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Human cells
Homo sapiens, human
Cell type
epithelial cell
3D cell culture
Cancer research
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Specific applications
SHP-77 can serve as an in vitro target in 51Cr and 111In release cytotoxicity assays as well as in vivo nude mice assays for evaluating immune reactivity of cells and serum from lung cancer patients.
The cells can be used to evaluate the immune status of patients with SCLC who are treated with radiation or chemotherapy.


Growth properties
Mixed: suspension with some loosely adherent cells
It was established in 1977 by Edwin R. Fisher and John D. Paulson.
The line was derived from a non-encapsulated primary lung tumor from the apical portion of the upper lobe of the left lung.
54 years
Yes, the cells form tumors in athymic nude mice, and usually grow as circumscribed nodules without evidence of metastases
Antigen expression
Blood Type O; Rh +; CD56; CD57 (HNK-1,Leu-7)
Genes expressed
neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) NKH-1

The SHP-77 (Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA) cell line is a biochemically stable continuously cultured cell line which has retained important features of SCLC.

This cell line is an unusual undifferentiated large cell variant of small cell lung carcinoma.

It has the morphology of a variant, but the biochemical properties of a classic SCLC.

Electron microscopy revealed the presence of gland formation and intracytoplasmic lamellar bodies.

The cells have neuroendocrine markers L-dopa decarboxylase and dense core secretory granules.

SHP-77 can serve as an in vitro target in 51Cr and 111In release cytotoxicity assays as well as in vivo nude mice assays for evaluating immune reactivity of cells and serum from lung cancer patients.

The cells can be used to evaluate the immune status of patients with SCLC who are treated with radiation or chemotherapy.

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 ATCC-formulated RPMI-1640 Medium, Catalog No. 30-2001. 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
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 75 cm2 tissue culture flask and dilute with the recommended complete culture medium (see the specific batch information for the recommended dilution ratio). 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).
  4. 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 sheet.

Note: If it is desired that the cryoprotective agent be removed immediately, or that a more concentrated cell suspension be obtained, centrifuge the cell suspension at approximately 125 x g for 5 to 10 minutes.  Discard the supernatant and resuspend the cells with fresh growth medium at the dilution ratio recommended in the specific batch information.

Subculturing procedure
Cultures can be maintained by addition or replacement of fresh medium. Alternatively, cultures can be established by centrifugation with subsequent resuspension at approximately 4-5 x 105 viable cells/mL. Cells will grow in floating clusters. Some cells may adhere but only the floating cells are transferred.

Medium Renewal: Every 3 to 4 days
Reagents for cryopreservation
Complete growth medium supplemented with 5% (v/v) DMSO (ATCC 4-X)

Quality control specifications

Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected
Population doubling time
Approximately 96 hrs
STR profiling
Amelogenin: X
CSF1PO: 10,11
D13S317: 8
D16S539: 11
D5S818: 12
D7S820: 11
THO1: 7
TPOX: 9,11
vWA: 16


Deposited as
Homo sapiens
AM Koros
Year of origin
Special collection
NCRR Contract

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Intended use
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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

. Immune-deficient animals. Basel: Karger; 1984.

. . J. Exp. Clin. Res. 4: 355-363, 1985.

Fisher ER, et al. Comparative histopathologic, histochemical, electron microscopic and tissue culture studies of bronchial carcinoids and oat cell carcinomas of lung. Am. J. Clin. Pathol. 69: 165-172, 1978. PubMed: 204185

Koros AM, et al. Stability and utility of the unique human small cell carcinoma line SHP-77. Cancer Res. 45: 2725-2731, 1985. PubMed: 2985251

Carbone DP, et al. Neural cell adhesion molecule expression and messenger RNA splicing patterns in lung cancer cell lines are correlated with neuroendocrine phenotype and growth morphology. Cancer Res. 51: 6142-6149, 1991. PubMed: 1718595

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