SK-N-BE(2): Human Neuroblastoma Cell Line


SK-N-BE(2): Human Neuroblastoma Cell Line



SK-N-BE(2) is a neuroblastoma cell line that displays MYCN amplification. These cells have moderate dopamine-b-hydroxylase activity and low-choline acetyltransferase activity. The SK-N-BE(2) cells are known to form tumors in immunocompromised mice.


This cell line was established in 1972 from a metastatic site (bone marrow) in a two-year-old Caucasian male with malignant neuroblastoma.


  • June L. Biedler, PhD, former Chairman, Cell Biology and Genetics Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Barbara A. Spengler, formerly at Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Key References

  • Biedler JL et al. (1976) A novel chromosome abnormality in human neuroblastoma and antifolate-resistant Chinese hamster cell lines in culture. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 57: 683-695 (PubMed ID: 62055)
  • Biedler JL et al. (1978) Multiple neurotransmitter synthesis by human neuroblastoma cell lines and clones. Cancer Research 38: 3751-3757 (PubMed ID: 29704)
  • Veas-Perez De Tudela M et al. (2010) Human neuroblastoma cells with MYCN amplification are selectively resistant to oxidative stress by transcriptionally up-regulating glutamate cysteine ligase. Journal of Neurochemistry 113: 819-825 (PubMed ID: 20180881)

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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