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A Convenient and General Expression Platform for the Production of Secreted Proteins from Human Cells

Published: July 31, 2012 doi: 10.3791/4041
* These authors contributed equally


In the post-human genomics era, the availability of recombinant proteins in native conformations is crucial to structural, functional and therapeutic research and development. Here, we describe a test- and large-scale protein expression system in human embryonic kidney 293T cells that can be used to produce a variety of recombinant proteins.


Recombinant protein expression in bacteria, typically E. coli, has been the most successful strategy for milligram quantity expression of proteins. However, prokaryotic hosts are often not as appropriate for expression of human, viral or eukaryotic proteins due to toxicity of the foreign macromolecule, differences in the protein folding machinery, or due to the lack of particular co- or post-translational modifications in bacteria. Expression systems based on yeast (P. pastoris or S. cerevisiae) 1,2, baculovirus-infected insect (S. frugiperda or T. ni) cells 3, and cell-free in vitro translation systems 2,4 have been successfully used to produce mammalian proteins. Intuitively, the best match is to use a mammalian host to ensure the production of recombinant proteins that contain the proper post-translational modifications. A number of mammalian cell lines (Human Embryonic Kidney (HEK) 293, CV-1 cells in Origin carrying the SV40 larget T-antigen (COS), Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO), and others) have been successfully utilized to overexpress milligram quantities of a number of human proteins 5-9. However, the advantages of using mammalian cells are often countered by higher costs, requirement of specialized laboratory equipment, lower protein yields, and lengthy times to develop stable expression cell lines. Increasing yield and producing proteins faster, while keeping costs low, are major factors for many academic and commercial laboratories.

Here, we describe a time- and cost-efficient, two-part procedure for the expression of secreted human proteins from adherent HEK 293T cells. This system is capable of producing microgram to milligram quantities of functional protein for structural, biophysical and biochemical studies. The first part, multiple constructs of the gene of interest are produced in parallel and transiently transfected into adherent HEK 293T cells in small scale. The detection and analysis of recombinant protein secreted into the cell culture medium is performed by western blot analysis using commercially available antibodies directed against a vector-encoded protein purification tag. Subsequently, suitable constructs for large-scale protein production are transiently transfected using polyethyleneimine (PEI) in 10-layer cell factories. Proteins secreted into litre-volumes of conditioned medium are concentrated into manageable amounts using tangential flow filtration, followed by purification by anti-HA affinity chromatography. The utility of this platform is proven by its ability to express milligram quantities of cytokines, cytokine receptors, cell surface receptors, intrinsic restriction factors, and viral glycoproteins. This method was also successfully used in the structural determination of the trimeric ebolavirus glycoprotein 5,10.

In conclusion, this platform offers ease of use, speed and scalability while maximizing protein quality and functionality. Moreover, no additional equipment, other than a standard humidified CO2 incubator, is required. This procedure may be rapidly expanded to systems of greater complexity, such as co-expression of protein complexes, antigens and antibodies, production of virus-like particles for vaccines, or production of adenoviruses or lentiviruses for transduction of difficult cell lines.


1. Preparation Work - Constructs and Cell Cultures

Before starting the protocol, the gene of interest should be codon-optimized for expression in mammalian cells, and cloned into an appropriate expression vector using standard molecular biology techniques. In order to ensure the highest chance for successful expression, multiple variants of the gene of interest should be generated. Many mammalian expression vectors are available commercially and have various purification tags (polyhistidine, hemagglutinin, streptavidin, HALO-Tag, glutathione S-transferase, among others). We prefer to use the pDISPLAY vector, which encodes for a strong human cytomegalovirus promoter, an Ig κ secretion signal, hemagglutinin purification tag, and has a C-terminal transmembrane anchor to target the protein through the secretory pathway for display on the plasma membrane. We usually insert a stop codon in front of the vector-encoded transmembrane anchor to allow the protein to be secreted into the conditioned medium.

