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human female ovary (Source Disease: Ovarian adenocarcinoma)

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Gene Information

human ... ERBB2(2064), HER2(2064)

General description

SKOV3 GFP-HER2 are ovarian adenocarcinoma cells from a human 64 year old caucasion female having a ZFN modification creating a HER2-GFP transgene expressed from the endogenous HER2 gene locus.

This cell line was derived from ATCC Catalog No. HTB-77.


SKOV3 Cells GFP-HER2 has been used for live-cell screening assays to find compounds that affect cell structure or signaling pathways.
This product is a human SKOV3 cell line in which the genomic HER2 gene has been endogenously tagged with a Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) gene using CompoZr® Zinc Finger Nuclease technology. Integration resulted in endogenous expression of the fusion protein in which GFP is attached to the C-terminus of HER2. Fluorescence imaging shows characteristic HER2 membrane expression. This stable cell line was expanded from a single clone. The target′s gene regulation and corresponding protein function are preserved in contrast to cell lines with overexpression via an exogenous promoter.

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Biochem/physiol Actions

Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) signaling pathway promotes cell proliferation and survival in majority of breast cancers. Thus, overexpression of this protein leads to breast cancer. Heterodimeric complex of HER2 and phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) is the most potent stimulator of the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt anti-apoptosis pathway. Upregulated expression of HER2 is associated with the development of ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic, endometrial and gastric cancers. Trastuzumab, an antibody, works by binding to a domain in the external domain of HER2. This domain is missing in p95, a truncated form of HER2, and hence these cancer cells show resistance to trastuzumab. HER2 protein can be used as a prognostic marker and as a therapeutic option for gynecologic cancers.

Features and Benefits

Zinc Finger Nuclease (ZFN)-mediated targeted integration of a fluorescent GFP tag into the last exon of the HER2 gene on chromosome 17q21.1 to create a cell line exhibiting stable expression of the transgene tagged with GFP on the C-terminus of the protein.

The SKOV3 cells are adherent, with a doubling time of approx. 48 hours.


Tested for Mycoplasma, sterility, post-freeze viability, short terminal repeat (STR) analysis for cell line identification, cytochrome oxidase I (COI) analysis for cell line species confirmation.

Preparation Note

Media Renewal changes two to three times per week.

Rapidly thaw vial by gentle agitation in 37°C water bath (~2 minutes), keeping vial cap out of the water. Decontaminate with 70% ethanol, add 9 mL culture media and centrifuge 125 x g (5-7 minutes). Resuspend in complete culture media and incubate at 37°C in a 5% CO2 atmosphere.

Subculture Ratio: approx. 1:3-1:6

The base medium for this cell line is McCoy′s 5A Medium, Cat. No. M8403. To make the complete growth medium, add the following components to the base medium: fetal bovine serum, Cat. No. F2442, to a final concentration (v/v) of 10% and L-glutamine, Cat. No. G7513, at a final concentration of 1.5 mM.

Cell freezing medium-DMSO 1X, Cat. No. C6164.

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Certificate of Analysis
Certificate of Origin
HER2: biology, detection, and clinical implications.
Gutierrez C and Schiff R.
Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 135(1), 55-62 (2011)
The role of p95HER2 in trastuzumab resistance in breast cancer.
Ozkavruk Eliyatkin N, et al.
Journal of B.U.ON. : Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology, 21(2), 382-389 (2016)
HER2 expression beyond breast cancer: therapeutic implications for gynecologic malignancies.
English DP, et al.
Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy, 17(2), 85-99 (2013)

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