NCI-H2126 [H2126] (ATCC® CCL-256)

Organism: Homo sapiens, human  /  Tissue: lung; derived from metastatic site: pleural effusion  /  Disease: adenocarcinoma; non-small cell lung cancer

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Organism Homo sapiens, human
Tissue lung; derived from metastatic site: pleural effusion
Product Format frozen
Morphology epithelial
Culture Properties adherent
Biosafety Level 1

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.

Disease adenocarcinoma; non-small cell lung cancer
Age 65 years adult
Gender male
Ethnicity Caucasian
Storage Conditions liquid nitrogen vapor phase
Karyotype Modal number = 79; range = 71 to 83
This is a hypertriploid human cell line with the modal chromosome number of 79, occurring in 20% of cells. The rate of cells with a higher ploidy was 5.5%. Karyotypes were very complex. There were over 22 marker chromosomes commonly present in most cells, many with complex structural rearrangements. Among these markers were: double copies for t(10qter--10q11.2::?::13C--13qter) and der(9)t(3;9) (p12;p22?), and one copy each for del (1) (p22) and i (iq). There were two normal X chromosomes per cell. Normal chromosomes Y, N1, N5, N14, and N15 were not found. Chromosomes N20 and N22 generally had four or more copies per cell.
Clinical Data
65 years adult
HeLa Markers N
Tumorigenic Yes
Yes, in nude mice
An EBV-transformed lymphoblastoid cell line from the same patient is available as ATCC CCL-256.1.
Complete Growth Medium HITES medium supplemented with 5% fetal bovine serum
    The base medium for this cell line is ATCC-formulated DMEM:F12 Medium Catalog No.30-2006. To make the complete growth medium,add the following components to the base medium
  1. 0.005 mg/ml Insulin
  2. 0.01 mg/ml Transferrin
  3. 30nM Sodium selenite (final conc.)
  4. 10 nM Hydrocortisone (final conc.)
  5. 10 nM beta-estradiol (final conc.)
  6. extra 2mM L-glutamine (for final conc. of 4.5 mM)
  7. 5% fetal bovine serum (final conc.)


Volumes used in this protocol are for 75 cm2 flask; proportionally reduce or increase amount of dissociation medium for culture vessels of other sizes.

  1.  Remove and discard culture medium. Briefly rinse the cell layer with 0.25% (w/v) Trypsin-0.53mM EDTA solution to remove all traces of serum which   contains trypsin inhibitor.
  2. 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.
  3. Add 6.0 to 8.0 mL of complete growth medium and aspirate  cells by gently pipetting. 
  4. Add appropriate aliquots of the cell suspension to new culture  vessels. An inoculum of 6 x 103 to 8 x 103 viable cells/cm2 is recommended.
  5. Or use Subcultivation Ratio: 1:2 to 1:4
  6. Incubate cultures at 37°C. Subculture when reaching a cell concentration between  8 x 104 and 1 x 105 cells/cm2.

Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:2 to 1:4 is recommended
Medium Renewal: Every 2 to 3 days
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
STR Profile
Amelogenin: X
CSF1PO: 11
D13S317: 12,14
D16S539: 12
D5S818: 11
D7S820: 8,9
THO1: 7,9.3
vWA: 17
AK-1, 1
ES-D, 1-2
GLO-I, 2
Me-2, 0
PGM1, 1-2
PGM3, 2
Population Doubling Time about 41 hours
Name of Depositor AF Gazdar, JD Minna
Deposited As Homo sapiens
Notice: Necessary PermitsPermits

These permits may be required for shipping this product:

  • Customers located in the state of Hawaii will need to contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to determine if an Import Permit is required. A copy of the permit or documentation that a permit is not required must be sent to ATCC in advance of shipment.
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The line is available with the following restrictions:

  1. This cell line was deposited at the ATCC by Dr. Adi F. Gazdar and is provided for research purposes only. Neither the cell line nor products derived from it may be sold or used for commercial purposes. Nor can the cells be distributed to third parties for purposes of sale, or producing for sale, cells or their products. The cells are provided as service to the research community. They are provided without warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any other warranty, expressed or implied.
  2. Any proposed commercial use of the these cells, or their products, must first be negotiated with the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  For further information, please contact NCI’s Technology Transfer Center at or by phone at (240)-276-5514.