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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

Cell line 1321N1 was originally thought to be derived from cell line U-118 MG but U-118 MG is in fact derived from cell line U-138 MG, which is also an astrocytoma (see Cellosaurus reference CVCL_0110 and CVCL_0020).

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Tissue of Origin


DNA profile (STR Profile)

Amelogenin: X
CSF1PO: 11,12
D5S818: 11
D7S820: 9
D13S317: 9,11
D16S539: 12,13
TH01: 6
vWA: 18


Not specified



Culture Conditions

Cell Type


Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:2 to 1:6 i.e. seeding at 2-4x10,000 cells/cm² using 0.05% trypsin or trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO₂; 37°C.

Culture Medium

DMEM + 2mM Glutamine + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Dr M Shaw, ICI Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Country of Origin

United Kingdom

Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Macintyre EH, Pontén J, Vatter AE. 1972 The ultrastructure of human and murine astrocytes and of human fibroblasts in culture. Acta Pathol Microbiol Scand A. 80(2):267-83 PMID: 4337530. Macintyre EH, Wintersgill CJ, Thormar H 1972 The establishment of a line of visna virus-producing human astrocytes (V-1181N1).Med Res Eng. 11(4):7-13 PMID: 4370460.


Foster SJ, Perkins JP. 1977 Glucocorticoids increase the responsiveness of cells in culture to prostaglandin E1.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 74(11):4816-20 PMID: 200933. Barretina J, et al., 2012 The Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia enables predictive modelling of anticancer drug sensitivity. Nature. 483(7391):603-7. PMID: 22460905.

Available Formats

  • Frozen
  • DNA-5µg (100ng/µl)

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: 1321N1 (ECACC 86030402).

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