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=Adherent Cells=
=Adherent Cells=

Revision as of 15:35, 13 May 2013

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Adherent Cells


  • 1x Phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)
  • Trypsin-EDTA buffer/ media
  • Complete cell culture medium (e.g., 10% FBS, 1% pen-strep)


  1. Pre-warm all reagents to 37°C in the bead bath.
  2. After reagents are warmed, spray bottles down with ethanol and prepare the hood as for routine work.
  3. Aspirate old culture media from the cell culture vessel.
  4. Add PBS to the cells. Lay the flask flat and wash by gently tilting the flask back and forth.
    Note: For a T-75 flask, use 5 mL PBS. For a T-25, use 2 mL PBS.
  5. Aspirate off the PBS.
  6. Add Trypsin-EDTA into the culture flask. Lay the flask flat and coat the cells completely with the Trypsin-EDTA. Let the flask sit in the hood at room temperature for 5 minutes.
    Note: For a T-75 flask, use 2 mL PBS. For a T-25, use 0.5 mL PBS.
  7. After incubation, examine the cells under a microscope. Fully trypsinized cells should appear rounded up and no longer attached to the surface of the flask/dish.
  8. If the cells are not fully detached, place the flask back into the 37 °C incubator. Some cells may require some mechanical agitation (including “tapping” the flask).
  9. Once the cells have detached, add serum-containing medium (e.g., 10% FBS) to the cells to deactivate the trypsin.
    Note: For a T-75 flask, use 8 mL medium. For a T-25, use 3.5 mL medium.
  10. Get a new flask, label it with the cell line name, your initials, and the date. Include the passage number (e.g., PS-1 if you are splitting the cells for the first time, PS-2 for the second time, etc.).
  11. If you are splitting 1:10, add 9 mL medium to the new flask. In the old flask, gently resuspend the cells by pipetting up and down about 5 times. Transfer 1 mL of cells into the 8 mL of medium in the new flask. Lay the flask flat and tilt back and forth to spread the cells evenly.
    Note: For less robust cells,split 1:5 by adding 2 mL cells to 8 mL fresh medium, or 1:4 by adding 2.5 mL cells to 7.5 mL medium.
  12. Place the new flask into the 37 °C incubator. The cells should attach in a couple of hours.