The LL-100 panel: 100 cell lines for blood cancer studies

Sci Rep. 2019 Jun 3;9(1):8218. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-44491-x.


For many years, immortalized cell lines have been used as model systems for cancer research. Cell line panels were established for basic research and drug development, but did not cover the full spectrum of leukemia and lymphoma. Therefore, we now developed a novel panel (LL-100), 100 cell lines covering 22 entities of human leukemia and lymphoma including T-cell, B-cell and myeloid malignancies. Importantly, all cell lines are unequivocally authenticated and assigned to the correct tissue. Cell line samples were proven to be free of mycoplasma and non-inherent virus contamination. Whole exome sequencing and RNA-sequencing of the 100 cell lines were conducted with a uniform methodology to complement existing data on these publicly available cell lines. We show that such comprehensive sequencing data can be used to find lymphoma-subtype-characteristic copy number aberrations, mRNA isoforms, transcription factor activities and expression patterns of NKL homeobox genes. These exemplary studies confirm that the novel LL-100 panel will be useful for understanding the function of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes and to develop targeted therapies.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • DNA Copy Number Variations / genetics
  • Exome / genetics
  • Exons / genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Leukemic
  • Humans
  • Leukemia / genetics
  • Leukemia / pathology*
  • Lymphoma / genetics
  • Lymphoma / pathology*
  • Protein Isoforms / genetics
  • Protein Isoforms / metabolism
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA / metabolism
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • Transcriptome / genetics


  • Protein Isoforms
  • Transcription Factors
  • RNA