MSC NutriStem® XF Medium

Defined, xeno-free, serum-free MSC culture medium

Eliminates the need to spend time and money prequalifying FBS lots
Name SKU Size Price Qty
MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium 05-200-1A 500 mL
MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix 05-201-1U 3 mL
MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium 05-200-1B 100 mL
MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix 05-201-106 0.6 mL
MSC NutriStem® XF Medium (Basal Medium + Supplement) (US only) 05-200-1A-KT 500 mL



Product Overview:

Faster growth rates and stronger cell yields

MSC NutriStem® XF Medium is a defined, serum-free, xeno-free culture medium designed for optimal growth and expansion of human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (hMSC) derived from a variety of sources, including bone marrow (BM-MSC), adipose tissue (AT-MSC) and umbilical cord matrix (UC-MSC). MSC NutriStem® XF Medium support long-term growth of hMSC while maintaining their self-renewal and multi-lineage differentiation potential.

hMSCs cultured in MSC NutriStem XF Medium show superior proliferation and self-renewal potential in comparison to serum-containing media as well as other commercial serum-free media.  In addition, hMSCs maintain their proper fibroblast-like cell morphology, tri-lineage differentiation potential, and demonstrate normal hMSC marker profiles and karyotypic stability over long-term culture. 

Key advantages

  • Serum-free, xeno-free, defined culture system
  • Superior cell growth compared to serum-containing media
  • Supports long-term growth and self-renewal of hMSCs from multiple sources
  • Consistent, reliable MSC cultures
  • Eliminates the need to spend time and money prequalifying FBS lots
  • GMP-defined, FDA Drug Master File (DMF) available

Cells cultured in serum-containing medium do not require an adaptation phase when transitioning to serum-free MSC NutriStem® XF Medium.

hMSC-BM were cultured in MSC NutriStem® XF

Figure: hMSC NutriStem® MSC XF Medium promotes superior proliferation and expansion of hMSCs over time as compared to other serum-free and serum-containing media.

Sample Data

Initial isolation

Figure: Human mesenchymal stem cells were initially isolated from Wharton's jelly (left image) and placenta (right image) using MSC NutriStem™ XF on pre-coated plates with MSC Attachment Solution (cat. no. 05-752-1). High number of hMSC was obtained.


Figure: MSC NutriStem® XF promotes excellent proliferation of hMSC from a variety of sources while maintaining normal fibroblast-like, spindle shape cell morphology.


Self-renewal potential

Figure: hMSC-BM and hMSC-AT were expanded in MSC NutriStem® XF for 3-5 passages prior to 14 days of CFU-F assay. Colonies were stained with 0.5% crystal violet (x100). The cells maintain their self-renewal potential.

Differentiation potential

Figure: hMSC-BM (top panel) and hMSC-AT (bottom panel) expanded in MSC NutriStem® XF for 3-5 passages prior to trilineage differentiation. Representative images of stained adipocytes (Oil Red O), osteocytes (Alizarin Red) and chondrocytes (Alcian Blue). The cells maintain their multilineage differentiation potential.



Form Liquid
Brand NutriStem®
Quality Control MSC NutriStem® XF Medium is application tested and validated for optimal maintenance and expansion of undifferentiated hMSCs, while maintaining their multi-lineage differentiation potential. Additional QC validation includes proper pH, osmolality, endotox
Specifications The complete mesenchymal stem cell culture media consist of two components: MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium (05-200-1) and MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix (05-201-1). Individual components are not sold separately.
Instructions for Use MSC NutriStem® XF Medium is recommended for use in conjunction with MSC Attachment Solution (Cat. No. 05-752-1).

Storage and Stability

  • MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium (05-200-1) should be stored at 2 to 8°C. 
  • MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix (05-201-1) should be stored at -20°C. Avoid freeze/thaw cycles.
  • The complete MSC NutriStem® XF Medium is stable at 2 to 8°C for up to 30 days.
  • Avoid exposure to light.  

Medium Preparation

  • Thaw frozen MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix at at 2 to 8°C or room temperature
  • MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium contains L-glutmine
  • To prepare 100 mL of complete medium:  aseptically add 0.6 mL of MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix to 100 mL of MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium
  • To prepare 500 mL of complete medium:  aseptically add 3 mL of MSC NutriStem® XF Supplement Mix to 500 mL of MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium
  • Store complete MSC NutriStem® XF Medium at 2 to 8°C protected from light for up to 30 days
Legal MSC NutriStem® XF Basal Medium is registered as an in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device.

A Drug Master File (DMF) for MSC NutriStem® XF is available.



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excellentReview by Jason
outstanding performance for my MSC cells, both morphology and proliferation (Posted on 8/4/2016)

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