ICLAC’s Database of Known Misidentified Cell Lines

This database lists misidentified cell lines as well as cell lines that have been cross-contaminated.

 

The following is from ICLAC’s Database of Known Misidentified Cell Lines:

Misidentified cell lines are listed in alphabetical order. Table 1 contains those cell lines where there is no authentic stock known to the list contributors. The “Contaminating Cell Line”, in most cases, will have overgrown the claimed original, or will have replaced it by a technical error, and the original cells will no longer exist. Table 2 contains cell lines where some stocks have been shown to be misidentified, but where authentic stock is known to exist.

This database is meant as a preliminary guide to avoiding suspect cell lines; check each cell line that you use before you start work, to see if others have shown it to be problematic. You should also test all cell lines (e.g., by STR profiling for human cell lines) and compare with the reference stock profile before use. Observations made in these lists are based on published reports and details obtained from contributors, cell bank websites, and Wikipedia. “Reference PubMed ID” refers to the unique ID number assigned by the PubMed database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/). Attributions in the last two columns indicate where these misidentifications were reported and in no way imply responsibility for the cause by the authors or institutions.

This database of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines is curated by the International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC). Researchers are very welcome to submit additional information regarding misidentified cell lines not listed here, authentic stocks, or any other relevant information. Confusion may also arise from two different cell lines having the same name; information on these would also be welcome. Please contact info@iclac.org and copy to the ICLAC Chair, Amanda Capes-Davis (acapdav@gmail.com). The database and more information on ICLAC can be found at:
http://iclac.org/databases/cross-contaminations/
The database was developed by Amanda Capes-Davis and Ian Freshney, and published in 2010. To cite the database or learn more, please refer to: Capes-Davis A, Theodosopoulos G, Atkin I, Drexler HG, Kohara A, Macleod RA, Masters JR, Nakamura Y, Reid YA, Reddel RR, Freshney RI (2010) Check your cultures! A list of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines. Int J Cancer 127(1): 1-8. PMID: 20143388.
The authors take neither credit nor responsibility for any of the primary observations and have merely attempted to review and collate data previously available on other sites.

In addition to ICLAC’s database, ExPASy’s Cellosaurus provides a list of misidentified cell lines here.

Citation of database:
Capes-Davis A, Theodosopoulos G, Atkin I, Drexler HG, Kohara A, Macleod RA, Masters JR, Nakamura Y, Reid YA, Reddel RR, Freshney RI (2010) Check your cultures! A list of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines. Int J Cancer 127: 1-8. PMID: 20143388.

Table 1. Misidentified cell lines where no authentic stock is known. To see all of the data, click here.

Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis Human
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
222 Human Ovarian carcinoma PA1 Human Teratocarcinoma
2474/90 Human Gastric carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
2563 (MAC-21) Human Lung carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
2957/90 Human Gastric carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
3051/80 Human Gastric carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
41M Human Ovarian carcinoma OAW 28 Human Ovarian carcinoma
A2008 Human Ovarian carcinoma ME-180 Human Cervical carcinoma
ACC2 Human Salivary gland, adenoid cystic carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ACC3 Human Salivary gland, adenoid cystic carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ACCM Human Salivary gland, adenoid cystic carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ACCNS Human Salivary gland, adenoid cystic carcinoma Unknown Mouse Unknown
ACCS Human Salivary gland, adenoid cystic carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
ADLC-5M2 Human Lung carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Aedes aegypti, Suitor’s clone Mosquito Not specified Unknown Moth, Antheraea eucalypti Not specified
Aedes vexans, culture Mosquito Not specified Unknown Moth, Antheraea eucalypti Not specified
AG-F Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
AKI Human Melanoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ALVA-31 Human Prostate carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
ALVA-41 Human Prostate carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
ALVA-55 Human Prostate carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
ALVA-101 Human Prostate carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
AMDURII Human Skin LLC-PK1 Pig, Sus scrofa Kidney, normal renal cells
AO Human Amnion HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ARO Human Thyroid, anaplastic carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
ARO81-1 Human Thyroid, anaplastic carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
AV3 Human Amnion HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
AZ521 Human Gastric carcinoma HuTu 80 Human Duodenal carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
B2-17 Human Astrocytoma U-251 MG Human Glioblastoma
BCC1/KMC Human Basal cell carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
BE-13 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell PEER Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
BG-1 Human Ovarian carcinoma MCF-7 Human Breast carcinoma
BHP 10-3 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma TPC-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
BHP 14-9 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
BHP 17-10 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
BHP 2-7 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma TPC-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
BHP 5-16 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
BHP 7-13 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma TPC-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
BIC-1 Human Esophageal adenocarcinoma SW-480, SW-620 Human Colon carcinoma
BLIN-1 (also subclone 1E8) Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor NALM-6 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
BM-1604 Human Prostate carcinoma DU-145 Human Prostate carcinoma
BrCA 5 Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
BSCC-93 Human Skin, squamous cell carcinoma DJM-1 Human Skin, squamous cell carcinoma
BT-B Human Bladder carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
C13 Human Ovarian carcinoma ME-180 Human Cervical carcinoma
C16 (MRC-5 derivative) Human Lung cells, fetal HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
C-433 Human Giant cell tumor, benign RD-ES Human Sarcoma (Ewing’s)
CAC2 Human Salivary gland, adenoid cystic carcinoma Unknown Rat Unknown
CaMa (clone 15) Human Breast carcinoma Unknown Syrian hamster and mouse Unknown
CaOV Human Ovarian carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Caov-2 Human Ovarian carcinoma NIH:OVCAR-2 Human Ovarian carcinoma
CaVe Human Gastric carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
CCL3 Human Chordoma Unknown> Mouse Unknown
Chang liver Human Liver, normal hepatic cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
CHB Human Astrocytoma Unknown Rat Not specified
CHP-100 Human Neuroblastoma IMR-32 Human Neuroblastoma
CHP-234 Human Neuroblastoma Unknown Human Unknown
Clom 15 Human Glioblastoma Unknown Rat Unknown
Clone 1-5c-4 Human Conjunctiva HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Clone-16 Human Pancreas, fetal endocrine cells Unknown Syrian hamster Unknown
Clone 1A Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss Blood CHSE-214 Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tschawytscha Embryo
CMP Human Rectal adenocarcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
CMPII C2 Human Rectal adenocarcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
CNDT2 Human Carcinoid tumor Unknown Human Unknown
CO (= COLE) Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
COLO-587 Human Pancreatic carcinoma COLO-320DM Human Colon carcinoma
COLO-677 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell RPMI-8226 Human Myeloma
COLO-818 Human Melanoma COLO-800 Human Melanoma
CoLo-TC Human Colon carcinoma COLO-205 Human Colon carcinoma
Culisita inornata culture Mosquito Not specified Unknown Moth, Antheraea eucalypti Not specified
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
D18T Human Synovial cell HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
D98/AH Human Not specified HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
D98/AH2 Clone B Human Not specified HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
DAMI Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M7 HEL Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M6
DAPT Human Astrocytoma, piloid HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
