BCRJ code:
Cell Line:
Mus musculus

Vulgar Name: Mouse; Dba/2
Mast Cell
Growth Properties:
Suspension (Some Adherent Cells)
established from the mastocytoma tumor of a DBA/2 mouse treated with methylcolanthrene; used as target cells for cytotoxic T cell assays; as reported cells exhibit no effector activity in an antibody-dependent cell mediated cytotoxic system
This cell line is a suitable transfection host.
Additional info:
P815 cells phagocytose latex beads but not zymosan or BCG.
They do not function in antibody dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity.
Growth of the cells is not inhibited by dextran sulfate, LPS or PPD.
Culture Medium:
Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM) modified to contain 4 mM L-glutamine, 4500 mg/L glucose, 1 mM sodium pyruvate, and 1500 mg/L sodium bicarbonate with 10% of fetal bovine serum.
Cultures can be maintained by addition or replacement of fresh medium.
Start cultures at 2 X 10e5 cells/mL and maintain between 1 X 10e5 and 1 X 10e6 cells/mL.
Adherent cells can be recovered by scraping.

NOTE: Maximum cell density at > 1 x 10e6 cells/ml

Population Doubling Time: 18-22 hrs

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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Dr. T. kipnis, Universidade de São Paulo.