Human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293T cells are widely available, and easily cultured and transfected. HEK 293T are routinely used for expression of mammalian proteins, but are considered biohazardous and should be handled at biosafety level 2. Please wear proper personal protective clothing; work should be performed in an approved biosafety cabinet using aseptic technique. All waste and surfaces should be disinfected according to institutional and governmental guidelines. It is recommended that cells be tested for mycoplasma contamination prior to use. Cells may be treated with ciprofloxacin (10 μg/ml) for ten days to eradicate any source of mycoplasma spp. contamination. General protocols to propagate HEK 293T cells are presented separately (Box 1).

Additional considerations for test- and large-scale protein expression are reviewed in 11-15.

2. Small-scale Test Expression

Once constructs have been designed and generated, small-scale test transfections may be performed using HEK 293T cells; a schematic summarizing the process is presented below (Fig. 1).

  1. Use T75 cm2 or T225 cm2 cell culture flasks (depending on the number of test expressions to be performed) to grow the HEK 293T cells and split the cells every 2-3 days when cells are 100% confluent (Box 1).
  2. Seed 2.5 x 105 HEK 293T cells per well in a 6-well plate and add 2 ml DMEM with 1X pen/strep and 10% (v/v) FBS, swirl the plate gently to ensure even cell dispersal in each well, and incubate overnight at 37 °C in a 5% CO2 humidified chamber.
  3. When HEK 293T cells reach 40% confluency, discard the media and add fresh 2 ml DMEM with 1X pen/strep and 10% (v/v) FBS to the wells. Perform transfection assays.
  4. Aliquot 90 μl serum-free DMEM into a sterile 1.5 ml microcentrifuge tube. Pipette 3 μl GeneJuice into the serum-free DMEM and gently mix the tube (finger vortex). Incubate for 5 minutes at room temperature.
  5. Add 1 μg of MiniPrep purified plasmid DNA (DNA stock= 100 ng/μl) into DMEM-GeneJuice mixture, finger vortex, and incubate for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Pipette the transfection mixture dropwise onto HEK 293T cells, and swirl the 6-well plate gently to allow even distribution of the transfection mixture. Incubate the 6-well plate at 37 °C in a 5% CO2 humidified chamber.
  7. Add 1 ml fresh DMEM with 1X pen/strep and 10% (v/v) FBS to each well 24 hours post-transfection and incubate for another 48 hours (total 72 hours).
  8. Harvest 1 ml of supernatant from each well at three days post-transfection and microcentrifuge the samples at 16,000 g for 10 minutes at room temperature. Carry out western blot analysis as detailed in Box 2. Samples can be stored at 4 °C. The length of storage at 4 °C is protein dependent.

3. Large-scale Test Expression and Purification

Once a construct has been identified milligram quantity expression of recombinant protein is achieved by PEI transfection of adherent HEK 293T cells using 10-layer cell factories (Fig. 2; 6360 cm2 surface area). For more exploratory studies, smaller cell factories or T-flasks (Table 1) can be used.

