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NCI-H209 [H209]


NCI-H209 [H209] are round cells that were isolated from the bone marrow of a White male with lung carcinoma. The bone marrow specimen was take prior to therapy. NCI-H209 [H209] can be used in cancer and immunology research.
Product category
Human cells
Homo sapiens, human
3D cell culture
Cancer research
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Detailed product information


Growth properties
Aggregates in suspension
The NCI-H209 cell line was derived by A.F. Gazdar and associates in 1979 from the bone marrow of a patient with small cell cancer of the lung.
Clinical data
The bone marrow specimen was taken prior to therapy.
This is a hyperdiploid human cell line., The modal chromosome number is 49, occurring at 28% with a frequency of higher ploidies of 1.3%. Ten to eleven markers were common to all cells including: der(1)t(1;3)(p22;p21), del(6)(q21), t(8q18q), del(12)(q13), der(14)t(14;?)(q32;?)., All had a single copy per cell. About 6 other markers were found, but they occurred only once in all metaphases karyotyped. Neither HSR nor DM were detected., Structurally normal B group chromosomes were not detected. All C group chromosomes were paired. A single copy of both the X and Y was found in all cells.
Yes, forms transplantable tumors with typical SCLC histology in nude mice
pRB+ (abnormal, RB1)
Bone marrow
AK-1, 1
ES-D, 1
Me-2, 0
PGM1, 1-2
PGM3, 1
C-myc DNA sequences are not amplified.
No gross structural DNA abnormalities were detected.
This is a cell line that grows as large aggregates in suspension. Only the aggregates are viable, but no meaningful viability percentage can be measured. The medium will normally contain large amounts of cell debris.

The cells express an aberrant form of RB1 that is not phosphorylated, apparently due to a single point mutation at codon 706 (Cys -> Phe).

The line is a classic SCLC cell line which expresses elevated levels of four biochemical markers (neuron specific enolase, brain isoenzyme of creatine kinase, L-DOPA decarboxylase and bombesin-like immunoreactivity.
The line produces normal amounts of p53 mRNA relative to normal lung.

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, 90%; fetal bovine serum, 10% - OR - RPMI 1640 medium, 90%; fetal bovine serum, 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 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
The line should be subcultured by dilution with fresh medium. Alternatively, the clusters may be collected by centrifugation and resuspended in fresh medium.
Subcultivation Ratio: A subcultivation ratio of 1:2 to 1:3 is recommended
Medium Renewal: 2 to 3 times per week
Reagents for cryopreservation
Complete growth medium supplemented with 5% (v/v) DMSO (ATCC 4-X)

Quality control specifications

Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected
STR profiling
Amelogenin: X,Y
CSF1PO: 11
D13S317: 11
D16S539: 9,12
D5S818: 12
D7S820: 9
TH01: 7,9
vWA: 18,19
D3S1358: 18
D21S11: 32.2
D18S51: 13
Penta_E: 11,12
Penta_D: 11,12
D8S1179: 12,13
FGA: 20,24
D19S433: 14.2,15
D2S1338: 17,20


Deposited as
Homo sapiens
AF Gazdar, JD Minna
Special collection
Human Tumor Cell Bank
Cross references
GenBank A93403 Sequence 1 from Patent WO9741834.
GenBank A93404 Sequence 2 from Patent WO9741834.

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Intended use
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Permits & Restrictions

Import Permit for the State of Hawaii

If shipping to the U.S. state of Hawaii, you must provide either an import permit or documentation stating that an import permit is not required. We cannot ship this item until we receive this documentation. Contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Plant Industry Division, Plant Quarantine Branch to determine if an import permit is required.

This cell line was deposited by Dr. A. Gazdar and is provided for research purposes only. This material is subject to the following restrictions in addition to those outlined in the ATCC Material Transfer Agreement:

  1. Transfers - Biological Materials may not be transferred to third parties for purposes of sale, or producing for sale
  2. Commercial Use - all for-profit and non-profit Recipients must obtain a commercial use license prior to Commercial Use
Any proposed Commercial Use with these cells must first be negotiated with:

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Little CD, et al. Amplification and expression of the c-myc oncogene in human lung cancer cell lines. Nature 306: 194-196, 1983. PubMed: 6646201

Takahashi T, et al. p53: A frequent target for genetic abnormalities in lung cancer. Science 246: 491-494, 1989. PubMed: 2554494

Carney DN, et al. Establishment and identification of small cell lung cancer cell lines having classic and variant features. Cancer Res. 45: 2913-2923, 1985. PubMed: 2985257

Hensel CH, et al. Altered structure and expression of the human retinoblastoma susceptibility gene in small cell lung cancer. Cancer Res. 50: 3067-3072, 1990. PubMed: 2159370

Kaye FJ, et al. A single amino acid substitution results in a retinoblastoma protein defective in phosphorylation and oncoprotein binding. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87: 6922-6926, 1990. PubMed: 2168563

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