APPENDIX 3G Cryopreservation of Cells

  1. Wayne M. Yokoyama

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142735.ima03gs21

Current Protocols in Immunology

Current Protocols in Immunology

How to Cite

Yokoyama, W. M. 2001. Cryopreservation of Cells. Current Protocols in Immunology. 21:3G:A.3G.1–A.3G.3.

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  1. University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California

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  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: MAR 1997

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Laboratories interested in working with in vitro cultured cells must be able to freeze and thaw cell lines. Such capabilities are necessary to maintain the constancy of the cells since prolonged culture may result in phenotypic and genotypic changes. In addition, cell freezing minimizes problems with contamination as well as the overall expense of maintaining cell lines for long periods. Finally, freezing of cells provides a method of making cell lines available to other laboratories since frozen cells are readily shipped to distant points. This appendix describes how cell lines can be frozen for long-term storage and thawed for growth in a tissue culture vessel.