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Neural Progenitor Cells Derived from ATCC-BYS012 Normal; Human


These normal neural progenitor cells are derived from ATCC-BYS0112 Human [Non-Hispanic Caucasian Male] Induced Pluripotent Stem (IPS) Cells (ATCC ACS-1026) and can be used in neuronal differentiation and drug screening.
Product category
Human cells
Product type
Cell model
Cell type
neural progenitor cell
short spindle shape
Bone; Marrow
Drug development
High-throughput screening
Stem cell research
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Cells contain Sendai virus (SeV) DNA sequences

ATCC highly recommends that appropriate personal protective equipment is always used when handling vials. For cultures that require storage in liquid nitrogen, it is important to note that some vials may leak when submersed in liquid nitrogen and will slowly fill with liquid nitrogen. Upon thawing, the conversion of the liquid nitrogen back to its gas phase may result in the vial exploding or blowing off its cap with dangerous force creating flying debris. Unless necessary, ATCC recommends that these cultures be stored in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen rather than submersed in liquid nitrogen.

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Detailed product information


Specific applications

Neuronal differentiation and drug screening


Cells per vial
≥ 1.0 x 106
1.0 mL
Growth properties

Normal NPCs (ATCC ACS-5004) are derived from ATCC-BYS0112 Human [Non-Hispanic Caucasian Male] Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (ATCC ACS-1026)

31 years
Antigen expression
Nestin, Pax-6

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
Complete growth media for Neural Progenitor Cells (NPCs) includes DMEM: F12 (ATCC 30-2006) supplemented with the Growth Kit for Neural Progenitor Cell Expansion (ATCC ACS-3003). To make complete NPC medium add the following components of the kit to 464 mL DMEM: F12: 5 mL L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine
5 mL Non-Essential Amino Acids
10 mL NPC Growth Kit Component A
5 mL NPC Growth Kit Component B
1 mL NPC Growth Kit Component C
10 mL NPC Growth Kit Component D
Seeding density

Post-thaw: 8.0 x 104 viable cells/cm2 on Cell Basement Membrane-coated dishes/

Subculture: 4.0 x 104 viable cells/cm2 on Cell Basement Membrane-coated dishes/plates

Handling procedure

Coat plates with Cell Basement Membrane (ATCC ACS-3035) and culture the NPCs with NPC Growth Medium (ATCC ACS-3003).

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. Preparation of Cell Basement Membrane  (ATCC ACS-3035) coated plates:

  1. Thaw Cell Basement Membrane on ice or at 4°C
  2. Prepare a 150 µg/ mL working concentration of Cell Basement Membrane in cold DMEM: F-12 medium
  3. Add enough Cell Basement Membrane solution to cover the surface of the plate (e.g. 1 mL diluted Cell Basement Membrane/well of a 12-well plate)
  4. Incubate for 1 hour at 37°C prior to use

Initiation of Cultures

  1. Prepare complete NPC growth medium (ATCC ACS-3003) following the instructions in the package and pre-warm that medium as well as DMEM:F12 in a 37°C water bath for 15-30 min. If using a small volume of medium (50 mL or less), warm only the volume needed in a sterile conical tube. Avoid warming complete medium multiple times.
  2. Obtain a 12-well plate with Cell Basement Membrane. Aspirate the Cell Basement Membrane medium and directly add 1.5 mL of the complete NPC Growth Medium per well. Place the plate in the incubator for 15 minutes to allow the medium to reach its normal pH (7.0-7.6). Four to five wells of a 6-well plate may be needed for each vial of cells thawed.
  3. Transfer 9 mL of pre-warmed DMEM:F12 into a 15 mL conical tube for recovery of the NPCs from the frozen stock.
  4. Remove cryovial of frozen cells from liquid nitrogen storage.
  5. Thaw the cells by gently swirling in a 37°C water bath. To reduce the possibility of contamination, keep the cap out of the water. Thawing should be rapid (approximately 1 to 2 minutes). Remove the cryovial from water bath when only a few ice crystals are remaining.
  6. Sterilize the cryovial with 70% ethanol. All of the operations from this point on should be carried out under strict aseptic conditions.
  7. Remove cells from the vial using a P1000 micropipette and transfer cells drop-wise into the 15 mL conical tube containing 9 mL DMEM:F12.
  8. Centrifuge cells at 270 x g for 5 minutes at room temperature.
  9. Aspirate the supernatant and discard. Gently tap the bottom of the tube to loosen the cell pellet.
  10. Add 4 mL of the complete NPC Growth Medium to the tube. Gently resuspend the pellet by pipetting up and down 3 or 4 times to make a single-cell suspension.
  11. Perform cell count by a Vi-Cell Analyzer or hemocytometer. Note: Don’t perform cell count by a Vi-Cell Analyzer without removal of serum-free freezing medium.
  12. Seed NPCs at a seeding density of 80,000 viable cells/cm2 (e.g. 0.30 x106/well of a 12-well plate) onto a Cell Basement Membrane-coated plate described above.
  13. Incubate the plate at 37°C with 5% CO2 overnight.
  14. Change medium at 100% media change rate (1 mL media/well) next day and every other day thereafter.
  15. Monitor cell growth and passage the cells when they reach ~95% confluency

Note: Don’t passage NPCs when the cells are <85% confluency

Subculturing procedure

Post thaw day 1, perform a 100% medium change and remove all cells that did not attach. Perform a 100% medium change every other day thereafter. Passage the cells cells with diluted Accutase (50% Accutase and 50% DPBS) when they reach ~95% confluence and reseed the NPCs at 40,000 viable cells/cm2 on Cell Basement Membrane-coated dishes/plates.

Reagents for cryopreservation
Stem Cell Freezing Media (ATCC ACS-3020)

Quality control specifications

Bacterial and fungal testing
Not detected
Virus testing
Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Not detected
Human papillomavirus (HPV): Not detected
Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV): Not detected
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV): Not detected
Hepatitis C virus (HCV): Not detected
Hepatitis B virus (HBV): Not detected
Functional tests
Exhibit differentiation potential of NPCs into Tuj1+ early neurons and TH+ dopaminergic neurons.
STR profiling
Amelogenin: X,Y
CSF1PO: 12,13
D13S17: 10,12
D16S539: 8,11
D5S818: 10,13
D7S820: 8,9
TH01: 6,9.3
TPOX: 8,11
vWA: 16,17
≥ 80%


Year of origin

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Intended use
This product is intended for laboratory research use only. It is not intended for any animal or human therapeutic use, any human or animal consumption, or any diagnostic use.

Astrocyte, oligodendrocyte, and neuron differentiation; drug screening


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  2. This product was generated using Sendai virus vectors from ID Pharma

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Malik N, et al. Compounds with species and cell type specific toxicity identified in a 2000 compound drug screen of neural stem cells and rat mixed cortical neurons. Neurotoxicology 45: 192-200, 2014. PubMed: 25454721

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