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Bladder Epithelial Cell Basal Medium


Bladder Epithelial Cell Basal Medium is a sterile, phenol red-free, liquid tissue culture medium intended for use as one component in a complete ATCC® Primary Cell Solutions™ system. This serum-free system is designed to support bladder epithelial cells derived from normal human bladder tissue. Bladder Epithelial Cell Basal Medium contains essential and non-essential amino acids, vitamins, other organic compounds, trace minerals and inorganic salts. To support the proliferation and plating efficiency of bladder epithelial cells, medium must be supplemented with the appropriate cell-specific growth kit. When using this complete media system, the growth of bladder epithelial cells is supported without the use of feeder layers, extracellular matrix proteins or other substrates.

  1. For bladder epithelial cells derived from bladder tissue (e.g., Primary Bladder Epithelial Cells (A/T/N), Normal, Human (ATCC PCS-420-032), supplement Bladder Epithelial Cell Basal Medium with the Bladder Epithelial Cell Growth Kit (ATCC PCS-420-042).
  2. Optional media supplements:
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Unpacking and Storage Instructions
  1. Check all containers for leakage or breakage.
  2. Store the growth kit(s) at either 20°C in a freezer that is not self-defrosting or at 70°C for long term storage. If thawed upon arrival, the Growth Kit can be stored at 2°C to 8°C and added to the basal medium within 72 hours of receipt.
Preparation of Complete Growth Media
  1. Obtain one growth kit from the freezer; make sure that the caps of all components are tight.
  2. . Thaw the components of the growth kit just prior to adding to the basal medium. Warm the L-glutamine component in a 37°C water bath and shake to dissolve any precipitates prior to adding to the basal medium.
  3. Obtain one bottle of Vaginal Epithelial Cell Basal Medium (485 mL) from cold storage.
  4. Decontaminate the external surfaces of all growth kit component vials and the basal medium bottle by spraying them with 70% ethanol.
  5. Using aseptic technique and working in a laminar flow hood or biosafety cabinet, transfer the indicated volume of each growth kit component to the bottle of basal medium using a separate sterile pipette for each.

Table 1. Bladder Epithelial Cell Growth Kit Components








Final Concentration






15 mL



6 mM



Extract P



2 mL









0.5 mL



1 µM



rh EGF



0.5 mL



5 ng/mL






0.5 mL



100 ng/mL



rh Insulin



0.5 mL



5 µg/mL






0.5 mL



5 µg/mL



rh TGF-alpha



0.5 mL



0.5 ng/mL



rh KGF



1 mL



5 ng/mL



Antimicrobials and phenol red are not required for proliferation, but may be added if desired. The recommended volume of each optional component to be added to the complete growth media is

summarized in Table 2.

Table 2.  Addition of Antimicrobials/Antimycotics and Phenol Red (Optional)



Final Concentration

Penicillin-Streptomycin-Amphotericin B Solution (PCS-999-002)

0.5 mL

Penicillin: 10 Units/mL

Streptomycin: 10 µg/mL

Amphotericin B: 25 ng/mL

Phenol Red (PCS-999-001)

0.5 mL

33 µM

  1. Tightly cap the bottle of complete growth medium and swirl the contents gently to assure a homogeneous solution. Do not shake forcefully to avoid foaming. Label and date the bottle.
  2. Complete media should be stored in the dark at 2°C to 8°C (do not freeze). When stored under these conditions, complete media is stable for 30 days.
Cell culture
485 mL
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
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ATCC determined that a biosafety level is not applicable to this material based on our risk assessment as guided by the current edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is your responsibility to complete your own risk assessment and understand any potential hazards associated with the material per your organization’s policies and procedures and any other applicable regulations as enforced by your local or national agencies.

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Quality control specifications

Bacterial and fungal testing
Not detected
<0.5 EU/mL
255 to 285 mOsm/kg
7.5 to 8.1

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