Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




To describe in detail the use of the T-REx^{TM} System (a tetracycline-regulated mammalian expression system; Invitrogen) for rapid, easy, and effective generation of stable C2C12 cell clones. Tetracycline-inducible stable cell lines are useful tools to study the function of various genes in different types of mammalian cells. However, the generation of stable cell lines is a time-consuming, technically difficult, and expensive process. Materials and methods: Generation of a stable C2C12 cell line was performed by stable transfection of the cells with the pcDNA6/TR plasmid vector, which contains the tetracycline repressor and the blasticidin drug resistance genes. The establishment of the stable cell line and the efficiency of the tetracycline-inducible gene expression system were shown with the transient transfection of reporter plasmid pTO-EGFP and observation of the GFP expression by fluorescence microscopy. Results: We established a stable T-REx^{TM} C2C12 cell line that can be used for muscle research studies by transfecting the gene of interest with a second plasmid. Conclusion: The T-REx^{TM} system is useful in the development of stable cell lines for protein production or regulation of gene expression.


C2C12 cell line, stable transfection, inducible expression, tetracycline resistance gene

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