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CHOZN® ZFN-Modified CHO Cell Line



CHOZN® GS-/- ZFN-modified CHO cell line
glutamine synthetase knockout cell line


DMSO: 5 mg/mL, clear

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CHOZN® GS-/- ZFN-modified CHO cell line


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DMSO: 5 mg/mL, clear







General description

CHOZN cell lines were created utilizing Sigma′s proprietary CompoZr Zinc Finger Nuclease (ZFN) technology to create genetic modifications in parental CHO-K1 cells. Cells are banked in chemically defined, animal component free EX-CELL CD CHO Fusion media
ZFNs are a class of engineered DNA-binding proteins and causes a double-strand break. This double-strand break is necessary for site-specific mutagenesis mediated DNA repair. It facilitates targeted genome editing by binding to a user-specified locus. Glutamine synthetase (GS) is one of the most commonly used selectable markers in the biopharmaceutical industry. Glutamine is an essential amino acid for cellular growth. The GS enzyme is responsible for the conversion of glutamate into glutamine. Without this enzymatic activity, cells can no longer synthesize glutamine endogenously and if glutamine is not supplemented in the culture media, the cells will die.

Cell Line Origin

CHOZN cell lines are all subclones of the parental CHO-K1 cell line originated by Puck in 1957.


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Physical form

CHOZN cell lines are provided to customers in vials containing >7.5e6 cells/mL

Legal Information

All CHOZN cell lines are sold under license from Sigma Aldrich. A copy of the research license is provided with purchase of the CHOZN cell lines.
CHOZN is a registered trademark of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC

Storage Class Code

10 - Combustible liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

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Q's next: the diverse functions of glutamine in metabolism, cell biology and cancer.
DeBerardinis R J and Cheng T
Oncogene, 29(3), 313-313 (2010)
Cytotoxic effects during knock out of multiple porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) sequences in the pig genome by zinc finger nucleases (ZFN).
Semaan M, et al.
PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0122059-e0122059 (2015)
The metabolic profile of tumors depends on both the responsible genetic lesion and tissue type.
Yuneva M O, et al.
Cell Metabolism, 15(2), 157-170 (2012)


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