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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

Human Merkel cell carcinoma cell line, derived from a secondary tumour of the lymph node of a 70yr old male patient.


This cell line is distributed by ECACC on behalf of CellBank Australia, Children's Medical Research Institute, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia. All stock supplied is manufactured and Quality Control released at source by Cell Bank Australia. Cell Bank Australia reference number: CBA-1334



Tissue of Origin

Lymph Node



Culture Conditions

Cell Type

Merkel cell carcinoma

Subculture Routine

MCC6 Lot #13341219E into 1xT25 flask

Culture Medium

RPMI 1640 (with 2mM L-Glutamine + 25mM HEPES) + 15% Foetal Bovine Serum.+10 ug/ml Insulin, 5.5 ug/ml Transferrin, 5 ng/ml Sodium Selenite (ITS)
(ITS :Sigma Catalogue number I3146-5ML 100x solution.)

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Professor Roger Reddel - The Children’s Medical Research Institute, Australia

Country of Origin


Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Original Reference
Leonard, J.H.

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: MCC6 (ECACC 21102105).

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