DD Human Malignant histiocytosis K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
Det30A Human Breast carcinoma, ascitic fluid HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Detroit-6 (Det6) Human Sternal marrow cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Detroit-98 Human Sternal marrow cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Detroit 98/AG Human Sternal marrow cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Detroit 98/AH-2 Human Sternal marrow cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Detroit 98/AH-R Human Sternal marrow cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Detroit 98s Human Sternal marrow cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
DM12 (Tu-167 derivative) Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence)
DM14 (Tu-167 derivative) Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence)
DRO Human Thyroid, anaplastic carcinoma A-375 Human Melanoma
DRO90-1 Human Thyroid, anaplastic carcinoma A-375 Human Melanoma
DuPro-1 Human Prostate carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
EB33 Human Prostate carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ECC-1 Human Endometrial carcinoma Ishikawa Human Endometrial carcinoma
ECTC Cow Thyroid, embryonic Vero Monkey, African green Cercopithecus aethiops Kidney, normal renal cells
ECV-304 Human Endothelium, normal cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
ED27 Human Chorionic villus HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
EEK Horse Kidney, embryonic renal cells NSK Pig, Sus scrofa Kidney, normal renal cells
EH Human Leukemia, hairy cell HK Human Leukemia, hairy cell
EJ-1 Human Bladder carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
Ej138 Human Bladder carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
ElCo Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
EPC Carp, Cyprinus carpio Epithelial papilloma Unknown Fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas Unknown
EPLC3-2M1 Human Lung carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
EPLC-65 Human Lung carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ESP1 Human Lymphoma, Burkitt HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
ETK-1 Human Cholangiocarcinoma SSP-25 Human Cholangiocarcinoma
EU-1 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor REH Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
EU-7 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
EUE Human Subcutis, fetal HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
EVLC2 Human Umbilical vein endothelium, transfected Unknown Human Non-endothelial?
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
F2-4E5 Human Thymic epithelium SK-HEP-1 Human Liver carcinoma
F2-5B6 Human Thymic epithelium SK-HEP-1 Human Liver carcinoma
F255A4 Human Not specified HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
FB2 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma TPC-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
Fitz-HSA Dog, Canis familiaris Sarcoma (hemangiosarcoma) DEN-HSA Dog, Canis familiaris Sarcoma (hemangiosarcoma)
FL Human Amnion HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Flow 13000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast MRC-5 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast
Flow 5000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast Flow 1000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast
Flow 6000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast Flow 1000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast
Flow 7000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast Flow 3000 Human Lung cells, embryonic fibroblast
FQ Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin OMK-210 Monkey, Owl (Aotus trivirgatus) Kidney, normal renal cells
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
G-11 (HBT-3 derivative) Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
GHE Human Astrocytoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
Girardi heart Human Heart, normal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
GM1312 Human Myeloma Correct name, incorrect cell type Human EBV+ B-lymphoblastoid cell line
GOS-3 Human Glioma, mixed astro- oligodendroglioma U-343 MG Human Glioblastoma
GPS-M Guinea pig Spleen, adult cells Strain L-M Mouse Connective tissue
GPS-PD Guinea pig Spleen, adult cells Strain L-M Mouse Connective tissue
GREF-X Human Liver, hepatic myofibroblast Unknown Rat Unknown
GT3TKB Human Gastric carcinoma RERF-LC-A1 Human Lung carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
H249 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell H69 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
H-494 Human Prostate carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
H7D7A and derivatives Human Liver, normal cells (SV40-transformed) HepG2 Human Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma
H7D7B and derivatives Human Liver, normal cells (SV40-transformed) HepG2 Human Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma
H7D7C and derivatives Human Liver, normal cells (SV40-transformed) HepG2 Human Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma
H7D7D and derivatives Human Liver, normal cells (SV40-transformed) HepG2 Human Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma
HAG Human Thyroid adenoma (goitre) T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
HBC Human Breast carcinoma, invasive ductal tumor Unknown Rat Unknown
HBL-100 Human Breast carcinoma Unknown Human Unknown
HBT-3 Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HBT-39b Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
(HBT-3 clone) Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HCE Human Cervical carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HCu-10 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu- 22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCu-18 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu-

