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Trypsin-EDTA solution

0.25%, sterile-filtered, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture, 2.5 g porcine trypsin and 0.2 g EDTA • 4Na per liter of Hanks′ Balanced Salt Solution with phenol red

Cocoonase, Tryptase, Tryptar
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biological source


Quality Level



product line




mol wt

23.4 kDa




cell culture | mammalian: suitable


Porcine parvovirus, none detected (9 CFR)



shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.


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The typical use for this product is in removing adherent cells from a culture surface. The concentration of trypsin necessary to dislodge cells from their substrate is dependent primarily on the cell type and the age of the culture.
Trypsin-EDTA solution was used:
  • in detaching HT29 human colorectal cancer cells cultured in RPMI 1640 which was supplemented with 10 % fetal calf serum, during relative cell frequency determination of high concentration samples.
  • to trypsinize the transient transfected human embryonic kidney tcA-201 cell line.
  • to enzymatically release mouse fibroblasts cells (cell line L929) adhered to the scaffold, during cell culturing to assess the influence of several modified treatments of Poly(L/D)lactide 96/4 non-woven scaffolds and fibres.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Trypsin cleaves peptides on the C-terminal side of lysine and arginine residues. The rate of hydrolysis of this reaction is slowed if an acidic residue is on either side of the cleavage site and hydrolysis is stopped if a proline residue is on the carboxyl side of the cleavage site. The optimal pH for trypsin activity is 7-9. Trypsin can also act to cleave ester and amide linkages of synthetic derivatives of amino acids. EDTA is added to trypsin solutions as a chelating agent that neutralizes calcium and magnesium ions that obscure the peptide bonds on which trypsin acts. Removing these ions increases the enzymatic activity.

Serine protease inhibitors, including DFP, TLCK, APMSF, AEBSEF, and aprotinin, amongst others, will inhibit Trypsin.


Trypsin consists of a single chain polypeptide of 223 amino acid residues, produced by the removal of the N-terminal hexapeptide from trypsinogen which is cleaved at the Lys - lle peptide bond. The sequence of amino acids is cross-linked by 6 disulfide bridges. This is the native form of trypsin, beta-trypsin. BETA-trypsin can be autolyzed, cleaving at the Lys - Ser residue, to produce alpha-trypsin. Trypsin is a member of the serine protease family.


This product is stored frozen between -10 and -40°C. Repeated cycles of freezing and thawing should be avoided.

Preparation Note

This product does contain phenol red. Due to shipment on dry ice, there could be significant carbon dioxide buildup in the package. This CO2 may enter the solution and lower the pH slightly, giving an orange rather than pinkish color. The orange solution will still be suitable for use, or the pH can be adjusted with sodium hydroxide. Incubating cells with too high a trypsin concentration for a long period can damage cell membranes and kill the cells. Solubilizing trypsin or diluting it from a concentrated solution should be done with a buffered salt solution containing no Ca2+ or Mg2+.

Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

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Ville Ellä et al.
Journal of materials science. Materials in medicine, 18(6), 1253-1261 (2007-02-06)
Poly(L/D)lactide 96/4 fibres with diameters of 50 and 80 microm were produced. The smaller diameter fibres were carded and needle punched to form a non-woven mat. Fibres and non-woven mats were hydrolysed for a period of 20 weeks. Fibres and
Mark E Corkins et al.
Genes, 9(4) (2018-04-13)
Xenopus laevis embryos are an established model for studying kidney development. The nephron structure and genetic pathways that regulate nephrogenesis are conserved between Xenopus and humans, allowing for the study of human disease-causing genes. Xenopus embryos are also amenable to
József Bocsi et al.
Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology, 61(1), 1-8 (2004-09-08)
Flow cytometry (FCM) and laser scanning cytometry (LSC) are the routine techniques for fluorescent cell analysis. Recently, we developed a scanning fluorescent microscopy (SFM) technique. This study compares SFM to LSC (two slide-based cytometry, SBC, techniques) and FCM, in experimental
Diane G Edmondson et al.
mBio, 9(3) (2018-06-28)
Investigation of Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum, the spirochete that causes syphilis, has been hindered by an inability to culture the organism continuously in vitro despite more than a century of effort. In this study, long-term logarithmic multiplication of T. pallidum was
Yan Liu et al.
Nature communications, 8(1), 643-643 (2017-09-25)
Studies of heterochronic parabiosis demonstrated that with age, the composition of the circulatory milieu changes in ways that broadly inhibit tissue regenerative capacity. In addition, local tissue niches have age-specific influences on their resident stem cells. Here we use bio-orthogonal


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