Culture Collections

30 years enabling cell culture

November 2015 marks 30 years since the establishment of PHE’s European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC). Ensuring that cell cultures are grown in the correct conditions, free from contamination and remain authentic with the expected phenotype and genotype requires professional expertise. ECACC was formed in 1985 to provide a trustworthy source of authentic human and animal cell cultures for use throughout the scientific community.

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User survey for authenticated viruses

PHE’s National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) team is committed to providing authenticated viruses for the scientific community.  We are seeking feedback to help us develop our range of viruses, associated products and supplementary services to meet the needs of end users.  If you are likely to need authenticated viruses, derivatives such as nucleic acid or viral data please take our survey.

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New cell lines for autophagy research

A series of mouse embryonic fibroblast cell lines with different capability for  uncoordinated (Unc)-51-like kinase 1 and 2 (ULK1 and ULK2) activity, which are known to play a critical role during the activation of autophagy, are now available from Public Health England's European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC).  Autophagy is the mechanism by which a cell degrades unnecessary or dysfunctional cellular components and has been implicated in several medical scenarios such as cancer, neurodegeneration and immunity related disorders.  The cell lines were deposited by Dr Sharon Tooze of Cancer Research UK.

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





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





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





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


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