  1. Purify 1 mg of DNA for transfection using a MaxiPrep plasmid purification kit. A 500 ml overnight culture of XL-1 Blue cells should produce at least 1 mg of pure DNA. Check purity of DNA by measuring A260/A280 ratio; should be above 1.8.
  2. Scale up HEK 293T cells to 2.0 x 108 cells. Each T225 cm2 flask grown to 100% confluency contains and average of ~2.25 x 107 cells.
  3. Add 1.2 L DMEM with 5% (v/v) FBS to a 10-layer cell factory. Add 2.0 x 108 HEK 293T cells to the cell factory and distribute cells evenly to all layers of the vessel. It is very difficult to visualize the confluency of cells in the cell factory. As an alternative, set up a T75 cm2 flask with an appropriate number of cells, using the same cell number to surface area ratio as performed with the 10-layer vessel. Monitor this flask for growth rates. See the associated video for instruction on handling the cell factory. Incubate overnight at 37 °C with 5% CO2 to allow for cell attachment and growth.
  4. Perform large-scale transfection when adherent HEK 293T cells are 70% confluent. Prepare the PEI-DNA transfection mixture (3:1 w/w PEI to DNA ratio) in a biosafety cabinet using a sterile T75 cm2 flask. Mix 0.84 mg of DNA with 84 ml of sterile 1X PBS, then add 2.5 ml of PEI (2.5 mg total PEI). Incubate at room temperature for 15 minutes. Solution should become cloudy.
  5. Pour the PEI-DNA transfection mixture slowly into the cell factory and thoroughly distribute over all layers of the vessel. Optional: for increased expression yields, add valproic acid (4 mM final concentration). Incubate at 37 °C with 5% CO2 for four days.
  6. Harvest supernatant four days post-transfection. Centrifuge the conditioned media at 6000 x g for 30 minutes at 4 °C. Further filter the supernatant using a 0.22 μm Stericup vacuum filter apparatus. The 10-layer cell factory can be reused, see Box 3 for cleaning instructions. It is key that cleaning is initiated immediately after supernatant harvest; do not let the cells dry onto the vessel surface.
  7. Concentrate the supernatant to 75 ml using the Centramate tangential flow filtration system.
  8. Add 500 ml of PBS and re-concentrate to 75 ml. Repeat three additional times to completely buffer exchange the sample.
  9. Equilibrate a 1 ml anti-HA affinity column with 1X PBS and apply concentrated sample by gravity flow at a rate <1 ml/min.
  10. Wash the column with 30 ml of 1X PBS-Tween20.
  11. Dissolve HA peptide in 1X PBS (1.0 mg/ml) and incubate at 37 °C.
  12. Apply 1 ml of the HA peptide to the anti-HA column and allow the peptide to flow into the resin. Collect the flow through. Stop the flow when the peptide solution reaches the bed height.
  13. Incubate the entire anti-HA column at 37 °C for 15 minutes.
  14. Repeat Step 12 two additional times.
  15. Apply 1 ml of 1X PBS to the anti-HA column and flow into the resin until it reaches the bed height. Collect the flow through.
  16. Regenerate the anti-HA column with 10 ml 0.1 M glycine pH 2.2. Wash with 10 ml PBS and store affinity column at 4 °C in PBS with 0.02% (w/v) NaN3.
  17. Perform SDS-PAGE analysis and pool the fractions accordingly. Note: The HA peptide will interfere with protein concentration measurements by A280 or Bradford. To estimate the amount of protein present, load 5, 10, 15, 25 μg of BSA onto the SDS-PAGE gel as a standard and compare the band intensities.

Steps 9-17 can be repeated to capture additional protein from the conditioned medium.

4. Representative Results

In this article, we describe and demonstrate a convenient expression platform for milligram-quantity production of human proteins that can subsequently be used for structural and functional studies. The screening of human protein constructs using HEK 293T cells in 6-well plates is efficient and effective in identifying constructs amenable to larger scale production. Commercial expression vectors can be transfected efficiently in HEK 293T cells using a variety of transfection reagents, such as GeneJuice, FuGene HD or PEI. We recommend the use of a commercial transfection reagent, such as GeneJuice or FuGene HD, for test expressions, as these reagents are more effective for poorer expressing proteins (Fig. 3). Constructs selected for larger scale expression should be characterized by a single, strong intensity band, corresponding to the proper molecular weight on the western blot (Fig. 3). Glycoproteins may migrate as a broader band due to heterogeneity in glycosylation. We have shown that a variety of macromolecules, ranging from viral glycoproteins, cytokines, cytokine receptors, and other surface proteins, can be expressed and purified to yield millgram quantities of protein using this general expression platform (Fig. 4).

