NCI-N87 [N87] (ATCC® CRL-5822)

Tissue: stomach; derived from metastatic site: liver  /  Disease: gastric carcinoma

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Tissue stomach; derived from metastatic site: liver
Product Format frozen
Morphology epithelial
Culture Properties adherent
Biosafety Level 1

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Disease gastric carcinoma
Gender male
Storage Conditions liquid nitrogen vapor phase
Karyotype near diploid; DM were present in 64% of cells examined
Clinical Data
Receptor Expression
acetylcholine, muscarinic, expressed
Oncogene myc +; erb B2 +
Tumorigenic Yes
Yes, the cells form tumors in athymic nude mice
NCI-N87 cells express the surface glycoproteins carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and TAG 72, and are L-dopa decarboxylase (DDC) negative. They were minimally positive for vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) receptors and lacked gastrin receptors. They were found to express receptors for muscarinic cholinergic agents. No evidence of amplification or rearrangements was noted with the N-myc, L-myc, myb and EGF receptor genes. The cell line expressed levels of c-myc and c-erb-B 2 RNA that were comparable to other cell lines.There was no expression of the following genes: N-myc, L-myc, c-cis, IGF-2, or gastrin releasing peptide. NCI-N87 cells have a reported plating efficiency of 4.3%.
Complete Growth Medium The base medium for this cell line is ATCC-formulated RPMI-1640 Medium, ATCC 30-2001. To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to the base medium: fetal bovine serum (ATCC 30-2020) to a final concentration of 10%.
Volumes are given for a 75 cm2 flask. Increase or decrease the amount of dissociation medium needed proportionally for culture vessels of other sizes.
  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.
  6. Incubate cultures at 37°C.
Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:3 to 1:4 is recommended
Medium Renewal: Two to three times weekly
Freeze medium: Complete growth medium supplemented with 5% (v/v) DMSO
Storage temperature: liquid nitrogen vapor phase
Culture Conditions
Atmosphere: air, 95%; carbon dioxide (CO2), 5%
Temperature: 37°C
Growth Conditions: They grow as an adherent monolayer of tightly knit epithelial cells.
STR Profile
Amelogenin: X,Y
CSF1PO: 8,12
D13S317: 8,11
D16S539: 9,13
D5S818: 12,13
D7S820: 10,11
THO1: 9
TPOX: 9,11
vWA: 15,16
Population Doubling Time 47 hrs
Name of Depositor J Park
Year of Origin 1976

NCI-Navy Medical Oncology Branch Cell Line Supplement. J. Cell. Biochem. suppl. 24: 1996.

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Other Documentation

NCI-Navy Medical Oncology Branch Cell Line Supplement. J. Cell. Biochem. suppl. 24: 1996.