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ECM Gel from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma

liquid, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture

Basement membrane extract (BME), EHS matrix
MDL number:

Quality Level

product line





8-12 mg/mL


cell culture | mammalian: suitable

shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.



ECM gel can used with epithelial cells, endothelial cells, muscle cells, nerve cells and tumor cells.

Biochem/physiol Actions

The ECM gel will undergo thermally activated polymerization when brought to 20-40°C, forming a reconstituted basement membrane. PC12 cells will show neurite formation within 2 days when they are grown on a thin layer of this ECM gel.


ECM was prepared to a protein concentration of 8-12 mg/mL (in DMEM), containing laminin as a major component, collagen type IV, heparin sulfate proteoglycan, entactin, and other minor components. Addition of collagen type IV to the ECM gel increases polymerization.

Product contains 50 mg/L Gentamicin Sulfate.


For long term storage, keep product at -20°C. The ECM gel may be stored at 2-8°C for up to 72 hours.

Preparation Note

This product is prepared from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm sarcoma in mice; dialyzed against chloroform. Gel should be thawed overnight at 2-8°C before use and dispensed to a multiwall plate using a plate and pipettes that are pre-cooled to 2-8°C. The gel may also be diluted up to twofold with 2-8°C Dulbecco′s Modified Eagle′s Medium, and should be done before gel is added to the plate. The product will gel within 5 minutes at 20°C. For prolonged manipulations, work should be conducted below 10°C. Cells can be plated on top of a thin gel layer of 0.5 mm or cultured inside a 1 mm layer. If you culture cells inside, add the cells to the gel prior to plating at a recommended density of 3-4 x 104 cells per mL. To dissociate cells from this gel, use protease in PBS without calcium, magnesium, or EDTA, at a concentration of 0.6-2.4 units per mL.

Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

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Quotes and Ordering

  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. The data sheet for Product E1270, ECM Gel from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma, says that it may be diluted up to twofold. What does that mean?

    ECM gel can be diluted twofold with cold Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DME).  This means 1 part ECM gel and 1 part DME.

  4. Are ECM Gels, Products E1270 and E6909, the same as Matrigel (from BD)?

    Product No. E1270, ECM gel is the equivalent of Matrigel from BD only produced by Sigma-Aldrich.

  5. Are Products E1270 and E6909, ECM Gel from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma, growth factor reduced like Matrigel (from BD)?

    Product No. E1270 is not growth factor reduced. Product No. E6909 is ECM gel, growth factor reduced.

  6. Do Products E1270 and E6909, ECM Gel from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma, contain phenol red?

    Product E1270 ECM gel does contain phenol-red from the Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium component of the product.  Product No. E6909, ECM gel, growth factor reduced, is phenol red free.

  7. What is the calcium concentration in Products E1270, ECM Gel from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma?

    The approximate concentration of CaCl2 in the ECM solution is 0.265 mg/mL.

  8. How can I retrieve my cells from Product E1270,  ECM Gel from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma?

    Dispase (Product No. D4818) is a Bacillus-derived neutral protease that is recommended for recovering cells cultured on ECM (Product No. E1270) or Matrigel. Dispase will yield a single cell suspension far more effectively than trypsin, collagenase, or other proteolytic enzymes. Dispase is gentle and will not damage cells harvested for sub-cultivation or other study.

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