Production of mosquito densonucleosis viruses by Aedes albopictus C6/36 cells adapted to suspension culture in serum-free protein-free media.

Research paper by Erica E Suchman, Jonathan J Carlson

Indexed on: 18 Aug '04Published on: 18 Aug '04Published in: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal


Mosquito densonucleosis viruses (MDVs) have the potential for use as biocontrol agents. To facilitate densovirus production, the Aedes albopictus mosquito cell line C6/36 was adapted to two commercially available serum-free protein-free media (SFPFM), Sf-900 II and Drosophila-SFM. Cells adapted more slowly to growth in Sf-900 II medium, but once adapted, they grew more rapidly and appeared healthier than cells growing in Drosophila-SFM. Cells that were adapted to growth in each of these SFPFM were tested for their ability to be transfected and infected with MDVs. The Sf-900 II-adapted cell line survived transfection and showed infection rates comparable with cells growing in L15 supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum. Cells adapted to Drosophila-SFM were less infectable and did not survive transfection. Cells adapted to each of these SFPFM were adapted to growth in spinner flasks. Cells in Sf-900 II grew substantially better in spinner flasks than cells in Drosophila-SFM media. Cells grown in Sf-900 II could be frozen and, when thawed, could support the production of densonucleosis viruses in spinner flasks.