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C3H/MCA clone 15


Product category
Animal cells
Mus musculus, mouse
Eukaryota, Animalia, Metazoa, Chordata, Vertebrata, Tetrapod
3D cell culture
Product format
Mission Collection Item
This is a Mission Collection Item.


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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.

Detailed product information


Specific applications
The line was derived by treating C3H/10T1/2 clone 8 cells with 3-methylcholanthrene.
Tested and found negative for ectromelia virus (mousepox).


Growth properties
The line was derived by treating C3H/10T1/2 clone 8 cells with 3-methylcholanthrene.
Yes, in C3H mice
Antigen expression
Genes expressed
The line was derived by treating C3H/10T1/2 clone 8 cells with 3-methylcholanthrene.
Tested and found negative for ectromelia virus (mousepox).

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 Eagle's Basal medium with 2 mM L-glutamine , 1.5 g/L sodium bicarbonate and Earle's BSS. To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to the base medium: heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum to a final concentration of 10%.
Handling procedure

- Initiate culture as soon as possible upon receipt.

- Thaw by rapid agitation in 37°C water bath. Thawing should be rapid (within
40-60 seconds). As soon as the ice is melted, remove the ampule from the water
bath and immerse in 70% ethanol at room temperature. All of the operations from
this point on should be carried out under strict aseptic conditions.

- The cells are supplied in two different types of glass ampules. One is a
standard ampule, the neck of which must be scored with a sharp file that has
been immersed in ethanol. A definitive sharp nick about 1/8" in length on one
side is necessary. The second type is prescored and is identifiable by a gold
band around the ampule neck, and should not be scored with a file.

- Break the neck of the ampule between several folds of a sterile towel.

- Transfer the cell suspension and dilute it with the recommended culture
medium in a culture flask (see specific batch information above for dilution
ratio); incubate at 37°C with 5% CO2 in air atmosphere. Since it is important
to avoid excessive alkalinity of the medium during recovery of the cells, it is
suggested that the culture medium be placed into the culture flask, tube, etc.
and the pH be adjusted, as necessary, prior to the addition of the ampule
contents. Note that the bicarbonate content of the culture medium will
determine whether an atmosphere containing CO2 will be required.

- It is not necessary to remove the freezing additive. However, if desired, the
culture medium may be changed to remove the protective freezing additive
(dimethylsulfoxide) 24 hours after thawing. If it is desired that the freezing
additive be removed immediately, or that a more concentrated cell suspension be
obtained, centrifuge the above diluted suspension at approximately 125 x g for
10 minutes, discard the fluid and resuspend the cells with growth medium at the
dilution ratio given in the specific batch information above.

Every 2-3 days.

Remove medium, add fresh trypsin (0.1%) in a calcum - magnesium free phosphate
buffered saline. New cultures can be inoculated with 2-4 x 10(3) viable
cells/cm. sq.
Subculturing procedure
Medium Renewal: 2 to 3 times per week
Cultures are prepared using 0.1% trypsin in calcium and magnesium free phosphate buffered saline. New cultures are seeded at 3 X 10 exp3 viable cells/sq cm.

Quality control specifications

Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected


Deposited as
Mus musculus
C Heidelberger

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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.

The product is provided 'AS IS' and the viability of ATCC® products is warranted for 30 days from the date of shipment, provided that the customer has stored and handled the product according to the information included on the product information sheet, website, and Certificate of Analysis. For living cultures, ATCC lists the media formulation and reagents that have been found to be effective for the product. While other unspecified media and reagents may also produce satisfactory results, a change in the ATCC and/or depositor-recommended protocols may affect the recovery, growth, and/or function of the product. If an alternative medium formulation or reagent is used, the ATCC warranty for viability is no longer valid.  Except as expressly set forth herein, no other warranties of any kind are provided, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, manufacture according to cGMP standards, typicality, safety, accuracy, and/or noninfringement.


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Curated Citations

Reznikoff CA, et al. Quantitative and qualitative studies of chemical transformation of cloned C3H mouse embryo cells sensitive to postconfluence inhibition of cell division. Cancer Res. 33: 3239-3249, 1973. PubMed: 4796800

Terzaghi M, Little JB. Repair of potentially lethal radiation damage in mammalian cells is associated with enhancement of malignant transformation. Nature 253: 548-549, 1975. PubMed: 1167940

Mondal S, Heidelberger C. Transformation of C3H/10T1/2 CL8 mouse embryo fibroblasts by ultraviolet irradiation and a phorbol ester. Nature 260: 710-711, 1976. PubMed: 1264242

Rapp UR, et al. Endogenous oncornaviruses in chemically induced transformation. I. Transformation independent of virus production. Virology 65: 392-409, 1975. PubMed: 165619

Chan GL, Little JB. Induction of oncogenic transformation in vitro by ultraviolet light. Nature 264: 442-444, 1976. PubMed: 1004574

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