[Cell-biology] Soft agar cloning of Tumor cells

Jayakumar, R R.Jayakumar at roswellpark.org
Thu Jan 12 17:00:23 EST 2006

how about using an some enzymes like agarase to dissolve the agar.  I am not sure what effect it would have on the cells?  Does agarase dissolve agar or just agarose?

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[mailto:cellbiol-bounces at oat.bio.indiana.edu]On Behalf Of Ken Garson
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Subject: [Cell-biology] Soft agar cloning of Tumor cells


I am screening primary tumor cells for their ability to grow in soft agar.
 I have recovered adherent cell lines by sucking out the colonies with a
pipette and then mechanically breaking up the agar/cell plug to release
the tumor cells.  The mechanical disruption is not very efficient.  Is
there a method for recovering colonies from soft agar and generating a
nice single cell suspension of viable cells?



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