22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical)

Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCu-22 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu-22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCu-27 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu-22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCu-33 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu-22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, >Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCu-37 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu-22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCu-39 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma Hcu-10, Hcu-18, Hcu-22, Hcu-27, Hcu-33, Hcu-37 or Hcu-39 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
HCV-29Tmv (HCV-29 derivative) Human Bladder, tumorigenic urothelial cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
HEC-155 Human Uterine adenocarcinoma HEC-180 Human Uterine carcinoma
HEC-180 Human Uterine adenocarcinoma HEC-155 Human Uterine adenocarcinoma
HEK Human Kidney, embryonic renal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HEK/HRV (HEK derivative) Human Kidney, transformed embryonic renal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HEL-R66 Human Not specified Unknown Monkey, African green (Cercopithecus aethiops) Unknown
HEp-2 (H.Ep.-2) Human Laryngeal carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Hep-2C

Human

Laryngeal carcinoma

HeLa

Human

Cervical adenocarcinoma

Hep2 (Clone 2B) Human Laryngeal carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HES Human Endometrium HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HIMEG-1 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid HL-60 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2
HKB-1 Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin Unknown Human Unknown
HKMUS Human Cervical carcinoma SKG-II-SF Human Cervical carcinoma
HKMUS-SF Human Cervical carcinoma SKG-II-SF Human Cervical carcinoma
HL111783 Human Lung carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HMV-1 Human Melanoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HPB-MLT Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell HPB-ALL Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
HPC-36M (HPC-36 derivative) Human Prostate carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
hPTC Human Thyroid, papillary cell Unknown Pig, Sus scrofa Unknown
Hs 677.St Human Gastric tissue, normal Unknown Mouse Unknown
HSC-41 Human Gastric carcinoma HSC-42 Human Gastric carcinoma
HSG Human Salivary gland, submandibular HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HSG-AZA1 Human Salivary gland, submandibular HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HSG-AZA3 Human Salivary gland, submandibular HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HSGc-C5 Human Oral carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HS-SULTAN Human Myeloma JIJOYE Human Lymphoma, Burkitt
HSY Human Salivary gland, parotid HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
hTERT-EEC Human Endometrium, immortalized MCF-7 Human Breast carcinoma
Hu1734 Human Bladder, non-malignant urothelial cells HCV-29 Human Bladder, non-malignant urothelial cells
Hu456 Human Bladder, tumorigenic urothelial cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
Hu549 Human Bladder, tumorigenic urothelial cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
Hu609 Human Bladder, non-malignant urothelial cells J82 Human Bladder carcinoma
Hu609Tmv (Hu609 derivative) Human Bladder, tumorigenic urothelial cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
Hu961a, Hu961t (Hu961 derivatives) Human Bladder, tumorigenic urothelial cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
HuKo39 Human Kidney, normal renal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
HuL-1 Human Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Hut Human Not specified HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
IMC-2 Human Maxillary carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
IMC-3 Human Maxillary carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
IMC-4 Human Maxillary carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Intestine 407 (Int-407, HEI) Human Intestinal cells (jejunum/ileum), embryonic HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
IPDDC-A2 Human Astrocytoma Unknown Rat Unknown
IPRB Human Glioblastoma Unknown Rat Unknown
IPTP/98 Human Glioblastoma Unknown Rat Unknown
IST-1 Human Placenta SK-OV-3 Human Ovarian carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
J-111 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5 HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
J96 Human Leukemia HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
JCA-1 Human Prostate carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
JHC Human Placenta HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
JHU012 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node) JHU022 Human Laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node)
JHU013 (JHU012 derivative) Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node) FaDu Human Hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
JHU019 Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
JHU028 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma A549 Human Lung carcinoma
JHT (JHC derivative) Human Placenta HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
JMAR (Tu-167 derivative) Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence)
JOSK-I Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
JOSK-K Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5 U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
JOSK-M Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
JOSK-S Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5 U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
JTC-17 Human Skin HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
JTC-3 Human Not specified HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
K051 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2 K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
K1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma GLAG-66 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
K2 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma GLAG-66 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
KAK1 Human Thyroid, follicular adenoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
KAT10 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
KAT4 Human Thyroid, anaplastic carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
KAT5 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
KAT50 Human Thyroid, differentiated cells HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
KAT7 Human Thyroid, benign follicular hyperplasia HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
>KB Human Oral carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
KB-3-1 Human Oral carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
KB-V1 Human Oral carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
KCI-MOH1 Human Pancreatic carcinoma HPAC Human Pancreatic carcinoma
KM-3 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor REH Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
KM3 Human Melanoma Unknown Rat Not specified
KMS-21-BM Human Myeloma Unknown Human Unknown
KMT-2 Human Umbilical cord blood KG-1 Human Leukemia
KNS-89 Human Gliosarcoma U-251 MG Human Glioblastoma
KOSC-3 Human Oral carcinoma Ca9-22 Human Oral carcinoma
KP-1N Human Pancreatic carcinoma PANC-1 Human Pancreatic carcinoma
KPB-M15 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis KYO-1 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
KPL-1 Human Breast carcinoma MCF-7 Human Breast carcinoma
KP-P1 Human Prostate carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
KSY-1 Human Sarcoma (Kaposi) T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
KU7 Human Bladder carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
KU-YS Human Neuroblastoma KU-SN Human Neuroectodermal tumor
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
L-132 Human Lung cells, embryonic HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
L-41 (J96 derivative) Human Leukemia, bone marrow HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
LED-Ti Human Cervical carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
LLC-15MB Human Breast carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
LN-319 Human Glioma, anaplastic astrocytoma LN-992 Human Glioblastoma
LN-443 Human Glioblastoma LN-444 Human Glioblastoma, recurrence (different donor)
LR10.6 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor NALM-6 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
LT-1 Frog, grass Kidney, renal adenocarcinoma TH and FHM TH = box turtle; FHM = fathead minnow TH = heart; FHM = unspecified
LU Human Lung cells, fetal HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
LU 106 Human Lung cells, embryonic HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Lu-130 Human Lung carcinoma Lu-134A, B Human Lung carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
M10T Human Synovial cell HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
M4A4 and derivatives (MDA-MB-435 derivatives) Human Breast carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
MA-1 Human Lymphoma, MALT Pfeiffer Human Lymphoma, non-Hodgkin
MA-104 Monkey, Rhesus (Macaca mulatta) Kidney, embryonic renal cells Vero? Monkey, African green (Cercopithecus aethiops ) Kidney, normal renal cells
MA-111 Rabbit Kidney, newborn Vero? Monkey, African green (Cercopithecus aethiops ) Kidney, normal renal cells
MA-160 Human Prostate adenoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Mash-1 Human Schwannoma MMac Human Melanoma
MaTu Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
MC-4000 Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
McCoy Human Not specified Strain L Mouse Connective tissue
MCF-7/AdrR (NCI/ADR-RES) Human Breast carcinoma OVCAR-8 Human Ovarian carcinoma
MDA-MB-435 Human Breast carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
MDA-N (MDA-MB-435 derivative) Human Breast carcinoma, HER2/ERBB2-transfected M14 Human Melanoma
MDS Human Leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic JURKAT Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
MEL-HO Human Melanoma Unknown, does not match other cell line from same donor Human Unknown
ME-WEI Human Melanoma Unknown, does not match other cell line from same donor Human Unknown
MGH-U1 (EJ) Human Bladder carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
MGH-U2 (HM) Human Bladder carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
MHH-225 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M7 JURKAT Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
Minnesota EE Human Esophageal epithelium HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
MKB-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
MKN28 Human Gastric carcinoma MKN74 Human Gastric carcinoma
MOBS-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5 U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
MOLT-15 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell CTV-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5
MPanc-96 Human Pancreatic carcinoma AsPC-1 Human Pancreatic carcinoma
MRO87-1 Human Thyroid, follicular carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
MS (Monkey Stable) Monkey Kidney, normal renal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
MT-1

