Normal Human Melanocytes

MatTek’s Normal Human Melanocytes (NHM) and Growth Medium (NHM-GM) provide an optimized platform for screening actives that affect skin pigmentation. Results obtained with MatTek’s NHM can be transferred to our 3D MelanoDerm tissue model for superior product development. Available from neonatal or adult donors across a variety of ethnicities, MatTek’s NHMs offer quality and convenience for the study of melanogenesis, compound screening, toxicity testing, and product development.


MatTek’s NHMs are isolated from neonatal (NHM-CRY-NEO) or adult (NHM-CRY-AD) donor tissue and cryopreserved.  When cultured in NHM-GM Growth Medium according to the MatTek NHM protocol, our melanocytes are guaranteed to have ≥ 75% viability upon thaw and to provide ≥ 12 population doublings.  NHMs are characterized by their dendritic morphology and expression of MEL-5.

Human melanocytes (NHM-CRY-NEO) cultured in NHM-GM

Download the Human Melanocytes Data Sheet

Specifications Table_NHM

All cells are negative for mycoplasma, bacteria, yeast, and fungi. HIV-1, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are not detected by PCR for all donors and cell lots.  This product is for research use only.  Not for use in animals, humans or diagnostic purposes. 

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MatTek’s cryopreserved human melanocytes are shipped on dry ice every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. To place an order, send a message or purchase order to or call customer service at +1-508-881-6771.

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