Capan-2: Human Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Cell Line



Capan-2 is a human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cell line. These cells grow in adherent tissue culture and display epithelial morphology. They form well-differentiated tumors when injected into immunocompromised mice and are used as a xenograft model for pancreatic cancer. The Capan-2 cells express mutant K-Ras (G12V) and elevated levels of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR). In addition, they express wildtype p53 and normal levels of SMAD4 protein.


This cell line was established in 1975 from the primary tumor of a 56-year-old Caucasian male with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.


  • Jorgen Fogh, PhD, formerly at Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • James D. Loveless, formerly at Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Key References

  • Kyriazis AA et al. (1986) Morphological, biological, biochemical, and karyotypic characteristics of human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma Capan-2 in tissue culture and the nude mouse. Cancer Research 46: 5810-5815 (PubMed ID: 3019537)
  • Deer EL et al. (2010) Phenotype and genotype of pancreatic cancer cell lines. Pancreas 39: 425-435 (PubMed ID: 20418756)

Licensing Information

This cell line may be licensed nonexclusively for research or commercial purposes.

Contact Information

  • For licensing requests: Alexandra Buga, MBA, Business Development Analyst, Office of Technology Development, MSK, 646-888-1078,
  • For non-licensing requests from academic-research institutions: Frances Weis-Garcia, PhD, Associate Laboratory Member/Head, Antibody & Bioresource Core Facility, MSK, 646-888-2354,

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