TIN2 F/F (ATCC® CRL-3318)

Organism: Mus musculus, mouse  /  Cell Type: embryonic  / 

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Organism Mus musculus, mouse
Cell Type embryonic
Product Format frozen 1.0 mL
Morphology fibroblast-like
Culture Properties adherent
Biosafety Level 2  [Cells contain retroviral and SV40 viral sequences]

Biosafety classification is based on U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines, it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that their facilities comply with biosafety regulations for their own country.

Strain B6
Applications DNA damage repair mechanisms, telomere biology
Storage Conditions liquid nitrogen vapor phase
Images Cell Micrograph of TIN2 F/F cells, ATCC CRL-3318
Comments These mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) possess loxP sites on either side of the first coding exon of mouse TRF1 (Terf1) gene. TRF1 knockout can be done by the transduction of Cre recombinase into the MEFs. This inducible TRF1 knockout MEF line is useful in studies of telomere biology. 

Development of the cells: A targeting vector was designed to place a loxP site just upstream of exon 1, and a loxP-flanked TK-neomycin cassette just downstream of exon 1 of the targeted gene. This construct was electroporated into 129P2/OlaHsd-derived E14 embryonic stem (ES) cells. Correctly targeted ES cells were then transiently transfected with a Cre recombinase-expressing plasmid. The resulting ES cells with the TRF1F genotype (neo selection cassette removed; leaving a single loxP site upstream of exon 1 and a single loxP site downstream of exon 1) were injected into recipient blastocysts. Chimeric mice were bred with C57BL/6J mice to generate the TRF1F colony.

Complete Growth Medium

The base medium for this cell line is DMEM (ATCC® 30-2002™). To make the complete medium add the following components to 500 mL of the base medium:

  • 56 mL fetal bovine serum (FBS; ATCC® 30-2020™) for a final concentration of 10%
  • 5.6 mL L-glutamine (200 mM; ATCC® 30-2214™) for a final concentration of 2 mM
  • 5.6 mL NEAA (Nonessential Amino Acids, 100X; Gibco cat# 11140050) for a final concentration of 0.1 mM
Volumes used in this protocol are for 75 cm2 flask; proportionally reduce or increase amount of dissociation medium for culture vessels of other sizes. Corning® T-75 flasks (catalog #430641) are recommended for subculturing this product.
  1. Remove and discard culture medium.
  2. Briefly rinse the cell layer with 0.25% (w/v) Trypsin- 0.53 mM EDTA solution to remove all traces of serum that contains trypsin inhibitor.
  3. Add 2.0 to 3.0 mL of Trypsin-EDTA solution to flask and observe cells under an inverted microscope until cell layer is dispersed (usually within 5 to 15 minutes).
    Note: To avoid clumping do not agitate the cells by hitting or shaking the flask while waiting for the cells to detach. Cells that are difficult to detach may be placed at 37°C to facilitate dispersal.
  4. Add 6.0 to 8.0 mL of complete growth medium and aspirate cells by gently pipetting.
  5. Add appropriate aliquots of the cell suspension to new culture vessels.
    Cultures can be established between 1x 104 and 5 x 104 viable cells/cm2.
  6. Incubate cultures at 37°C.
Interval: Maintain cultures at a cell concentration between 2 X 104 and 2.4 X 105 cell/cm2.
Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:3 to 1:8 is recommended
Medium Renewal: 2 to 3 times per week
Culture Conditions
Atmosphere: air, 95%; carbon dioxide (CO2), 5%
Temperature: 37°C
Cells per Vial Approximately 1 x 106 cells
Volume 1.0 mL
Sterility Tests Bacteria and Yeast: No growth
Mycoplasma: No growth
Viral Testing Hepatitis B: None detected
Cytomegalovirus: None detected
Human Immunodeficiency virus: None detected
EBV: None detected
HPV: None detected
Viability ≥ 50%
Name of Depositor T De Lange
Year of Origin 2008

Takai K, et al. Telomere protection by TPP1/POT1 requires tethering to TIN2. Mol Cell 44(4): 647-659, 2011. PubMed: 22099311

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Takai K, et al. Telomere protection by TPP1/POT1 requires tethering to TIN2. Mol Cell 44(4): 647-659, 2011. PubMed: 22099311