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Animal cells
Mus musculus, mouse
Eukaryota, Animalia, Metazoa, Chordata, Vertebrata, Tetrapod
Cell type
3D cell culture
High-throughput screening
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Detailed product information


Specific applications
This cell line is a suitable transfection host. The cells can be used to study neurotransmitters and their receptors with radioligand binding, second messenger synthesis and electrophysiological changes.


Growth properties
Loosely adherent
The N1E-115 cell line was established in 1971 by T. Amano, E. Richelson, and M. Nirenberg by cloning the C-1300 spontaneous mouse neuroblastoma tumor, C-1300.
modal number = 192
Expression markers
Acetylcholine, muscarinic m1; acetylcholine, muscarinic m2; vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP); adenosine; angiotensin II; bradykinin; enkephalin; glucagon; histamine H1; 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin, 5HT3); neurotensin; prostaglandin E; somatostatin; thrombin

The clone N1E was subcloned by isolation of single cells on glass shards.

The adrenergic clone N1E-115 exhibits high levels of activity of the enzymes tyrosine hydroxylase and acetylcholinesterase which are necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis but are almost devoid of choline acetyltransferase.

These cells contain 14 receptors for neurotransmitters.

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 recommended medium for this cell line is Gibco DMEM (Cat#12100-061; reconstitute in cell culture grade water and supplement with 1.5g/L sodium bicarbonate) and 10% Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS; ATCC 30-2020).

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 a 25 cm2 or a 75 cm2 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 sheet.
Subculturing procedure
  1. Remove medium, rinse with Modified Puck's Saline D1 solution:
    1. Glucose                       5.5 mM
    2. KCl                             5.4 mM
    3. Sucrose                     58.4 mM
    4. Na2HPO4-7H2O         0.17 mM
    5. NaCl                          138 mM
    6. KH2PO4                     0.22 mM
    Adjusted to a pH of 7.4±0.05 with 0.1 N NaOH or 0.N HCl Adjusted to an osmomolality of 340±5 mosM with either sucrose or H20 to decrease or increase the osmomolality.
  2. Allow flasks to remain at room temperature until cells detach.
  3. To remove saline, add fresh culture medium, transfer cell suspension to centrifuge tube and spin at approximately 125 x for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Discard supernatant and resuspend cells in fresh growth medium. Add appropriate aliquots of cell suspension to new culture vessels.
  5. Place culture vessels in incubators at 37°C
Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:2 to 1:3 is recommended.
Medium Renewal: Every 2 to 3 days.

Note: If DMEM formulation contain 1.5 g/L sodium bicarbonate.

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 36 hrs


Deposited as
Mus musculus
E Richelson

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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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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

. Methods in neurotransmitter receptor analysis. New York: Raven Press; 1990.

Richelson E. The use of cultured cells in the study of mood-normalizing drugs. Pharmacol. Toxicol. 66 suppl.3: 69-75, 1990. PubMed: 2179933

Amano T, et al. Neurotransmitter synthesis by neuroblastoma clones (neuroblast differentiation-cell culture-choline acetyltransferase- acetylcholinesterase-tyrosine hydroxylase-axons-dendrites). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 69: 258-263, 1972. PubMed: 4400294

Richelson E. Regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase activity in mouse neuroblastoma clone N1E-115. J. Neurochem. 21: 1139-1145, 1973. PubMed: 4148612

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