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NovoHelix offers a range of cell services to ensure success of custom ‘disease-in-a-dish’ cell models.   These service requests include gamma-irradiation of feeder cells, embryonic fibroblast derivation for co-culture of pluripotent stem cells, primary cell immortalization, and establishment of primary cell lines from elite animals for somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and genome engineering.  We offer flexible modalities including adherent and suspension bioreactors for scalable culture, single-cell cloning and expansion, and colony screening in 96-well or 384-well microplate formats. Although we have not enumerated ever cell service that we offer, please inquire through our online quote portal for requests that are not directly listed.





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 cell line gamma-irradiation
CMSS001
NovoHelix offers gamma-irradiation service for irradiating cell lines (patient-derived, pooled, genome edited/ corrected cell lines) using a gamma-emission source to irradiate cells at a constant dose rate and to any desired extent of radiation. Irradiated cell line models are novel toolkits for applications such as generation of co-culture models using non-dividing/ feeder cells; to study mechanisms underlying cancer progression; wound healing and inflammatory responses after irradiation; screen drugs for enhancing irradiation sensitivity of tumor cells; and for xenograft tumor models.

Our Cell Line Irradiation Service includes:

Cell line expansion/ harvesting
Cell line Irradiation (customized extent of irradiation)
Cryopreservation
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 cell immortalization
CMSS002
NovoHelix offers patient fibroblast immortalization service via the simian virus 40 T antigen.

Simian virus 40 (SV40) T antigen has been shown to be the simplest and most reliable agent for the immortalization of many different cell types and the mechanism of SV40 T antigen in cell immortalization is relatively well understood. Recent studies have also shown that SV40 T antigen can induce telomerase activity in the infected cells. We have experience with human, mouse, pig fibroblasts immortalization by introducing SV40 T antigen.

Service includes:

Lentivirus vector(s) expressing SV40 large and small T antigens

Transduction
colony selection (up to 10 passages)
Characterization (transgene expression by RT-PCR)

Culture, cryopreservation
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 primary cell isolation
CMSS003
NovoHelix can isolate primary cells from fresh tissues, including from biopsy samples.

Primary cells differ from immortalized cell lines because they have a limited population doubling time. However, primary cells retain the physiological properties of the tissue of origin and mimic in vivo conditions. Primary cells are ideal cell models for a variety of research, including cell biology/physiology, disease mechanisms, drug screening and therapeutic development.  NovoHelix can isolate a specific cell type from tissues including (but not limited to): Skin, Heart, Liver, Kidney, Bone, Skeletal Muscle, Brain or other nervous tissue.

We first isolate the cell-type-of interest using magnetic bead technology. Cells are then frozen in liquid nitrogen for long-term storage. Thawed cells are subject to flow cytometry and plated for immunocytochemistry for further characterization. We also provide recommended growth and handling conditions for you with each purchase.
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