N-2 MAX Media Supplement (100X)
N-2 MAX Media Supplement (100X) Summary
For culturing neurons, neural progenitors, and stem cells.
- Optimized for neural and stem cell cultures
- Recombinant Human Insulin ensures low experimental variability
- Consistent, chemically-defined, and serum-free formulation
- Ideal for NPC derivation, maintenance, and differentiation
- Enhances performance of stem cell differentiation protocols
Why Culture Neurons under Fully Defined Conditions?
Serum-free, defined media are routinely used as an alternative to standard serum-containing media in order to reduce unwanted experimental variability.
Uncontrolled variables commonly associated with serum-supplemented media, such as indeterminate levels of vitamins, hormones, and growth factors are eliminated, and the potential for contamination by infectious agents is reduced when cells are cultured under defined conditions. In addition, serum-free media offers researchers the ability to specifically design the culture media for a particular experimental question.
The N-2 MAX Media Supplement:
- Contains high quality factors to support reproducible and efficient NPC expansion.
- Is fully defined to reduce unwanted experimental variability.
- Has been developed and optimized using neural progenitor cells.
Supplied as a 100X concentrate in water, this media supplement contains the following high quality factors to support neural cell culture:
|Recombinant Human Insulin||2,500 µg/mL|
|Human Transferrin||10,000 µg/mL|
Supplied in a volume sufficient to supplement 500 mL of media at the recommended concentration.
Stability and Storage
Store in the dark at < -20 °C in a manual defrost freezer. Do not use past the expiration date.
This product contains human transferrin. This transferrin was tested at the donor level using an FDA licensed method and found to be non-reactive for anti-HIV-1/2 and Hepatitis B surface antigen. As no testing can offer complete assurance of freedom from infectious reagents, these reagents should be handled as if capable of transmitting infection.
- FOR LABORATORY RESEARCH USE ONLY. NOT FOR USE IN DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES.
- The safety and efficacy of this product in diagnostic or other clinical uses has not been established.
- This reagent should not be used beyond the expiration date indicated on the label.
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Neural Progenitor Cells Expanded with N-2 Plus Media Supplement Express Nestin and SOX2. Rat Cortical Stem Cells (Catalog # NSC001) were cultured for 7 days in media supplemented with 1X N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009) and 20 ng/mL of Recombinant Human FGF basic (Catalog # 233-FB). The cells were stained with a PE-conjugated Mouse Anti-Human Nestin Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # IC1259P; red histogram), a PE-conjugated Mouse Anti-Human/Mouse SOX2 Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # IC2018P; green histogram), or a PE-conjugated Mouse IgG2A Isotype Control (Catalog # IC003P; open histogram). Under these conditions, cells were shown to express high levels of Nestin and SOX2, two established markers of neural multipotency.
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Verification of Neural Progenitor Cell Multipotency Following Expansion with N-2 MAX Media Supplement. 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). Markers of lineage differentiation were detected using a Mouse Anti-Neuron-specific beta-III Tubulin Monoclonal (clone TuJ-1) Antibody (Catalog # MAB1195), followed by a NorthernLights™ (NL)557-conjugated Donkey Anti-Mouse Secondary Antibody (Catalog # NL007; red), a Sheep Anti-Human GFAP Antigen Affinity-purified Polyclonal Antibody (Catalog # AF2594), followed by a NL557-conjugated Donkey Anti-Sheep Secondary Antibody (Catalog # NL010; red), and a Mouse Anti-Human/Mouse/Rat/Chicken Oligodendrocyte Marker O4 Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # MAB1326), followed by a NL 557-conjugated Goat Anti-Mouse Secondary Antibody (Catalog # NL019; red). The nuclei were counterstained with DAPI (blue). View our protocol for Fluorescent ICC Staining of Stem Cells on Coverslips.
Neural stem cells provide an excellent model for research focused on neural development and neurological disorders. R&D Systems offers ready-to-use primary cortical stem cells isolated from E14.5 Sprague-Dawley rats. In addition, primary mouse cortical stem cells isolated from E14.5 CD-1 mice are available. Every lot of R&D Systems Cortical Stem Cells is validated for a high level of Nestin expression and the capacity for multi-lineage differentiation into astrocytes, neurons, and oligodendrocytes. Our cortical stem cells are tested to ensure highest quality and lot to lot consistency. Both rat and mouse Cortical Stem Cells can be optimally expanded as monolayers or neurospheres.
To complement the use of primary neural stem cells, we offer a range of supportive products, including culture media which is specifically optimized for use with neural stem cells. We offer kits to promote the in vitro proliferation of neural precursors, and kits to differentiate neural stem cells into dopaminergic neurons or oligodendrocytes. In addition, kits are available which contain panels of antibodies designed to monitor the differentiation and identification of neural precursors, astrocytes, neurons, and oligodendrocytes.
Lot Consistency of N-2 MAX Media Supplement. Rat cortical stem cells (RCSC) were cultured over multiple passages using N-2 MAX and evaluated via flow cytometry for the maintenance of stem cell markers, SOX2 and Nestin. Quantification of flow cytometry data demonstrates a high purity of (A) SOX2 or (B) Nestin positive RCSCs across multiple lots of N-2 MAX Supplement. C) Average SOX2 and Nestin-positive RCSCs, demonstrate the consistent lot-to-lot performance of N-2 MAX.
N-2 MAX Media Supplement is Comparable to GMP N-2 MAX. Rat Cortical Stem Cells (Catalog # NSC001) were cultured for 14 days in media supplemented with 20 ng/mL Recombinant Human FBF basic (Catalog # 233-FB) and either N-2 MAX Media Supplement or GMP N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR016). Cells were harvested and stained with PE-conjugated Mouse Anti-Human Nestin Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # IC1259) or PE-conjugated Anti-Human/Mouse SOX2 Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # IC2018). Under these conditions, similar yields of Nestin and SOX2 positive cells were observed.
