, Volume 65, Issue 5, pp 811–818 | Cite as

Transgene copy number comparison in recombinant mammalian cell lines: critical reflection of quantitative real-time PCR evaluation

  • Wolfgang Sommeregger
  • Bernhard Prewein
  • David Reinhart
  • Alexander Mader
  • Renate KunertEmail author
Brief Report


Nucleic acid quantification is a relevant issue for the characterization of mammalian recombinant cell lines and also for the registration of producer clones. Quantitative real-time PCR is a powerful tool to investigate nucleic acid levels but numerous different quantification strategies exist, which sometimes lead to misinterpretation of obtained qPCR data. In contrast to absolute quantification using amplicon- or plasmid standard curves, relative quantification strategies relate the gene of interest to an endogenous reference gene. The relative quantification methods also consider the amplification efficiency for the calculation of the gene copy number and thus more accurate results compared to absolute quantification methods are generated. In this study two recombinant Chinese hamster ovary cell lines were analysed for their transgene copy number using different relative quantification strategies. The individual calculation methods resulted in differences of relative gene copy numbers because efficiency calculations have strong impact on gene copy numbers. However, in context of comparing transgene copy numbers of two individual clones the influence of the calculation method is marginal. Therefore especially for the comparison of two cell lines with the identical transgene any of the relative qPCR methods was proven as powerful tool.


CHO Cellline development Gene copy number qPCR LinReg 



Part of this study was partly funded by Polymun Scientific Immunbiologische Forschung GmbH, Donaustraße 99, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Sommeregger
    • 1
  • Bernhard Prewein
    • 1
  • David Reinhart
    • 1
  • Alexander Mader
    • 1
  • Renate Kunert
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Vienna Institute of BioTechnology (BOKU–VIBT)University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesViennaAustria

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