Lentivirus Production Products

Widely regarded in the industry for delivering high-quality, high titer lentivirus preparations, SBI’s Lentivirus Production Products power cutting edge research across a range of applications

Whatever type of cell you’re trying to transduce, from 293T cells to the more difficult types like T cells and B cells, quality matters. Which is why SBI offers optimized virus packaging systems and reagents that can help you reliably obtain high titer preparations and efficient transfection and transduction.



What are lentiviruses?

Lentiviruses are a type of retrovirus that can be used to deliver cDNA, shRNAs, microRNAs, or transcription reporters to dividing and non-dividing cells. Once introduced into the target cells, the introduced transgene integrates into the host cell genome to provide permanent expression of the transgene.

What are the relative elements and percentages of the HIV viral genome present in SBI's lentivectors?

There is about 20% HIV sequence in SBI's lentivectors. Below are examples of the percentage of the HIV genome found in CD510B-1 (pCDH-CMV-MCS-EF1-Puro) (7377 bps)

Element Length (bps)
Hybrid RSV/5'LTR 407
RRE 232
Env 488
cPPT 118
3' LTR 233
Total HIV genome 1478
% HIV in vectors 1478/7377 x100= 20%

Will SBI’s VSV-G pseudotyped lentivirus particles infect my cells of interest?

Most cell-types and tissues tested are capable of successful lentiviral transduction. To view a profile of cell lines evaluated.

What are the Biosafety concerns when handling SBI’s lentiviruses?

The basic requirements are a working laminar flow hood and biosafety level 2 procedures. Follow this link to view the recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC website information)

What is the size of insert which can be cloned into the vector? And why?

This depends upon the lentivector you are choosing. The region between the 5’and 3’LTR must not exceed 9kb, which is the size of the native HIV genome. To calculate the size of the insert that the lentivector can accommodate, download the vector sequence and determine the size of this region. The difference between 9kb and the size of the 5’- to 3’-LTR is the limit of the size of the insert. Typically most SBI lentivectors can accommodate a fragment of 4 kb, however the all-in-one SparQ vectors can only accommodate up to 3 kb. The reasons for the limitation are there is only so much room in the virus capsid, integration efficiency also goes down, and transcription slows down because of the large size.

Can I make a stable cell line that will continuously produce lentiviral particles?

No. For biosafety reasons it is not possible to create a stable cell line to continuously produce lentiviral particles. For a full protocol on how to produce lentiviral particles, please see: Lentiviral Expression Systems user manual.