Immortalized Human Corneal Endothelial Cells (IHCE)

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1x10⁶ cells / 1.0 ml

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Cat. No. T0577
Name Immortalized Human Corneal Endothelial Cells (IHCE)

The role of the corneal endothelium is to regulate corneal hydration, and dysfunction of this critical cellular layer will gradually result in corneal opacification and eventually results in loss of vision and corneal blindness. Established using the HPV16 E6/E7 genes, The Immortalized Human Corneal Endothelial Cells (IHCE) not only retains its authentic cell biomarkers (CX43, ZO-1 and 9.3E), it also displays fairly disomic cytogenetic status at chromosomes 1, 8, 10 and 18, which is an indication of normal diploid chromosomal status.

Together with the Immortalized Human Corneal Keratinocytes (Cat. T0579) and the Immortalized Human Corneal Fibroblasts (Cat. T0578) isolated from the same donor and immortalized using the same platform, this uniform model system presents a valuable tool for studies involving cornea homeostasis and ophthalmologic diseases. RT-PCR was used to evaluate the transgene expression of HPV16 E6/E7.

Organism Human (H. sapiens)
Tissue Eye
Donor History Female
Growth Properties Adherent, cobblestone
Cell Type Immortalized Cells
Unit 1x10⁶ cells / 1.0 ml
Storage Condition Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen, or below -130°C.
Shipping Conditions Ship with dry ice.
Product Format Frozen
Intended Use This product is intended for laboratory research use only. It is not intended for any animal or human therapeutic use, any human or animal consumption, or any diagnostic use.
BioSafety II
Certificate of Analysis For batch-specific test results, refer to the applicable certificate of analysis that can be found at
Growth Conditions

PriCoat™ T25 Flasks (G299) or Applied Cell Extracellular Matrix (G422) are recommended for optimal cell culture. PriGrow III (TM003) + 10% FBS + 5 µg/ml human insulin (Z101065) + 10 µg/ml human transferrin +  3 ng/ml sodium selenite + 10 nM hydrocortisone (TM066) + 10 nM β-estradiol + 10 ng/ml rhVEGF 165aa (Z100895) + 10 ng/ml  rhEGF (Z100139)+ 10 ng/ml Heparin + 2 mM  L-glutamine (G275) + 1% Penicillin/Streptomycin Solution (G255), 37.0°C, 5% CO₂.

Unpacking and Storage Instructions

1. Visually examine the packaging containers for signs of leakage or breakage.

2. Immediately transfer frozen cells from dry ice packaging to a temperature below -130°C, preferably in liquid nitrogen vapor phase storage, until ready for use.

To ensure the highest level of viability, thaw the vial and initiate culture as soon as possible upon receipt. If continued storage is desired, the vial should only be stored below -130°C or in liquid nitrogen vapor phase. Do not store at -70°C, as it will result in loss of viability.

Thawing Protocol

1. Thaw cells quickly in a 37°C water bath while agitating gently (maximum 2 minutes). The vial cap should be kept above the water level to minimize the risk of contamination.

2. Decontaminate the vial by spraying and wiping the exterior of the vial with 70% ethanol. From this point onwards, all operations should be strictly carried out inside a biological safety cabinet using aseptic conditions.

3. Transfer the cell suspension into a 15ml sterile conical tube containing 5ml of pre-warmed, complete growth media. Centrifuge cells at 125xg for 5-7 minutes.

4. Aspirate the supernatant without disturbing the cell pellet. Re-suspend the cell pellet in the recommended pre-warmed, complete growth media and dispense into a T25 culture flask.

5. Incubate the cells at the recommended conditions.

Subculture Protocol

Volumes given below are for a T75 flask; proportionally increase or decrease the volume as required per culture vessel size. Subculture cells once the culture vessel is 80% confluent.

1. Aspirate the culture media, and add 2-3ml of pre-warmed 0.25% Trypsin-EDTA to the culture vessel.

2. Observe the cells under a microscope to confirm detachment (typically within 2-10 minutes). Cells that are difficult to detach can be put in 37°C, for several minutes to facilitate detachment.

3. Neutralize Trypsin-EDTA by adding an equal volume of the complete growth media into the culture vessel.

4. Transfer the culture suspension into a sterile centrifuge tube, and centrifuge at 125xg for 5 minutes. The actual centrifuge duration and speed may vary depending on the cell type.

5. Aspirate the supernatant, and re-suspend the pellet with pre-warmed fresh complete growth media. Add appropriate aliquots of the cell suspension to new culture vessels, as desired.

6. Incubate the cells at the recommended conditions.


Cryopreservation Medium (TM024), or complete growth media with 10% DMSO.

Seeding Density (cells/cm2) 20,000
Split Ratio 1:2 to 1:3
Population Doubling Time (h) 54
Immortalization Method Serial passaging and transduction with retroviruses carrying human papillomavirus type 16 E6/E7 gene

CX43, ZO-1 and 9.3E, Neomycin-resistance

STR Profiling

D5S818 : 12,13

D13S317 : 8,11

D7S820 : 10,12

D16S539 : 11,12

VWA : 17,17

TH01 : 9.3,9.3


TPOX : 8,11

CSF1PO : 10,12

D12S391 : 17,22

FGA : 20,23

D2S1338 : 18,21

D21S11 : 29,31

D18S51 : 12,16

D8S1179 : 13,15

D3S1358 : 15,15

D6S1043 : 11,13

PENTAE : 16,16

D19S433 : 12,16

PENTAD : 10,12

D1S1656 : 12,15

Material Citation If use of this material results in a scientific publication, please cite the material in the following manner: Applied Biological Materials Inc, Cat. No. T0577.
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1. All test parameters provided in the CoA are conducted using abm's standardized culture system and 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.

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5. abm warrants that cell lines shall be viable upon initiation of culture for a period of thirty (30) days after shipment and that they shall meet the specifications on the applicable abm Material Product Information sheet, certificate of analysis, and/or catalog description. Such thirty (30) day period is referred to herein as the "Warranty Period".
Depositor University of Freiburg
Application Research Use Only.
Print & Download Datasheet
  • Schulz, S., Steinberg, T., Beck, D., Tomakidi, P., Accardi, R., Tommasino, M., Reinhard, T., & Eberwein, P. (2013). Generation and evaluation of a human corneal model cell system for ophthalmologic issues using the HPV16 E6/E7 oncogenes as uniform immortalization platform. Differentiation; research in biological diversity, 85(4-5), 161–172.

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