rpc00041: Nicotiana tabacum GT16 transgenic cell suspension culture
Domestic delivery: A 50-mL plastic conical centrifuge tube, containing cell suspension
Overseas delivery: A 250-mL plastic Erlenmeyer flask, containing cells placed on semi-solid medium
Subculture the cells to fresh medium immediately after arrival.
Do not store the cell culture in a refrigerator and a freezer.
Maintain aseptic conditions of the cell culture, and work in a laminar flow cabinet.
Culture medium: mLS medium, 0.2 mg/L 2,4-D, pH 5.8 (medium no. 1)
Culture conditions: 27°C, dark, 130 rpm
Subculture: 7-day intervals
Citation of cell line
When results obtained by using this cell line are published in a scientific journal, it should be cited in the following manner: “Nicotiana tabacum GT16 cell line (rpc00041) was provided by the RIKEN BRC through the National BioResource Project of the MEXT, Japan.”
Tobacco GT16 cell line is a transgenic BY-2 cell line expressing Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) fused with tobacco α-tubulin (Kumagai et al. 2001 ). GFP fluorescence is observed in microtubules by using a fluorescence microscope. The parent cell line BY-2 (rpc00001) was established from a callus induced from a seedling of Nicotiana tabacum L. cultivar Bright Yellow 2 (Nagata et al. 1992 ). The GT16 cells are grown in a modified Linsmaier and Skoog (mLS) medium supplemented with 0.2 mg/L 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), pH 5.8. Our GT16 cell culture has been maintained in the dark at 27°C with rotary shaking at 130 rpm and subcultured at 7-day intervals.
Chemicals and stock solutions
(All stock solutions are stored at 4°C)
MS salt mix
Murashige and Skoog Plant Salt Mixture, FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Corporation (#392-00591)
2,4-D (0.2 mg/mL)
2,4-D sodium monohydrate
(2,4-Dichlorophenoxy)acetic acid sodium salt monohydrate, Sigma-Aldrich (D6679)
KOH (1 N)
Erlenmeyer flask (300 mL), capped with two layers of aluminum foil
Pipette (10 mL; large tip opening) and a bulb, sterilized by autoclaving at 121°C for 20 min
Preparation of mLS medium (medium no. 1)
Dissolve the following chemicals in approximately 800 mL of distilled water.
MS salt mix
1 bag (1 L)
Add following stock solutions, and fill up to approximately 950 mL with distilled water.
2,4-D (0.2 mg/mL)
Adjust the pH of the solution to 5.8 with KOH (1 N), and fill up to 1 L with distilled water.
Pour 95 mL of the medium into a 300-mL flask.
Autoclave the flask at 121°C for 20 min.
Agitate a 7-day-old culture well and transfer 3–3.4 mL of cell suspension to 95 mL of fresh mLS medium with a pipette.
Incubate cell cultures on a rotary shaker at 130 rpm under the dark condition at 27°C.
For domestic customers: We send GT16 cell suspension in a 50-mL disposable conical centrifuge tube. The cells should be transferred to fresh mLS medium immediately after arrival. Transfer settled cells to Erlenmeyer flasks containing fresh liquid medium with a pipette.
For overseas customers: We send GT16 cells placed on semi-solid mLS medium in a 250-mL disposable Erlenmeyer flask. The cells should be transferred to fresh mLS medium immediately after arrival. Collect the cells from the semi-solid medium with a spatula and transfer them to Erlenmeyer flasks containing fresh liquid medium.
In order to maintain GT16 cell suspension cultures stably, it is essential to transfer an adequate amount of cells to fresh mLS medium in every subculture. The amount of cells may vary from one lab to another, because proliferation of GT16 cells is affected by culture conditions, such as a room temperature, rotation speed of a rotary shaker, and aeration condition of the culture.
A low growth rate of the parent BY-2 cells is sometimes caused by poor aeration (Kumagai-Sano et al. 2007 ). In order to obtain good aeration of a suspension culture, a silicone sponge plug may be used instead of the aluminum foil cap (e.g., cap-type Silicosen; Shin-Etsu Polymer, Tokyo, Japan).