We offer a one-stop solution for all your transgenic mouse embryos needs. You can contract us to perform your entire transgenic mouse embryo project from initial strategy design and DNA vector construction to transgenic mouse embryo delivery, or you can outsource specific phases of the project to us. Our turnaround time is the shortest in the industry, our prices are unbeatable, and for guaranteed services, we guarantee the generation of embryos or your money back.
Each full transgenic mouse embryos project is split into the following phases:
The success of transgenic production depends critically on the quality of DNA used in pronuclear injection. Accordingly, we employ a special protocol to prepare top-quality DNA for our injections. Plasmid DNA is typically linearized for injection. BAC DNA is typically injected in unlinearized form, as this has been shown to produce similar biological outcomes as linearized BAC. A PCR-based genotyping strategy will be developed and tested. If you provide your own transgenic vector rather than having us construct it, you can send us either E. coli or unlinearized DNA in solution (≥50 µg total), and we will perform the necessary preparation to purify/linearize the DNA. We strongly discourage customers from sending us linearized, injection-ready DNA, because the quality of such DNA is often insufficient for pronuclear injection. If you provide your own vector without sequence information, you will also need to provide a PCR-based genotyping strategy along with your vector.
- Plasmid or BAC injection to obtain embryos, basic service: A minimum of 150 eggs (C57BL/6 strain) will be injected. Embryos will be retrieved from surrogate mothers at the stage you specify (typically within the E10.5-E16.5 window) for subsequent processing. This will result in an average of 2-3 transgenic embryos, but the actual numbers could fluctuate significantly and it is possible that no transgenic embryos are obtained. If you wish to ensure the generation of transgenic embryos, we strongly recommend that you use our guaranteed service option (see below).
- Plasmid or BAC injection to obtain embryos, guaranteed service: We guarantee a minimum of 4 transgenic embryos for plasmid injection or 2 transgenic embryos for BAC injection (the actual number of transgenic embryos obtained is typically higher).
- Genotyping and lacZ staining of embryos: Embryos will be genotyped by PCR. All embryos, regardless of genotype, will also be fixed and stained for lacZ expression.
|Service||Donor egg strain||Price||Turnaround time|
|Transgenic strategy design||Free||1-4 days|
|Transgenic vector construction (conventional plasmid or modified BAC)||Please inquire||2-5 weeks|
|Prepare DNA for injection and develop genotyping strategy||$500||1-2 weeks|
|Plasmid injection to obtain embryos,
|Plasmid injection to obtain embryos, guaranteed service||C57BL/6||$2,650||3-7 weeks|
|BAC injection to obtain embryos,
|BAC injection to obtain embryos,
|Genotyping and lacZ staining of embryos||$350||1 week|
We typically produce transgenic mice in B6 or FVB strain backgrounds, but we can use other strains per your request.
Cyagen offers the best guarantee in the industry – we will fully refund the client’s service fee if animals with the specified genotype are not generated (except for genetic modifications severely affecting viability, morbidity, or fertility). Given the complexity of biological systems, a particular genetic modification may not result in the desired phenotype. As such, Cyagen's guarantee covers the creation of animals with the specified genotype, not a particular phenotypic outcome in terms of transcription, protein/RNA function, or organismal biology.
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