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Human cells
Homo sapiens, human
Mesencymal like, with variable vacuoles
Vertebral spinal column; Sacrum
3D cell culture
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Detailed product information


Specific applications
Use as a model for chordoma which is a rare slow-growing tumor

The Chordoma Foundation may be able to offer financial assistance for the purchase of this cell line. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Growth properties
Passage number
This cell line was established from tumor tissue obtained from a 72-year old female patient with recurrent sacral chordoma.
72 years
Genes expressed
amplification of transcription factor T (brachyury)
U-CH2 is a human chordoma cell line that was established from tumor tissue obtained from a 72-year old female patient with recurrent sacral chordoma. It exhibits chordoma-like characteristics, and has molecular, genetic, and morphological features typical of chordoma.  Chordoma is a rare slow-growing tumor type, and U-CH2 is a relatively slow-growing cell line.  U-CH2 has a heterogeneous morphology consisting of physaliferous cells with mucinous intercellular substance, which represent typical chordoma features. The cells contain amplification of transcription factor T (Brachyury) that is most specific marker for chordoma. This cell line was accessioned with the support of the Chordoma Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma.

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
Iscove's Modified Dulbecco's Medium (IMDM; ATCC® No. 30-2005): RPMI-1640 Medium (ATCC® No. 30-2001) (4:1) + 10% FBS (ATCC® No. 30-2020) + additional 1% L-glutamine (ATCC® No. 30-2214)
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 collagen-coated-culture flask (see subculture on product web page for the coating procedure). 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
Coating description: Dilute rat tail type I collagen (BD Biosciences, Catalog No. 354236) to 50 μg/ml. Add 7.5 ml coating buffer to flask and incubate at room temperature for one hour. Carefully aspirate remaining solution. Rinse flask 2 times to remove acid, using 1x DPBS. Coated flasks may be used immediately or stored at 2-8°C up to one week under sterile conditions.

Volumes used in this subculture protocol are for a 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 5.0ml Ca++/Mg++ free Dulbecco's phosphate-buffered saline (D-PBS) or 0.25% (w/v) Trypsin - 0.53 mM EDTA solution to remove all traces of serum which contains trypsin inhibitor.
  3. Add 5.0 ml of Trypsin-EDTA solution to 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 5.0 ml of complete growth medium and aspirate cells by gently pipetting.
  5. Transfer cell suspension to a centrifuge tube and spin at approximately 125 x g for 5 to 10 minutes. Discard supernatant.
  6. Resuspend the cell pellet in 10ml fresh growth medium.
  7. Add appropriate aliquots of the cell suspension to new coated culture vessels.
  8. Incubate cultures at 37°C.
Reagents for cryopreservation
Complete growth medium supplemented with 20% (v/v) fetal bovine serum and 10% DMSO (ATCC 4-X)

Quality control specifications

STR profiling
                TH01: 9.3
                D5S818: 10, 11      &


Silke Bruderlein, Peter Moller
Year of origin
Special collection
Chordoma Foundation

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Intended use
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Curated Citations

Bruderlein S, et al. Molecular characterization of putative chordoma cell lines. Sarcoma 2010: 630129. Epub 2010 Dec 30. PubMed: 21253487

Presneau N, et al. Role of the transcription factor T (brechyury) in the pathogenesis of sporadic chordoma: a genetic and functional-based study. J. Pathol. 2239(3): 327-335, 2011. PubMed: 21171078

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