Are there any recommendations for preventing or dispersing cell clumps in a suspension culture?

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When cells meant to be grown in suspension are grown in static culture, they may form clumps. These clumps will severely limit transfection efficiency and protein expression. It is suggested that FreeStyle™ 293 cells in FreeStyle™ media and CHO-S cells in CD-CHO or CHO-SFM are grown in agitated suspension to reduce the appearance of clumps. However, if they do form you can try the following protocol to break up the clumps:

1) Collect all cells in a 50 ml conical tube. Spin at 500 X g for 10 minutes. Remove all media.
2) Resuspend the cells in 5 mls Trypsin-EDTA (0.5% Trypsin, 5.3mM EDTA*4Na). Titurate cells to break up clumps.
3) Spin cells at 500 X g for 10 minutes. Remove all trypsin and resuspend cells in 5 mls CD-CHO media. Titurate cells to break up clumps. Add an additional 20 mls CH-CHO media.
4) Spin cells at 500 X g for 10 minutes. Remove all media and resuspend cells in 5 mls CD-CHO media. Titurate cells to break up clumps. Add an additional 20 mls CH-CHO media.
5) Spin cells at 500 X g for 10 minutes. Remove all media and resuspend cells in 5 mls CD-CHO media. Titurate cells to break up clumps.
6) Count cells and return to culture. Because there is little protein in CD-CHO media it is necessary to remove all trypsin from the cells before returning the cells to culture.

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Which serum-free medium should I select for my CHO cells?

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Life Technologies offers multiple serum free media (SFM) and chemically defined (CD) media options for CHO cultures. For adherent cultures, CD CHO (10743-011) and CD OptiCHO™ medium (12681-011) are robust media; both are protein free and animal origin free (AOF). For adherent cultures, CD CHO-A (097-0182DJ) is a widely used protein free and animal origin free medium. There are other formulations available to suit other research needs; contact Technical Support for further information.

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