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Animal cells
Mus musculus, mouse
Eukaryota, Animalia, Metazoa, Chordata, Vertebrata, Tetrapod
Cell type
embryonic stem cell
spherical colony
Embryo; Inner cell mass
Stem cell research
Product format
Storage conditions
Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen
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Detailed product information


Specific applications
Neural differentiated CE3 cells are intensely GFP+ and suitable for cell tracking in tissue culture and transplantation.


Growth properties

The CE3 cell line was derived from the D3 ES cell line [PubMed: 12591158].

CE3 (for Cassette Exchange) contains one 'acceptor' module that allows for efficient double lox targeting, with constitutive GFP expression. Neural differentiated CE3 cells are intensely GFP+ and suitable for cell tracking in tissue culture and transplantation. The cell line is also puromycin resistant. The CE3 cell line was derived from the D3 ES cell line [PubMed: 12591158].

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
Grow ES cells in Mouse ES Cell Basal Medium (ATCC SCRR-2011) that has been supplemented with the following components:
1. 0.1 mM 2-mercaptoethanol (Life Technologies Cat. No. 21985-023)
2. 1,000 U/mL mouse leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) (Millipore Cat. No. ESG1107)
3. 10% to 15% ES-Cell Qualified FBS (ATCC® SCRR-30-2020) or an ES cell qualified serum replacement
Complete Growth Medium for Mouse ES Cells is stable for 14 days when stored at 2°C to 8°C.
95% Air, 5% CO2
Handling procedure

Complete Medium for Feeder Cells

Feeder cells may be grown in medium containing fewer growth factors than those required by the ES cells. Feeder cells are available from ATCC. Consult the product sheet provided for the feeder cells you wish to use for medium requirements. 

Feeder cells should be initiated 24-48 hours prior to inoculating with embryonic stem (ES) cells.

Feeder Cells

ATCC recommends culturing EDJ 22 on mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) that have been mitotically arrested by either irradiation or treatment with Mitomycin-C. EDJ 22 cells have been cultured on mitotically arrested MEF (CF-1) (ATCC® SCRC-1040™).

  1. At least one day before plating the ES cells, prepare the desired combination of flasks with feeder cells to accommodate an initial ES cell seeding density of 30,000 cells/cm2 to 50,000 cells/cm2.
  2. Refer to the batch specific information provided on the last page of the product information sheet for the total number of viable cells recovered from this lot of ATCC® SCRC-1039™.
  3. Plate mitotically arrested mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) as a feeder layer at approximately 55,000 feeder cells/cm2 in complete medium for feeder cells. 
  4. Refer to the product sheet for mitotically arrested MEF for detailed handling instructions.

Feeder cells should be used within one week of plating. It is best to use feeder cells within 24-48 hours of initiation.

Embryonic Stem (ES) Cells

  1. 30 Minutes Prior to Handling Cells – Pre-warm complete growth medium for ES cells at 37°C for at least 30 minutes before adding to cells.
  2. One Hour Prior to Thawing the ES Cells – Perform a 100% medium change for the MEFs using complete growth medium for ES cells.
  3. Thaw the vial of ES cells 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 90 seconds).
  4. Remove the vial from the water bath before the contents are completely thawed, and decontaminate by dipping in or spraying with 70% ethanol.
  5. All of the operations from this point on should be carried out under strict aseptic conditions.
  6. Transfer the vial’s contents plus 5 mL of complete growth medium for ES cells to a 15 mL centrifuge tube. Use an additional 1 mL of media to rinse the vial and transfer the liquid to the 15 mL tube. Add 4 ml of complete growth medium for ES cells to bring the total volume to 10 mL.
  7. Spin the cells at 270 x g for 5 min. Aspirate the supernatant and resuspend the pellet in 2 mL of complete growth medium for ES cells.
  8. Add the 2 mL of cell suspension to the appropriate size flask containing feeder cells and fresh compelte growth medium for ES cells (see batch specific information). ES cells should be plated at a density of 30,000 – 50,000 cells/cm2.
  9. Incubate the culture at 37°C in a humidified 5% CO2/95% air incubator. 

Routine Handling

Perform a 100% medium change every day. Passage the cells every 1 to 2 days. If the colonies are close to or touching each other the culture is overgrown. Overgrowth will result in differentiation.

Make sure that you have prepared a sufficient number of flasks pre-plated with MEF feeder layers to support frequent passage of the ES cells.

Subculturing procedure

To insure the highest level of viability, pre-warm media and Trypsin/EDTA to 37ºC before adding to cells. Volumes used in this protocol are for T75 flasks. Proportionally adjust the volumes for culture vessels of other sizes. A split ratio of 1:4 to 1:7 is recommended.

Feeder Cell Preparation for Subcultures

  1. Daily maintain a sufficient number of flasks that have been pre-plated with MEFs in complete medium for feeder cells.
  2. One hour before subculturing the ES cells, perform a 100% medium change for the MEFs using complete growth medium for ES cells.

Dissociation and Transfer of ES Cells

  1. Aspirate the medium from the flask(s) containing ES cells.
  2. Wash with PBS Ca+2/Mg+2-free (ATCC® SCRR-2201).
  3. Add 3.0 mL of 0.25% (w/v) Trypsin / 0.53 mM EDTA solution (ATCC 30-2101) and place in incubator. After about one minute the ES colonies will dissociate and all cells will detach from the flask.
  4. Dislodge the cells by gently tapping the side of the flask then wash the cells off with 7-10 mL of fresh culture medium. Triturate cells several times with a 10 mL pipette in order to dissociate the cells into a single-cell suspension.
  5. Spin the cells at 270 x g for 5 min. Aspirate the supernatant.
  6. Resuspend in enough complete growth medium for ES cells to reseed new vessels at the desired split ratio (i.e. a split ratio of 1:4 to 1:7 is recommended). Perform a cell count to determine the total number of cells. ES cells should be plated at a density of 30,000 – 50,000 cells/ cm2.
  7. Add separate aliquots of the cell suspension to the appropriate size flask containing feeder cells and add an appropriate volume of fresh complete growth medium for ES cells to each vessel.
  8. Incubate the culture at 37°C in a humidified 5% CO2/95% air incubator. Perform a 100% medium change every day, passage cells every 1-2 days.
Reagents for cryopreservation
Complete growth medium supplemented with 10% (v/v) FBS and 10% (v/v) DMSO (ATCC 4-X)

Quality control specifications

Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected


DI Gottlieb
Special collection
NSCR (National Stem Cell Resource)

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The product is provided 'AS IS' and the viability of ATCC® products is warranted for 30 days from the date of shipment, provided that the customer has stored and handled the product according to the information included on the product information sheet, website, and Certificate of Analysis. For living cultures, ATCC lists the media formulation and reagents that have been found to be effective for the product. While other unspecified media and reagents may also produce satisfactory results, a change in the ATCC and/or depositor-recommended protocols may affect the recovery, growth, and/or function of the product. If an alternative medium formulation or reagent is used, the ATCC warranty for viability is no longer valid.  Except as expressly set forth herein, no other warranties of any kind are provided, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, manufacture according to cGMP standards, typicality, safety, accuracy, and/or noninfringement.


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Curated Citations

Matise M, et alProduction of targeted embryonic stem cell clonesIn: Matise M, et alGene Targeting: A Practical ApproachOxfordOxford University Press101-132, 1999

Adams LD, et al. Double lox targeting for neural cell transgenesis. Brain Res. Mol. Brain Res. 110: 220-233, 2003. PubMed: 12591158

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