BT142 mut/-


Product category
Human cells
Homo sapiens, human
Cell type
neural cell
Oligoastrocytoma; Grade III
Cancer research
Stem cell research
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Detailed product information


Growth properties
38 years

Point mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase I (IDH1) and IDH2 are found in majority of grade II and III gliomas. R132H is the most common IDH1 substitution found in gliomas.

BT142 mut/-  contains a homozygous IDH1 R132H mutation, which originated from a heterozygous IDH1 R132H BT142 cells.

The cells grow as phase-bright, smooth spheres.

The neurospheres should not get too big, ragged or dark as this is a sign of unhealthy, dying cells.

The cells should be passaged when the neurospheres are 200 to 400 µm in size.

Handling information

Unpacking and storage instructions
  1. Check all containers for leakage or breakage.
  2. Remove the frozen cells from the dry ice packaging and immediately place the cells at a temperature below ­-130°C, preferably in liquid nitrogen vapor, until ready for use.
Complete medium
Media: NeuroCult NS-A Proliferation kit (Catalog No. 5751, Stem Cell Technologies)

Alternate Media: DMEM/F12 (1:1) (Catalog No. 30-2006, ATCC) with an additional 0.9% glucose, 4 mM L-glutamine (Catalog No. 30-2214, ATCC), 25 µg/mL insulin, 100 µg/mL transferrin, 20 nM progesterone, 15 µM putrescine and 30 nM selenite

To make the complete growth medium, add the following supplements to either options of the base medium (see above):
  • 20ng/mL recombinant human Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF, Catalog No. 100-15, PeproTech)
  • 100 ng/mL recombinant human Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-AA (PDGF-AA, Catalog No. 100-13A, PeproTech)
  • 20 ng/mL recombinant human Fibroblast Growth Factor (R&D Systems, Catalog No. 233-FB) 
  • 2 µg/mL heparan sulfate (Catalog No. H3149, Sigma)
Handling procedure

To insure the highest level of viability, thaw the vial and initiate the culture as soon as possible upon receipt. If upon arrival, continued storage of the frozen culture is necessary, it should be stored in liquid nitrogen vapor phase and not at –80°C. Storage at –80°C will result in loss of viability.

  1. The cells are cryopreserved as neurospheres and should be thawed as clusters.  Do not break apart the neurospheres into a single-cell suspension.
  2. Quickly thaw the vial by gentle agitation in a 37 °C water bath. To reduce the possibility of contamination, keep the O-ring and cap out of the water.
  3. Remove the vial from the water bath as soon as the contents are thawed, and decontaminate by spraying with 70% ethanol. All of the operations from this point on should be carried out under strict aseptic conditions.
  4. Transfer the contents of the vial to a centrifuge tube containing 10 mL of complete culture medium.
  5. Centrifuge the cells at 200 x g for 10 minutes.
  6. Aspirate supernatant and resuspend the cells in 15 mL of complete culture medium and dispense into a 75 cm2 flask.
  7. The cells may take a few weeks to recover from cryopreservation. Viable neurospheres are semi-transparent and phase contrast bright with smooth outer surfaces.


Subculturing procedure

The cells grow as phase-bright, smooth spheres. The neurospheres should not get too big, ragged or dark as this is a sign of unhealthy, dying cells. The cells should be passaged when the neurospheres are about 200-400 μm in size.

Volumes used in this protocol are for 75 cm2 flask.

  1. Harvest and collect the entire cell suspension from the culture flask into a 15 mL tube.
  2. Centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 minutes.
  3. Aspirate supernatant, leaving approximately 200 µL to cover the pellet.
  4. Add 1 mL of complete culture medium.
  5. Triturate cells with a P1000 micropipette set to 800 µL by pipetting up and down 40 times or until the cells appear to be in a single cell suspension.
  6. Add 8 mL of complete culture medium and centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 minutes.
  7. Aspirate supernatant and resuspend the cells in 2 mL of complete culture medium.
  8. Count viable cells using trypan blue exclusion assay on a hemacytometer.
  9. Seed single cells between ranges of 8 x 103 to 2 x 104 cells/cm2.

Note: If accurate cell count is necessary, Accumax (Catalog No. AM105, Innovative Cell Technologies) can be used; however, the cells may take some time to recover from an enzymatic dissociation.



Culture maintenance
Replace medium once per week, or as required if media looks depleted, by replacing 5 mL with fresh complete culture medium (volume for 25 cm2 flask).
Reagents for cryopreservation
Complete growth medium supplemented with 10% (v/v) DMSO (ATCC 4-X)


This cell line was deposited by Samuel Weiss, Ph.D. and Gregory Cairncross, Ph.D. of the University of Calgary

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Curated Citations

Luchman HA et al. An in vivo patient-derived model of endogenous IDH1-mutant glioma. Neuro Oncol. 14:184-191, 2012. PubMed: 22166263

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