Culture Collections

Cell Lines and Hybridomas

The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) has a range of cell line collections grouped according to the type of cell line and the data available. We have an active cell line acquisition programme, new lines are added to our catalogues and we list recent additions on the new cell lines page.

All cell lines supplied by ECACC undergo comprehensive quality control and authentication procedures. These include testing for mycoplasma by culture isolation, Hoechst DNA staining and PCR, together with culture testing for contaminant bacteria, yeast and fungi.

Authentication procedures used include species verification by DNA barcoding and identity verification by DNA profiling. Human cell lines are analysed by PCR of short tandem repeat sequences within chromosomal microsatellite DNA (STR-PCR).

Certificates of Analysis are available on request for each cell line lot no. supplied, which report the viable cell count, identity of the cell line and the absence of bacteria, fungi and mycoplasma.


General Cell Collection
More than 1100 different cell lines originating from over 45 different species and a wide variety of tissues. Search, browse or look through our cell lines grouped according to a particular characteristic or area of study: 


Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Lines
A range of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines derived from individuals with a known disease status or described as normal for use as controls.  The cell lines available are distributed by ECACC on behalf of the European Bank of induced pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) or the Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Initiative (HipSci).   


SCREENflex GPCR Cell Lines

A range of G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) cell lines available as single seed vials or as Frozen, Assay Ready reagent.


Hybridoma Collection
Over 400 monoclonal antibody-secreting hybridomas with a diverse range of antigen specificities.


Chromosomal Abnormality Collection

A subset of samples from the Human Genetic Collection represented by cell lines (the majority are B-lymphoblastoid cell lines) and peripheral blood leukocyte samples derived from individuals determined to carry chromosomal abnormalities.


HLA-Typed Collection
A specialised collection of over 430 reference B-lymphoblastoid cell lines, originating from laboratories all over the world, for which Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing data is available.


Human Random Control Collection
A collection of more than 700 B-lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from randomly selected Caucasian blood donors whose parents and grandparents were born in the UK or Ireland.

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