shMIMIC Lentiviral microRNA

Innovative microRNA vector design coupled with your choice of optimal promoter and reporter for over-expression of mature microRNAs

microRNAs, endogenous non-coding ~22mer RNAs, are highly conserved in mammals and regulate gene expression post-transcriptionally through innate RNA interference mechanisms. Now, stable cell lines expressing microRNAs of interest can be created using novel vectors with your choice of promoter and reporter.

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shMIMIC Rat Lentiviral microRNA
VSR6241 100 µL, 10^8 TU/mL - $904.00select
shMIMIC Mouse Lentiviral microRNA
VSM6213 100 µL, 10^8 TU/mL - $904.00select
shMIMIC Human Lentiviral microRNA
VSH6185 100 µL, 10^8 TU/mL - $904.00select
shMIMIC Lentiviral microRNAs were developed using a unique and proprietary design strategy resulting in highly functional microRNA mimics. shMIMIC lentiviral microRNA designs are created for the robust over-expression of each mature human, mouse and rat microRNA in the miRBase database while minimizing the effects of the star (*), or passenger, strand. Further, shMIMIC microRNAs are provided as lentiviral particles for delivery into biologically relevant cells and creation of stably integrated, microRNA-expressing cell lines.


  • Patented expression scaffold for consistent and correct processing of the mature microRNA
  • Your choice of seven different constitutive promoters to optimize microRNA expression in your cells
  • Design modifications promote preferential loading of the mature microRNA into RISC and robust function
  • High-titer, concentrated lentiviral particles permits delivery into cells refractory to lipid-based delivery
  • Expression of TurboGFP or Turbo RFP (Evrogen, Moscow) allows visualization of transduction efficiency

Integrated over-expression of mature microRNA in biologically relevant cell lines advances the long-term study of microRNA-induced gene target modulation and phenotypic effects. microRNA-induced down-regulation of target genes is often subtle, and phenotypes difficult to discern. To ascertain the function of a microRNA, over-expression must be robust and reproducible. Thus, careful attention must be paid to the promoter driving the expression of the microRNA vector.

The SMARTchoice platform allows you to customize your shMIMIC microRNA with the promoter and reporter combination that is most suitable for your cells and assays.

Don't know which promoter is most active in your cells? Use the SMARTchoice Promoter Selection Plate to easily assess which promoter is optimal and most active in your cells of interest before purchasing specific shMIMIC lentiviral microRNAs (click to learn more about the SMARTchoice Promoter Selection Plate). 

Lentiviral Particle Shipping  and Storage Information

shMIMIC lentiviral microRNAs are made-to-order with your choice of promoter and reporter and require an estimated 4- to 6-week manufacturing time. Additional transit time should be expected for international shipment to account for customs and regulatory clearances and overseas transport.

shMIMIC lentiviral microRNAs are shipped on dry ice for overnight domestic delivery or priority international delivery outside of the USA. shMIMIC lentiviral particles can be stored frozen at -80ºC for 6 to 12 months without a significant loss in titer.

Lentiviral Particle Product Safety Level Information

This Lentiviral Particle Product Safety Level Information constitutes Product Documentation according to clause 1 of the Product Terms and Conditions.

The Products are solely for internal research use (as set forth in the Product Terms and Conditions) in laboratories where the required containment measures stated in applicable laws and regulations are met. Products may not be used for diagnostic, therapeutic or other commercial purposes and may not to be administered to humans for any purpose or to animals for therapeutic purposes. The Products are replication-incompetent, self-inactivating (SIN) and non-pathogenic (do not cause infectious human disease).

Note - Any investigator who purchases our lentiviral particle products is responsible for consulting with their institution’s health and biosafety personnel for specific guidelines on the handling of lentiviral vector particles. Furthermore, each investigator is fully responsible for obtaining the required permissions for research using and the acceptance of replication-incompetent SIN lentiviral vectors and replication-defective lentiviral particles into their local jurisdiction and institution.

For questions concerning the design or production of the products, please contact Technical support.

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Lafayette, CO 80026
Tel: 1-800-235-9880; 303-604-9499
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Shipping ConditionDry Ice
Stability at Recommended Storage ConditionsAt least 12 months
Storage Condition-80 C
shMIMIC Lentiviral microRNA vector

Elements of the shMIMIC microRNA Lentiviral Backbone

shMIMIC Lentiviral microRNA vector

Vector Element Utility
5' LTR 5' Long Terminal Repeat necessary for lentiviral particle production and integration of the construct into the host cell genome
Ψ Psi packaging sequence allows viral genome packaging using lentiviral packaging systems
PRRE Rev Response Element enhances titer by increasing packaging efficiency of full-length viral genomes
tGFP or tRFP TurboGFP or TurboRFP reporter for visual tracking expression upon doxycycline induction
None No-reporter option for use in applications where fluorescence is not required or desired
IRES Internal Ribosomal Entry Site allows expression of fluorescent marker and puromycin resistance in a single transcript
PuroR Puromycin resistance permits antibioticselective pressure and propagation of stable integrants
SMARTvector universal scaffold Optimized proprietary scaffold in which mature microRNA sequence is embedded
WPRE Woodchuck Hepatitis Post-transcriptional Regulatory Element enhances transgene expression in target cells
3' SIN LTR 3' Self-inactivating Long Terminal Repeat for increased Lentiviral safety

Over-expression of mature microRNA results in gene modulation

Over-expression of mature microRNA results in gene modulation

Over-expression of mature microRNA results in gene modulation

Figure 1. (1) The lentiviral particle binds to the host cell and delivers its engineered RNA genome, which includes encoded microRNA, to the cytoplasm. (2) The viral genome is reverse-transcribed in the cytoplasm. The DNA intermediate form is imported into the nucleus and is stably integrated into the host genome.

(3) shMIMIC microRNA transgenes are transcribed in the same manner as endogenous microRNA genes. Native and over-expressed primary microRNAs are processed by the Drosha complex to yield the precursor microRNA (4), which is then shuttled out of the nucleus into the cytoplasm (5) and further processed by the Dicer complex into double-strand microRNA (6). One strand is selected for incorporation into the RNA-induced Silencing Complex (RISC). microRNA-programmed RISC binds to target mRNA causing transcript destabilization and subsequent down-regulation of protein expression (7).

TurboGFP expression allows visual assessment of shMIMIC microRNA expression

TurboGFP expression allows visual assessment of shMIMIC microRNA expression

TurboGFP expression allows visual assessment of shMIMIC microRNA expression

Figure 2. TurboGFP expression in four different cell lines (HEK293, HUVEC, K562, SH-SY5Y) visualized by epifluorescence microscopy 120 hours post-transduction with various shMIMIC microRNA (no puromycin selection).

shMIMIC microRNAs induced repression of endogenous human microRNA targets

shMIMIC microRNAs induced repression of endogenous human microRNA targets

shMIMIC microRNAs induced repression of endogenous human microRNA targets

Figure 3. HEK293, HUVEC, K562, or SH-SY5Y cells were transduced in biological triplicate with specific shMIMIC microRNA or negative control viral particles.