Culture Collections

Zika virus cultures and RNA available for research and development

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Zika virus, a mosquito-borne arbovirus that can infect humans, may spread across the Americas. More effective diagnostic tests are needed in order to respond effectively and more research studies are also needed to investigate the potential link between microcephaly and Zika virus. Public Health England’s National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) supplies authenticated Zika virus cultures and RNA for use in research and development projects.

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Meeting the challenge of Staphylococcal disease

Bacteria from the genus Staphylococcus can cause a wide variety of disease. These range from minor skin infections and gastroenteritis to urgent medical emergencies such as toxic shock syndrome, bacterial septicaemia and fatal pneumonia.  PHE’s National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) provides authenticated bacterial strains isolated from diverse clinical cases, including recognised antibiotic sensitivity and resistance control strains.  Recent additions to the collection have novel antibiotic resistance mechanisms.

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Cells for growing Zika virus

Scientists need to be able to grow Zika virus to understand the pathogenesis and develop new vaccines and diagnostic tests to combat its spread and impact. To support this vital work, Public Health England’s European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) provides the Vero cell line suitable for culturing Zika virus. This cell line is used by our virologists at PHE’s National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) to generate authenticated stocks of Zika virus for supply. 

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Why Choose Us?

Public Health England (PHE) operates four unique collections consisting of expertly preserved, authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance for use in medical science and laboratory healthcare.

Cultures from the PHE collections are used by scientists who need to reassure themselves and others that the materials they are using are authentic, so the conclusions to their studies are valid and relevant.

 

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Cell lines

The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) maintains and supplies over 40,000 cell lines and their derivatives such as DNA, RNA and cDNA.

 

NCTC

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Bacteria

The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) maintains and supplies over 5000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.

 

NCPV

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Viruses

The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) maintains and supplies over 700 viruses and viral nucleic acid.

 

NCPF

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Fungi

The National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF) maintains and supplies over 4000 fungal strains.

 

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