Cultrex Reduced Growth Factor Basement Membrane Extract, PathClear, with Phenol Red
R&D Systems, Inc. a Bio-Techne Brand
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|Features:||Cultrex Reduced Growth Factor Basement Membrane Extract (RGF BME) is an extracellular matrix hydrogel that has been used extensively in general cell culture applications to study cell attachment, proliferation, and invasion. It is ideal for cultures that require limited reduced growth factor conditions.|
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What kinds of tumor cells or biopsy specimens grow in vivo with Cultrex® BME?
Many cell lines and tumor biopsy specimens (usually cut into small fragments) have been found to grow in vivo when implanted with Cultrex® BME. These include melanoma, intestinal, prostate, breast, lung, renal, and liver cancers as well as the 3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblast cell line.
How does Cultrex® Basement Membrane Extract (BME) promote cell differentiation?
All epithelial and endothelial cells are in contact with a basement membrane matrix on at least one of their surfaces. By providing them with their natural matrix in vitro as a substrate for the cells that provides biological cues, the cells can assume a more physiological morphology (i.e. correct shape) and begin expression of cell-lineage specific proteins. Two-dimensional plastic surfaces, in combination with serum-containing media, cause cells to flatten, proliferate and de-differentiate.
How should Cultrex Basement Membrane Extract (BME) be stored and handled?
Cultrex BME should be stored at or below -20°C for optimal stability. Preparation of working aliquots is recommended. Cultrex BME should be thawed overnight on ice at 4°C, however long term storage at 4°C is not recommended. Freeze/thaw cycles and gel-liquid phase transitions should be avoided, since they can compromise product integrity.