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Human cells
Homo sapiens, human
Cell type
epithelial cell
3D cell culture
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Cells contain Human papillomavirus type 18 (HPV-18) 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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Growth properties
WPE1-NB14 cells were derived from RWPE-1 cells (ATCC CRL-11609) after exposure to N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) RefWebber MM, et al. Human cell lines as an in vitro/in vivo model for prostate carcinogenesis and progression. Prostate 47: 1-13, 2001. PubMed: 11304724. Epithelial cells from the peripheral zone of a histologically normal adult human prostate were transfected with a plasmid carrying one copy of the human papilloma virus 18 (HPV-18) genome to establish the RWPE-1 cell line (ATCC CRL-11609). 
54 years
The depositor reports that at passage 33, a majority of the cells were near diploid, 46/47, X,-Y. Loss of Y chromosome has been observed in prostate cancer.
Yes, in nude mice
Yes, the cells form colonies in soft agar
Antigen expression
Kallikrein 3, KLK3 (prostate-specific antigen, PSA); Homo sapiens, expressed (upon exposure to androgen) 
Genes expressed
cytokeratin 8; cytokeratin 18
Expression markers
Androgen receptor, expressed
WPE1-NB14 cells belong to a family of cell lines, referred to as the MNU cell lines, which are all derived from RWPE-1 cells after exposure to MNU. The larger family of cell lines, including RWPE-1 cells with a common lineage, mimics multiple steps in progression from normal epithelium to prostatic intra-epithelial neoplasia, and then to invasive cancer. The MNU cell lines, in order of increasing malignancy are: WPE1-NA22 (ATCC CRL-2849), WPE1-NB14 (ATCC CRL-2850), WPE1-NB11 (ATCC CRL-2851), and WPE1-NB26 (ATCC CRL-2852).

WPE1-NB14 cells show moderate invasive ability in the in vitro Boyden chamber invasion assay [PubMed: 11304724]. The colony forming efficiency (CFE) and the invasive ability of WPE1-NB14 cells are both greater than those of WPE1-NA22 cells (ATCC CRL-2849) RefWebber MM, et al. Human cell lines as an in vitro/in vivo model for prostate carcinogenesis and progression. Prostate 47: 1-13, 2001. PubMed: 11304724

The depositor reports that the parent RWPE-1 cell line (ATCC CRL-11609) was screened for Hepatitis B and C, and human immunodeficiency viruses, and was found to be negative.

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 provided by Invitrogen (GIBCO) as part of a kit: Keratinocyte Serum Free Medium (K-SFM), Kit Catalog Number 17005-042. This kit is supplied with each of the two additives required to grow this cell line (bovine pituitary extract (BPE) and human recombinant epidermal growth factor (EGF). To make the complete growth medium, you will need to add the following components to the base medium:
  • 0.05 mg/ml BPE - provided with the K-SFM kit
  • 5 ng/ml EGF - provided with the K-SFM kit. NOTE: Do not filter complete medium.
  • Temperature
    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 growth medium and spin at approximately 125 x g for 5 to 7 minutes. Discard supernatant.
    4. Resuspend the cell pellet with the recommended complete growth 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
    Volumes used in this protocol are for 75 cm2 flask; proportionally reduce or increase amount of dissociation medium for culture vessels of other sizes.
    1. Remove and discard culture medium.
    2. Briefly rinse the cell layer with Ca++/Mg++ free Dulbecco's phosphate-buffered saline (D-PBS).
    3. Add 2.0 to 3.0 mL of 0.025% Trypsin - 0.26 mM EDTA solution (1:1 dilution of 0.05% Trypsin - 0.53 mM EDTA in D-PBS) to the flask and observe cells under an inverted microscope until cell layer is dispersed (usually within 5 to 15 minutes).
      Note: To avoid clumping do not agitate the cells by hitting or shaking the flask while waiting for the cells to detach. Cells that are difficult to detach may be placed at 37°C to facilitate dispersal.
    4. Add 6.0 to 8.0 mL of 0.1% Soybean Trypsin Inhibitor and aspirate cells by gently pipetting.
    5. To remove trypsin-EDTA solution, transfer cell suspension to centrifuge tube and spin at approximately 125 x g for 5 to 10 minutes.
    6. Discard supernatant and resuspend cells in fresh growth medium. Add appropriate aliquots of cell suspension to new culture vessels. An inoculum of 2 x 104 to 4 x 104 viable cells/cm2 is recommended.
    7. Incubate cultures at 37°C. We recommend that you maintain cultures at a cell concentration between 1 x 104 and 7 x 104 cells/cm2.

    Note: Cells grown under serum-free or reduced serum conditions may not attach strongly during the 24 hours after subculture and should be disturbed as little as possible during that period. Subculture cells before or upon reaching confluence. Do not allow cells to become super-confluent. Cells may not attach well for 24 hours after subculture.

    Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:4 to 1:6 is recommended
    Medium Renewal: Every 48 hours

    Note: For more information on enzymatic dissociation and subculturing of cell lines consult Chapter 10 in Culture of Animal Cells, a Manual of Basic Technique by R. Ian Freshney, 3rd edition, published by Alan R. Liss, N.Y., 1994.

    Quality control specifications

    Mycoplasma contamination
    Not detected
    Population doubling time
    Approximately 29 hrs
    STR profiling
    Amelogenin: X
    CSF1PO: 13
    D13S317: 14
    D16S539: 9,11
    D5S818: 12,15
    D7S820: 10,11
    THO1: 8,9.3
    TPOX: 8,11
    vWA: 18


    MM Webber
    Year of origin

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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

    Bello D, et al. Androgen responsive adult human prostatic epithelial cell lines immortalized by human papillomavirus 18. Carcinogenesis 18: 1215-1223, 1997. PubMed: 9214605

    Webber MM, et al. Acinar differentiation by non-malignant immortalized human prostatic epithelial cells and its loss by malignant cells. Carcinogenesis 18: 1225-1231, 1997. PubMed: 9214606

    Webber MM, et al. Prostate specific antigen and androgen receptor induction and characterization of an immortalized adult human prostatic epithelial cell line. Carcinogenesis 17: 1641-1646, 1996. PubMed: 8761420

    Okamoto M, et al. Interleukin-6 and epidermal growth factor promote anchorage-independent growth of immortalized human prostatic epithelial cells treated with N-methyl-N-nitrosourea. Prostate 35: 255-262, 1998. PubMed: 9609548

    Webber MM, et al. Immortalized and tumorigenic adult human prostatic epithelial cell lines: characteristics and applications. Part I. Cell markers and immortalized nontumorigenic cell lines. Prostate 29: 386-394, 1996. PubMed: 8977636

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