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Vaginal Epithelial Cell Growth Kit


Vaginal Epithelial Cell Growth Kit contains components that when added to Vaginal Epithelial Cell Basal Medium (ATCC PCS-480-030) create a complete ATCC Primary Cell Solutions culture environment for vaginal epithelial cells derived from normal human vaginal tissue (eg, Primary Vaginal Epithelial Cells, Normal, Human, ATCC PCS-480-010). The serum-free medium formulation can support normal vaginal cell morphology and promote rapid growth and proliferation. No feeder layers, extracellular matrix proteins, or other substrates are required.
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The kit contains components that when added to Vaginal Epithelial Cell Basal Medium (ATCC PCS-480-030) create a complete ATCC® Primary Cell Solutions™ culture environment for epithelial cells derived from normal human vaginal tissue. The serum-free medium formulation is designed to support normal vaginal epithelial cell morphology as well as promote rapid growth and proliferation. No feeder layers, extracellular matrix proteins or other substrates re required. The final concentration for each component in complete vaginal epithelial cell growth medium is as follows:

L-Glutamine: 6 mM
Extract P: 0.8%
Epinephrine: 1.0 µM
rh EGF: 10 ng/mL
Hydrocortisone: 100 ng/mL
rh Insulin: 10 µg/mL
Apo-transferrin: 10 µg/mL
Cell growth and viability
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Shipping information
1 kit
Storage conditions
-20°C or colder, -70°C for long-term storage
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Required Products

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Handling information

Handling procedure
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 them to the basal medium. If the growth kit contains L-glutamine, 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. When using the Vaginal Epithelial Cell Growth Kit, add the indicated volume for each component: 



Final Concentration


15 mL 6 mM
 Extract P  4 mL  0.8%
 Epinephrine 0.5 mL  1.0 µM 
 rh EGF 1 mL  10 ng/mL 
 Hydrocortisone 0.5 mL  100 ng/mL 
 rh Insulin  1 mL  10 µg/mL
 Apo-transferrin 1 mL 10 µg/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 media is summarized in Table 2.


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



Final Concentration

Gentamicin-Amphotericin B Solution

0.5 mL

Gentamicin: 10 µg/mL

Amphotericin B: 0.25 µg/mL

Penicillin-Streptomycin-Amphotericin B Solution

0.5 mL

Penicillin: 10 Units/mL

Streptomycin: 10 µg/mL

Amphotericin B: 25 ng/mL

Phenol Red

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 growth 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. 

Quality control specifications

Bacterial and fungal testing
Not detected
Functional tests
Rate of proliferation and morphology.

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