Human

Breast carcinoma

HeLa

Human

Cervical adenocarcinoma

MUTZ-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2 Namalwa Human Lymphoma, Burkitt
MV522 Human Lung carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
NC-37 Human Lymphoblastoid cell line, normal donor Raji Human Lymphoma, Burkitt
NCC16 Human Cervical carcinoma PHK16-0b Human Skin, immortalized keratinocytes
NCI/ADR-RES (MCF-7/AdrR) Human Breast carcinoma OVCAR-8 Human Ovarian carcinoma
NCI-H1264 Human Lung carcinoma NCI-H157 Human Lung carcinoma
NCI-H1304 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell NCI-H1870 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
NCI-H1514 Human Lung carcinoma Unknown Human Unknown
NCI-H157 Human Lung carcinoma NCI-H1264 Human Lung carcinoma
NCI-H1622 Human Lung carcinoma Unknown Human Unknown
NCI-H1870 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell NCI-H1304 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
NCI-H249 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell NCI-H69 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
NCI-H513 Human Mesothelioma NCI-H125 Human Lung carcinoma
NCI-H592 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell NCI-H69 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
NCI-H60 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell NCI-N417 Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
NCI-H630 Human Metastatic sample Mixture Human Unknown
NCI-H738 Human Lung carcinoma Unknown Human Unknown
NCOL-1 Human Intestinal cells, normal colon LoVo Human Colon carcinoma
NCTC 2544 Human Skin epithelium HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
NCTC 3075 Human Not specified HeLa

Human

Cervical adenocarcinoma

ND-1 Human Prostate carcinoma DU-145 Human Prostate carcinoma
NM2C5 and derivatives (MDA-MB-435 derivatives) Human Breast carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
NOI-90 Human Lymphoma, non-Hodgkin, natural killer cell REH Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
NOSE06 Human Ovary, normal DOV-13 Human Ovarian carcinoma
NOSE07 Human Ovary, normal DOV-13 Human Ovarian carcinoma
NPA87 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma M14 Human Melanoma
NS-3 Human Gastric carcinoma COLO 201 Human Colon carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
OCUM-6 Human Gastric carcinoma OCUM-11 Human Gastric carcinoma
OE Human Endometrium HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
OF Human Not specified HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
OLGA-PH-J/92 [OL-J/92] Crayfish, Orconectes limosus Brain, cerebral ganglion Unknown Unknown, similar to amoeba species Unknown
ONCO-DG-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma OVCAR-3 Human Ovarian carcinoma
OS 187 Human Sarcoma (osteosarcoma) HCT-15 Human Colon carcinoma
OST Human Sarcoma (osteosarcoma) HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
OU-AML-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OU-AML-2

