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TALL-104 is a T lymphoblast cell line that was established from the peripheral blood of a two-year-old male child in relapse with T-ALL. Applications include immune system disorder, immunology, and immuno-oncology research.
Product category
Human cells
Homo sapiens, human
Cell type
T lymphoblast
Peripheral blood
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia ALL
3D cell culture
Immune system disorder research
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Growth properties
The TALL-104 line was established from the peripheral blood of a child in relapse with T-ALL.
2 years
46, XY; t(11;14)(p13;q11)
Antigen expression
CD2 +; CD3 +; CD7 +; CD8 +; CD56 +; CD4 -; CD16 -
Genes expressed
interferon gamma (IFN gamma); tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha); granulocyte monocyte colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF)
Expression markers
T cell antigen receptor alpha/beta (TCR), expressed; interleukin 2 (IL-2), expressed; interleukin 2 (IL-2); T cell antigen receptor alpha/beta (TCR)
The TALL-104 line was established from the peripheral blood of a child in relapse with T-ALL.
The cells are highly cytotoxic and are capable of tumor destruction in vivo and in vitro.
IL-2 is required from optimal growth and long term cultivation, but the cells can be grown for short periods without IL-2 (growth will be slower).
The cells are positive for the alpha/beta TCR and negative for gamma/delta TCR.
Technical information
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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
The base medium for this cell line is RPMI-1640 (ATCC 30-2001). To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to 400 mL of the base medium:
  • Fetal Bovine Serum (ATCC 30-2020) to a final concentration of 20%.
  • 1 vial IL-2 IS (10 µg), premium grade (Miltenyi cat# 130-097744*). Contents of vial can be rehydrated with 1 mL of culture medium and then added directly to the bottle of formulated medium.
*Note: The biological activity of cat# 130-097-744 is at least 5.0 x 106 units/mg but may be as high as 9.0 x 106 units/mg per Miltenyi. This may cause the final formulation of IL-2 to be greater than 100 units/mL
Note: Complete culture medium has a recommended shelf life of one month when being stored at 2-8°C.  Vendor does not provide stability information, but suggested material should be good for up to a month after formulation.
95% Air, 5% CO2
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 -70°C.  Storage at -70°C will result in loss of viability.

  1. 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.  Thawing should be rapid (approximately 2 minutes).
  2. Remove the vial from the water bath as soon as the contents are thawed, and decontaminate by dipping in or spraying with 70% ethanol. All of the operations from this point on should be carried out under strict aseptic conditions.
  3. Transfer the vial contents to a centrifuge tube containing 9.0 mL complete culture medium and spin at approximately 125 x g for 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Resuspend cell pellet with the recommended complete medium (see the specific batch information for the culture recommended dilution ratio) and dispense into an appropriate size culture flask.  It is important to avoid excessive alkalinity of the medium during recovery of the cells.  It is suggested that, prior to the addition of the vial contents, the culture vessel containing the complete growth medium be placed into the incubator for at least 15 minutes to allow the medium to reach its normal pH (7.0 to 7.6).
  5. Incubate the culture at 37°C in a suitable incubator.  A 5% CO2 in air atmosphere is recommended if using the medium described on this product.
Subculturing procedure
Cultures can be maintained by addition or replacement of fresh medium. Start cultures at least 8 X 105 cells/mL.
Note: IL-2 rapidly loses its potency in medium, it is important that fresh IL-2 be used. Successful growth of this cell line is very dependent upon the quality of IL-2 used in the growth medium. ATCC recommends using the highest quality IL-2 available.
Interval: Maintain between 4 X 105 and 1 X 10cells/mL. 
Medium Renewal: Add medium as cell density increases
Reagents for cryopreservation
RPMI-1640 + 20% Gibco Knockout SR (Thermofisher Scientific cat# 10828010) + 10% DMSO. Freeze at a cell density of at least 15 x 106 cells/mL. Cell culture tested DMSO is available as ATCC 4-X.

Quality control specifications

Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected
STR profiling
D3S1358: 15,18
TH01: 7,9
D21S11: 30,31
D18S51: 12,13
Penta_E: 5,7
D5S818: 12,13
D13S317: 9,12
D7S820: 7,13
D16S539: 12
CSF1PO: 10,11
Penta_D: 10,13
Amelogenin: X,Y
vWA: 14,18
D8S1179: 11,14
TPOX: 8,9
FGA: 21,22
D19S433: 14.2,15
D2S1338: 20,25


Deposited as
Homo sapiens
Wistar Institute
Patent depository
This material was deposited with the ATCC Patent Depository to fulfill U.S. or international patent requirements. This material may not have been produced or characterized by ATCC.  As an International Depository Authority (IDA) for patent deposits, ATCC is required to complete viability testing only at time of initial deposit of patent material. Patent deposits are made available on behalf of the Depositor when the pertinent U.S. or international patent is issued, but material may not be used to infringe the patent claims.
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Intended use
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Curated Citations

Santoli D, et al. Cytotoxic T-ALL cell lines and uses therefor. US Patent 5,272,082 dated Dec 21 1993

O'Connor R, et al. Growth factor requirements of childhood acute T-lymphoblastic leukemia: correlation between presence of chromosomal abnormalities and ability to grow permanently in vitro. Blood 77: 1534-1545, 1991. PubMed: 1706955

Cesano A, et al. Homing and progression patterns of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemias in severe combined immunodeficiency mice. Blood 77: 2463-2474, 1991. PubMed: 2039829

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