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Minimum Essential Medium Eagle

With Earle′s salts, L-glutamine and sodium bicarbonate, liquid, sterile-filtered, suitable for cell culture

Synonym: MEM

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Quality Level   PREMIUM
sterility   sterile-filtered
form   liquid
impurities   endotoxin, tested
suitability   suitable for cell culture
components   NaHCO3: yes
HEPES: no
Earle’s salts (5% CO2): yes
L-glutamine: yes
phenol red: yes
sodium pyruvate: no
storage temp.   2-8°C

Description

Application

Generally used to grow attached cell lines, such as fibroblasts, in the presence of FBS, calf or horse sera.

Other Notes

This product lacks L-Ala; L-Asn; L-Glu; Gly; L-Pro; L-Ser.

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General description

Minimum Essential Medium (MEM), developed by Harry Eagle, is one of the most widely used of all synthetic cell culture media. Early attempts to cultivate normal mammalian fibroblasts and certain subtypes of HeLa cells revealed they had specific nutritional requirements that could not be met by Eagle’s Basal Medium (BME). Subsequent studies using these and other cells in culture indicated additions to BME could be made to aid growth of a wider variety of fastidious cells.

MEM, which incorporates these modifications, includes higher concentrations of amino acids so the medium more closely approximates the protein composition of cultured mammalian cells. MEM has been used for cultivation of a wide variety of cells grown in monolayers. Optional supplementation of non-essential amino acids to the formulations that incorporate either Hanks’ or Earle’s salts has broadened the usefulness of this medium.

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Cell Quantification

For the majority of manipulations using cell cultures, such as transfections, cell fusion techniques, cryopreservation and subculture routines it is necessary to quantify the number of cells prior to...
Cook Book Sept 2010 Volume 12
Keywords: Carcinogens, Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation of Cell Lines

The protocol below describes the use of passive methods involving an electric -80°C freezer for the cryopreservation of cell cultures. ECACC routinely use a programmable rate controlled freezer. This...
Cook Book Volume 12
Keywords: Cell culture, Cryopreservation, Phase transitions

Resuscitation of Frozen Cell Lines

Many cultures obtained from a culture collection, such as ECACC, will arrive frozen and in order to use the cells they must be thawed and put into culture. It is vital to thaw cells correctly in orde...
Fundamental Techniques in Cell Culture Laboratory Handbook - 2nd Edition
Keywords: Centrifugation, PAGE

Subculture of Adherent Cell Lines

Adherent cell lines will grow in vitro until they have covered the surface area available or the medium is depleted of nutrients. At this point the cell lines should be sub cultured in order to preve...
Cook Book Sept 2010 Volume 12, Fundamental Techniques in Cell Culture Laboratory Handbook-2nd Edition
Keywords: Adhesion

Subculture of Semi-Adherent Cell Lines

Some cultures grow as a mixed population (e.g. B95-8 - marmoset) where a proportion of cells do not attach to the tissue culture fl ask and remain in suspension. Therefore to maintain this heterogene...
Cook Book Sept 2010 Volume 12
Keywords: Cell culture

Subculture of Suspension Cell Lines

In general terms cultures derived from blood (e.g. lymphocytes) grow in suspension. Cells may grow as single cells or in clumps (e.g. EBV transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines). For these types of ce...
Cook Book Sept 2010 Volume 12
Keywords: Centrifugation, Growth factors

Testing for Mycoplasma by Indirect DNA Stain

DNA staining methods such as indirect Hoechst staining techniques are quick with results available within 72 hours which compares favourably with 4 weeks for detection by culture. Staining of culture...
Cook Book Volume 12
Keywords: Cell culture, Detection methods, Evaporation, Indicators, Polymerase chain reaction

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