WI 38 Cell Line human

90020107, caucasian fibroblast-like fetal lung cell



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biological source   human lung (fetal)
growth mode   Adherent
karyotype   2n = 46, diploid except at high passage number
morphology   Fibroblast-like
products   Collagen
receptors   Not specified
application(s)   cell culture | mammalian: suitable
shipped in   dry ice
storage temp.   −196°C


Cell Line Origin

Human Caucasian foetal lung

Cell Line Description

From normal embryonic lung of female. Have very broad human virus spectra, especially useful for isolation of rhinoviruses. Cells form multilayered membrane when held for long periods at 37°C with periodic pH adjustments. Used in preparation of human virus vaccines.


From normal female embryonic lung (expect collagen production). These cells have a very broad human virus spectra. Particularly useful for the isolation of rhinovirus. Cells from multilatered membrane when incubated for long periods with periodic pH adjustments. Used in the preparation of human virus vaccines.

Subculture: Spit at 70-80% confluency, approx. 1:3 to 1:6, seed at 2-4x104 viable cells/cm2. Trypsinize using 0.25% solution, with or without EDTA, 37 °C and 5% CO2.

Virus studies (rhinoviruses), vaccine production

WI 38 human cell line has also been used to study the cytotoxicity of acrylic based resin compounds and silica nanoparticles.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Finite lifespan. Approx. 50, +/- 10, population doublings. Normal doubling time is 24 hours.

DNA Profile

STR-PCR Data: Amelogenin: X
CSF1PO: 10,12
D13S317: 11
D16S539: 11,12
D5S818: 10
D7S820: 9,11
THO1: 8,9.3
vWA: 19,20

Culture Medium

EMEM (EBSS) + 2mM Glutamine + 1% Non Essential Amino Acids (NEAA) + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).

Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:3 to 1:6 i.e. seeding at 2-4x10,000 cells/cm2 using 0.25% trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO2; 37°C. Finite lifespan, 50 plus or minus 10 population doublings expected - doubling time 24h.

Analysis Note

Recommended culture medium: EMEM (EBSS) + 2 mM L-Glutamine + 1% Non-essential amino acids (NEAA) + 15% FBS

Other Notes

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Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
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