In addition we hold two of the original Rhipicephalus appendiculatus cell lines (RA243 and RA257) established at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine over 40 years ago by Varma, Pudney and Leake (1975), and two deposits of the RML-15 cell line set up at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Montana, USA in the late 1970s by Yunker, Cory and Meibos (1985). RML-15 was published as originating from Dermacentor variabilis embryos, but both of our deposits were found to be derived from Rhipicephalus sanguineus; as the exact origin of these cells is unclear and we do not know if they were derived from the same or different primary cultures, for convenience we refer to the low passage deposit as “RML-15” and the high passage deposit as “RML-RSE”.
The table below details the tick cell lines currently available for distribution.
Please contact Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi for further information
Other arthropod cell lines
Our remit also includes storage and development of cell lines from other arthropod species such as biting midges, sand flies, mosquitoes, tsetse flies, kissing bugs, bees and mites. We currently have cell lines derived from two midge, two sand fly, one triatomid bug and one UK mosquito species available for distribution; these are also listed in the table below.
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