Figure 1
Figure 1. Workflow schematic of small-scale transfections. Click here to view larger figure.

Figure 2
Figure 2. Corning 10-layer CellSTACK for larger scale protein expression. Each layer contains 636 cm2 surface area for cell attachment. A standard laboratory CO2 incubator (6.0 cu. ft.) will comfortably hold four 10-layer cell factories.

Figure 3
Figure 3. Small-scale expression of various secreted proteins. We performed a series of small-scale test expressions using common transfection reagents: GeneJuice, FuGene HD and PEI. (a) Western blot screening of selected human cellular proteins (tetherin), receptors (IL-2R β subunit) and cytokines (IL-2). Tetherin is a human membrane glycoprotein that restricts the release of nascent HIV-1 virions 16. The extracellular domain of tetherin exists as a glycosylated, disulfide-linked dimer of ~36 kDa. Under reducing conditions, as shown here, tetherin migrates as a monomer with an apparent molecular weight of ~22 kDa. Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a cytokine (~17 kDa) involved in lymphocyte proliferation 17. It interacts with the IL-2 receptor complex, of which IL-2R βsubunit (~26 kDa) is a component 18. CD21 is a membrane protein involved in the activation and maturation B-cells by the complement system, and is also a receptor for the Epstein-Barr virus. The glycosylated extracellular domain of CD21 migrates as a monomer with an apparent molecular weight of ~20 kDa. (b) Western blot screening of selected surface viral glycoproteins (XMRV Env and ebolavirus GP). XMRV and ebolavirus glycoproteins (transmembrane anchor deleted) exist at the viral membrane as trimeric spikes and are involved in host cell attachment and fusion. The ectodomain of XMRV Env and EBOV GP are heavily decorated with N-linked glycans and migrate at apparent molecular weights of 70 kDa and 75 kDa, respectively.

Figure 4
Figure 4. Purified human cellular proteins from large-scale HEK 293T cultures. All proteins were expressed using a 10-layer cell factory, and concentrated and purified by anti-HA chromatography. As shown by Coomassie-stained SDS-PAGE analysis, the extracellular domains of the interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R) α and γ subunits migrate at molecular weights of 40 kDa and 46 kDa, respectively. The extracellular domain of tetherin migrates as a dimer, under non-reducing conditions, with an apparent molecular weight of 36 kDa. Note that there is some BSA contamination that appears at an apparent molecular weight of 60 kDa. In addition, the heterogeneity of the N-linked glycans present on tetherin, IL-2R α and IL-2R γ causes band broadening on the SDS-PAGE gel. These complex-type N-linked glycans can be removed using peptide: N-glycosidase F.

Vessel Surface area
6-well plate 9.5 cm2 (each well)
100 mm dishes 55 cm2
245 mm dishes 500 cm2
T75 cm2 flask 75 cm2
T175 cm2 flask 175 cm2
T225 cm2 flask 225 cm2
Roller bottle- regular 850 cm2
Roller bottle- expanded surface 1700 cm2
1-layer CellSTACK 636 cm2
2-layer CellSTACK 1272 cm2
5-layer CellSTACK 3180 cm2
10-layer CellSTACK 6360 cm2
40-layer CellSTACK 25,440 cm2

Table 1. Comparison of cell culture vessels used for protein expression.

List of Reagent Recipes

100X Ciprofloxacine For 10 ml solution, add 10 ml deionized water to 10 mg ciprofloxacine. Add 10 μl 6N HCl to completely dissolve the ciprofloxacine.

PEI (1 mg/mL) For a 100 ml solution, dissolve 100 mg of 25 kDa linear PEI in deionized water and heat to 80 °C. Cool solution to room temperature, adjust pH to 7.2, 0.22 μm filter sterilize, aliquot and freeze at -20 °C for long-term storage.

