Cultrex PathClear 3-D Culture Matrix RGF BME (2 x 5 mL)

Reduced Growth Factor Basement Membrane Extract for 3-D Cell Culture
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Cultrex PathClear 3-D Culture Matrix RGF BME (2 x 5 mL) Summary

Endotoxin Level
<8.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Functional assays:
    Tube formation assay - BME promotes formation of capillary-like structures by human (HBMVEC; HUVEC) or mouse (SVEC4-10) endothelial cells.
    3D Culture - Basement Membrane Extract promotes differentiation of a human epithelial cell line derived from mammary gland (MCF-10A) or human prostate (PC-3) into acinar structures.
Gelling assay: BME gels in less than 30 minutes at 37degreesC, and maintains the gelled form in culture medium for a minimum of 14 days at 37degreesC.
Murine Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm (EHS) tumor.

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Carrier Free

What does CF mean?

CF stands for Carrier Free (CF). We typically add Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a carrier protein to our recombinant proteins. Adding a carrier protein enhances protein stability, increases shelf-life, and allows the recombinant protein to be stored at a more dilute concentration. The carrier free version does not contain BSA.

What formulation is right for me?

In general, we advise purchasing the recombinant protein with BSA for use in cell or tissue culture, or as an ELISA standard. In contrast, the carrier free protein is recommended for applications, in which the presence of BSA could interfere.


Formulation 14 - 16 mg/mL.
Shipping The product is shipped with dry ice or equivalent. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Stability & Storage: Product is stable for a minimum of 3 months from date of shipment when stored at –20degreesC in a manual defrost freezer. For optimal stability, store at –80degreesC. Avoid freeze-thaw cycles. Storage buffer: Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s medium without phenol red, with 10 μg/ml gentamicin sulfate. Sterility testing: • PathClear® - Negative by PCR test for mycoplasma; 17 bacterial and virus strains typically included in mouse antibody production (MAP) testing, plus 13 additional murine infectious agents including LDEV, for a total of 31 organisms and viruses. • No bacterial or fungal growth detected after incubation at 37degreesC for 14 days following USP sterility testing guidelines.
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Background: Basement Membrane Extracts

3-D Culture is a cell culture method that provides cells with the necessary structure and signaling cues to direct reconstruction of the tissue architecture, and these methods provide physiologically predictive in vitro models for evaluating development and disease. Normal cells assemble into organiods that structurally resemble their emanating tissues, exhibit a polarized morphology, undergo cell cycle regulation, and produce tissuespecific proteins. While cancer cells assemble into tumor-like structures, lacking an organized architecture or cell cycle regulation and exhibiting tumor-specific markers depending on the extend of malignancy. To aid in the advancement of this technology, Trevigen has developed Cultrex ® 3-D Culture Matrix™ RGF BME which is the first Basement Membrane Extract produced and qualified specifically for use in 3-D culture studies. The 3-D Culture Matrix™ RGF BME provides the foundation for cells to grow in three dimensions allowing for the formation of structures in vitro. To provide the most standardized basement membrane extract for use in 3-D cultures, a special process is employed to reduce growth factors and manufacture matrix at a standard concentration of approximately 15 mg/ml. This product is then evaluated in a 3D culture to validate efficacy.

Alternate Names
Basement Membrane Extracts

Citations for Cultrex PathClear 3-D Culture Matrix RGF BME (2 x 5 mL)

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  1. PEDF increases the tumoricidal activity of macrophages towards prostate cancer cells in vitro
    Authors: D Martinez-M, C Jarvis, T Nelius, W de Riese, OV Volpert, S Filleur
    PLoS ONE, 2017;12(4):e0174968.
  2. Tumor-induced pressure in the bone microenvironment causes osteocytes to promote the growth of prostate cancer bone metastases.
    Authors: Sottnik J, Dai J, Zhang H, Campbell B, Keller E
    Cancer Res, 2015;75(11):2151-8.
  3. Survival Outcome and EMT Suppression Mediated by a Lectin Domain Interaction of Endo180 and CD147.
    Authors: Rodriguez-Teja M, Gronau J, Minamidate A, Darby S, Gaughan L, Robson C, Mauri F, Waxman J, Sturge J
    Mol Cancer Res, 0;13(3):538-47.
  4. Human mesenchymal stem cells secrete hyaluronan-coated extracellular vesicles.
    Authors: Arasu U, Karna R, Harkonen K, Oikari S, Koistinen A, Kroger H, Qu C, Lammi M, Rilla K
    Matrix Biol, 0;64(0):54-68.
  5. Organotypic culture of untransformed and tumorigenic primary mammary epithelial cells.
    Authors: Jechlinger M
    Cold Spring Harb Protoc, 0;2015(5):457-61.
  6. AMPK reverses the mesenchymal phenotype of cancer cells by targeting the Akt-MDM2-Foxo3a signaling axis.
    Authors: Chou C, Lee K, Lai I, Wang D, Mo X, Kulp S, Shapiro C, Chen C
    Cancer Res, 0;74(17):4783-95.
  7. Silencing beta3 Integrin by Targeted ECO/siRNA Nanoparticles Inhibits EMT and Metastasis of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.
    Authors: Parvani J, Gujrati M, Mack M, Schiemann W, Lu Z
    Cancer Res, 0;75(11):2316-2325.
  8. Tumor-associated macrophages promote invasion while retaining Fc-dependent anti-tumor function.
    Authors: Grugan K, McCabe F, Kinder M, Greenplate A, Harman B, Ekert J, Van Rooijen N, Anderson G, Nemeth J, Strohl W, Jordan R, Brezski R
    J Immunol, 0;189(11):5457-66.
  9. In vitro differentiation of human amniotic epithelial cells into insulin-producing 3D spheroids.
    Authors: Okere B, Alviano F, Costa R, Quaglino D, Ricci F, Dominici M, Paolucci P, Bonsi L, Iughetti L
    Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol, 0;28(3):390-402.
  10. Live-Cell Imaging of Protease Activity: Assays to Screen Therapeutic Approaches.
    Authors: Chalasani A, Ji K, Sameni M, Mazumder S, Xu Y, Moin K, Sloane B
    Methods Mol Biol, 0;1574(0):215-225.
  11. SnoN regulates mammary gland alveologenesis and onset of lactation by promoting prolactin/Stat5 signaling.
    Authors: Jahchan N, Wang D, Bissell M, Luo K
    Development, 0;139(17):3147-56.


  1. How does Cultrex® BME promote cell differentiation?

    • All epithelial and endothelial cells are in contact with a basement membrane matrix on at least one of their surfaces. By providing them with their natural matrix in vitro as a substrate for the cells that provides biological cues, the cells can assume a more physiological morphology (i.e. correct shape) and begin expression of cell-lineage specific proteins. Two-dimensional plastic substrates, in combination with serum-containing media, cause cells to flatten, proliferate and de-differentiate.

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