Balanced co-culture of keratinocytes & melanocytes obtained by PR2D-KM starter kit

The Keratinocyte/Melanocyte 2D Co-culture Starter Kit PR2D-KM enables you to establish 2D co-culture models in your lab with ease and fidelity.
The primary keratinocytes and melanocytes are initially expanded in their respective proliferation media following our recommended general protocol

These primary cells proliferate together when seeded at equivalent ratio into standard 2D culture with CnT-PR-KM co-culture medium.
The standard keratinocyte media contain ingredients that inhibit melanocyte growth, or drive immediate differentiation. Consequently the melanocytes fail to survive in 2D culture with keratinocytes. The CnT-PR-KM co-culture medium in the kit is tailored to maintain a balanced co-culture of primary human keratinocytes and melanocytes for upto a week, in a fully defined environment.

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Keratinocyte/Melanocyte 2D Co-culture Starter Kit

The new PR2D-KM starter kit provides all the components required for establishing balanced co-culture of primary keratinocytes and melanocytes in a fully defined environment. The kit includes primary human keratinocyte and melanocyte cells, CnT-PR and CnT-40 media for monolayer culture and CnT-PR-KM co-culture medium.

The cells are of human origin and should therefore be handled as hazardous. Although it has been tested negative for HIV 1, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, treat this material as potentially infectious, and use appropriate biocontainment, protective equipment and other precautions to prevent accidental exposure.
HPEKp Keratinocytes: Human, pooled (3 or more donors), juvenile. HEMas Melanocytes: Human, adult, single donor.
Tissue type
Epithelia, Melanocyte
Pack size
PR2D-KM is a kit consisting of:
  • 1 x HPEKp: Human Epidermal Keratinocyte Progenitors > 5 x 105 viable cells per vial (1 mL)
  • 1 x HEMas: Human Epidermal Melanocytes> 5 x 105 viable cells per vial (1 mL)
  • 1 x CnT-PR: 500 mL CnT-Prime Epithelial Culture Medium
  • 1 x CnT-40: 500 mL CnT-Prime Melanocyte Culture Medium
  • 1 x CnT-PR-CC: 250 mL Keratinocyte/Melanocyte Co-culture Medium
  • 1 x PR2D-KM Data sheet
Media Type
Culture medium
Media included in the kit: CnT-PR Epithelial Culture Medium, CnT-40 Melanocyte Culture Medium and CnT-PR-KM Keratinocyte/Melanocyte Co-culture Medium. All media are designed for use in a 5% CO2 atmosphere. Media must be thawed just prior to use.
For thawing, seeding and passaging instructions please see the general cultivation protocol in the resources section of www.cellntec.com. For routine cell cultivation, CELLnTEC does not recommend the use of antibiotics / antimycotics.
Recommended seeding density after passaging: 4 x 103 cells / cm2. For passaging instructions, please see also general cultivation protocol, on our resources section of www.cellntec.com
Av. time to confluence
5 days for monolayer culture of keratinocytes and melanocytes (depending on temperature, seeding density and protocol).
Keratinocytes guaranteed to provide 20 population doublings when grown in CnT-PR. Melanocytes guaranteed to provide 15 population doublings when grown in CnT-40.
Storage / Shelf life
Store media frozen below -15 °C. For best before date, see label. To prepare medium for use, thaw in a water bath set to room temperature. Do not use higher temperatures. Swirl frequently, approximately every 20 min, to ensure good mixing of the ingredients and temperature equilibration. Stop at melting of the last bit of ice to prevent warming at the end of the thawing process. Once thawed, medium has a remaining shelf-life of 6 weeks when stored at 4 °C in the dark. Certain culture media components are very sensitive to light. Minimize light exposure at all times.
Recommended seeding density after thawing: 4 x 103 cells / cm2. For thawing instructions, please see also general cultivation protocol, on the resources section of www.cellntec.com
Recommended freezing density: 1 x 106 cells / mL. For freezing instructions, please see also general cultivation protocol, on the resources section of www.cellntec.com
Quality control
Primary cells tested negative for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV-1. Media tested free of bacteria, fungi and mycoplasma contamination.
Shipping condition
All kit components are shipped together on dry ice.
Intended use
For research use only. Not for use in therapy or diagnostics.
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