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ECACC General Cell Collection: MC3T3-E1

Supplied by: European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC)
Culture Type: Cell line
Collection: ECACC General Collection
Catalogue No.: 99072810
Cell Line Name: MC3T3-E1
Citation Guidance: If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: MC3T3-E1 (ECACC 99072810)
Keywords: Mouse C57BL/6 calvaria
Cell Line Description: The osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1 has been established from a C57BL/6 mouse calvaria and selected on the basis of high alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity in the resting state. Cells have the capacity to differentiate into osteoblasts and osteocytes and have been demonstrated to form calcified bone tissue in vitro.

Mineral deposits have been identified as hydroxyapatite. Expression of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) mRNA and protein has been shown to be regulated by treatment with TGF beta and bFGF. Prostaglandin F2a has been reported to stimulate DNA synthesis and proliferation by up-regulation of insulin-like growth factor I receptors. MC3T3-E1 secrete collagen and express murine leukemia inhibitory factor (mLIF) in RNA.

Contact inhibition is the natural process of arresting cell growth when cells come into contact with each other.  It is not possible to be sure how the loss of contact inhibition may affect other characteristics of the cell line. 

This cell line catalogue number continues to be a popular choice. The key consideration is whether the characteristic of contact inhibition is required for the work the cell line is to be used for. For example, it is required when testing the affects of expression of potential oncogenes where the induction of the loss of contact inhibition is being measured, whereas it is of less significance when using the cell line to express recombinant proteins for production and purification.

Species: Mouse
Tissue of Origin: Calvaria
CellType: Fibroblast-like
Growth Mode: Adherent
Karyotype: Not specified
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%) seeding at 0.5 -2 x10,000 cells/cm² using 0.25% trypsin or trypsin/EDTA 5% CO2 37ºC.Never allow the culture to become fully confluent
Culture Medium: MEM alpha + 2mM Glutamine + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).
Depositor: Obtained from Riken Cell Bank, Japan
Originator: No
Country: Japan
References: J Biol Chem 1994 269 9392, Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1991 175:577, J Biol Chem 1991 266:21044, J C
Additional Bibliography: Not specified
Patents: None specified by Depositor
Release Conditions: No

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.

Cultures supplied by Culture Collections are for research purposes only. Enquiries regarding the commercial use of a cell line are referred to the depositor of the cell line. Some cell lines have additional special release conditions such as the requirement for a material transfer agreement to be completed by the potential recipient prior to the supply of the cell line. Please view the Terms & Conditions of Supply for more information.

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