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Sep 09, 2015
Scientific Reports
Lentiviral technology has proven to be a powerful tool to express exogenous genes in dividing and non-dividing cells. Currently, most protocols for generating high-titer lentivirus require ultracentrifugation, which can be an instrumental barrier for routine operations in a laboratory. In this study, the effect of relative centrifugal force (RCF) on the concentration efficiency of the lentivirus was systematically explored, and it was found that sucrose gradient centrifugation with a relatively low speed (≤10,000 g) robustly produces a high-titer virus (up to 2 × 10(8) TU/ml). The optimal sucrose concentration is 10%, and the recovery rate of the functional virus is greater than 80%. The infection efficiency of both concentrated and un-concentrated lentivirus decreases rapidly when the viruses are stored at 4 °C (τ ≈ 1.3 days) or subjected to multiple freeze-thaw cycles (τ = 1.1 rounds). In summary, we describe an efficient and easy-to-handle protocol for high-titer lentivirus purification.

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