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L-WRN is a fibroblast-like cell that was isolated from the areolar of a male mouse. This cell line was deposited by T Stappenbeck (Washington University) in 2013.
Product category
Animal cells
Mus musculus, mouse
Subcutaneous connective tissue; Adipose; Areolar
3D cell culture
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Cells contain SV40 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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Detailed product information


Specific applications
This cell line is a source for producing Wnt-3A, R-spondin 3, and noggin conditioned medium which can be used for growing various mammalian tissue stem cells.


1.0 mL
Growth properties
The L-WRN cells were derived by transfecting L-Wnt3A (ATCC® CRL-2647) with an R-spondin 3 and noggin co-expressing vector and stable clones were selected in medium containing G418 and Hygromycin B.
100 days
Genes expressed
wnt-3A; R-spondin; noggin
The L-WRN cells were derived by transfecting L-Wnt3A (ATCC CRL-2647) with an R-spondin 3 and noggin co-expressing vector and stable clones were selected in medium containing G418 and Hygromycin B. The L-WRN cells secrete the factors Wnt3A, R-spondin 3 and noggin into the medium. Wnt3A binds the frizzled receptor family and activate β-catenin-dependent transcription. Members of the r-spondin protein family are potent co-activators of canonical Wnt signaling in the intestine and are essential for isolation of small intestinal stem cells. Noggin, a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling inhibitor, enables the maintenance and passge of small intestinal organoids in vitro. Although these three factors are commercially available, it is costly to maintain the large scale cultures that are required for standard assays currently with immortalized cell lines. Using the conditioned medium from CRL-3276 provides relatively intact and high titer proteins compared to medium made with reconstituted proteins and is a cost-effective alternative. Note: Since the conditioned medium contains other factors besides Wnt3A, R-spondin 3 and noggin proteins, it is necessary to control any experiments involving the Wnt3A conditioned medium with control conditioned medium from the grand-parental cell line (ATCC CRL-2648).

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 Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium, Catalog No. 30-2002. To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to the base medium:
  • 0.5 mg/mL G-418
  • 0.5 mg/mL hygromycin B
  • fetal bovine serum to a final concentration of 10%
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. Pre-warm growth medium (without G418 and without Hygromycin B) in flask at 37°C.
  2. Thaw the vial by gentle agitation in a 37°C water bath. To reduce the possibility of contamination, keep the Oring and cap out of the water. Thawing should be rapid (approximately 2 minutes).
  3. 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.
  4. Transfer the vial contents to the culture pre-warmed flask with medium. Because cells are very fragile after thawing, centrifugation and excess pipetting must be avoided.
  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.
  6. After 24 hours, change medium with complete growth medium, which contains G418 and Hygromycin B.
Subculture when culture is subconfluent or proceed with protocol to prepare conditioned medium.
Subculturing procedure

Volumes used in this protocol are for 75 cm2 flasks; proportionally reduce or increase amount of dissociation medium for culture vessels of other sizes.

  1. Remove and discard culture medium. Briefly rinse the cell layer with Ca++/Mg++ free Dulbecco's phosphate-buffered saline (D-PBS) (ATCC 30-2200) or 0.25% Trypsin – 0.53mM EDTA (ATCC 30-2101) solution to remove all traces of serum which contains trypsin inhibitor.
  2. Add 2.0 to 3.0 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).
  3.      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 complete growth medium and aspirate cells by gently pipetting.
  5. Add appropriate aliquots of the cell suspension to new culture vessels. Incubate cultures at 37°C.
Protocol for Wnt-3A, R-spondin and Noggin Conditioned Medium:
  1. Split the cells 1:10 in culture medium (without G418 and Hygromycin B to prevent carryover of drugs in the conditioned medium) and seed 25 mL cell suspension into T-150 flasks
  2. Incubate the flasks for 3 or 4 days or until the cells become over-confluent and a number of cell aggregates come off.
  3. Remove medium and rinse flasks with 10 mL medium and discard rinse.
  4. Add 25 mL fresh medium and incubate flasks for 24 hours.
  5. Remove the medium to a centrifuge tube. Add new medium to the flasks. Centrifuge the conditioned medium at 2000 x g for 5 minutes and decant supernatant into a 1 L bottle. Store the conditioned medium at 4°C. This is the first batch of medium.
  6. Every 24 hours, collect 2nd, 3rd and 4th conditioned medium. Centrifuge and add to same same bottle.
  7. After the 4th collection, add an equal volume of fresh medium to the bottle (final concentration: 50%), mix well and aliquot media into 50 mL centrifuge tubes and store at -20°C.
  8. Collect 5th to 8th and 9th to 12th conditioned media, if desired.
Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:4 to 1:10 is recommended.
Medium Renewal: Every 2 to 3 days.
Reagents for cryopreservation
Complete growth medium supplemented with 20% (v/v) fetal bovine serum (ATCC 30-2020) and 10% (v/v) DMSO (ATCC 4-X)

Quality control specifications

STR profiling
CO1 species: mouse


T Stappenbeck (Washington University)
Year of origin

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Curated Citations

Miyoshi H, et al. In vitro expansion and genetic modification of gastrointestinal stem cells in spheroid culture. Nat. Protoc. 8(12): 2471-2482, 2013. PubMed: 24232249

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