Respiratory diseases are caused by a diversity of etiologies, including environmental exposure, family history of disease, smoking, and gene mutation or genetic predisposition. ATCC offers a comprehensive collection of normal and diseased lung and upper airway cultures for use in respiratory disease research.


Hep-2 cells (ATCC CCL-23) may be used to propagate the human respiratory syncitial virus (ATCC VR-1540) that causes bronchiolitis


Hep-2 cells (ATCC CCL-23) and HeLa cells (ATCC CCL-2) may be used to propagate virsues that cause bronchopneumonia.
Cryptococcus neoformans lung infection, Dr. Leanor Haley, CDC

Cryptococcus sp. Reference Strains

The laboratory standard Cryptococcus sp. reference strains, deposited by K.J. Kwon-Chung, represent the eight molecular types of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. These strains are useful tools for the identification of clinical or environmental isolates, and for epidemiological studies.
Influenza virus, Dr. FA Murphy


Major disease outbreaks are associated with circulation of influenza virus types A and B in the human population. ATCC offers a number of examples of each virus type from a variety of sources, grown in chicken embryos and tissue culture.
Parainfluenza, Dr. Erskine Palmer, CDC


ATCC CCL-7.1 may be used to propagate human parainfluenza virus 2, deposited as Parainfluenza 2 (ATCC VR-92), which causes Laryngotracheobronchitis
Acanthamoeba, Janice Haney Carr, CDC


ATCC offers a Sendai Virus strain as well as strains of Chlamydophila, Chlamydia, Trichosporon, and Acanthamoeba isolated from animals and humans with Pneumonitis.
Coronavirus SARS, Dr. Fred Murphy and Sylvia Whitfield, CDC

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

For scientists conducting SARS research, ATCC offers coronaviruses from a range of species and the cell lines needed to cultivate them.