The microwell arrays are circular inserts manufactured from a bio-compatible silicone polymer. The arrays are self-adherent and will stick to any glass or polymer surface based cell culture ware or imaging chamber.
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The microEB arrays are NOT manufactured with registration marks as the entire surface area of the array is covered in wells.
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Do the microcell arrays require adhesive?
No, the arrays are self-adhesive and will stick to polymer or glass surfaces.
Are the microcell arrays re-usable?
While it is possible to re-use the arrays we strongly discourage re-using the arrays. Small molecules and proteins can adsorb onto the polymer surface which can affect subsequent imaging experiments.
Can cells move between the wells in the microcell arrays?
Under normal conditions cells are not able to migrate between the wells. If a surface coating is applied to the array then it is possible for cells to migrate out of the wells.
Is it possible to perform independent experiments in the wells in a microcell array?
It is possible to perform independent experiments in individual wells by placing a lid on the top of the array to seal the individual wells. Once the cells have been introduced into the wells a glass coverslip can be used to seal the array. Gently press the coverslip onto the array using your finger to ensure that it is sealed against the array and squeezed out any excess media.
Which solvents and chemicals are compatible with the microcell arrays?
Below is a list of solvents and their compatibility with the microcell arrays. Please note that solvents with a high swelling ratio will likely cause the array to swell and detach from the surface of the imaging chamber.
|Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)
What material are the microcell arrays made from?
The clear microcell arrays are manufactured in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), Sylgard 184 from Dow.
Is polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) biocompatible?
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) has been demonstrated to be a biocompatible polymer for use in imaging and culturing many types of mammmalian cells. It is one of the most common materials used in the production of microfluidic devices.
Which microcell array would you recommend for use with a high magnifaction objective?
For imaging experiments with an objective lens with a magnifcation of >60x then the micromesh arrays are the only suitable product. The wells in the micromesh arrays are complete through holes so the cells will be seeded onto the surface of the coverslip. The imaging experiments with a medium or low magnification objective (e.g. <40x) any of the products are suitable.
What products can the microcell arrays be used with?
The microcell arrays can be used with any standard cell culture ware or imaging chamber with polymer or glass surfaces. The following list provides examples of the typical products used with the microcell arrays for imaging experiments.
35mm dish - Ibidi, Mattek, Wellco
Chamber slides - Ibidi, Mattek, Nunc, MerckMillipore, ThermoFisher Scientific
Multiwell plates (96, 48, 24, 12, 6) - Ibidi, Nunc, MerckMillipore, ThermoFisher Scientific
Do the microcell arrays produce fluorescence?
Under normal fluorescence microscyop conditions there will not be any fluorescence detected from the microcell arrays. When imaging cell autofluorescence the high laser power has been shown to generate autofluorescence in the standard clear polymer used for the arrays. If you are planning autofluorescence based experiments please contact us to discuss the micromesh arrays in a black polymer. It is not possible to offer microgrid, microwell arrays in the black polymer.
What is the shelf life of the microcell arrays?
The shelf life of the microcell arrays is 6 months. While the polymer used to manufacture the arrays does not degrade over time the self-adhesive ability of the array does reduce. It is possible to still use the arrays after 12 months assuming they are stored appropriately. If you are experiencing issues with the arrays not sticking to a surface have a look at the information listed under 'Tips & tricks' on the Instructions page.
How should the microcell arrays be stored?
The microcell arrays are shipped in a plastic container inside a vacuum sealed bag. Any unused arrays should be kept in the plastic container and vacuum bag (not under vacuum). The arrays can be stored at room temperature.
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