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Scientific research project support from OET

Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd (OET) is a name you can trust for help with scientific projects both here in the UK and globally. We are based in Oxford, and we are the home of flashBAC™. We are available to offer help and advice when projects are not running smoothly. Please feel free to contact us and ask if there is anything we can do to help and/or assist you with.

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Specialist project support and the supply of transfer vector to clone your gene into a transfer plasmid yourself

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Most transfer plasmids that are compatible with the transfer of the foreign genes into the virus genome by homologous replication are compatible with the flashBAC expression system. OET provides several its own proprietary transfer vectors (pOET series). These allow you to express genes under control of the very strong polyhedrin gene promoter or the p6.9 gene promoter. Although the p6.9 gene promoter is less strong than the polyhedrin gene promoter, it does express genes earlier in the virus infection cycle and can give higher overall yields of difficult to express proteins (membrane targeted or secreted).


In choosing a transfer vector, there are several points to be considered. Take a look below or, alternatively, get in touch with OET. Our staff will be very pleased to provide advice on the best transfer plasmid to use for your project.


Usually the polyhedrin gene provides the highest yields of recombinant protein.  Sometimes, for membrane targeted or secreted proteins, using a late gene promoter (p6.9 for example) provides a higher overall yield of better-quality protein.  Dual promoter vectors can be used to express two genes simultaneously using one under the polyhedrin gene promoter and one under the p10 gene promoter, another very late gene.

Purification tags:

If you wish to purify your protein, it is usually easiest to add a purification tag to either the C or N terminus of your protein.  The most commonly used tag is 6xHis but baculovirus transfer plasmids with other tags are also available.  You may also need to ensure that the transfer plasmid chosen includes a site to cleave the tag following purification.

Signal peptide sequence:

Most reports indicate that almost all natural signal peptide sequences work in insect cells.  However, if you wish to use an insect-specific signal peptide, transfer plasmids are available to add in-frame either a GP64 or chitinase signal peptide. After cloning the gene into your vector, we strongly recommend sequencing across the cloning 5’ junction to ensure that the sequence from the promoter into your foreign gene reads correctly (to ensure that the ATG start codon of your gene is the first to be encountered after the promoter sequence and that addition of any signal peptide/5’ purification tag is in frame).

Midi or maxi-prep material (10 µg min) should be sent to OET to make the recombinant baculovirus.

Project support and protein expression services

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Our team of scientific experts has over 25 years of experience with recombinant protein expression and have helped to develop new and improved systems and kits over this period.  We are keenly available to offer help and project support, so why not get in touch?

To find out more about project support services, products available or contract work from Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd, please contact us.
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