General shRNA FAQs

What is shRNA?

shRNA is a short-hairpin sequence within the LTR regions of the lentiviral construct. Upon integration of the LTR to LTR area into the host genome, the shRNA is produced by the cell and shuttled out into the cytoplasm where it is cleaved by the enzyme complex Dicer. Once this cleavage is complete, one strand of this double-stranded molecule is loaded into the RISC (RNA Induced Silencing Complex), where is seeks complementary mRNA targets for degradation.

We guarantee upon purchase of the defined clone set quantity on the shRNA detail page for your gene of interest (this varies, but is typically 5 clones), that at least one of those clones for a gene should yield greater than 70% knockdown.

Currently available in bacterial glycerol stock format
Currently available in lentiviral transduction particle format
We are continually updating our gene panel offerings. They are provided in either glycerol or lentivirus formats. Additional sets will be made available over the coming months. If your gene set of interest is not yet available, please inquire for advanced custom preparation with us. We can assemble custom gene sets at any time.

The clones that are against the 3' UTR of the target are included so one could rescue the knockdown phenotype with the introduction of a cDNA clone corresponding to the target. Transcripts from an exogenous cDNA clone would not be susceptible to silencing compared to the endogenous copy. Many publications/review committees require such an experiment to verify the observed phenotype. However, while most target sets have this added feature, not all target sets have a 3' UTR clone.

The algorithm used to design the MISSION® TRC clone library is generally the same as what is found on the TRC page. However, there have been numerous improvements to the design as the library is being cloned by the Broad-TRC. The clones that you find on the public TRC page are not the most current design version. The updated target sets are only available to TRC members and through purchase with us.

We do sequence verify clones in a random fashion after copying. We sequence approximately 5% of clones of the last copy made. Our R&D group has not seen any evidence of recombination. The TRC library has been cloned into a backbone that was optimized to avoid these issues.

The MISSION® TRC shRNA library is composed of three formats to give you flexibility and convenience. The purified plasmid DNA format may be used directly for transient transfection assays or used with our lentiviral packaging mix (Product No. SHP001) to produce lentiviral particles. You may further propogate the DNA by transforming the plasmids into competent cells (we recommend GC5 cells) to create bacterial glycerol stocks.

The lentiviral particles offer the most convenience. They may be added directly to cells for stable transduction. You are correct; the cells that are transduced will continue to express the integrated shRNA. The cells may be expanded for many downstream assays.

We offer mulitple shRNA clones, usually around five, for both the human and mouse genomes. Oftentimes, other species can be accommodated using this library, and our bioinformatics team can help you through this. Three formats are available for each target clone: bacterial glycerol stock, purified plasmid DNA, and lentiviral particles. For more information on ordering MISSION® products, please click here.

No. You may use your current method of transfecting plasmid DNA. If you do not currently transfect plasmid DNA, we recommend ESCORT V Transfection Reagent.

Additional protocols may be found on our protocols page

A unique number developed by The RNAi Consortium to identify the TRC Library. A TRC number begins with "TRCN" followed by 10 digits. (e.g. MISSION® shRNA TRCN0000030720).

If you purchase MISSION® TRC products from us for research purposes, a label license to the Oxford BioMedica patents and Benitec patents is conveyed to you. However, if you obtain lentiviral shRNA vectors from other sources, you will need to purchase licenses to these patents. Licenses are available from us are for research use only. Please consult your own legal department for opinions regarding freedom to operate.

Yes. For commercial uses, you will need to contact OxfordBioMedica and Benitec for separate licenses.

The DNA and glycerol stocks can accommodate multiple freeze/thaws; although we highly suggest preventing excessive freeze thaws. That said, multiple freeze/thaws for lentivirus stocks can severely affect the functionality of the virus. We suggest aliquoting after the first thaw to maximize the viability in future experiments.

We offer validated, high-quality antibodies for protein detection. In addition, we offer an array of PCR-related products.

Non-viral delivery: naked, polymer and lipid-based delivery reagents Viral delivery: lentivirus, retrovirus and adenovirus.

In collaboration with the Broad, we are validating thousands of shRNAs every month, and providing this data for your evaluation on our website.

SYBR Green qPCR was used to determine relative silencing effect of particular shRNAs.

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