1X PBS For 1 L aqueous solution: 8.0 g NaCl, 0.2 g KCl, 1.4 g Na2HPO4 (anhydrous), 0.24 g KH2PO4. Adjust pH of solution to 7.4 and fill to 1.0 L.

1X PBS-Tween-20 For 1 L aqueous solution: 8.0 g NaCl, 0.2 g KCl, 1.4 g Na2HPO4 (anhydrous), 0.24 g KH2PO4, 1 ml Tween-20. Adjust pH of solution to 7.4 and fill to 1.0 L.

1X transfer buffer For 1 L aqueous solution: 3.0 g Tris base, 14.4 g glycine, 150 ml methanol.

1X SDS-PAGE running buffer For 1 L aqueous solution: 3.0 g Tris base, 14.4 g glycine, 1.0 g SDS.

SDS-PAGE reducing sample buffer For 10 ml solution: 0.6 g SDS, 3 ml glycerol, 1.8 ml 1.0 Tris-HCl pH 6.8, 1 mg bromophenol blue, 5% (v/v) 2-mercaptoethanol.

Box 1. General protocols for cell propagation

  1. Grow HEK 293T cells in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM) supplemented with 10% (v/v) fetal bovine serum (FBS), 1X pen/strep at 37 °C in a 5% CO2-humidified atmosphere.
  2. Observe cells under an inverted microscope. When cells are at 100% confluency, remove and discard culture medium.
  3. Rinse cells with 5 ml of sterile 1X PBS to remove traces of serum. Discard the PBS wash.
  4. Add 2 ml of 0.05% (w/v) trypsin-EDTA solution to a T225 cm2 flask (or 1 ml of 0.05% (w/v) trypsin-EDTA for T75 cm2 flask) and incubate at room temperature until cells detach from surface. It is also possible to use sterile 1X PBS-EDTA to detach HEK 293T cells.
  5. Add 13 ml of DMEM with 10% (v/v) FBS to a T225 cm2 flask (or 9 ml of DMEM with 10% (v/v) FBS for T75 cm2 flask) to inhibit the trypsin reaction.
  6. Split cells 1:5. For a T225 cm2 flask, add 3 ml of cell suspension to 27 ml of fresh DMEM with 1X pen/strep and 10% (v/v) FBS in a new culture vessel. For a T75 cm2 flask, add 2 ml of cell suspension to 8 ml of fresh growth media. Incubate cultures at 37 °C in a 5% CO2-humidified atmosphere. Cells should grow to 100% confluency within two days.

Box 2. Western blot analysis

  1. Add 10 μl SDS-PAGE reducing sample buffer to 30 μl cell culture supernatant. Load samples and prestained molecular weight markers onto polyacrylamide gels, and electrophorese using 1X SDS-PAGE running buffer at 175 V for 1 hour or until molecular weight markers are well resolved.
  2. Soak the PVDF Immobilon-P membrane in 100% methanol for 1 minute to activate.
  3. Assemble western blot apparatus. Ensure the PVDF membrane faces the positive electrode and keep all components wet with 1X transfer buffer. Avoid bubbles between the polyacrylamide gel and the membrane.
  4. Completely fill the electrophoresis chamber with 1X transfer buffer and transfer for 1 hour at 100 V.
  5. Block the membrane with 5% (w/v) skim milk in 1X PBS-Tween20 for 1 hour at room temperature, or overnight at 4 °C.
  6. Incubate with monoclonal primary antibody (i.e. 1:1000 dilution anti-HA mAb or another appropriate antibody) dissolved in 5% (w/v) skim milk in 1X PBS-Tween20 for 1 hour at room temperature or overnight at 4 °C.
  7. Wash the membranes in 1X PBS-Tween20 for 10 minutes. Repeat two extra times.
  8. Incubate with a monoclonal secondary antibody conjugated with alkaline phosphatase (1:1000 dilution in 5% (w/v) skim milk in 1X PBS-Tween20) for 1 hour at room temperature, or overnight at 4 °C.
  9. Wash the membranes in 1X PBS-Tween20 for 10 minutes. Repeat two extra times.
  10. Place the membrane into a small container, add 5 ml alkaline phosphatase substrate (BCIP/NBT) solution. Colour development should occur within 1-5 minutes. Once desired band intensity is reached, wash with deionized water and air dry. Colour may fade over time; electronically scan the membranes once dry.

