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I1884 Sigma-Aldrich

Insulin-transferrin-sodium selenite media supplement

γ-irradiated, lyophilized powder, BioXtra, suitable for cell culture

Synonym: ITS Supplement

  •  NACRES NA.75



Related Categories Cell Culture, Hybridoma Media Supplements, Hybridoma Platform, ITS and Other Supplements, Reagents and Supplements,
Quality Level   200
biological source   human plasma
sterility   γ-irradiated
product line   BioXtra
form   lyophilized powder
application(s)   cell culture | mammalian: suitable
shipped in   ambient
storage temp.   −20°C
Gene Information   human ... INS(3630)


General description

Insulin-transferrin-sodium selenite media supplement supports in vitro growth and maturation of follicles from oocyte and is routinely used in in vitro fertilization methods.

Serum-free and reduced serum formulations often require purified forms of the factors normally supplied by serum that are suitable for in vitro growth and differentiation studies. These important factors include insulin, transferrin, selenium, pyruvate, and ethanolamine.

INSULIN is a polypeptide hormone that promotes the uptake of glucose and amino acids and may owe observed mitogenic effect to this property.

TRANSFERRIN is an iron-transport protein. Iron is an essential trace element, but can be toxic in the free form. To nourish cells in culture, it is supplied bound to transferrin in serum.

SELENIUM is an essential trace element normally provided by Serum.

Nutritional studies indicate that the supplement components described are utilized by most mammalian cells. They enhance cell proliferation and decrease the serum requirement of many cell types. When the provided supplement is used with 2 to 4 percent serum, proliferation is reported to be similar to medium supplemented with 10 percent serum.


Insulin-transferrin-sodium selenite media supplement has been used as:
• medium 199 (M199) media supplement for cardiac myocytes culture
• Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) 1640 medium component for pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) culture
• Dulbecco′s Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM) supplement in ID8 ovarian carcinoma cells

Other Notes

Each vial contains: ≥21 mg recombinant human insulin; ≥19 mg human transferrin (substantially iron free), and 25 μg sodium selenite.

ITS is a mixture of recombinant human insulin, human transferrin, and sodium selenite. It is a general cell supplement designed for use in non-complex media (e.g. MEM, RPMI-1640) and complex media (e.g. Ham?s F-12, DME/F-12, MEM) with sodium pyruvate.


Each vial sufficient to prepare 5 liters of medium.

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
Not applicable
Flash Point(C) 
Not applicable


Certificate of Analysis (COA)

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Certificate of Origin (COO)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
How should I reconstitute I1884, Insulin-transferrin-sodium selenite media supplement (ITS Supplement)?
First, make acidified water by adding acetic acid to reduce the pH to approximately 2. To prepare a stock solution, dissolve the contents of the vial in 5 mL sterile, acidified water and swirl to dissolve. Then add 45 mL of sterile water. This prepared solution is at 100X.It is diluted 100 fold (1 ml to 100 ml) to give a 1X final concentration.
What is the stability of I1884, Insulin-transferrin-sodium selenite media supplement (ITS Supplement),in solution?
The stock solution can be frozen in working aliquots. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles. Frozen working aliquots will be stable for at least one year. The solution is stable at 2-8°C for 30 days.
What is the activity of insulin in I1884, Insulin-transferrin-sodium selenite media supplement (ITS Supplement)?
The starting material has an activity of greater than or equal to 25.2 USP units/mg insulin.The concentration of insulin at 100X is 5 mg/L.
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