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16HBE14o- Human Bronchial Epithelial Cell Line

16HBE14o- human bronchial epithelial cell line is widely used to model barrier function of the airway epithelium and to study respiratory ion transport as well as the function of CFTR.

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cell based assay: suitable, cell culture | mammalian: suitable


cell based assay: suitable, cell culture | mammalian: suitable


cell based assay: suitable, cell culture | mammalian: suitable


cell based assay: suitable, cell culture | mammalian: suitable

General description

16HBE14o- is a human bronchial epithelial cell line isolated from a 1-year old male heart-lung patient and immortalized with the origin-of-replication defective SV40 plasmid (pSVori-). The cell line retains characteristic features of normal differentiated bronchial epithelial cells including a cobblestone morphology, cytokeratin expression, the ability to form tight junctions, and directional ion transport (1). When grown with an air/liquid interface, cilia can be detected. In contrast to most other respiratory cell lines, 16HBE14o- expresses high levels of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) mRNA and protein (1). Expression of CFTR is correlated to cAMP-dependent Cl- conductance in a variety of cells, including 16HE14o- epithelial cells.

Cell Line Description

Epithelial Cells


16HBE14o- Human Bronchial Epithelial Cell Line has been used in the expression of circular RNAs (circRNAs). It has also been used in lipidomic analysis for comparison with cystic fibrosis cell line.


• Each vial contains ≥ 1X106 viable cells.
• Cells are tested by PCR and are negative for HPV-16, HPV-18, Hepatitis A, C, and HIV-1 & 2 viruses as assessed by a Human Essential CLEAR panel by Charles River Animal Diagnostic Services.
• Cells are negative for mycoplasma contamination.
• Each lot of cells is genotyped by STR analysis to verify the unique identity of the cell line.

Storage and Stability

Store in liquid nitrogen. The cells can be cultured for at least 10 passages after initial thawing without significantly affecting the cell marker expression and functionality.

Other Notes

This product is intended for sale and sold solely to academic institutions for internal academic research use per the terms of the “Academic Use Agreement” as detailed in the product documentation. For information regarding any other use, please contact


RESEARCH USE ONLY. This product is regulated in France when intended to be used for scientific purposes, including for import and export activities (Article L 1211-1 paragraph 2 of the Public Health Code). The purchaser (i.e. enduser) is required to obtain an import authorization from the France Ministry of Research referred in the Article L1245-5-1 II. of Public Health Code. By ordering this product, you are confirming that you have obtained the proper import authorization.

Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

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Inositol requiring enzyme 1 alpha (IRE1α) is one of three signaling sensors in the unfolding protein response (UPR) that alleviates endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in cells and functions to promote cell survival. During conditions of irrevocable stress, proapoptotic gene expression
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Dysregulation of gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) is recognized as one of the key hallmarks for identifying non-genotoxic carcinogens (NGTxC). Currently, there is a demand for in vitro assays addressing the gap junction hallmark, which would have the potential to
A L Cozens et al.
American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology, 10(1), 38-47 (1994-01-01)
A major limitation in the study of vectorial ion transport, secretion, and differentiated function in the human airway epithelium has been the lack of suitable cell culture systems. Progress in this direction has been made through the transformation of primary
K Kunzelmann et al.
Pflugers Archiv : European journal of physiology, 428(5-6), 590-596 (1994-10-01)
The cAMP-dependent activation of Cl- channels was studied in a bronchial epithelial cell line (16HBE14o-) in fast and slow whole-cell, and cell-attached patch-clamp experiments. The cells are known to express high levels of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator mRNA and
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Using Immortalized 16HBE14o- Human Bronchial Epithelial Cell Lines to Model Respiratory Lung Diseases

16HBE14o- human bronchial epithelial cells used to model respiratory epithelium for the research of cystic fibrosis, viral pulmonary pathology (SARS-CoV), asthma, COPD, effects of smoking and air pollution. See over 5k publications.

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