Friday, July 10, 2015

Supplier Focus: Neuromics – 3-D Cell Based Assay Solutions

3-D Assay Solutions-Make Your Results Come Alive
Neuoromic’s Collagel Hydrogels, Nanofibers, AlphaMAX3D, AlphaGEL3D and related extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins can take your cell based assays to the next level. They give you the capabilities to develop 3-D structures and ECMs that more closely mimic in vivo environments. Their comphrenesive listing should address most requirements. This includes structures designed to closely represent the actual biological environment of interest.

These cultures promote better cell growth, differentiation and migration and designed to work with many cell types including:  stem cells, cancer cells, progenitors, neurons, glia, astrocytes, fibroblasts, and keratinocytes. 3-D cell assay aplications include the study of cellular functionality, morphology, protein/gene expression and drug interaction/toxicology in vitro.

Advantages of 3D vs 2D Cell Based Assays

  • lipsoidal cells around 10-30 um thick.
  • Have nearly 100% of their surface exposed to other cells in matrix.
  • Higher expansion rate and better control of differentiation
  • Flat cells around 10 um thick.
  • Only 50% exposed to fluid and small percentage to other cells.
  • Poor behavioral response

Collagel Hydrogels-New

Formulated using Type 1 Bovine, Human or Rat Collagen

Their CollaGel Hydrogel matches the softness of the body’s tissues. It can be used to culture neurons in an environment as soft as the brain, cardiomyocytes on the stiffness of muscle, or whatever your cells’ tissue of origin may be. In a 3D tissue model, their CollaGel Hydrogel helps the cells build stronger basement membranes.

Using these gels, you can now form small tube-like structures in combination with Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) in a 3D model. Our CollaGel Hydrogel can also be used for 3D printing without worrying about the needles in your machine been broken due to the fast gelling process. Collagel Hyrogels can be used for: Stem Cell Behavior Studies Fibrosis Studies,  Cosmetic Toxicology, Hepatocyte Assays, Neuronal Branching, Wound Healing Assays, Cell Invasion Assays, Migration Assays, Cancer Cell Phenotyping and  Bioprinting.

3-D Nanofiber Solutions

Aligned Scaffolds, Randomly Oriented Scaffolds and Interactive Microenvironment System (IMEMS).

The body is made up of nanofibers and now your cell based assays and culture systems can be too. These 3-D environments are more biologically realistic leading to:
  • more effective biomedical research.
  • earlier breakthroughs.
  • faster and cheaper time to market for drug development.
  • improved stem cell expansion rates.

Nanofiber Solutions Options

  • 3-D Aligned Nanofiber Solutions
    • Plates, Chambers, Dishes and Inserts
  • 3-D Random Nanofiber Solutions
    • Plates, Chambers, Dishes and Inserts
  • 3-D Nanofibers Interactive Microenvironment System (IMEMS)
    • Designed for 3-D Cell Co-culturing


Potent three dimensional environment for cell culturing

AlphaMAX3D contains all the essential human extracellular matrix (ECM) components of a native environment including collagens, laminin, fibronectin, tenascin, elastin, numerous proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans.  In contrast to basement membrane extract (BME) isolated from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm (EHS) murine tumors (EHS-BME) that contains higher levels of growth factors (especially TGF-b), AlphaMAX3D contains levels of TGF-b that are very similar to the levels seen in vivo.

The cell-cultured derived ECM effectively reproduces the cooperative interaction of epithelia and mesenchyme during development and in organotypic cell culture of skin. It promotes cell growth, differentiation and migration and has been shown to support the proliferation of many cell types, including neural stem cells, neurons, glia, astrocytes, fibroblasts, hepatocytes and keratinocytes.


Novel synthetic peptide hydrogel

A synthetic peptide nanofiber scaffold, AlphaGEL3D offers the precision and control of a synthesized matrix with the natural three-dimensional architecture of highly crosslinked peptide hydrogel. The HydroMatrix scaffold self-assembles from fluid precursors into a highly cross-linked peptide 3-dimensional hydrogel in response to changes in temperature or ionic strength.
By adjusting the concentration of the AlphaGEL3D solution, researchers are able to control the flexibility of the 3-D architecture, and tailor the structure to meet their individual needs. HydroMatrix promotes cell growth and migration and has been shown to support the proliferation of many cell types, including neural stem cells, neurons, glia, astrocytes, fibroblasts, and keratinocytes.

Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Proteins

ECM proteins for cell culturing

Extracellular Matrix (ECM) proteins are important supplements for cell culturing applications. They facilitate the attachment and cytoplasmic spreading of all types of anchorage-dependent cells. This include using to attach cells to substrates in 3-D cultures that enable an assay with more in vivo like properties.

ECM proteins facilitate cell growth, differentiation and migration enable adherence and give cultures tissue like tensile strength.  Neuromic provides the following ECM proteins collagen IV, fibronectin, laminin-1, type 1 bovine collagen.

Where can I find more information about Neuromics?

Visit the manufacturer page at, email or call +44 (0) 1638 782600.

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