Ba/F3 MPL-W515L-JAK2 Cell Line

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Janus kinase 2 (commonly called JAK2) is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase. It is a member of the Janus kinase family and has been implicated in signaling by members of the type II cytokine receptor family (e.g. interferon receptors), the GM-CSF receptor family (IL-3R, IL-5R and GM-CSF-R), the gp130 receptor family (e.g., IL-6R), and the single chain receptors (e.g. Epo-R, Tpo-R, GH-R, PRL-R). Mutations in JAK2 have been implicated in polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and myelofibrosis as well as other myeloproliferative disorders. This mutation (V617F), a change of valine to phenylalanine at the 617 position, appears to render hematopoietic cells more sensitive to growth factors such as erythropoietin and thrombopoietin, because the receptors for these growth factors require JAK2 for signal transduction. An inhibitor of JAK2-STAT5, AZD1480, was pointed as having activity in primary and CRPC. Jak2 mutation, when demonstrable, is one of the methods of diagnosing polycythemia vera. Ba/F3 cell, a murine interleukin-3 dependent pro-B cell line, is a popular system for exploring both kinases and their inhibitors, because some protein kinases can render the Ba/F3 cells to be depended on the activation of the kinases instead of IL-3 supplement, while their inhibitors can antagonize the kinase-dependent growth effects.


Catalog Number:
Cell Line Name:
Ba/F3 MPL-W515L-JAK2 Cell Line
Host Cell Line:
Mouse Ba/F3 cell line
Stable Ba/F3 clone expressing exogenous MPL-W515L and JAK2 gene.
One vial of frozen cells (5X106 per vial)
Stable in culture over a minimum of 10 passages
Drug screening and biological assays
Freeze Medium:
70% RPMI1640+20% FBS+10% DMSO
Propagation Medium:
RPMI1640+10%FBS+0.5µg/mL Puromycin+1mg/mL G418
Selection Marker:
Puromycin, Neomycin
Mostly single, round (some polymorph) cells in suspension
Split saturated culture 1:10 every 3 days; seed out at about 1-3 × 105 cells/mL
37 °C with 5% CO2
Liquid nitrogen immediately upon receiving
Doubling Time:
Approximately 20 hours
Mycoplasma Status:

Cell Line Generation

Ba/F3 MPL-W515L-JAK2 cell Line was generated using a retrovirus vector expressing the human MPL-W515L and JAK2 sequence.

Characterization using PCR sequencing and WB




Cell Resuscitation

1. Prewarm culture medium (RPMI1640 + 10% FBS + 0.5µg/mL Puromycin + 1mg/mL G418) in a 37°C water bath. 2. Thaw the frozen vial in a 37°C water bath for 1-2 minutes. 3. Transfer the vial into biosafety cabinet, and wipe the surface with 70% ethanol. 4. Unscrew the top of the vial and transfer the cell suspension gently into a sterile centrifuge tube containing 9.0mL complete culture medium. 5. Spin at ~ 125 × g for 5-7 minutes at room temperature, and discard the supernatant without disturbing the pellet. 6. Resuspend cell pellet with the appropriate volume of complete medium and transfer the cell suspension into a T25 culture flask. 7. Incubate the flask at 37°C, 5% CO2 incubator. 8. Split saturated culture 1:10 every 3 days; seed out at about 1-3 × 105 cells/mL.

Cell Freezing

1. Prepare the freezing medium (70% RPMI-1640 + 20% FBS + 10% DMSO) fresh immediately before use. 2. Keep the freezing medium on ice and label cryovials. 3. Transfer cells to a sterile, conical centrifuge tube, and count the cells. 4. Centrifuge the cells at 250×g for 5 minutes at room temperature and carefully aspirate off the medium. 5. Resuspend the cells at a density of at least 3×106 cells/mL in chilled freezing medium. 6. Aliquot 1 mL of the cell suspension into each cryovial. 7. Freeze cells in the CoolCell freezing container overnight in a -80°C freezer. 8. Transfer vials to liquid nitrogen for long-term storage


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