Common Name(s)

Silk moth

Primary Designation


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H. Inoue H and J. Mitsuhashi


Inoue, H., Mitsuhashi, J. (1984). A Bombyx mori cell line susceptible to a nuclear polyhedrosis virus. The Journal of Sericultural Science of Japan, 53(2), 108-113; Asaoka, K. (1987). Characterization of Bombyx and related insect cell lines by gel electrophoresis. The Journal of Sericultural Science of Japan, 56(5), 411-417; Inoue, H. (1989). Establishment of Insect Continuous Cell Lines and Its Utilization for Virus Multiplication in vitro. JARQ. Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly, 23(1), 31-36; Katsuma, S., Tanaka, S., Omuro, N., Takabuchi, L., Daimon, T., Imanishi, S., Yamashita, S., Iwanaga, M., Mita, K., Maeda, S. and Kobayashi, M., 2005. Novel macula-like virus identified in Bombyx mori cultured cells. Journal of Virology, 79(9), pp.5577-5584; Taniai, K., Lee, J. H., & Lee, I. H. (2006). Bombyx mori cell line as a model of immune‐system organs. Insect Molecular Biology, 15(3), 269-279; Geisler, C., & Jarvis, D. L. (2018). Adventitious viruses in insect cell lines used for recombinant protein expression. Protein expression and purification, 144, 25-32.


Origin: generated from the breed/subspecies = Kuroko; Growth characteristics: Doubling time = 3 days; diameter of cells was about 15 pm; Karyology: chromosome number was around 100.


MGM 448 + 10% FBS

Cell Culture Collection

Dr Shigeo Imanishi and Dr Hiroaki Noda of the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan.


Microorganism Propagation

Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV), Bombyx mori cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus (BmCPV), Euxoa scandens cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus (EsCPV), and Chilo iridescent virus

Adventitious Microorganism

Bombyx mori macula-like latent virus (BmMLV)

Contact Information

S-225 Ag Science Center Lexington, KY 40546-0091

(859) 257-7450