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ASC52telo, hTERT immortalized adipose derived Mesenchymal stem cells


ASC52telo is an hTERT immortalized adipose derived Mesenchymal stem cell line exhibiting a fibroblast-like morphology that was isolated in 2006 from the adipose tissue of a White female. The cell line can be used in stem cell research.
Product category
Human cells
Product type
hTERT-immortalized cell
Homo sapiens, human
Cell type
mesenchymal stem cell
Adipose tissue
Stem cell research
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


Growth properties
Immortalization method
hTERT expression
Antigen expression
Positive surface markers: CD29, CD44, CD73, CD90, CD105, CD166 (>90%)
Negative surface markers: CD14, CD19, CD34, CD45 (<5%)
Genes expressed
CD29+ ; CD44+; CD73+; CD90+ ; CD105+; CD166+

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 Mesenchymal Stem Cell Basal Medium (ATCC PCS-500-030). To make the complete growth medium, add Mesenchymal Stem Cell Growth Kit (ATCC PCS-500-040) for Adipose and Umbilical-derived MSCs - Low Serum  Components and G418  to the base medium as the following:

482 mL of basal medium (PCS-500-030)

10 mL of MSC supplement (2% FBS, 5 ng/mL rh FGF basic, 5 ng/mL rh FGF acidic, 5 ng/mL rh EGF)

6 mL of L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine (2.4 mM, final concentration)

2 mL of 50 mg/mL G418 (0.2 mg/mL, final concentration)
95% Air, 5% CO2
Handling procedure

Recovery of Frozen Cells

To ensure the highest level of viability, thaw the vial and initiate the culture as soon as possible upon receipt. If storage of the frozen culture is necessary upon arrival, store the vial in liquid nitrogen vapor phase and NOT at -70°C. Storage at -70°C will result in loss of viability.

SAFETY PRECAUTION: Always use protective gloves and clothing and wear a full face mask when handling frozen vials. Some vials leak when immersed 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 vessel exploding or blowing off its cap with dangerous force creating flying debris.

1.     Prepare a 25-cm2 or a 75-cm2 culture flask containing the recommended complete culture medium. Prior to the addition of the vial contents, the vessel containing the growth medium should be placed in the incubator for at least 15 minutes to allow the medium to reach its normal pH (7.0 to 7.6) and to avoid excessive alkalinity of the medium during recovery of the cells.

2.     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).

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 operations from this point on should be carried out under strict aseptic conditions.

4.     Transfer the vial contents to a centrifuge tube containing 9.0 ml of complete culture medium and centrifuge the cell suspension at approximately 275 x g +/- 125 x g for 5 to 7 minutes. 

5.     Discard the supernatant and resuspend the cells in fresh growth medium. Count the cells and seed new culture flasks at a density of 5,000 viable cells per cm2.

6.     Incubate the culture at 37°C in a suitable incubator. 

7.     A 5% CO2/95% air atmosphere is recommended if using the medium described on this product sheet.

Subculturing procedure


1. Passage immortalized adipose-derived MSCs when the culture has reached approximately 80% confluence.

 2.  Warm both the Trypsin-EDTA for Primary Cells (ATCC PCS-999-003) and the Trypsin Neutralizing Solution (ATCC PCS-999-004) to room temperature prior to dissociation. Warm the complete growth medium to 37°C prior to use with the cells.

 3. For each flask, carefully aspirate the spent media without disturbing the monolayer.

 4. Rinse the cell layer one time with 3 to 5 mL D-PBS (ATCC 30-2200) to remove residual medium.

 5. Add prewarmed trypsin-EDTA solution (1 to 2 mL for every 25 cm2) to each flask.

 6. Gently rock each flask to ensure complete coverage of the trypsin-EDTA solution over the cells, and then aspirate the excess fluid off of the monolayer.

 7. Observe the cells under the microscope. When the cells pull away from each other and round up (typically within 3 to 5 minutes), remove the flask from the microscope and gently tap it from several sides to promote detachment of the cells from the flask surface.

 8. When the majority of cells appear to have detached, quickly add an equal volume of the Trypsin Neutralizing Solution (ATCC PCS-999-004) to each flask. Gently pipette or swirl the culture to ensure all of the trypsin-EDTA solution has been neutralized.

 9. Transfer the dissociated cells to a sterile centrifuge tube and set aside while processing any remaining cells in the culture flask.

 10. Add 3 to 5 mL D-PBS (ATCC 30-2200) to the tissue culture flask to collect any additional cells that might have been left behind.

 11. Transfer the cell/D-PBS suspension to the centrifuge tube containing the trypsin-EDTA- dissociated cells.

 12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 as needed until all cells have been collected from the flask.

 13. Centrifuge the cells at 275 x g +/- 125 x g for 5 minutes.

 14. Aspirate neutralized dissociation solution from the cell pellet and resuspend the cells in 2 to 8 mL fresh, prewarmed, complete growth medium.

 15. Count the cells and seed new culture flasks at a density of 5,000 viable cells per cm2.

 16. Place newly seeded flasks in a 37°C, 5% CO2 incubator for at least 24 to 48 hours before processing the cells further. 

Cell seeding density: 5,000 viable cells per cm2
Medium renewal: every 2 to 3 days
Reagents for cryopreservation
90% Complete growth media; DMSO, 10%

Quality control specifications

Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected
Population doubling capacity
≥ 25 in complete growth medium
Population doubling time
Approximately 45 hrs
STR profiling
Amelogenin: X
CSF1PO: 10,13
D13S317: 8,12
D16S539: 10,13
D5S818: 11,13
D7S820: 8,11
TH01: 7
vWA: 16
D3S1358: 16
D21S11: 30,31
D18S51: 15
Penta_E: 12,14
Penta_D: 11,13
D8S1179: 12,13
FGA: 23
D19S433: 13,15
D2S1338: 18,23


Regina Grillari-Voglauer
Year of origin

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Curated Citations

Aprile M, et al. PPARγD5, a naturally occurring dominant-negative splice isoform, impairs PPARγ function and adipocyte differentiation. Cell Rep 25(6) 1577-1592, 2018. PubMed: 30404011

Aprile M, et al. In vitro-generated hypertrophic-like adipocytes displaying PPARγ isoforms unbalance recapitulate adipocyte dysfunctions in vivo. Cells 9(5): 1284, 2020. PubMed: 32455814

Bodnar AG, et al. Extension of life-span by introduction of telomerase into normal human cells. Science 279: 349-352, 1998. PubMed: 9454332

Wolbank S, et al. Telomerase immortalized human amnion- and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells: Maintenance of differentiation and immunomodulatory characteristics. Tissue Eng. Part A 15(7): 1843-1854, 2009. PubMed: 19125642

Farhang N, et al. CRISPR-Based Epigenome Editing of Cytokine Receptors for the Promotion of Cell Survival and Tissue Deposition in Inflammatory Environments. Tissue Eng Part A, 23(15-16):738-749, 2017. PubMed: 28095751

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