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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

The cell line108CC15 is formed by the fusion of mouse neuroblastoma N18TG2 and rat glioma C6-BU-1using inactivated Sendai virus. This cell line was renamed NG108-15 by Klee and Nirenberg (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (1974) 71: 3474-77). ECACC has two catalogue entries for the 108CC15 cell line which differ in that they were deposited by different groups: 108CC15 from the original group that derived the cell line (ECACC catalogue number 08062516) and NG108-15 (ECACC catalogue number 88112302). Several other cell lines in the ECACC catalogue have been derived from 108CC15. This is a cholinergic hybrid cell line.



Receptors for neurohormones: delta opioid, PGE1 vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, adenosine, somatostatin and acetylcholine.


Long processes after treatment with dibutyryl cAMP, dense core vesicles, excitable membranes, neurotransmitter enzymes, synthesis of neurohormones and uptake of catecholamines.

Tissue of Origin



Modal No. varied with passage see reference


Used as a neuronal Model


Neuroblastoma/Glioma Hybrid

Culture Conditions

Cell Type


Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:3 to 1:6 i.e. seeding at 1-2x10,000 cells/cm² using 0.05% trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO₂; 37°C. The cultures rapidly produce lactic acid through anaerobic glycolysis causing the media to become acidified. The medium must never be allowed to become acidic as cells detach in clumps and take many passages to recover. Frequent inspection of cultures is therefore required.

Culture Medium

DMEM + 2 mM glutamine + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS) HAT (0.1 mM hypoxanthine, 10 µM aminopterin and 16 µM thymidine) Cells can be cultured without HAT provided they were cultured inbetween in HT medium for 3-4 days

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Professor Bernd Hamprecht, Interfaculty Institute for Biochemistry, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler Street 4, 72076 Tuebingen, Germany.

Country of Origin


Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Hamprecht, (1977) Structural, electrophysiological, biochemical, and pharmacological properties of neuroblastoma-glioma cell hybrids in cell culture Int. Rev. Cytol. 49: 99-170.


Hamprecht et al., (1985) Culture and characteristics of hormone-responsive neuroblastoma x glioma hybrid cells. Meth. Enzymol. 109: 316-341.

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: 108CC15 (ECACC 08062516).

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