TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) Bioproduction Kit

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The TARGATT™ CHO-K1 Master Cell Line and transgenic kit was designed for fast and site-specific knockin in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells using an easy-to-use gene knockin approach. The master cell line provided in this kit contains both the “attP” docking-site and the PhiC31 integrase expression cassette engineered into the CHO H11 safe harbor locus in the genome. Any gene of interest can be cloned into the provided TARGATT™ “attB” cloning plasmid (under control of the strong CAG promoter or promoter-of-choice), and transfected into the master cell line for generating a stable knockin cell line. The TARGATT™ integrase-based technology enables efficient DNA integration and high-level gene expression without disrupting internal genes. The TARGATT™ CHO-K1 cell line can therefore be used for uniform, site-specific gene knockin, generation of isogenic cell lines, and amplification strategies for isolating high expression cells, without the need for single cell cloning.

The TARGATT™ CHO-K1 master cell line and transgenic kit are suitable for research applications involving gene overexpression and high-level expression of recombinant proteins and other biologics in a rapidly expanding bioproduction industry and for other applications*.

Advantages of using TARGATT™ Master Cell Lines for gene knockin:

  • High efficiency, unidirectional integration
  • Site-specific, stable knockin cell line generation
  • Single copy gene integration into safe harbor locus
  • Gene expression from an active, intergenic locus
  • Easy-to-use protocol requiring transfection of only one (donor) plasmid

*TARGATT™ master cell lines can be generated in any cell line including stem cells. Please contact Applied StemCell for TARGATT™ cell line engineering services to generate a master cell line in a specific cell line of choice.

Please also see our frequently asked question section in our webpage for more details.

This product is for research purposes only.

For industry clients, we have the following available:

  • Evaluation package
  • Licensing
  • Custom antibody library construction service


All cell lines and reagents provided in this kit are sufficient for transfection according to the given protocol:

• TARGATT™ CHO-K1 Master Cell line (AST-1400-1)
• TARGATT™ 42 Dual CMV-Hyg-TK Cloning Plasmid (AST-3082)
• TARGATT™ 30 (CAG-GFP-TK-No hyg) (AST-3076)
• TARGATT™ CMV-Integrase Plasmid (AST-3071)

GFP Expression after Transfection


Figure 2. Uniform and Stable GFP expression 21 days post-transfection using TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) Master Cell Line and Knockin Kit. The TARGATT™ CAG-GFP plasmid vector was used to evaluate gene integration in the parental CHO-K1 cells (a-b) and TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) master cell line (c-d). An enriched GFP signal was detected by fluorescence imaging in TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) Master Cell Line. (Left) bright field microscopy. (Right) Immunofluorescence; GFP channel.

Flow Cytometry Analysis of GFP Expression after Integration and Selection in TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) Master Cell Line


Figure 3. Flow cytometric analysis of GFP expression level in CHO-K1 cells. GFP expression was measured by flow cytometric after transfection of TARGATT™ CAG-GFP plasmid in parental CHO cell line by random integration (c-b) and in TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) Master Cell Line by site-specific gene integration (c-e). (a) CHO-K1 parental cell line without transfection; (b) CHO-K1 parental cell line randomly transfected with TARGATT™ CAG-GFP plasmid; (c) TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) master cell line without transfection; (d) TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) master cell line transfected with TARGATT™ CAG-GFP plasmid before GCV selection; (e) TARGATT™ CHO-K1 (H11) master cell line transfected with TARGATT™ CAG-GFP plasmid after GCV selection.

TARGATT™ Master Cell Line Publication:

  • Chi, X., Zheng, Q., Jiang, R., Chen-Tsai, R. Y., & Kong, L. J. (2019). A system for site-specific integration of transgenes in mammalian cells. PLOS ONE14(7), e0219842.