A20 [A-20]

BCRJ code:
Cell Line:
A20 [A-20]
Mus musculus

Vulgar Name: Mouse, Balb/Cann
B Lymphocyte
Reticulum Cell Sarcoma
Growth Properties:
The A20 cell line is a BALB/c B cell lymphoma line derived from a spontaneous reticulum cell neoplasm found in an old BALB/cAnN mouse.
This cell line is a suitable transfection host
Tumor Formation:
immunoglobulin (surface, sIg+)
Additional info:
The cells express little surface immunoglobulin when grown in Click's medium; however, they express large amounts when grown in RPMI 1640 medium.
The cells can present both alloantigens and protein antigens.
Culture Medium:
RPMI-1640 medium modified to contain 2 mM L-glutamine, 10 mM HEPES, 1 mM sodium pyruvate, 4500 mg/L glucose, and 1500 mg/L sodium bicarbonate and fetal bovine serum to a final concentration of 10%.
Cultures can be maintained by addition of fresh medium.
Alternatively, cultures can be established by centrifugation with subsequent resuspension at 1 x 10e5 viable cells/mL.
Maintain cultures at a cell concentration between 1 x 10e5 and 1 x 10e6 cells/mL.

NOTE: Do not allow the cell concentration to exceed 1 x 10e6 cells/mL.

Medium Renewal: Every 2 to 3 days
Culture Conditions:
Atmosphere: air, 95%; carbon dioxide (CO2), 5%
Temperature: 37°C
95% FBS + 5% DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide)
Thawing Frozen Cells:
SAFETY PRECAUTION: Is highly recommend that protective gloves and clothing always be used and a full face mask always be worn when handling frozen vials. It is important to note that
some vials 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 vessel exploding or blowing off its cap with dangerous force creating flying debris.
1. Thaw the vial by gentle agitation in a 37°C water bath. To reduce the possibility of contamination, keep the Oring 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. For cells that are sensitive to DMSO is recommended that the cryoprotective agent be removed immediately. 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.Discard the supernatant and Resuspend cell pellet with the recommended complete medium (see the specific batch information for the culture recommended dilution ratio).
5. Incubate the culture in a appropriate atmosphere and temperature (see "Culture Conditions" for this cell line).

NOTE: 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 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).

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Elizabeth Obino Lima, Fundaçao Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro.