How to Passage Cells in Erlenmeyer Shake Flasks

Fri Nov 18 10:15:42 CST 2022

The erlenmeyer shake flask is a triangular cell culture container, which is mostly used for cultivating various suspension cells or storing and preparing medium. After the cells have grown to a certain extent, we need to subculture them, so how to do it specifically?

Since the cells are already suspended in the growth medium, there is no need for enzymes to detach them from the surface of the culture vessel, and the method is simple. First prepare the erlenmeyer shake flask with suspended cells; pre-warm the complete growth medium to 37°C; fill the 37°C incubator with humidified air with 5% carbon dioxide. There are two ways to subculture suspension cells:

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1. Direct transmission method

1. When the suspension cells grow to 80%-90% (the cell suspension turns yellow), they can be subcultured;

2. Discard 1/2-1/3 of the cell suspension with a pipette;

3. Add an appropriate amount of fresh medium and continue to cultivate.

2. Centrifugal passage method (in the case of cell debris found)

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1. Transfer the cell suspension to a centrifuge tube;

2. Centrifuge at 150 g for 5 min, discard the supernatant;

3. Use fresh medium to resuspend the cells;

4. Take an appropriate amount of cell suspension with the pipette, put it into a new erlenmeyer shake flask, and then add an appropriate amount of fresh medium to continue the culture.

The above is the subculture operation of suspension cells in erlenmeyer shake flask. During the operation, we must strictly implement aseptic operation to avoid introducing external pollution and affecting cell growth.

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