Hygromycin B is a unique aminoglycoside antibiotic derived from Streptomyces hygroscopicus. Hygromycin B is routinely used as a selective agent in cell culture or microbiology applications to isolate hygromycin B resistant cells.
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|Mechanism of Action||Hygromycin B inhibits protein synthesis by strengthening the interaction of tRNA binding in the ribosomal A-site. Hygromycin B also prevents mRNA and tRNA translocation by an unknown mechanism. These are unique mechanisms for an aminoglycoside antibiotic and they differ from the mode of action neomycin, gentamicin, and G418.|
|Spectrum||Hygromycin B is effective against eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.|
|Microbiology Applications||Hygromycin B can be used as a selection agent to isolate hygromycin b resistant bacteria and fungi.|
|Eukaryotic Cell Culture Applications||Hygromycin B is routinely used as a selective agent in mammalian cell culture to isolate hygromycin B resistant cells after transfection. Selectable markers for hygromycin B resistant cells include the hyg or hph resistance genes which express a phosphotransferase that inactivates hygromycin B by phosphorylation. Effective working concentrations range from 100 – 1000 µg/mL.|
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Biosynthetic: produced by Streptomyces hygroscopicus.
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Hygromycin B Kill Curve Protocol
Hygromycin B is a unique aminoglycoside antibiotic produced by Streptomyces hygroscopicus and is routinely used as a selective agent in cell culture and microbiology applications to isolate transfected, hygromycin B resistant cells. Before stable transfected cell lines can be selected, the optimal hygromycin B concentration needs to be determined by performing a kill curve titration. The optimal working concentration of hygromycin B suitable for selection of resistant mammalian clones depends on the cell lines, media, growth conditions, and the quality of hygromycin B. Because of these variables, it is necessary to perform a kill curve for every new cell type and new batch of hygromycin B.
Preparation and storage of hygromycin B solution:
Hygromycin B is soluble in water at >50 mg/mL. It is also soluble in methanol or ethanol. Solutions should be sterilized by filtration, not by autoclaving.
Hygromycin B solutions have been reported to lose activity on freezing. Since solutions are stable refrigerated, freezing should be avoided. Hygromycin B products should be stored as supplied at 2-8 °C. The dry solid is stable for at least five years if stored at 2-8 °C. Hygromycin B solutions are stable as supplied for two years if stored at 2-8 °C.
Kill Curve/Hygromycin B Titration Protocol:
Plasmid DNA Transfection Protocol
Once the appropriate antibiotic concentration to use for selection of the stable transfected cells has been determined by performing a kill curve, the next step is to generate a stable cell line by transfection of the parental cell line with a plasmid containing the gene of interest and an antibiotic resistance gene.
Plasmid DNA Transfection Protocol:
Seed 24-wells with insert and determine the transfection efficiency by immunostaining:
Selection of Stable Transfected Cell Lines Protocol
Once the cells have been successfully transfected, the next step is to seed and select the transfected cell line in a single 96-well plate to select pure colonies by limited dilution as outlined below:
Seed 24-wells with insert for an immunostaining to determine percentage of cells expressing the gene of interest to be able to identify a 100% pure clone. You can also use Western blotting, flow cytometry or another technique depending on the cell line used.
Seed 24-wells with insert and determine the expression level of the gene of interest by immunostaining: