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Sigma-Aldrich

Fetal Bovine Serum

USA origin, Heat Inactivated, sterile-filtered, suitable for cell culture

Synonym(s):
FCS, serum, FBS, sera
MDL number:
NACRES:
NA.71

Quality Level

biological source

bovine fetus

sterility

sterile-filtered

product line

FBS Premier

composition

hemoglobin, ≤20 mg/dL

origin

USA origin

application(s)

cell culture | mammalian: suitable

impurities

≤10 EU/mL endotoxin

shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.

−20°C

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Application

Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) provides many non-defined growth promoting and survival enhancing factors to cells in culture. FBS, heat inactivated may be used in place of regular FBS wherein the inactivation of the complement system is beneficial to cell growth or function. Heat-inactivated FBS is used to culture Leishmania sp.

Preparation Note

Prepared by heating at 56°C for 30 minutes.
Prepared by heating at 56°C for 30 minutes. Heating serum to 56°C for 30 minutes is used to inactivate the complement system for immunoassays. Heat activation also inactivates other undetermined inhibitors of cell growth in culture.

Analysis Note

  • Endotoxin and hemoglobin tested
  • Tested for the presence of bacteria, virus, and mycoplasma
  • Triple filtered with 0.1 micron membrane under aseptic conditions

Storage Class Code

10 - Combustible liquids

WGK Germany

WGK 3

Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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  5. Once a bottle of Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) is thawed, for how long can the bottle be used?

    Once Fetal Bovine Serum has been thawed, the bottle can be used in cell culture for up to 7 days for most cell types when stored  refrigerated at 2-8°C.  If the cells are not fastidous (e.g. HeLa or fibroblasts), the thawed and refrigerated serum can be used for up to 30 days.  For some extremely fastidious cell lines, it may be necessary to screen individual lots for acceptable performance.  For uses such as blocking for various immuno procedures, usage will generally be for 30 days and perhaps somewhat longer when stored at 2-8°C.  For other procedures, usage beyond 30 days storage at 2-8°C will need to be determined.

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