Adenoviral gene transfer is one of the most reliable methods for introducing genes into mammalian cells. Because infection by adenovirus is not cell-cycle dependent, you can deliver your gene to primary as well as transformed cell lines. Adenoviruses are ideal tools for protein production in mammalian cells because following infection, your target gene is transiently expressed at very high levels since many cells receive multiple copies of the recombinant genome. Additionally, adenoviruses are capable of infecting a wide variety of proliferating and quiescent cell types from many different animal species including humans, non-human primates, pigs, rodents, mice, and rabbits.
Adeno-X System 3 features
No shuttle vector required
Clone directly into the adenoviral vector using In-Fusion HD Cloning
Easy to use
As easy as any plasmid cloning system
2–3 days for cloning (others take at least 8 days)
Super high-efficiency cloning
100s of colonies, 9/10 clones are correct
Highly flexible formats
Use an existing expression cassette or create one without additional subcloning
Best technologies offered
Tet-On 3G inducible expression, fluorescent reporters, multiple fragment cloning
Clone into adenovirus just like any other plasmid
Until now the main drawback of commercially supplied adenoviral vector systems has been the need to use complex cloning procedures to overcome the difficulties with cloning into large plasmids (~34 kb). Procedures have included precloning into shuttle vectors and subcloning through multiple steps and multiple different strains of E. coli, all of which increase hands-on time and leave more room for error. At Takara Bio, our Adeno-X virologists thought "wouldn't it be great if you could clone directly into the adenoviral plasmid just like any plasmid?" They then harnessed the power of In-Fusion HD Cloning technology to make this happen.
There is no simpler adenoviral expression system
An overview of the procedure for creating recombinant adenovirus using the Adeno-X Adenoviral System 3 is shown in Figure 2. The system relies upon the ability of the In-Fusion HD enzyme to precisely recognize and fuse 15 bp of homology between two linear DNA molecules. To generate short regions of homology to the prelinearized pAdeno-X vector, simply add 15 bp of additional sequence to the primers you use to PCR-amplify your gene of interest. Then, combine the DNA together with the In-Fusion HD enzyme in a 15-min reaction and transform Stellar Competent Cells. Cloning is always directional and 90% of the clones contain the correct insert. The kit includes a control cloning fragment, primers for colony PCR verification of positive clones, and a NucleoBond Xtra kit for transfection-grade plasmid purification.
Multiple formats are available
Adeno-X Adenoviral System 3 is available in seven formats, including the most advanced tetracycline-inducible expression system, constitutive expression systems with or without fluorescent reporters, and universal systems that allow you to clone and express any entire expression cassette of your choice (Table 1).
When you clone your gene into pAdenoX-Tet3G, you are creating a system with the tightest and most sensitive control of gene expression. Tightly-controlled, doxycycline-induced expression is as easy as constitutive expression, since the Tet-On 3G transactivator protein and the PTRE3G-controlled gene of interest are present on the same adenoviral vector. Up to 3,000-fold induction can be achieved using this system (Figure 3).
Clone any expression cassette into the universal vectors
You are not limited to using a CMV expression system—we have created universal systems with vectors that lack a promoter and polyA signal in the cloning site. Simply amplify an entire expression cassette (from promoter to polyA) from a pre-existing construct and clone using In-Fusion HD (Figure 4, Panel A). Universal systems can be used for expression from alternative promoters that are better suited to your target cell type, such as EF1-alpha or tissue-specific promoters. Alternatively, you may wish to transfer your shRNA or miRNA expression cassette from a pre-existing plasmid to one of the universal pAdenoX vectors in order to create a high-efficiency RNAi delivery system. Even if your expression cassette does not exist, you can create one using multiple fragment cloning (Figure 4, Panel B), with only a small loss in cloning efficiency (Table 2).
Very high titer, easily amplified, very stable
Recombinant adenoviruses such as Adeno-X are lytic only in packaging cells that provide the essential E1 protein in trans (such as HEK 293 cells). This lytic mechanism of amplification means that virus particles produced by one cell can reinfect adjacent packaging cells to produce a cascade of virus production and ultimately far higher titers (>109 IFU/ml) than can be achieved with any recombinant lentivirus system (Table 3). Moreover, it is very simple to reamplify and make more virus particles. Unlike lentivirus production, there is no need to optimize transfection conditions; you simply reinfect HEK 293 cells with your existing adenovirus prep and wait for the packaging cells to produce more virus. Adenovirus can be stored frozen in high-titer aliquots for long-term studies.
Table 2. Multiple fragment cloning efficiency with the Adeno-X System 3
Number of colonies (1/10th plated)
pAdenoX + 1 insert
pAdenoX + 2 inserts
pAdenoX + 3 inserts
Table 3. Adenoviral gene delivery vs. lentiviral gene delivery
Infects many different human cell types
Infects both dividing and non-dividing cells
High level of protein expression (up to 10–20% total protein)
Ability to accommodate long inserts (up to 8 kb)
Easy to scale-up/amplify
Easy to get titers >109 IFU/ml
Easy to get a multiplicity of infection >25 copies per cell
The Adeno-X Adenoviral System 3 provides a simple, rapid method for gene delivery into mammalian cells by allowing direct cloning into adenoviral vectors using In-Fusion HD Cloning technology. The system is available in seven different formats, including a tetracyline-inducible system which generates very high-fold induction, and universal systems that may be used to clone any expression cassette or create a new expression cassette using multiple fragment cloning. The Adeno-X Adenoviral System 3 produces very high titers of recombinant retroviruses that are easily amplified and remain stable when frozen.
Easily design primers for In-Fusion Cloning
Our NEW In-Fusion Cloning Primer Design Tool allows for single- or multiple-insert cloning, accommodates vector linearization by inverse PCR or restriction digest, and enables site-directed mutagenesis. Simply input the DNA sequences of your vector and insert(s), along with your linearization method to generate primers for your next cloning experiment. Easily switch to the mutagenesis option to generate primers for all of your insertion, replacement, and deletion projects.