Zebrafish Testicular Feeder Cells (ZtA6-4)

T26031x106 cells/ml


DescriptionZtA6 cells are derived from spontaneous tumor-like hypertropheied testis isolated from albino-type (alb-1/alb-1) zebrafish. Clones were analyzed for the expression of the Sertoli cell marker (Sox9a), the germ cell marker (Vas), and the Wilm’s tumor suppressor marker (WT1). 12 clones were derived and have distinctive properties and are available at abm.

ZtA6-4 cells are clone 4 which has high phagocytic ability compared to the other clones derived from the ZtA6 cell line. The expression of Sox9a and Vas were observed, but WT1 expression was absent. It is able to support the differentiation of germ cells into functional sperm for in vitro fertilization, thus is a suitable tool for research in in vitro fertilization and vertebrate spermatogenesis.
SpeciesZebrafish (D. rerio)
Species descriptionAlbino-type (alb-1/alb-1) zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Tissue/Organ/Organ SystemReproductive
Cell MorphologyEpithelial-like, Fibroblast-like
ApplicationsFor Research Use Only.
Cell TypeFeeder Cells
Growth PropertiesAdherent
Propagation RequirementsGrow cells in T25 gelatin-coated flasks (TM063) with the following conditions. The base medium for this cell line is L-15 medium (ThermoFisher Scientific). To make the completed growth medium, add the following components to the base medium at the following final concentrations: 5 IU/ml human chorionic gonadotropin (Sigma), 2 IU/ml pregnant mare’s serum gonadotropin (Sigma), 0.2 mg/ml L-arginine (Gibco BRL), 0.02 mg/ml L-aspartic acid (Gibco BRL), 0.015 mg/ml L-histidine (Gibco BRL), 0.0725 mg/ml L-lysine HCl (Gibco BRL), 0.02 mg/ml L-proline (Gibco BRL), 0.5% bovine serum albumin (5% w/v stock solution, BSA fraction V, Sigma), 1% Hepes (Sigma), fetal bovine serum (TM999) to a final concentration of 3%, and Penicillin/Streptomycin Solution (G255) to a final concentration of 1%. Atmosphere: air: 100%, Temperature: 28.0°C.

To prepare as feeder cells: Treat with 10 µg/ml mitomycin C in L-15 for 5 hours before plating for use as feeder cells for further experimentation.
Unit quantity1x106 cells/ml
QC1) Phagocytic activity was analyzed via the ability to internalize polystyrene beads;
2) RT-PCR was used to assess the presence or absence of WT1, Vas, and Sox9a markers;
3) Functionality test was performed to determine the ability to support male germ cells when co-cultured as feeder cells.
Storage Condition-180°C
Shipping ConditionsOn Dry Ice

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          • Kurita, K., & Sakai, N. (2004). Functionally distinctive testicular cell lines of zebrafish to support male germ cell development. Molecular reproduction and development, 67(4), 430–438. https://doi.org/10.1002/mrd.20035