N-2 MAX Media Supplement

A serum-free, chemically defined, concentrated media supplement formulated to provide optimal growth conditions for neural stem cell expansion (Catalog # AR009). N-2 MAX is composed of Recombinant Human Insulin, Human Transferrin, Putrescine, Selenite, and Progesterone. The supplement is supplied as a 100X concentrate in water.


  • Recombinant Human Insulin (2500 mg/mL)
  • Human Transferrin (10,000 mg/mL)
  • Putrescine (1611 mg/mL)
  • Selenite (0.52 mg/mL)
  • Progesterone (0.63 mg/mL)

N-2 MAX Medium Preparation

Option 1: Mix the following components with deionized or distilled water to make 500 mL of medium. Adjust the pH to 7.2. Filter the solution (2 μm filter unit) and add 5 mL of 100X sterile Penicillin-Streptomycin solution (Invitrogen®, Catalog # 15140-148). The medium may be stored in the dark at 2 °C to 8 °C for up to 2 weeks.

  • DMEM/F-12 (Invitrogen, Catalog # 12500-062) 6 g
  • Glucose (Sigma, Catalog # G6152) 0.775 g
  • Glutamine (Sigma, Catalog # G8540) 0.0365 g
  • NaHCO3 (Sigma, Catalog # S5761) 0.845 g
  • N-2 MAX Media Supplement (100X) 5 mL

Option 2: Dilute 100-fold with a basal media (e.g. Neurobasal® Media from Invitrogen, Catalog # 21103-029) before use. The medium may be stored in the dark at 2 °C to 8 °C for up to 2 weeks.

Data Examples

Expansion and Differentiation of Rat Neural Stem Cells


Mouse Anti-Rat Synaptotagmin-1 Monoclonal Antibody Culturing Neural Cell Types in Media Supplemented with N-2 MAX. Rat Cortical Stem Cells (Catalog # NSC001) were grown and differentiated for 7 days in vitro in media supplemented with N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009). (A) beta-III Tubulin was detected in differentiated neurons using a neuron-specific Mouse beta-III Tubulin Monoclonal (clone TuJ-1) Antibody (Catalog # MAB1195), followed by NorthernLights™ 557-conjugated Donkey Anti-Mouse Secondary Antibody (Catalog # NL007; yellow). (B) GFAP was detected in differentiated astrocytes using a Sheep Anti-Human GFAP Antigen Affinity-purified Polyclonal Antibody (Catalog # AF2594), followed by NorthernLights 557-conjugated Donkey Anti-Sheep Secondary Antibody (Catalog # NL010; yellow). (C) O4 was detected in differentiated oligodendrocytes using a Mouse Anti-Human/Mouse/Rat/Chicken Oligodendrocyte Marker O4 Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # MAB1326), followed by NorthernLights 557-conjugated Goat Anti-Mouse Secondary Antibody (Catalog # NL019; yellow). The nuclei were counterstained with DAPI (blue).


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Mouse Anti-Rat Synaptotagmin-1 Monoclonal Antibody

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