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GIBCO® Astrocyte Medium has been specially formulated to support the growth of primary human and rat astrocytes while retaining their phenotypes. The medium has been internally validated and optimized to provide an optimal balance between cell growth and the maintenance of cell viability, normal phenotype, and function. If more rapid proliferation is desired, addition of an appropriate amount of epidermal growth factor (EGF) is recommended, although cells may exhibit morphological and phenotypic changes.
Astrocytes are a type of glial cells of the nervous system with a typical star shape. It has been discovered in recent years that astrocytes not only function as gap fillers and structural supports, but play an active role in supporting the normal functions of neurons, oligodendrocytes, neural stem cells, blood-brain barrier, and so on. They regulate the extracellular ionic and chemical environment, respond to CNS injury, and play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of ischemic neuronal death, and they have remained as one of the most active research areas in neuroscience.
GIBCO® Astrocyte Medium has three components: base medium (D MEM), N-2 Supplement, and OneShot™ Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). Mixing of these three components yields a complete medium.
For Research Use Only. Not intended for any animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use, unless otherwise stated.
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