Immortalized Human Lens Epithelial Cells - SV40

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1x10⁶ cells / 1.0 ml

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Cat. No. T0573
Name Immortalized Human Lens Epithelial Cells - SV40

The Immortalized Lens Epithelial Cells - SV40 is established from primary cells (isolated from infant lens epithelial fragments) using Adl2-SV40 adenovirus. The Immortalized Human Lens Epithelial Cells - SV40 provides a homogeneous population of cell for the investigation of the physiology of the normal human lens epithelium and study its response to cataractogenic agents and the human lens specific functions. These cells also provide a unique system for examining the relationship between gene expression and differentiation. Cells react positively with the monoclonal antibody to SV40 large T antigen.

Unit 1x10⁶ cells / 1.0 ml
Cell Type Immortalized Cells
Organism Human (H. sapiens)
Tissue Eye
Donor History Infant
Growth Properties Adherent, polygonal
Seeding Density (cells/cm2) 5,000 - 10,000
Split Ratio 1:2
Population Doubling Time (h) 76
Immortalization Method Serial passaging and transduction with recombinant adenovirus carrying SV40 Large T antigen
Growth Conditions Use of PriCoat™ T25 Flasks (G299) or Applied Cell Extracellular Matrix (G422) is required for cell adhesion to the culture vessels. PriGrow III (TM003) + 10% FBS + 1% Penicillin/Streptomycin Solution (G255), 37.0°C, 5% CO₂
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.


The Immortalized Human Lens Epithelial Cells react positively with the monoclonal antibody to SV40 large T antigen. Western blot and precipitation are used to confirm the presence of βH- and γ-crystallin, the proteins that are markers for cell differentiation in the lens epithelium. SV40 was observed through IHC (Figure 6).

Application Research Use Only.
Storage Condition Vapor phase of liquid nitrogen, or below -130°C.
BioSafety II
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Depositor Washington University in St. Louis
Print & Download Datasheet
  • Andley, U. P., Rhim, J. S., Chylack, L. T., Jr, & Fleming, T. P. (1994). Propagation and immortalization of human lens epithelial cells in culture. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 35(7), 3094–3102.

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