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Transfection reagent INSECTOGENE for insect cells from Biontex

INSECTOGENE - Transfection Reagent for Insect Cells


  • Simple, reproducible scale-up of insect cells for production of recombinant proteins
  • Compatible with baculovirus expression system in widespread use
  • No serum inhibition
  • Simple protocol
  • Optimum price/performance ratio

The transfection reagent INSECTOGENE is an aqueous formulation of positively charged lipids. It is especially designed for optimum liposomemediated transfection of insect cells with DNA (plasmid), offering efficiency levels superior to the transfection of insect cells using conventional reagents such as calcium phosphate or DEAE dextrane. INSECTOGENE demonstrates its special features particularly effectively when used with baculovirus expression systems (BEVS).


Baculovirus Expression Vector System

Today, recombinant baculoviruses are commonly used for the expression of heterologous genes in cultivated insect cells and insect larvae. Since its introduction by Smith et al. in 1983, the Baculovirus Expression Vector System (BEVS) has developed into the most important technology for protein expression based on eukaryotic vectors[1].

Cell lines based on Spodoptera frugiperda (e.g. Sf9, Sf-21) or Trichoplusia ni (e.g. Tn-368) are used most frequently. Both easy to cultivate in suspension, they are thus ideal for use in bioreactors. Since the recombinant proteins produced by BEVS are generally easily soluble, they can be expressed up to a very late stage of infection and thus deliver high volumes per cell.

Unlike proteins produced from bacteria, proteins produced in this way show a post-translational modification pattern very similar to that of mammalian cells.

Baculoviruses are not pathogenic for mammalian and plant cells and generally possess a very limited range of potential host cells limited to invertebrates. In addition, insect cells are never transformed by viruses which are pathogenic for mammalian cells. Both these features are important for the product's ease of use and for the reproducible scale-up of insect cell cultures.

Timescale for protein expression with the Baculovirus Expression Vector System



Standard protocols for transfection of different insect cell lines:

Cell Line Description Standard Protocol
Ag55 Anopheles gambiae Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_Ag55.pdf
Anso Anopheles sinensis ovary Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_Anso.pdf
As43 Anopheles stephensi Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_As43.pdf
Bm5 Bombyx mori Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_Bm5.pdf
Cpp512 Culex pipiens pallens Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_Cpp512.pdf
IPLB-SF21 Spodoptera frugiperda Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_IPLB-SF21.pdf
LD652 Lymantria dispar Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_LD652.pdf
Mos-20 Aedes aegyptii-Mosquito Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_Mos20-1.pdf
S2 Drosophila Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_S2.pdf
SF9 Spodoptera frugiperda Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_SF9.pdf
SL2 Drosophila melanogaster Biontex_Insectogene_Protocol_SL2.pdf

[1] G.E. Smith, M.D. Summers, M.J. Fraser; Mol. Cell. Biol. 3, 2156 (1983)


Product Specification

Application Transfection of insect cells with nucleic acids
Content Cationic lipids and colipids in water
Assays Up to 150 (6-well) or up to 75 (60 mm) per 1 ml reagent
Shipping At room temperature
Storage 4°C
Shelf life 1 year (from date of delivery)
Product Group Transfection


Transfection reagent for insect cells


Transfection reagent for insect cells


Transfection reagent for insect cells