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Catalogue No.


Cell Line Name


Cell Line Description

Vero/hSLAM was derived by transfection of Vero cells with a vector plasmid (pCXN2) containing the neomycin resistance gene and an expression plasmid (pCAG-hSLAM) encoding the human signaling lymphocytic activation molecule (SLAM) , also known as CDw150, which is a receptor for measles virus. Clones of transfected cells were selected in the presence of geneticin (also known as G418). Vero/hSLAM cells can be used to isolate measles virus from human clinical samples and are a substitute for the B95a cell line for this purpose. Mumps susceptibility has also been demonstrated at the depositor's laboratory.

General Info


African green monkey

Release Conditions

Restricted - CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) licence required for all orders outside the United Kingdom



SLAM; also known as CDw150, a receptor for measles virus

Tissue of Origin



Not specified


Isolation of measles virus and mumps virus


None Stated

Culture Conditions

Cell Type


Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:3 to 1:4 i.e. seeding at 1-3x10,000 cells/cm² using 0.05% trypsin or trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO₂; 37°C.

Culture Medium

MEM with Earle's salts + 2mM Glutamine + 5% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS) + 0.4mg/ml Geneticin. It is essential that geneticin is added to the culture medium as it is required to maintain the expression of the SLAM gene.

Growth Mode


Additional Info


Dr BJ Cohen, Virus Reference Department, Centre for Infections, Health Protection Agency, Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HT, UK

Country of Origin

United Kingdom

GMO Status

Genetically Modified Organism Class 1 (GMO1)

Hazard Group (ACDP)

Hazard Group (ACDP) 2



Ono et al., 2001. Measles Viruses on Throat Swabs from Measles Patients Use Signaling Lymphocytic Activation Molecule (CDw150) but Not CD46 as a Cellular Receptor. Journal of Virology, 75;4399-4401


Ono et al., 2001. V Domain of Human SLAM (CDw150) Is Essential for Its Function as a Measles Virus Receptor. Journal of Virology, 70;1594-1600

Available Formats

  • Frozen

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: Vero/hSLAM (ECACC 04091501).

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