Optogenetics AAV Production Service

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    AAV vector construction
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    AAV packaging
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Note: If the selection of AAV plasmid elements listed above do not fully meet your requirements, please contact us.

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Introduction to Optogenetics Adeno Associated Virus (AAV) Production Service

Optogenetics Adeno Associated Virus (AAV) premade products list

Cat No. Products Name Serotypes of AAV Order
GeneMedi offer multiple serotypes of AAV for your option:
· AAV1
· AAV2
· AAV2 variant (Y444F)
· AAV2 variant (Y272F, Y444F, Y500F, Y730F)
· AAV2 variant (Y444F, Y730F, Y500F, Y272F, Y704F, Y252F)
· AAV2 variant(AAV2.7m8)
· AAV5
· AAV6
· AAV8
· AAV8-1m
· AAV8-2m
· AAV8 variant (Y733F, Y447F, Y275)
· AAV9
· AAV-Rh.10
· AAV-DJ/8
· AAV-Retro (Retrograde)

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Optogenetics has been a powerful scientific tool to further the fundamental scientific understanding of how specific cell types contribute to the function of biological tissues, such as neural circuits in vivo and lead to new insights into Parkinson's disease and other neurological and psychiatric disorders in clinic [1]. By delivering optical signals to precisely control biological processes in living tissues, optogenetics opens up new landscapes for the study of biology, both in health and disease. Optogenetics is now typically used in neuroscience to control electrical potentials in neurons in vivo.

Adeno associated virus (AAV)

Adeno associated virus (AAV) is one kind of human parvovirus. Recombinant AAV vectors can efficiently transfect various cell types, including dividing and quiescent cells, and induce persistent gene expression in vivo without integrating into host genome and causing any disease. These features make AAV an attractive candidate in the application of gene delivery for gene therapy and human disease model establishment. To date, AAV has been proved as the most excellent gene therapy vector. Over 204 clinical trials have been carried out using AAV vectors for gene delivery, and promising gene therapy outcomes have been achieved from clinical trials for a great number of diseases.

Genemedi optogenetics AAV

Genemedi possesses a complete library of optogenetics components into AAV plasmid. These optogenetics AAV can help researchers control and monitor the activities of individual neurons in living tissue, and precisely measure the manipulation effects in real-time.


Genemedi Optogenetics AAV
Quantity/Unit Vials
Form Frozen form
Suitable Types of Infection In vivo infection in animals
Sipping and Storage Guidelines Shipped by dry ice, stored at -80 ° C, effective for 1 year. Avoid repeatedly freezing and thawing.
Titer > 1*10^12v.g/ml


1. Millisecond-scale temporal precision, which allows the researchers to keep pace with fast biological information processing.

2. Fast readouts in optogenetics that can keep pace with the optical control by electrical recordings ("optrodes") or reporter proteins.

3. Safety. The wild type Adeno Associated Virus (AAV) has not currently been known to cause disease, and further security of recombinant AAV is ensured after removal of most AAV genome elements.

4. Low immunogenicity. AAV causes a very mild immune response, lending further support to its apparent lack of pathogenicity.

5. Broad range of host and specificity targeting. AAV has the ability to infect both dividing and quiescent cells, allowing genetic material to be delivered to a highly diverse range of cell types. More than 12 AAV serotypes and a variety of capsid engineered AAV vectors can be selected according to their tissue tropisms.

6. Long-term stable expression. Long term and stable expression of genes in vivo can be mediated by AAV.

7. Stable physical properties. AAV is still alive at 60℃ and resistant to chloroform.

Applications and Figures

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Combination of optogenetics with AAV to determine spontaneous electric activity of nerve in Genemedi.
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Figure 2
Selected transduction results of various AAV optogenetics system, such as mice brain tissue (A), rat brain tissue (B), mice brain stem (C), hippocampus (D).

Quality control description

AAV capsid contains VR1 82kDa, VR2 72kDa and VR3 62kDa, which can be detected using the method of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) followed by silver staining or Coomassie blue staining. Pure AAV should display only three major protein bands, which is shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3. PAGE for quality testing example of AAV by Genemedi. Only 3 protein bands can be seen in the purified AAV virus samples.

