All Photos(1)




Melan-a Mouse Melanocyte Cell Line

Melan-a mouse melanocyte cell line is a well-established model for melanocyte biology studies.

Sign Into View Organizational & Contract Pricing

Select a Size

Change View

Select a Size

Change View
Ms melanocyte cells


cell analysis

Compare Similar Items

View Full Comparison

Show Differences

General description

Melanoma is one of the most malignant skin cancers, being responsible for three out of four skin cancer-related deaths (1). The increasing worldwide incidence of melanoma has spurred intensive research into the molecular mechanisms that give rise to malignant forms. Melanoma arises from melanocytes, pigment-producing cells that are found throughout the body. The availability of robust cellular models that reflect normal skin melanocytes is essential to understanding the etiology and abnormalities of melanomas.
The Melan-a cell line is an immortal melanocyte cell line derived from embryonic mouse skin and was the first established non-tumorigenic mouse melanocyte cell line (2). Melan-a cells are diploid in chromosome number and syngeneic with C57BL mice and sublines of B16 melanoma, enabling comparative studies. Melan-a cells exhibit the pigmentation and morphology of normal melanocytes and express gp100 as well as the melanocyte marker MelanA. Melan-a cells proliferate in the presence of the tumor promoter tetradecanoyl phorbol acetate (TPA).

The Melan-a cell line was derived from trunk skin of embryonic day 18 C57BL mice (2).

Research Category:

Cell Line Origin

Mouse, Cancer Cells


&ge;1X106 cells/vial

Storage and Stability

Store in liquid nitrogen. The cells can be cultured for at least 10 passages after initial thawing without significantly affecting the cell marker expression and functionality.

Other Notes

This product is intended for sale and sold solely to academic institutions for internal academic research use per the terms of the “Academic Use Agreement” as detailed in the product documentation. For information regarding any other use, please contact


Unless otherwise stated in our catalog or other company documentation accompanying the product(s), our products are intended for research use only and are not to be used for any other purpose, which includes but is not limited to, unauthorized commercial uses, in vitro diagnostic uses, ex vivo or in vivo therapeutic uses or any type of consumption or application to humans or animals.

Storage Class Code

10 - Combustible liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificates of Analysis (COA)

Search for Certificates of Analysis (COA) by entering the products Lot/Batch Number. Lot and Batch Numbers can be found on a product’s label following the words ‘Lot’ or ‘Batch’.

Already Own This Product?

Documents related to the products that you have purchased in the past have been gathered in the Document Library for your convenience.

Visit the Document Library

Difficulty Finding Your Product Or Lot/Batch Number?

Product numbers are combined with Pack Sizes/Quantity when displayed on the website (example: T1503-25G). Please make sure you enter ONLY the product number in the Product Number field (example: T1503).


Product Number
Pack Size/Quantity

Additional examples:





enter as 1.000309185)

Having trouble? Feel free to contact Technical Service for assistance.

Lot and Batch Numbers can be found on a product's label following the words 'Lot' or 'Batch'.

Aldrich Products

  • For a lot number such as TO09019TO, enter it as 09019TO (without the first two letters 'TO').

  • For a lot number with a filling-code such as 05427ES-021, enter it as 05427ES (without the filling-code '-021').

  • For a lot number with a filling-code such as STBB0728K9, enter it as STBB0728 without the filling-code 'K9'.

Not Finding What You Are Looking For?

In some cases, a COA may not be available online. If your search was unable to find the COA you can request one.

Request COA

Our team of scientists has experience in all areas of research including Life Science, Material Science, Chemical Synthesis, Chromatography, Analytical and many others.

Contact Technical Service