Box 3. Cleaning and recycling of cell culture vessels

While cell factories are designed to be single use, these vessels can be recycled for additional large-scale transfections using the following cleaning protocol:

  1. Immediately after decanting the supernatant from the 10-layer cell factory, add 20% (v/v) bleach and shake vigorously to detach cells. Incubate at room temperature for three hours.
  2. Empty the vessel and add fresh 20% (v/v) bleach and incubate at room temperature overnight.
  3. Empty the vessel and wash with 1.5 L of deionized water. Repeat three times.
  4. Empty the 10-layer cell factory and add 0.5 L of sterile 1X PBS supplemented with 10X Antibiotic/Antimycotic solution. Store the vessel at room temperature and replace venting caps for filling ports (standard 33 mm threaded caps) prior to next usage. Note: all layers should be completely clear after cleaning, if not, do not use and dispose the cell factory according to institutional guidelines.

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The 10-layer cell factories are an effective vessel for the production of milligram quantities of protein. A major advantage of using the cell factory over other traditional vessels, such as roller bottles, shake flasks or spinner flasks, is that they do not require the purchase of any additional laboratory equipment. A standard CO2 incubator (~6.0 cu. ft.) will easily accommodate four 10-layer cell factories (Fig. 2). In addition, these vessels require less labor and space than dishes, flasks or roller bottles to produce cells and proteins; one 10-layer cell factory is equivalent to the use of 7.5 regular roller bottles (Table 1). More importantly, the HEK 293T cells adapt well in the vessels and are highly amenable to transient transfection by PEI, thus providing a low-cost and effective option to commercial transfection reagents. While cell factories are designed to be disposable cell culture plasticware, we have been able to efficiently clean and re-use these vessels multiple times without contamination issues, thus significantly reducing its cost per use. Transient protein expression using a 10-layer cell factory is capable of producing ~1-10 mg of purified protein (Fig. 4), depending on the protein and its modifications. It is possible to go from cloning and small-scale expression to completion of large-scale expression and purification in about 3-4 weeks. In summary, this is a rapid, general platform that is highly useful in the production of secreted human or viral surface proteins. Moreover, this platform can also be used to express antibodies, virus-like particles, and adenoviruses and lentiviruses for gene transfer.

We have listed below common problems and potential solutions. For a more detailed troubleshooting guide, please see 14.

  1. No or very low protein expression:
    • Poor health of the cells- Stain the cells using trypan blue for viability and test for mycoplasma contamination. If cells have a high passage number (>25 passages) and are growing slowly, start fresh with new HEK 293T cells. Transfection efficiency and protein production are affected by the age of the cells in culture.
    • Poor transient transfection- Cells should be transfected at a confluency level of 40%. The ratios of DNA to transfection reagent should be optimized.
    • Protein is unstable or not folded- Check the cell pellet for insoluble protein. Test the expression of other constructs or homologous protein.
  2. No protein is eluted from column:
    • Protein retained on the column- Elute the protein of interest with 0.1 M glycine pH 2.2 and analyze by western blot. If protein is retained, use a higher concentration of synthetic HA peptide for elution or incubate the column at 37 °C for longer periods.
    • anti-HA column is damaged- While the column, if cleaned and stored properly, can be reused multiple times, the efficiency of the column will decrease over time. Use a new anti-HA column.
    • Protein degradation- Add protease inhibitors and keep protein on ice during the entire purification process.
    • Protein has precipitated or aggregated on column- If the protein is unstable, try different constructs or buffer conditions (ie. pH, salts, additives, etc.) to improve protein stability.
    • Protein failed to bind to column- The HA-tag may be buried or inaccessible. Check to see that the protein is not in the flow through or wash.
  3. Serum albumin contamination:
    Bovine serum albumin (BSA) tends to bind non-specifically to the anti-HA resin and may contaminate the HA peptide elutions. In Fig. 4, BSA migrates as a compact band at an apparent molecular weight of ~60-65 kDa. In this case, increase the Tween-20 concentration in the 1X PBS-Tween20 wash to 0.2% (v/v) and increase the volume of the wash. Alternatively, BSA contamination may be removed using size exclusion or ion exchange chromatography.

