Malme-3M: Human Melanoma Cell Line



Malme-3M is a malignant human melanoma cell line that displays fibroblast-like morphology and grows in mixed culture (adherent-suspension). This cell line has been shown to be dependent upon micropthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) activity for growth and survival. Malme-3M cells form tumors when injected into immunocompromised mice. These cells express mutant B-Raf (V600E) and wildtype N-Ras.


This cell line was established in 1975 from a metastatic site (lung) in a 43-year-old Caucasian male with metastatic melanoma.


  • Jorgen Fogh, PhD, formerly at Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Germaine Trempe, formerly at Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Key References

  • Fogh J et al. (1977) One hundred and twenty-seven cultured human tumor cell lines producing tumors in nude mice. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 59: 221-226 (PubMed ID: 327080)
  • Xing F et al. (2012) Concurrent loss of the PTEN and RB1 tumor suppressors attenuates RAF dependence in melanomas harboring (V600E)BRAF. Oncogene 31: 446-457 (PubMed ID: 21725359)
  • Ma J et al. (2013) HER2 as a Promising Target for Cytotoxicity T Cells in Human Melanoma Therapy. PLoS One 8: e73261 (PubMed ID: 24015299)


Malme-3, a normal skin fibroblast cell line, isolated from the same patient as the Malme-3M melanoma cell line, is also available for licensing.

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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