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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

MDCK II - Madin-Darby canine kidney- is a subclone derived from the heterogenous parent line - MDCK (ECACC catalogue no. 85011435) MDCK II cells, which predominate in later passages from MDCK, are reported to display electrical resistance of 100 ohm/cm². This strain is thought to be derived from the distal tubule or collecting duct of the nephron. The cell line can be used as an experimental model to study the generation and maintenance of cell surface polarity in epithelial cells. Mycoplasma eradicated using Boehringer method prior to deposit at ECACC.


Tissue of Origin





Virus susceptibility : influenza virus, vesicular stomatitis virus and many other viruses.


None Stated

Culture Conditions

Cell Type

Polarised epithelial

Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) every 2-3 days; seeding at 1-3 x 10,000cells/cm² using 0.05% tryspin or trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO₂ 37°C,

Culture Medium

MEM + 5% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS) + 2mM Glutamine.

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Professor Gerrit van Meer, Dept. of Membrane Enzymology, Centre for Biomembranes and Lipid Enzymology, H.R Kruytgebouw N607, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Country of Origin


Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Hansson, G.C.,Simons, K and Van Meer G (1986) EMBO 5: 483-489, Louvard D (1980) PNAS 77; 4132-4136

Available Formats

  • Frozen

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: MDCK II (ECACC 00062107).

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