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No conflicts of interest declared.


This work was supported by an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Operating Grant (ROG-G645) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award (MSH-113554) to JEL, and University of Toronto Fellowships to HA, FCA, and JDC. The authors would like to thank Marnie Fusco, Dafna Abelson and Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) for providing cells, ebolavirus GP expression vector and general advice.


Name Company Catalog Number Comments
Alkaline phosphatase (BCIP/NBT) liquid substrate solution Sigma B6404
Antibiotic/Antimycotic, 100X Invitrogen 15240062
Anti-HA affinity matrix, clone 3F10 Roche 1815016
Anti-HA murine mAb, clone 16B12 Covance MMS-101P
Cell culture flask, T75 cm2 tissue culture treated Corning 430641
Cell culture flask, T225 cm2 tissue culture treated Corning 431082
Cell culture plates,6-well tissue culture treated Corning 3516
Cell factory, 10-layer CellSTACK Corning 3312
Centramate Omega 5K Cassette Pall OS005C12
Centramate Omega 30K Cassette Pall OS030C12
Chromatography glass column, 1.0x10 cm Kontes 4204001010
Ciprofloxacin Sigma 17850
Dulbecco's modified Eagle's media (DMEM) Sigma D5796
Fetal bovine serum (FBS), heat inactivated Invitrogen 12484-028
FuGENE HD transfection reagent Promega 4709691001
GeneJuice transfection reagent EMD/Merck 70967-6
Glycine Sigma G8898
Goat anti-mouse IgG F(ab')2 alkaline Thermo Scientific 31324
phosphatase-conjugated antibody
Hemagglutinin (HA) peptide, 100 mg Genscript custom synthesis
(sequence: YPYDVPDYA; 95% purity)
HEK 293T cells ATCC CRL-11268
Household bleach (4% w/v sodium hypochlorite) various brands are available
Immobilon-P PVDF membrane Millipore IPVH07850
MiniPrep plasmid purification kit, PureLink Quick Invitrogen K2100-11
MaxiPrep plasmid purification kit, PureLink HiPure Invitrogen K2100-07
NaN3 Sigma S8032
pDISPLAY expression vector Invitrogen V660-20
Penicillin/streptomycin (pen/strep), 100X Invitrogen 15140-122
Phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), sterile 1X Sigma D8537
Polyethyleneimine (PEI), linear 25 kDa Polyscience 23966
Skim milk dry powder Carnation
Stericup-GP PES vacuum filtration unit, Millipore SCGPU05RE
0.22 μm, 500 ml capacity
Trypan blue Invitrogen 15250061
Trypsin-EDTA, 0.05% (w/v) Invitrogen 25300-054
Tween-20 Sigma P7949
Valproic acid Sigma P4543
Centramate tangential flow system Pall
CO2 humidified incubator, standard 6.0 cu. ft. various brands are available
Electrophoresis and transfer unit various brands are available
Incubator, 37 °C various brands are available



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Aydin, H., Azimi, F. C., Cook, J. D., Lee, J. E. A Convenient and General Expression Platform for the Production of Secreted Proteins from Human Cells. J. Vis. Exp. (65), e4041, doi:10.3791/4041 (2012).

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