Genome-Edited Cells


Setsuro Tech Inc. delivers genome-edited culture cells produced by the VIKING method, which are instrumental tools to analyze gene and protein functions. Our genome-edited cell production covers major cell lines such as Hela, HepG2, HEK293F, etc. Moreover, Setsuro Tech Inc. offers a package service that includes the production of genome-edited cells and gene and/or protein analysis using produced genome-edited cells. Please contact us if you want to save your resource and time!

Knockout Cell

Knockout cell

A donor vector containing a drug resistance marker is inserted at the target site to disrupt the target gene.
A donor vector containing a drug resistance marker is inserted into one allele of the target sequence, and another allele is knocked out via a frameshift caused by the indel.

Knock-in Cell

Knock-in cell

Vectors are mainly knocked-in at a safe harbor site (AAVS1).
By knocking-in a gene to a safe harbor site, the target protein can be stably expressed.

Gene Replacement

Gene replacement

Point mutants are generated in cultured cells through two steps as indicated below:
1. Knock-out of an endogenous gene
2. Knock-in of a point mutation sequence to a safe harbor site.
* Due to knock-in to a safe harbor site, the point mutation-induced gene is no longer expressed endogenously. Tips: This method can be used for “humanization.”


The VIKING method is an improved version of knock-in technology using non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), that dramatically reduces unintended mutations (off-target effects) by optimizing the ratio of vector introduction.
This method uses three types of vectors: target genome truncation vectors, donor vectors, and donor truncation vectors, which work in concert to enable insertion of almost the entire vector sequence without damaging the genome.
Encoded drug resistance markers facilitate the selection of cells and allow for the insertion of large vectors of more than 10 kbp. The drawback to this method is its ineffectiveness at deleting a few bases; additionally, a vector sequence containing the drug resistance marker is inserted into the genomic sequence.


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