Leishmania chagasi Cunha and Chagas (ATCC® 50133)

Strain Designations: MHOM/BR/74/PP75  /  Depositor: WRAIR  /  Biosafety Level: 2

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Deposited As Leishmania donovani chagasi
Strain Designations MHOM/BR/74/PP75
Application
Vector borne research
Biosafety Level 2

Biosafety  classification is based on U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines, it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that their facilities comply with biosafety regulations for their own country.

Isolation Child, Ituacu, Bahia, Brazil, 1974
Product Format frozen
Storage Conditions Frozen Cultures:
-70°C for 1 week; liquid N2 vapor for long term storage

Freeze-dried Cultures:
2-8°C

Live Cultures:
See Protocols section for handling information
Type Strain no
Comments
WHO reference strain. Promastigotes.
Medium ATCC® Medium 807: Brain heart infusion blood agar
ATCC® Medium 1011: Diphasic blood agar medium
ATCC® Medium 1012: Diphasic blood agar medium
ATCC® Medium 431: Trypanosome medium
ATCC® Medium 2736: M199, Modified Medium
Growth Conditions
Temperature: 25°C
Culture System: Axenic
Cryopreservation Harvest and Preservation
  1. Harvest cells from a culture which is at or near peak density by centrifugation at 1,300 g for 5 min.
  2. Adjust concentration of cells to 2 x 107/mL in fresh medium.
  3. While cells are centrifuging prepare a 10% (v/v) solution of sterile DMSO in fresh medium (broth).  The DMSO solution when first prepared will warm up due to chemical heat. The solution should be allowed to return to room temperature prior to use.
  4. Mix the cell preparation and the DMSO solution in equal portions. The final concentration will be 107 cells/mL and 5% (v/v) DMSO. The time from the mixing of the cell preparation and DMSO stock solution before the freezing process is begun should be no more than 15 min.
  5. Dispense in 0.5 mL aliquots into 1.0 - 2.0 mL sterile plastic screw-capped cryules (special plastic vials for cryopreservation).
  6. Place the ampules in a Nalgene 1ºC freezing apparatus.  Place the apparatus at -80°C for 1.5 to 2 hours and then plunge ampules into liquid nitrogen.  (The cooling rate in this apparatus is approximately -1°C/min.)  
  7. Store in either the vapor or liquid phase of a nitrogen refrigerator.
  8. To thaw a frozen ampule, place it in a 35°C water bath such that the lip of the ampule remains above the water line. Thawing time is approximately 2 to 3 minutes.  Do not agitate the ampule.  Do not leave ampule in water bath after thawed.
  9. Immediately after thawing, do not leave in the water bath, aseptically transfer the contents of the ampule into a fresh tube of ATCC medium 807, or alternatively, inoculate 10 mL complete ATCC medium 2736 in a screw-capped test tube. 
  10. Incubate vertically at 25°C with the cap screwed on tightly.
  11. Maintain as described above.  
Name of Depositor WRAIR
Chain of Custody
ATCC <-- WRAIR <-- R. Lainson/J.J. Shaw
Year of Origin 1974
References

Lainson R, et al. Experimental transmission of Leishmania chagasi, causative agent of neotropical visceral leishmaniasis, by the sandfly Lutzomyia longipalpis. Nature 266: 628-630, 1977. PubMed: 859627

Ann. Trop. Med. Parasitol. 75: 251-253, 1981.

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