Immortalized Human Colonic Epithelial Cells (HCEC-1CT)

T07151x106 cells / 1.0 ml



Immortalized Human Colonic Epithelial Cells (HCEC-1CT) is a human colonic epithelial cell (HCEC) line isolated from healthy adult patient biopsy and immortalized by transduction with the cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (Cdk4) and human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT). HCEC-1CT cells express stem cell markers, such as LGR5, BMI1, CD29, and CD44, and retain multilineage epithelial differentiation capability. Thus, HCEC-1CT cells are capable of differentiating into various epithelial lineages of the colon and forming self-organizing cysts in 3D organotypic culture in Matrigel. During differentiation, HCEC-1CT cells express colon epithelial cell-specific markers such as A33 and mucin 1. Compared to most HCEC cell lines of malignant origin, HCEC-1CT is a valuable cytogenetically normal and nontumorigenic cell line for studying colon stem cell biology, differentiation as well as the initiation and progression of colonic diseases, such as colorectal cancer.

SpeciesHuman (H. sapiens)
Tissue/Organ/Organ SystemColon
Growth PropertiesAdherent
Cell Morphology SpecificationCompact cuboidal to spindle-shaped cells
Population Doubling Time18 - 24 hours
Immortalization MethodImmortalized with retroviral Cdk4 and Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)

For Research Use Only

Unit quantity1x106 cells / 1.0 ml
Cell TypeImmortalized Cells
Expression Profile

LGR5, BMI1, CD29, and CD44
In proliferation: vimentin, α-smooth muscle actin
Upon growth arrest: cytokeratin 18, zonula occludens-1, mucins-1 and -2, antigen A33, and dipeptidyl peptidase 4

Propagation Requirements

Use of PriCoatTM ?T25 Flasks (G299) or Applied Cell Extracellular Matrix (G422) is required for cell adhesion to the culture vessels. Grow cells in ECM-coated culture vessels unless otherwise specified in the Propagation Requirements below.

The base medium for this cell line is a mix of Prigrow III medium and Prigrow I medium, in 4:1 ratio respectively. Both are available at?abm, Cat. No.?TM003;?abm, Cat. No.?TM001. To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to the base medium: cosmic calf serum to a final concentration of 2%, Recombinant Human EGF (Z100135) to a final concentration of 25 ng/mL, hydrocortisone (Sigma) to a final concentration of 1 μg/mL, Insulin Solution (TM053) to a final concentration of 10 μg/mL, Human Holo Transferrin (G599) to a final concentration of 2 μg/mL, sodium selenite (Sigma) to a final concentration of 5 nM, and Gentamicin (G272) to a final concentration of 50 μg/mL.
Change media every 2-3 days.
Carbon dioxide (CO2): 7%, Temperature: 37.0°C.
* Do not use heat-inactivated serum for cell culture unless specified otherwise.


1) Western blot; 2) Immunocytochemistry; 3) Transmission electron microscopy; 4) Karyotype and DNA sequence analysis


1. For for-profit organizations and corporations, please contact [email protected] for pricing of this item.

2. Sale of this item is subjected to the completion of a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) by the purchasing individual/institution for each order. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at [email protected].

3. All test parameters provided in the CoA are conducted using abm's standardized culture system and procedures. The stated values may vary under the end-user's culture conditions. Please verify that the product is suitable for your studies by referencing published papers or ordering RNA (0.5 μg, Cat.# C207, $450.00) or cell lysate (100 μg, Cat.# C206, $600.00) to perform preliminary experiments, or alternatively use our Gene Expression Assay Service (Cat# C138). All sales are final.

4. We recommend live cell shipments for ease of cell transfer and this option can be requested at the time of ordering. Please note that the end-user will need to evaluate the feasibility of live cell shipment by taking into account the final destination's temperature variation and its geographical location. In addition, we thoroughly test our cell lines for freeze-thaw recovery. If frozen cells were received and not recovered in your lab under the exact, specified conditions (using recommended culture vessel, media, additional supplements, and atmospheric conditions), a live cell replacement is possible at a cost (plus shipping).

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DepositorUT Southwestern

I want to make sure these cells express my gene of interest before I decide to buy the cell line. Can you provide a sample so this can be tested?
We do not carry out downstream characterization or gene expression profiling of our cell lines. To facilitate your preliminary experiments we can provide an RNA extraction (0.5ug total RNA) or cell lysate (100ug/100ul provided in 62.5mM Tris‐HCl, 2% SDS, 10% Glycerol, 50mM DTT, 0.01% w/v Bromophenol Blue) for any of our immortalized cell lines for a small fee. Please inquire directly for more information. The lead time will be around 2 weeks from the time of placing an order (if the item is in stock).
How often do I need to change the media?
The media should be changed every 2-3 days.
Why do these cells need bio safety level II?
In order to be more cautious, we follow the CDC-NIH recommendations that all mammalian sourced products should be handled at the Biological Safety Level 2 to minimize exposure of potentially infectious products. This information can be found in 'Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories' (1999). Your institution's Safety Officer or Technical Services will be able to make the call as to whether BioSafety Level I is possible with these cells at your site if required.
Do you sell ECM coated T75 flasks?
Yes we can provide a coating service. Please inquire with [email protected]
What can I coat a larger dish to subculture?
We also offer applied extracellular matrix (collagen type I) in liquid form, for the coating of larger flasks and other required plasticware:
How long can I store frozen vials for?
Cells that are properly frozen using an effective cryoprotective agent can be stored in liquid nitrogen indefinitely without affecting their recovery.
Should the cap of the flask be changed before starting the cell culturing step?
No, there is no need in sterile biosafety cabinets unless it has contacted any non-sterile condition (e.g. touching the contaminated tip, etc.).
What is the recommended storage temperature?
In general, if you received: Live cells: acclimatize for 3-4 hrs at at the recommended conditions stated for the cell line under the propagation section, and then change media afterwards. Frozen cells: Immediately place cells in liquid nitrogen; -180C.
How is cell density crucial for drug selection?
If antibiotic selection is applicable to the target cells, we suggest getting rid of all the background cells so that the cell density is kept lower (even 20-30%). However, once the clones are selected by clonal dilution, we don't need the drug to still be present. If needed, the cell density should be towards the higher end since cells are already selected. Any primary cells still present will be depleted as a result of senescence and the cell population that remains will be resistant to the specific antibiotic.
My cells are not detaching, what method do you recommend to trypsinize the cells?
1. Incubate the coated plate containing trypsin solution at recommended temperature indicated in the propagation section for 3-5 min till the cells round up, monitoring from time to time under microscope. 2. Diluting G422 (1:1) with PBS and coating for lesser time. Sometimes the collagen content in G422 is higher and thus make stronger bonding with cells. 3. You can try reducing the incubation time as well for coating the plate to make a thinner layer.
Why is it important to determine the optimal seeding density?
The seeding density we recommend is for when cells are plated to a new vessel. The optimal seeding density should allow cells to attach to the surface and have room to proliferate. If you seed too little, cells may not attach well to the surface (for adherent cells). Seeding density is important as many cells (adherent or suspension cells) need to be in close proximity for better growth. Cell-cell interactions allow cells to communicate with each other in response to changes in their microenvironment. This ability to send and receive signals is essential for the survival of the cell. In other cases, if the seeding density is too low, cells may attach but a retardation in cell growth is observed. If you seed too high, the cells will attach but there is insufficient room for further proliferation and they will stop replicating.