Human

Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2

OCI/AML2

Human

Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4

OU-AML-3 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OU-AML-4 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OU-AML-5 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OU-AML-6 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M1 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OU-AML-7 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OU-AML-8 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 OCI/AML2 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4
OV-1063 Human Ovarian carcinoma Unknown Human Unknown
OV2008, OV2008/C13 Human Ovarian carcinoma ME-180 Human Cervical carcinoma
Ovary1847 Human Ovarian carcinoma NIH:OVCAR-8 Human Ovarian carcinoma
OVMIU Human Ovarian carcinoma OVSAYO Human Ovarian carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
P1-1A3 Human Thymic epithelium SK-HEP-1 Human Liver carcinoma
P1-4D6 Human Thymic epithelium SK-HEP-1 Human Liver carcinoma
P39/TSUGANE (P39/TSU) Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2 HL-60 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2
PBEI Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor NALM-6 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
PC-93 Human Prostate carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
PC-MDS Human Myelodysplastic syndrome, therapy- related K-562 Human
PCI-22A Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma Unknown, does not match other cell line from same donor Human Unknown
PCI-22B Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node) Unknown, does not match other cell line from same donor Human Unknown
PCI-3 Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
PEAZ-1 Human Prostate carcinoma HT-1080 Human Sarcoma (fibrosarcoma)
PH61-N Human Not specified MIA PaCa-2 Human Pancreatic carcinoma
PLB-985 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 HL-60 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2
PPC-1 Human Prostate carcinoma PC-3 Human Prostate carcinoma
PSV811 Human Skin fibroblast, Werner’s syndrome WI-38 Human Lung, normal diploid fibroblasts
RAMAK-1 Human Muscle synovium T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
RB Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin OMK-210 Monkey, Owl (Aotus trivirgatus ) Kidney, normal renal cells
RBHF-1

Human

Liver, hepatoma

Unknown

Non-human

Unknown

RC-2A Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
RED-3 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid HL-60 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
REH-6 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor Unknown Mouse Unknown
REPC Human Kidney, normal renal cells Hep 3B Human Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma
RERF-LC-MA Human Lung carcinoma, small cell SK-MES-1 Human Lung, squamous cell
RERF-LC-OK Human Lung carcinoma Marcus Human Astrocytoma
RGC-5 Rat Retinal ganglion 661W Mouse Retina, photoreceptor cells
RM-10 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
RMUG-L Human Ovarian carcinoma SNG-II Human Endometrial carcinoma
RO-D81-1 Human Thyroid, medullary carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
RO-H85-1 Human Thyroid, medullary carcinoma 647-V Human Bladder carcinoma
RPMI-4788 Human Colon carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
RPMI-6666 Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin Correct name, incorrect cell type Human EBV+ B-lymphoblastoid cell line
RPTC-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma TPC-1 Human Thyroid, papillary carcinoma
RS-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M7 K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
RTSG Human Ovarian carcinoma SNG-II Human Endometrial carcinoma
RY Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin Unknown Monkey Unknown
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
SA4 Human Sarcoma (liposarcoma) HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
SAM-1 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
SAML-1 Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
SBC-2 Human Bladder carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
SBC-7 Human Bladder carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
SCCTF Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma SCCKN Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma
SCLC-16H Human Lung carcinoma, small cell SCLC-21/22H Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
SCLC-24H Human Lung carcinoma, small cell SCLC-21/22H Human Lung carcinoma, small cell
SEG-1 Human Esophageal adenocarcinoma NCI-H460 Human Lung carcinoma, large cell
SF767 Human Glioma, anaplastic astrocytoma ME-180 Human Cervical carcinoma
SH-2 Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
SH-3 Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
SJPL Pig, Sus scrofa Lung cells, immortalized epithelial Unknown Monkey, African green (Cercopithecus aethiops ) Unknown
SK-GT-5 Human Esophageal adenocarcinoma SK-GT-2 Human Gastric carcinoma (gastric fundus)
SK-MG-1 Human Astrocytoma Marcus Human Astrocytoma
SK-N-MC Human Neuroblastoma Unknown Human Sarcoma (Ewing’s)
SK-OV-4 Human Ovarian carcinoma C-33A Human Cervical carcinoma
SK-OV-6 Human Ovarian carcinoma C-33A Human Cervical carcinoma
SKW-3 Human Leukemia, chronic lymphocytic, T cell KE-37 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic
SLK Human Sarcoma (Kaposi) Caki-1 Human Renal cell carcinoma
SNB-19

Human

Glioblastoma

U-251 MG

Human

Glioblastoma

SPI-801 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
SPI-802 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
SpR Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin OMK-210 Monkey, Owl (Aotus trivirgatus ) Kidney, normal renal cells
SQ-5 Human Lung carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
SR-91

Human

Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell

AML-193

Human

Leukemia, acute myeloid, M5

SW-527 Human Colon carcinoma SW-480, SW-620 Human Colon carcinoma
SW-598 Human Colon carcinoma SW-480, SW-620 Human Colon carcinoma
SW-608 Human Colon carcinoma SW-480, SW-620 Human Colon carcinoma
SW-613

