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Minimum Essential Medium Eagle

Alpha Modification, with ribonucleosides, deoxyribonucleosides and sodium bicarbonate, without L-glutamine, liquid, sterile-filtered, suitable for cell culture

Synonym: MEM



Related Categories Cell Biology, Cell Culture, Classic Media and Salts, Classical Media, Culture,
Quality Level   PREMIUM
sterility   sterile-filtered
form   liquid
impurities   endotoxin, tested
suitability   suitable for cell culture
components   NaHCO3: yes
L-glutamine: no
phenol red: yes
sodium pyruvate: yes
storage temp.   2-8°C


General description

This is the most enriched variation of the MEM formulation offered. It contains all 21 normal amino acids, some at increased concentrations. In addition, it contains 5 additional vitamins. See formulation for details. Often used in cytogenetic analysis when supplemented with FBS.


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Supplement with 0.292 g/L L-glutamine


Minimum Essential Medium Eagle is used for primary osteoblast cultures and for isolation of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) from umbilical cord blood.

Biochem/physiol Actions

MEM usually autoclaved with 0.5% bactopeptone at 15 psi for 20 min, cooled and then neutralized with NaHCO3, consistently supported good cell growth. A similar result was obtained when the MEM and bactopeptone were autoclaved separately. The cells grow, initially, as a monolayer and subsequently become a stationary suspension.

Protocols & Applications

Cryostor Cryopreservation Video Protocol

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Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Protocols & Articles


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