Technical Documents

1. For further information about AAV administration and transduction results, please see pdf downloadAAV(adeno associated virus) User Manual.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

1. How can I choose the optimal AAV serotypes for my in vivo study?

Genemedi has launched a comprehensive AAV production service. More than 12 AAV serotypes and a variety of capsid engineered AAV vectors are available for targeting different tissues and organs. Different AAV serotypes have different tissue tropism in vivo, the common serotypes and their tropism are listed in the above table 1. Therefore, you can select the most suitable AAV serotype for your study according to this table. For example, if you’d like to transfect your target gene into mouse ears, the AAV-Anc80 will be your best choice.

For your optimal AAV serotypes screening, Genemedi can also customize an AAV serotype testing kit with recommended serotypes of your choice.

2. How much DNA do I need to provide for Custom AAV without DNA amplification?

You will need to provide purified plasmid DNA at a concentration of 0.5ug/ul or more.
50 ug DNA needed for Custom AAV production service without DNA amplification (10^9 GC/ml).
200 ug DNA needed for Custom AAV production service without DNA amplification (10^12 GC/ml).
300 ug DNA needed for Custom AAV production service without DNA amplification (10^13 GC/ml).

3. What's the difference of AAV titer unit between GC/ml and vg/ml?

The AAV titer unit GC/ml and vg/ml can be used interchangeably, based on qPCR method.

4. Why can’t I see the expression of GFP after AAV infection in my cell line?

AAV serotypes selection is an important parameter which may affect the transduction ability of AAV particles. Thus, it is necessary to determine which serotype works best for your cell line. For instance, serotype 5 limits its transduction ability on most cell types. For detailed information, you can refer to our technical sheet "AAV - General Guideline to Serotype Selection".

5. Does Genemedi’s AAV preparations belong to in-vivo grade?

Extensive purification steps guarantee the high quality of our viral particles, which are ready to be administrated for in-vivo models. For detailed references, please see the in-vivo infection data tested by another independent lab { www.genemedi.net }

6. What are the QC ( quality control) methods for testing AAV in Genemedi?

We provide qPCR-based titer as the primary method to determine whether the packaging/purification process is successful or not. If your virus has GFP or RFP reporter, we also perform virus infectivity testing in HEK293T cell line.

7. Can I utilize different serotypes of AAV virus in the same equipment to keep the infected cells?

There is no problem with using different serotypes in the same equipment, as long as the handler takes the basic precautions to avoid cross-contamination.

8. What is the difference between brain localization of gene expression after injection of AAV or lentiviral vectors?

Lentiviral particles don't spread well after stereotaxic injection into brain because the particles are relatively large (90nm~100nm). In contrast, AAV particles spread more readily due to smaller size (20nm~100nm). As mentioned, it has been stated that some AAV serotypes spread better than others in brain, for example, AAV5 is reported to spread exceptionally well when injected into striatum. Lastly, pretreatment with mannitol to your animal about 15 min ahead of viral injection has been reported to aid in spread of viral particles in the brain.

9. Do AAVs tranduce axons passing through a region of interest?

AAVs are able to infect axon terminals and produce retrograde transport (towards the cell body). The slightly longer answer is that this process is highly biased based on the serotype you are using. There are a number of papers reporting AAV6 (and maybe AAV6.2) is the main serotype to produce retrograde transport. There are however reports of many other serotypes producing retrograde transport with a much smaller rate.

10. What's the simplest and most efficient optogenetics setup for dual (independent) light delivery, such as blue for ChR2 and green for eArch3.0?

A blue LED coupled to a fiber for ChR2 and a green laser with optical shutter for Arch3 can be recommended. LEDs are easier to drive, but a laser is probably required for inhibitory ion pumps.
1) LEDs have nearly linear electrical current to optical power output, so if your study requires highly precise temporal patterns of stimulation, this would be the way to go. However, LEDs emit light in many directions, so it is difficult to focus the light into the fiber. The ability to couple a high percentage of the LED's output into a small diameter fiber, the coupling efficiency, is a key way to differentiate the available products.
Lasers can be coupled at a much higher efficiency. However, cheap diode lasers perform quite poorly when pulsed. A laser rated at 100 mW might only put out 3 mW when pulse for 1 ms. The best way to use a cheap dpss laser is to leave the laser on and then gate the light with optical shutter. However, this approach can only be used for rectangular pulses, not arbitrary temporal patterns.
2.) Miniaturized LEDs help get more light into the end of the fiber.
3) If you can get >5 mW out of a 200 μm fiber, you'll have more than enough for the ChR2 studies, but inhibitory ion pumps require relatively more light. A green laser with an optical shutter would probably be best.

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