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ECACC General Cell Collection: EPC

Supplied by: European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC)
Culture Type: Cell line
Collection: ECACC General Collection
Catalogue No.: 93120820
Cell Line Name: EPC
Citation Guidance: If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: EPC (ECACC 93120820)
Keywords: Fish epithelioma Fathead minnow Pimephales promelas
Cell Line Description: This cell line known as Epithelioma papulosum cyprini (EPC) was originally reported to be from Carp (Cyprinus carpio) epidermal herpes virus-induced hyperplastic lesions. More recently EPC was found to be derived from Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas) see Winton et al., 2010. This has been confirmed by DNA sequencing at ECACC. The cells support the growth of pancreatic necrosis virus and rhabdovirus.
Species: Fish
Tissue of Origin: Skin
CellType: Epithelial
Growth Mode: Adherent
Karyotype: 2n = 96
Biosafety Information: Unless specified otherwise, at the European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) we routinely handle all of our cell lines at containment level 2 in accordance with the ACDP guidelines. ACDP = Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (UK)
All cell cultures have the potential to carry as yet unidentified adventitious agents. It is the responsibility of the end user to ensure that their facilities comply with biosafety regulations for their own country.

ACDP Guidance: Biological agents: Managing the risks in laboratories and healthcare premises.

Hyperlinks to MSDS documents:
Frozen cell cultures Material Safety Data Sheet
Growing cell cultures Material Safety Data Sheet
Nucleic acids derived from cell cultures Material Safety Data Sheet
Subculture Routine: Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:3 using 0.25% trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO2; 20°C. Fish cell lines detach easily during transit if the culture is too young. After resuscitation split cells 1:3 and culture for at least one week with 1-2 media changes before shipping.
Culture Medium: EMEM (EBSS) + 2mM Glutamine + 1% Non Essential Amino Acids (NEAA) + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).
Depositor: Dr M Ferrari, Instituto Zooprofilattico, Brescia
Originator: No
Country: ITALY
References: Fijan N et al., 1983 Some properties of the epithelioma papulosum cyprini (EPC) cell line from Carp Cyprinus carpio. Ann. Virol. (Inst. Pasteur) 134E 207-220.
Additional Bibliography: Winton J, Batts W, deKinkelin P, LeBerre M, Bremont M, Fijan N 2010 Current lineages of the epithelioma papulosum cyprini (EPC) cell line are contaminated with fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas, cells. J Fish Dis. 33(8):701-4 PMID: 20497291.
Patents: None specified by Depositor
Release Conditions: No

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The Culture Collections represent deposits of cultures from world-wide sources. While every effort is made to ensure details distributed by Culture Collections are accurate, Culture Collections cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the data supplied. References where quoted are mainly attributed to the establishment of the cell culture and not for any specific property of the cell line, therefore further references should be obtained regarding cell culture characteristics. Passage numbers where given act only as a guide and Culture Collections does not guarantee the passage number stated will be the passage number received by the customer.

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