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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

RK13 has been derived from kidney cells of a 5 week old rabbit. The cell line has been shown to be susceptible to pseudorabies virus, rabbitpox virus, myxomatose virus, vaccinia and EAV. Sensitivity to other viruses such as Simian adenovirus and rubella has been reported as well with the production of cytopathic effect (CPE). RK13 has been successfully treated with thiamutin for eradication of mycoplasma. The Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) status of this cell line was previously described as negative. Results of recent multiple molecular tests for BVDV that were undertaken by two independent testing laboratories were equivocal. This means that we cannot confirm the BVDV status of this cell line.


Tissue of Origin



2n=44, stem-line = 56 (=22%)


Virus studies


None Stated

Culture Conditions

Cell Type


Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) seeding at 1-3 x10,000 cells/cm² using 0.05% trypsin or trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO₂; 37°C.; monolayer is confluent after 48-56 hrs and stable for at least 21d; small syncytia in elder cultures are typical.

Culture Medium

MEM(HBSS)+ 2mM Glutamine + 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



Lancet 1963; 2:640

Available Formats

  • Frozen

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: RK13 (ECACC 00021715).

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