Immortalized Mouse Proximal Caput Epididymal Epithelial Cell Line (PC1)

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1x106 cells / 1.0 ml

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Cat. No. T0598
Name Immortalized Mouse Proximal Caput Epididymal Epithelial Cell Line (PC1)

PC1 is a conditionally immortalized mouse epididymal epithelial cell line isolated from the proximal caput of the mouse harbouring a temperature-sensitive simian virus 40 large T antigen. The epididymal epithelium plays an important role in male fertility by supporting sperm motility, maturation and viability. Owing to the changing microenvironment created by different sections of the epididymis, the spermatozoa matures as they passage through the convoluted tubule. 

The functional expression of the SV40 large T antigen is induced by culturing the cells in vitro at permissive temperature (33°C). At non-permissive temperatures (37°C-39°C), the cells cease to proliferate. PC1 expresses androgen receptor as well as markers of the murine epididymal epithelium, PEB-like protein (i.e. phosphatidylethanolamine binding protein), E-RABP (i.e. epididymal retinoic acid-binding protein), and EP17 (i.e. epididymal protein of 17 kd). 

Together with the Immortalized Mouse Distal Caput Epididymal Epithelial Cell Line (DC2) (Cat. No. T0599), these cells are useful in studying the regulation of tissue-specific gene expression and epididymal specific proteins in the epididymis. Immunocytochemistry, western blot and RT-PCR were used to confirm expression of markers.

Additional cell lines from this panel:

Cat. T0599 - Immortalized Mouse Distal Caput Epididymal Epithelial Cell Line (DC2)

Note: both cell lines are from the caput of the epididymis but differ in their region of isolation within the caput (proximal vs distal). 

Organism Mouse (M. musculus)
Tissue Testes
Donor History 10-12 weeks old tsSV40 transgenic mouse, Caput epididymis
Growth Properties Adherent, polygonal
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 V (TM015) + 10% FBS + 1% Penicillin/Streptomycin Solution (G255), 33.0°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) 30,000 - 50,000
Immortalization Method

Isolated from a transgenic mouse carrying a temperature-sensitive simian virus 40 large T tumor antigen.


Androgen receptor (AR), PEB-like protein, E-RABP, mEP17, cytokeratin

Warranty 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”.
1. 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.

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Depositor Vanderbilt University
Application Research Use Only.
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. T0598
Print & Download Datasheet
  • Araki, Y., Suzuki, K., Matusik, R. J., Obinata, M., & Orgebin-Crist, M. C. (2002). Immortalized epididymal cell lines from transgenic mice overexpressing temperature-sensitive simian virus 40 large T-antigen gene. Journal of andrology, 23(6), 854–869.

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