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H 103

biological source

human mouth

growth mode







Not specified


TGFbeta type I receptor, TGFbeta II receptor, TGFbeta III receptor


cell culture | mammalian: suitable

relevant disease(s)


shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.


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Cell Line Origin

Human oral squamous cell carcinoma, tongue

Cell Line Description

Established from a small squamous cell carcinoma (SSC) of the tongue (<20mm in size) of a 32 year-old male patient. STNMP stage 1, well differentiated, node negative tumour. Aneuploid- dual G-/G1 peak on cell cycle analysis by flow cytometry. Mutant p53, codon 244 exon 7; G to T; wild type K-, N- and Ha-ras. Tumourigenic in athymic nude mice, both by subcutaneous injection and injection into the floor of the mouth. By short tandem repeat (STR)-PCR analysis the Y chromosome could not be detected in this cell line when tested at ECACC. It is a known phenomenon that SSC cell lines can lose their Y chromosome.

Culture Medium

DMEM:HAMS F12 (1:1) + 2mM Glutamine + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS) + 0.5 ug/ml sodium hydrocortisone succinate

Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:8 to 1:10 using 0.25% trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO2; 37°C. Suggested seeding density 5 x 1000 cells/cm2. Cells can take approximately 10 minutes to detach, an alternative is to trypsinise 2 to 3 times with fresh trypsin for shorter periods for each trypsin application. Avoid knocking flasks during the trypsinisation process as this can lead to loss of viability.

Other Notes

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Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

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