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Post Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?



Good day. I am wondering why we use FBS fetal bovine serum in cell culture?

why not something else? also what is so important for the cells.
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Cows are big even fetuses....and yummy yummy growth factors.
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Does anybody know the answer? I also use FBS and I dont know really why. The same, I cant find full list of ingredients of RPMI 1640 which I use too.
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

RPMI 1640 formulation could be found in invitrogen web site.
FBS supply many many growth factor to cell growth...
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Also, it has alpha 1-antitrypsin, useful during trypsinization.

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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Hello molecule2005,

Regarding your question about FBS, in our lab, we use FBS but not BS (bovine serum) when:

(1) If we want to investigate the immune system or reaction in vitro by using cells, such as to detect the change of level of cytokines or T, B cells system in response to some treatments, we use FBS. Because BS has a lot of factors that can influence our treatments. And as far as I know, we get the FBS before the new born cattle get milk for their moms which is a major way for new born babies to get antibodies.
Of course you can also heat the BS to degrade those potential factors.

(2) When we culture some sensitive cells, such as BT474, BT20, MDA-MB-231, MCF7 which needs much more nourishment, we use FBS but not BS, because the former is much more nutritous than the latter.

Hope those can help you a little bit.

Lei
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Fetal Bovine Serum has many growth factors, proteins, and enzymes that make it work very well for promoting cell growth and health. The immune system of the fetal bovine is not mature and contains fewer molecules that could interfere or inhibit the growth of cells. Other Animal Sera will also work well but will not perform at the same level as FBS.
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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

There are cytokines and other growth factors that take the cells past certain check points in the cell cycle. That was one of the problems in coming up with a tissue culture growth medium way back when. The lack of large amounts of antibodies in FBS, as noted above, is also a desirable characteristic.

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Default Re: Cell Culture: Why FBS fetal bovine serum?

Is anybody concerned with the the ethical issue of using FBS? Looks like it was banned in some european countries.
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