E. cloni® EXPRESS BL21(DE3) Chemically Competent Cells

E. cloni® EXPRESS BL21(DE3) Chemically Competent Cells




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E. cloni® EXPRESS BL21(DE3) Competent Cells




  • Best value for routine protein expression... available as Electrocompetent and Chemically Competent Cells.

Lucigen’s E. cloni EXPRESS BL21(DE3) Electrocompetent Cells are the first to offer high efficiency cloning and high level protein expression in the same cell. Cloning efficiencies are increased 25-1,000 fold relative to competitors’ preparations of BL21 cells (Figure 1), which is essential for construction of complex expression libraries. The unprecedented transformation efficiency of E. cloni EXPRESS Electrocompetent Cells (> 5 × 109 cfu/µg) eliminates the need for plasmid transfer from the cloning strain to the expression strain, saving days of work in a typical cloning and expression experiment (Figure 2).

BL21(DE3) Efficiency Cell Comparison

Figure 1. Transformation efficiency comparison of commercially available BL21(DE3) competent cells.



Figure 2. Comparison of cloning and protein expression procedures.

E. cloni EXPRESS BL21(DE3) strains contain the phage T7 RNA polymerase gene linked to the IPTG-inducible promoter, for use with any expression plasmid containing the T7 promoter.

NOTE: For best results in expressing proteins that may be toxic, we recommend using OverExpress Cells. E. cloniEXPRESS cells are also available as chemically competent cells. With a transformation efficiency of >1 × 107 cfu/µg and very economical prices, EXPRESS Chemically Competent Cells offer superior value for everyday protein expression work.

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Product Description Size Cat. No.
Expression Recovery Medium (lactose minus)   8 × 12 ml 80030-1
E. cloni EXPRESS BL21(DE3) Chemically Competent Cells (≥1 × 10^7 cfu/µg)   12 rxns 60401-1
    24 rxns 60401-2
    48 rxns 60401-3
E. cloni EXPRESS BL21(DE3) Electrocompetent Cells (≥5 × 10^9 cfu/µg)   12 rxns 60300-1
    24 rxns 60300-2

Each E. cloni EXPRESS Kit contains: the indicated E. cloni EXPRESS Electrocompetent or Chemically Competent Cells in DUO packaging (2 transformations per tube), Expression Recovery Medium (lactose minus), pUC19 Positive Control Plasmid, and complete protocols.