Human

Colon carcinoma

SW-480, SW-620

Human

Colon carcinoma

SW-732 Human Colon carcinoma SW-480, SW-620 Human Colon carcinoma
SW-733 Human Colon carcinoma SW-480, SW-620 Human Colon carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
T-1 Human Kidney, normal renal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
T1 Human Neural stem cell HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
T-33 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
T404 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
T406 (oral SCC) **Different cell line exists with same name: T406 (glioblastoma)** Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
T409 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence)
T-9 (WI-38 derivative) Human Lung cells, transformed normal diploid fibroblasts HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
TCO-1 Human Cervical carcinoma TCO-2 Human Cervical carcinoma
TDL-1 Human Tonsillar lymphoid cells, non-neoplastic P3JHR-1 Human Lymphoma, Burkitt
TDL-2 Human Tonsillar lymphoid cells, non-neoplastic P3JHR-1 Human Lymphoma, Burkitt
TDL-3 Human Tonsillar lymphoid cells, non-neoplastic RPMI 1788 Human Lymphoblastoid cell line, normal donor
TDL-4 Human Tonsillar lymphoid cells, non-neoplastic Raji Human Lymphoma, Burkitt
TE-12 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma TE-2, TE-3, TE-12 or TE-13 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
TE-13 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma TE-2, TE-3, TE-12 or TE-13 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
TE-2 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma TE-2, TE-3, TE-12 or TE-13 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
TE-3 Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma TE-2, TE-3, TE-12 or TE-13 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
TE671 Human Medulloblastoma RD Human Sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma)
TE671 Subline No.2 Human Medulloblastoma RD Human Sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma)
TE-7 Human Esophageal adenocarcinoma TE-2, TE-3, TE-12 or TE-13 (genetically identical) Human Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
TEC61 Human Thyroid, endothelium JEG3 Human Choriocarcinoma
TK-1 Human Glioblastoma U-251 MG Human Glioblastoma
TI-1 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2 K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis
TMH-1 Human Thyroid, benign goitre IHH-4 Human Thyroid, papillary thyroid carcinoma
TMM Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis Correct name, incorrect cell type Human EBV+ B-lymphoblastoid cell line
TSU-Pr1 Human Prostate carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
Tu-138 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Tu-158LN Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Tu-159 Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Tu-167 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence)
Tu-182 Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Tu-212 Human Hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Tu-212LN Human Hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node) T404, T406, Tu-138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
TuWi Human Kidney, Wilms-39; tumor HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
U-118 MG Human Glioblastoma U-138 MG Human Glioblastoma
UM-UC-2 Human Bladder carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
UM-UC-3-GFP (UM-UC-3 derivative) Human Bladder carcinoma, GFP-transfected Unknown, NOT UM- UC-3 Human Unknown
UPES/C

Human

Brain, non-neoplastic astrocytes

Unknown

Rat

Unknown

UPHHJA Human Glioblastoma Unknown Rat Unknown
UTMB-460 Human B-cells CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
VC312R Human Medulloblastoma Unknown Mixed, human + mouse Unknown
VM-CUB-III Human Bladder carcinoma VM-CUB-I Human Bladder carcinoma
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
WiDr Human Colon carcinoma HT-29 Human Colon carcinoma
WISH Human Amnion, normal cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
WKD Human Conjunctiva HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
Wong-Kilbourne Human Conjunctiva HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
WRL 68 Human Liver, embryonic cells HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
WSU-ALCL Human Lymphoma, anaplastic large cell CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell
WSU-CLL Human Leukemia, chronic lymphocytic REH Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type
YAA Human Monocytes U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
YAP Human Monocytes U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic
YJ Human Leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic HL-60 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2
YMB-1 Human Breast carcinoma ZR-75-1 Human Breast carcinoma
YMB-1-E Human Breast carcinoma ZR-75-1 Human Breast carcinoma

 

The database of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines consists of two tables. Table 1 contains those cell lines where there is no authentic stock known to the list contributors.

Table 2 (below) contains cell lines where some stocks have been shown to be misidentified, but where authentic stocks are known to exist.

To help scientists obtain authentic stocks, an additional column in this table shows possible locations for authentic stock. If supplied by a cell line repository, the catalogue number is given in brackets. Repositories are listed in alphabetical order.

