform a specific application in the absence of serum. The use of serum-free media (SFM) represents an important tool, that allows cell culture to be done with a defined set of conditions as free as possible of confounding variables.

What is serum-free cell culture media?

Serum-free cell culture media are balanced solutions with chemically-defined nutrient composition, eliminating FBS’s addition to culture cells in vitro mimic in vivo conditions considerably. In serum-free media, the protein concentration is low, resulting in low levels of contaminants.

Why is serum bad for transfection?

Serum, contains albumin which negatively interacts with your lipo-reagent or your virus limiting their ability to interacts with cellular receptors/ membrane. With Regard to your lipofection, Lipofectamine for example works best when it aggregates upon addition of DNA.

Why is opti-MEM used for transfection?

Opti-MEM as it named is an optimized medium for transfection. This medium quanrantees a high transfection efficiency while reducing damage to cells caused by transfection.

What is this serum?

Serum (/ˈsɪərəm/) is the fluid and solute component of blood which does not play a role in clotting. It may be defined as blood plasma without the clotting factors, or as blood with all cells and clotting factors removed.

Is it necessary to serum starve cells?

Most of us believe that starvation for 1-6 hours can synchronize the cell cycle. But this depends on the cell you plan to use. Some primary cell cultures hate serum starve and can not tolerate for more than 2 hours.

How is serum-free media prepared?

Combine serum-free culture media (containing nutrients and antibiotics) with the FBS to obtain a final 20% FBS solution (v:v). 2. Centrifuge this media overnight at 100,000g, 4°C. Overnight centrifugation is recommended to remove as many FBS-derived exosomes as possible.

What is an advantage of serum-free medium?

Advantages of using serum-free media include a more consistent performance, increased growth and/or productivity, better control over physiological responsiveness, and to reduce risk of contamination by serum-borne adventitious agents in cell culture.

What is serum-free media Wikipedia?

Serum-free media uses synthetic or purified ingredients to provide nutrients and growth factors that support growth and survival of cells in culture.

What is serum-free media?

Serum-free media (SFM) allow researchers to grow a specific cell type or perform a specific application in the absence of serum. Advantages of using serum-free media include: Easier purification and downstream processing Precise evaluations of cellular function

What are the limitations of serum-free culture media?

Overall, cells in serum-free culture are more sensitive to extremes of pH, temperature, osmolality, mechanical forces, and enzyme treatment. It is best not to use antibiotics in serum-free media.

Are You Ready to switch to serum-free culture?

Serum-free media (SFM) allow researchers to grow a specific cell type or perform a specific application in the absence of serum. When you’re ready to switch to serum-free culture, we’re ready to help. Whichever adaptation method you choose (sequential or conditioned medium), we strongly recommend that you always take these precautions:

How do you adapt cells to serum free media?

Sequential adaptation is our preferred method for adapting cells to serum-free media (SFM), with a typical conversion being: Because the change from 75% to 100% SFM may be too stressful for your cells, you may need to carry the cells for 2–3 passages in a 10% serum-supplemented medium: 90% SFM mixture.