Ask The Expert: Meet the Cells – Get your questions answered about some popular cell lines.

By on December 8, 2014
Ask the Expert

Do you have questions about stem cells, CHO cells, vero cells, Jurkat cells or HUVEC cells? If so, now is the time to get some answers. Whether its troubleshooting problems in your culture, understanding nutritional needs, cell vulnerabilities, or other issues, then visit this week’s Ask the Expert session and submit your questions.

This Ask the Expert Session is Sponsored by Life Technologies and features “interviews” with popular cell lines. Life Technologies has a fun interactive way to learn more about cell lines in their “Life of Cells” series, which features the cells as characters with important information, fun interactive contests, and clever videos. This week we will feature a different interview each day and readers will have the opportunity to ask questions about some of the most popular cells used in research and manufacturing.

Meet Stem Cell

Stem-guyQ.    When were you established?
A.    1978

Q.    What is your biggest asset?
A.    With the proper programming, I can become anything I want to be.

Q.    What is your biggest weakness?
A.    I can be sensitive, a bit difficult to culture and I am pretty specific about my needs.

Q.    What is your main job?
A.     I have many. In research, I can be used to model different disease states and test the effects of drugs for toxicity and efficacy. I can also be used for cell therapy by being transplanted into patients.

Q.    What are some of your goals?
A.    To help people who are ill through cell therapy and eventually maybe I’ll be used to grow organs for transplantation.

 

 

Meet CHO S

Q.    When were you established?
A.    1960’s

Q.    What is your lineage?
A.    Chinese Hamster Ovary

Q.    What are your best attributes?
A.     I love expressing and I’m a pretty easy going, robust cell.

Q.    What is one of your biggest accomplishments?
A.     They call us the “workhorse” of biomanufacturing and we are the most commonly used cell line in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals.

Q.    What is your main job?
A.    Expressing recombinant proteins in large amounts.

 

Meet Vero

VeroQ.    When were you established?
A.    1962

Q.    What is your lineage?
A.    African Green Monkey Kidney

Q.    What is your biggest asset?
A.     My ability to grow viruses.

Q.    What is one of your biggest accomplishments?
A.     Recently I have been used in the commercial manufacture of the seasonal flu vaccine.

Q.    If you could have anything, what would it be?
A.   To help create vaccines for all the world’s most dangerous viruses.

 

 

Meet HUVEC

HUVECQ.    What is your full name?
A.   Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells

Q.    What is your lineage?
A.   Endothelial Cells

Q.    What is your biggest asset?
A.   I am a model system

Q.    What is your main job as a research tool?
A.    To study endothelial function and aid in the study of endothelial related diseases

Q.    What are your weaknesses?
A.   I can be a bit sensitive and I don’t like strong light

 

Meet Jurkat

JurkatQ.    When were you established?
A.   1978

Q.    What is your lineage?
A.   T- lymphocyte cells

Q.    What is your biggest asset?
A.   My ability to produce interleukin 2

Q.    What is your main job as a research tool?
A.   To determine the mechanism of action of various drugs and radiation against cancer

Q.    If you could have anything you want, what would it be?
A.   To wipe out cancer

Now its your chance to ask questions – don’t miss this chance to submit your cell questions today!

 

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