Table 2. Misidentified cell lines where authentic stock is known to exist

Misidentified Cell Line Claimed Species Claimed Cell Type Contaminating Cell Line Actual Species Actual Cell Type Authentic Stock Location
1483 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence) Peter G. Sacks, New York University (originator)
183 Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu- 138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu->212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma Peter G. Sacks, New York University (originator)
207 (EU-2) Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor REH and SUP-B2 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, B cell precursor
B10XI Chicken, Gallus gallus Intestinal cells Unknown Pig, Sus scrofa Unknown University of Magdeburg, Germany
B6 Chicken, Gallus gallus Intestinal cells, small intestine Unknown Pig, Sus scrofa Unknown University of Magdeburg, Germany
BJA-B Human Bladder carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma
BT-20 Human Breast carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma ATCC (HTB-19)
Ca9-22 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma MSK-922 Human Laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence) JCRB (JCRB0625); RIKEN (RCB1976)
COLO-720E Human Ovarian carcinoma COLO684, COLO685, COLO704 Human Uterine adenocarcinoma
D-17 Dog, Canis familiaris Sarcoma (osteosarcoma) Moresco Dog, Canis familiaris Sarcoma (osteosarcoma) ATCC (CCL- 183)
EB-3 Human Lymphoma, Burkitt Daudi Human Lymphoma, Burkitt ATCC (CCL-85); ECACC (90121003)
FU-RPNT-2 Human Kidney, renal primitive neuroectodermal tumor FU-RPNT-1 Human Kidney, renal primitive neuroectodermal tumor RIKEN (RCB2078)
Grey Dog, Canis familiaris Sarcoma (osteosarcoma) Unknown Human Unknown
HPB-ALL Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell JURKAT Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell DSMZ (ACC- 483); RIKEN (RCB1935)
IPEC Pig, Sus scrofa Intestinal cells Unknown Cow Unknown University of Magdeburg, Germany
J-82 Human Bladder carcinoma T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
JHH-1

Human

Liver, hepatocellular carcinoma

Unknown

Mouse

Unknown

JCRB (JCRB1062)

KARPAS-45 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell Unknown Human Unknown DSMZ (ACC- 105)
KBM-3 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M4 HL-60 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M2
KE-37 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell DSMZ (ACC-46)
L-540 Human Lymphoma, Hodgkin CCRF-CEM Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell DSMZ (ACC-72)
MB-02 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M7 HU-3 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M7
MDA1986LN Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node) UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence) Peter G. Sacks, New York University (originator)
MDA686LN Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (lymph node) UM-SCC-1 Human Oral squamous cell carcinoma (recurrence) Peter G. Sacks, New York University (originator)
MDA686TU Human Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma T404, T406, Tu- 138, Tu-158LN, Tu-159, Tu-182, Tu-212, Tu-212LN (genetically identical) Human Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma Peter G. Sacks, New York University (originator)
MKN-7 Human Gastric carcinoma Unknown Human Lymphoblastoid cells JCRB (JCRB1025); RIKEN (RCB0999)
NCI-H929 Human Myeloma K-562 Human Leukemia, chronic myeloid, blast crisis ATCC (CRL- 9068); DSMZ (ACC-163); ECACC (95050415)
Parks Dog, Canis familiaris Melanoma Unknown Human Unknown
RMG-II Human Ovarian carcinoma RMG-I Human Ovarian carcinoma JCRB (JCRB0172.1)
RPMI-8402 Human Leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, T cell Unknown Human Unknown DSMZ (ACC- 290)
RT4 Human Bladder carcinoma HeLa Human Cervical adenocarcinoma ATCC (HTB-2); DSMZ (ACC- 412); ECACC (91091914)
T3M-12 Human Lung carcinoma T3M-1 Human Oral carcinoma RIKEN (RCB2281)
U-373 MG Human Glioblastoma U-251 MG Human Glioblastoma ECACC (08061901)
U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic Unknown Human Unknown ATCC (CRL->1593.2); DSMZ (ACC-5); ECACC (85011440); JCRB (JCRB9021)
UROtsa Human malignant urothelial cells T-24 Human Bladder carcinoma
UT-7 Human Leukemia, acute myeloid, M7 U-937 Human Lymphoma, histiocytic DSMZ (ACC- 137)
Yamada Dog, Canis familiaris Sarcoma (osteosarcoma) Unknown Mouse Unknown

 

Cell Bank Websites Cited

Name Website
ATCC: American Type Culture Collection http://www.atcc.org/
DSMZ: Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH http://www.dsmz.de/
ECACC: European Collection of Cell Cultures http://www.hpacultures.org.uk/collections/ecacc.jsp
JCRB: Japanese Collection of Research Bioresources

http://cellbank.nibio.go.jp/
RIKEN Bioresource Center Cell Bank http://www.brc.riken.go.jp/lab/cell/english/guide.shtml

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