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IMR 32

IMR 32

Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name

IMR 32

Cell Line Description

Established from an abdominal mass occurring in a 13 month old Caucasian male. The tumour was diagnosed as a neuroblastoma with two rare areas of orgonoid differentiation. The culture is a mixture of two morphologically distinct cell types, a small neuroblast-like cell and the other a large hyaline fibroblast. IMR 32 is partially resistant to polioviruses type 3 and highly resistant to ECHO-II. It is susceptible to Coxsackie B3.


Tissue of Origin



2n = 46


Tumourigenicity and virus studies



Culture Conditions

Cell Type


Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:2 to 1:3 i.e. seeding at 3-5x10,000 cells/cm² using 0.05% trypsin; 5% CO₂; 37°C. The cells have a low plating efficiency and cell attachment can take up to 2-4 days after resuscitation. Cells easily detach. May need to spin down on arrival, resuspend cells in fresh media and re-seed.

Culture Medium

EMEM (EBSS) + 2mM Glutamine + 1% Non Essential Amino Acids (NEAA) + 10% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Obtained from ATCC

Country of Origin

United States

Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Cancer Res 1970;30:2110, Cancer Res. 1997; 57: 3526, PNAS USA 1996; 93: 674

Available Formats

  • Frozen

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: IMR 32 (ECACC 86041809).

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