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Passage number in mammalian cells

  1. Mar 15, 2005 #1
    if a cell line has a maximum of 10 passages before it changes character and i only have done 4 passages of it and made the frozen stock of some of the cells. how many passages does this frozen stock have if i thaw it and passage it? will it be only 6 passages left or 10 passages?

    thanks for any inputs.
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  3. Mar 17, 2005 #2


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    Typically you would consider the freeze-thaw another passage and call it around 5-6 passages left. I think the only way you can sometimes regain lost characteristics in immortal cell lines is to re-passage the cells back through an animal by creating a cell pellet and implanting it, but this may not work for all situations. Any one done this?
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