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PC-3 Cell Line human

Caucasian prostate adenocarcinoma, 90112714

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PC.3 Cells, PC3 Cells

biological source

human prostate

growth mode



2n = 46, triploid, modal no. 62




Not specified


Not specified


cell culture | mammalian: suitable

relevant disease(s)


shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.


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Cell Line Origin

Human Caucasian prostate adenocarcinoma

Cell Line Description

Established from a grade 4 prostatic adenocarcinoma from a 62 year old male Caucasian. The cells grow in agar and produce tumours in nude mice. Exhibit low acid phosphatase and testosterone-5-α reductase activity. The Y chromosome could not be detected in this cell line by short tandem repeat (STR)-PCR analysis when tested at ECACC. It is a known phenomenon that due to the increased genetic instability of cancer cell lines the Y chromosome can be rearranged or lost resulting in lack of detection. The cell line is identical to the source provided by the depositor based on the STR-PCR analysis.


PC-3 cell line has been used to study the antiproliferative effects of F. mughlea Pesmen on cancer cells. It has also been used to study the effects of palmitoylcarnitine (palcar) on the gene expression and pro-inflammatory pathways in prostate cancer.
Tumourigenicity studies

DNA Profile

STR-PCR Data: Amelogenin: X
CSF1PO: 11
D13S317: 11
D16S539: 11
D5S818: 13
D7S820: 8,11
THO1: 6,7
TPOX: 8,9
vWA: 17

Culture Medium

Coons Modified Ham’s F12 + 2mM Glutamine + 7% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).OR Kaign’s modified Ham’s F12 + 45mg/L ascorbic acid + 18 mg/L Inositol + 2mM Glutamine + 7% Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).

Subculture Routine

Split sub-confluent cultures (70-80%) 1:2 to 1:6 i.e. seeding at 2-5x10,000 cells/cm2 using 0.25% trypsin/EDTA; 5% CO2; 37°C. Medium change every 5 days. The initial subculture interval after cells are thawed may be longer than 7-9 days.

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