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ECACC General Cell Collection: fR5

Supplied by: European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC)
Culture Type: Cell line
Collection: ECACC General Collection
Catalogue No.: 98031103
Cell Line Name: fR5
Citation Guidance: If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: fR5 (ECACC 98031103)
Keywords: Human breast epithelial, SV40 transformed
Cell Line Description: The breast epithelial cell line fR5 was established in 1982 by infecting suspensions of primary milk cultures with wild-type SV40. The cells do not express Muc-1, also known as HMFG-1 antigen, which is a mucin-like component of human milk fat globule membranes. They are negative for keratins 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 14, 16, 17, 18 and 19. Although fR5 is morphologically different from fR2 (ECACC catalogue no. 98031102), they have probably been derived from a common precursor cell since the karyotypes are similar. Karyotype analysis revealed hypotetraploidy and several rearrangements involving chromosome 1 and 11 which are frequently found in breast carcinomas and lines derived from metastatic pleural effusions. fR5 cells display anchorage independent growth in soft agar and are positive for SV40 T-antigen. Early passages were non-tumourigenic in nude mice.
Species: Human
Tissue of Origin: Breast
CellType: Fusiform
Growth Mode: Adherent
Karyotype: Aneuploid
GMO Status: Genetically Modified Organism Class 1 (GMO1)
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.

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Subculture Routine: Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:10 i.e. seeding 1 x 10,000 cells / cm² using 0.25% trypsin or trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO2; 37°C
Culture Medium: RPMI 1640 + 2mM Glutamine + 10µg/ml insulin + 5µg/ml hydrocortisone + 10% FBS
Depositor: Dr S E Chang and J Taylor-Papadimitriou, Imperial Cancer Research Technology, London
Originator: Yes
Country: UK
References: Chang SE, Keen J, Lane EB, Taylor-Papadimitriou J 1982 Establishment and characterization of SV40-transformed human breast epithelial cell lines. Cancer Res.42(5):2040-53. PMID: 6279290
Additional Bibliography: Rodgers CS, Hill SM, Hultén MA, Chang SE, Keen J, Taylor-Papadimitriou J.1983 Cytogenetic analysis of SV40-transformed human breast epithelial cells.Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 8(3):213-21.PMID: 6297706. Chang SE. 1986 In vitro transformation of human epithelial cells. Biochim Biophys Acta. 823(3):161-94.PMID: 2423124
Patents: None specified by Depositor
Release Conditions: Yes - commercial organisations are required to complete the 'Cell Line Release Authorisation for Research Use in Commercial Organisations' form

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