Refer to the product datasheet for complete product details.
Briefly, completed N-2 MAX-supplemented neural cell medium is prepared using the following procedure:
- Dilute the media supplement in basal media
- Store completed media
- Use within 2 weeks
Reagents provided in the N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009):
- Recombinant Human Insulin (2,500 µg/mL)
- Human Transferrin (10,000 µg/mL)
- Putrescine (1,611 µg/mL)
- Selenite (0.52 µg/mL)
- Progesterone (0.63 µg/mL)
- DMEM/F-12 (Invitrogen®, Catalog # 12500-062) or a basal media (e.g., Neurobasal Media from Invitrogen, Catalog # 21103-029)
- Penicillin-Streptomycin (100X)
- Deionized or distilled water
- Serological pipettes
- Pipettes and pipette tips
- 2 µm filter unit
- 2 °C to 8 °C refrigerator
Option 1: Mix the following components with deionized or distilled water to make 500 mL of medium.
|N-2 MAX Media Supplement||5 mL|
Adjust the pH to 7.2. Filter the solution (2 µm filter unit), and add 5 mL of 100X sterile Penicillin-Streptomycin solution. The medium may be stored in the dark at 2 °C to 8 °C for up to 2 weeks.
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.
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Citations for N-2 MAX Media Supplement (100X)
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BMC Microbiol., 2020;20(1):205. 2020
Controlling properties of human neural progenitor cells using 2D and 3D conductive polymer scaffolds
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Sci Rep, 2019;9(1):19565. 2019
Oligodendrocyte Intrinsic miR-27a Controls Myelination and Remyelination
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Cell Rep, 2019;29(4):904-919.e9. 2019
Accumulation of 8,9-unsaturated sterols drives oligodendrocyte formation and remyelination
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Modeling the Mutational and Phenotypic Landscapes of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease with Human iPSC-Derived Oligodendrocytes
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Isolation, expansion and neural differentiation of stem cells from human plucked hair: a further step towards autologous nerve recovery
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Transcription factor-mediated reprogramming of fibroblasts to expandable, myelinogenic oligodendrocyte progenitor cells.
Authors: Najm, Fadi J, Lager, Angela M, Zaremba, Anita, Wyatt, Krysta, Caprariello, Andrew V, Factor, Daniel C, Karl, Robert T, Maeda, Tadao, Miller, Robert H, Tesar, Paul J
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Isolation, characterization and propagation of mitotically active germ cells from adult mouse and human ovaries.
Authors: Woods D, Tilly J
Nat Protoc, 2013;8(5):966-88. 2013
The helicase HAGE expressed by malignant melanoma-initiating cells is required for tumor cell proliferation in vivo.
Authors: Linley AJ, Mathieu MG, Miles AK
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Modeling the Mutational and Phenotypic Landscapes of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease with Human iPSC-Derived Oligodendrocytes.
Authors: Nevin Z, Factor D, Karl R, Douvaras P, Laukka J, Windrem M, Goldman S, Fossati V, Hobson G, Tesar P
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Neuronal differentiation of hair-follicle-bulge-derived stem cells co-cultured with mouse cochlear modiolus explants.
Authors: Schomann T, Mezzanotte L, De Groot J, Rivolta M, Hendriks S, Frijns J, Huisman M
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What is the difference between N-2 Plus Media Supplement (Catalog # AR003) and N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009)?
The N-2 Plus Media Supplement (Catalog # AR003) contains Bovine Insulin whereas N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009) contains Recombinant Human Insulin. All other media components and concentrations in N-2 Plus and N-2 MAX are the same. These two products perform comparably in side-by-side testing. Due to a limited supply of bovine insulin, the products are priced differently.
Does N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009) contain any components that are calcium salts?
Does N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009) contain any proteins that are produced using Baculovirus?
an the N-2 MAX Media Supplement be stored frozen as 1 mL aliquots?
Yes. The N-2 MAX Media Supplement may be stored frozen as 1 mL aliquots. The frozen aliquots should not undergo multiple freeze-thaws before use.
Does the N-2 MAX Media Supplement contain any animal-derived components other than Human Transferrin?
No. The N-2 MAX Media Supplement does not contain any animal-derived components other than Human Transferrin. GMP N-2 MAX Media Supplement is an animal-free supplement (Catalog # AR016).
How many freeze/thaw cycles can N-2 MAX Media Supplement (100X), Catalog # AR009, undergo?
The N-2 MAX Media Supplement should be able to undergo one freeze/thaw cycyle as long as the product is used witin the expiration date.
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I used this product to grow iPSC for differentiation. This product works excellent.
I use this product to grow stem cells. This product is excellent.
Cultured cells with N2 supplement and they grew well..
Differentiated human iPS cells into NPCs
We cultured with N2 supplement.It's good for cell growth.
IPSCs cultured on a polymer supported plate for differentiation
I have previously used N2 Neuroplex supplement from Gemimi Bio (Cat # 400-163) to culture neurons and this sample from R&D Systems work equally well. We will be switching to N-2 MAX.
N2 Max is a component of our base media for differentiating mouse and human stem cells to neural progenitor cells for modeling neural development and disease.
I use this product to grow Neural Progenitor Cells (NPC). This product is excellent. The cells grow very well in this media.
We use in our media for neural stem cell expansion.
N2 max supplement was used throughout the whole process of generation, culture, and maintenance of human and mouse iPS-derived dopaminergic neurons. The product performed well and better than one produced by another company.