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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

The fish line CHSE/F was derived from Common bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) embryo. It is susceptible to various fish viruses including infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV); viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV); spring viraemia of carp virus (SVCV); and infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV).ECACC has been advised by the CCLV that this cell line is derived from Lepomis macrochirus (Common bluegill) not Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (Chinook salmon) as originally reported. This has been confirmed by DNA sequencing at ECACC. The CCLV have changed the cell line name to CHSE/F to indicate this. The line is used in viral diagnostics and gives better results than BF-2 (ECACC Catalogue number 00021712), a commonly used cell line of Lepomis macrochirus. The sequence of both lines (BF-2 and CHSE/F possess the same nucleotide exchange but are different in culture behaviour and in virus propagation.


Tissue of Origin



Not specified


Fish virus studies


None Stated

Culture Conditions

Cell Type


Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:4 to 1:6 using 0.05% trypsin or trypsin/EDTA; grow cells in dark (e.g. wrapped in foil) at 20-26ºC with 26ºC optimum temperature; monolayer is stable for at least 10 days with maintenance medium containing 1-2% FBS. Freeze medium 95% FBS+ 5% DMSO. Fish cell lines detach easily during transit if the culture is too young. After resuscitation split cells 1:4 and culture for at least one week with 1-2 media changes before shipping.

Culture Medium

MEM (EBSS) + 2mM Glutamine + 1% Non Essential Amino Acids (NEAA) + 120mg/l Sodium Pyruvate (NaPy) + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Dr. R. Riebe, Collection of Cell Lines in Veterinary Medicine (CCLV) Federal Research Centre for Virus Diseases of Animals, 17498 Island Riems, Germany

Country of Origin


Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Ann NY Acad Sci 1965; 126:566, In Vitro 1984; 20:671

Available Formats

  • Frozen

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: CHSE/F (ECACC 00021714).

Unless specified otherwise, at ECACC we routinely handle all of our cell lines at containment level 2 in accordance with the ACDP guidelines (Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens) (UK). All cell cultures have the potential to carry as yet unidentified adventitious agents. It is the responsibility of the end user to ensure that their facilities comply with biosafety regulations for their own country. ACDP Guidance: Biological agents: Managing the risks in laboratories and healthcare premises.

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