SW10 (ATCC® CRL-2766)

Organism: Mus musculus, mouse  /  Cell Type: neuronal Schwann cell; immortalized with SV40 large T antigen  / 

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Organism Mus musculus, mouse
Cell Type neuronal Schwann cell; immortalized with SV40 large T antigen
Product Format frozen
Morphology neuronal
Culture Properties adherent
Biosafety Level 2 [Cells contain SV40 viral DNA 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.

Storage Conditions liquid nitrogen vapor phase
Derivation Primary Schwann cells were infected with a retroviral vector carrying a temperature sensitive SV40 large T antigen.
Genes Expressed

Myelin-associated glycoprotein (Mag); protein, negative Ref

Myelin basic protein (Mbp); protein, negative Ref

Myelin protein zero (Mpz) (Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy 1B); protein, negative Ref

Peripheral myelin protein 22 (Pmp22); protein, negative Ref

S100 calcium-binding protein, beta (neural) (S100b); protein, positive Ref


The cells can be cultured at the permissive temperature of 33°C (proliferative) or the restrictive temperature of 37°C (nonproliferative). Ref

A culture submitted to the ATCC in December of 2002 was found to be contaminated with mycoplasma. Progeny were cured by a 21-day treatment with BM Cycline. The cells were assayed for mycoplasma, by the Hoechst stain, PCR and the standard culture test, after a six-week period following treatment. All tests were negative.

Primary Schwann cells were infected with a retroviral vector carrying a temperature sensitive SV40 large T antigen.

Complete Growth Medium The base medium for this cell line is ATCC-formulated Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium, Catalog No. 30-2002. To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to the base medium: fetal bovine serum to a final concentration of 10%.
Subculturing 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.
  2. Briefly rinse the cell layer with 0.25% (w/v) Trypsin-053mM EDTA solution to remove all traces of serum which 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 33°C.

Subcultivation Ratio: 1:4 to 1:8
Medium Renewal: Every 2 to 3 days

Note: For more information on enzymatic dissociation and subculturing of cell lines consult Chapter 10 in Culture of Animal Cells, a Manual of Basic Technique by R. Ian Freshney, 3rd edition, published by Alan R. Liss, N.Y., 1994.

Complete growth medium, 95%; DMSO, 5%. Cell culture tested DMSO is available as ATCC Catalog No. 4-X.
Culture Conditions
Temperature: 33°C
Atmosphere: Air, 95%; Carbon dioxide (CO2), 5%
Temperature Effects
Restrictive temperature: 37°C yes
Permissive temperature: 33°C yes

Name of Depositor PI Patel
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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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