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EGF, recombinant, expressed in E. coli, lyophilized powder, suitable for cell culture

EGF, Epidermal Growth Factor human
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Quality Level

biological source



expressed in E. coli


≥97% (SDS-PAGE)


lyophilized powder


0.08-0.8 ng/mL ED50/EC50

mol wt

~6 kDa


pkg of 5X0.2 mg
pkg of 0.2 mg
pkg of 0.5 mg

storage condition

avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles


cell culture | mammalian: suitable


≤1 EU/μg endotoxin (EGF)




water: soluble, clear, colorless

UniProt accession no.

storage temp.


Gene Information

human ... EGF(1950)

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This product is used as a mitogen, triggering the cell to commence mitosis, in a variety of cell lines. In tissue cultures, EGF acts to reduce or eliminate the requirement for serum and can be used in conjunction with other media additives and hormones.


0.2 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) is a small mitogenic polypeptide present throughout a large number of tissues and body fluids in many mammalian species. EGF is a member of a growth factor family characterized by 6 conserved cysteine motifs that form three disulfide bonds. EGF is mitogenic for a variety of epidermal and epithelial cells, including fibroblasts, glial cells, vascular and corneal endothelial cells, bovine granulosa, HeLa cells, SV40-3T3 cells and mammary epithelial cells.
Cellular functions affected by EGF: mitosis, ion flux, glucose transport, glycolysis, nucleic acid and protein synthesis, survival, growth, proliferation and differentiation.
Biological affects of EGF: inhibition of gastric acid secretion, fetal growth and development and neuromodulation in the central nervous system.
Pathways affected by EGF: EGFR signaling, MAPK cascade, PIP, Ca+2 signaling


Human EGF (hEGF) is an identical molecule to β-urogastrone, a molecule isolated on the basis of its ability to inhibit gastric acid secretion. EGF is structurally homologous to human transforming growth factor-α, and both exert their actions through EGF receptors. E9644 is the N-terminal methionyl form of natural mature EGF.


This product should be stored at -20°C and will retain activity for two years. After reconstitution, it can be stored at 2-8°C for one month, or frozen in aliquots at -70°C or -20°C for longer periods.

Preparation Note

This product was lyophilized from a 0.2 μm-filtered solution of phosphate buffered saline, at pH 7.4. It should be reconstituted by adding the contents of the vial to 1 mg/mL using 10 mM acetic acid. To dilute to lower concentrations, but no fewer than 10 μg/mL, an addition of 0.1% BSA or HSA will be needed. For use in proliferation assays, further dilute the sample with medium without albumin.

Analysis Note

The biological activity of this product is measured in a proliferation assay using BALB/MK cells. The EC50 is defined as the effective concentration of growth factor that elicits a 50% increase in cell growth in a cell based bioassay.

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. What is the difference between Product No. E9644 and E4269, Epidermal Growth Factor?

    Product No. E9644 is the mature EGF protein. Long EGF (Product No. E4269) is an analog of epidermal growth factor comprising the human EGF amino acid sequence plus a 53 amino acid N-terminal extension peptide. Long EGF has been developed as an inexpensive, high quality potent analog of EGF for use as a growth factor supplement for serum-free or low-serum cell culture.

  3. What is the molecular weight of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) human, Product E9644?

    The mature protein has a molecular weight of 6 kD.

  4. How long can I store a solution of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) human, Product E9644?

    Solution stability can be found on the product data sheet. If Product No. E9644 has been reconstituted with 0.2 micron-filtered 10 mM acetic acid containing 0.1% HSA or BSA to a concentration of not less than 10 ug/ml, it can be stored at 2-8 °C for a maximum of one month. For extended storage, freeze in working aliquots at -70 °C or -20 °C. Repeated freezing and thawing is not recommended.

  5. Can I use PBS to reconstitute Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) human, Product E9644?

    We recommend reconstitution with acetic acid to make sure the entire product will be solubilized.  PBS can be used, but the total amount of the protein in the vial may not go into solution.  It is best to make a higher concentration in acetic acid, and then dilute into PBS.

  6. Can Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) human, Product E9644, be used on rat cells?

    This product has been tested for activity using the mouse Balb/3T3 cell line.  We have not tested its activity in rat cell culture, but we expect that will also work in that application.

  7. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

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