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General Physiology

Aurora Scientific produces transducers specially designed for measuring force, velocity, sarcomere length and other contractile properties in muscle.  Integration with specially designed apparatus and software simplifies complex characterization of muscle properties. No matter what building block of muscle tissue you use as your model, from the myofibril to whole muscle groups and connective tissue, Aurora Scientific has a solution for you.

Studying the Relationship Between Structure and Function in Muscle

muscle contractile properties, muscle architecture, muscle metabolism, fiber typing, mechanical properties of muscle

1500A: Isolated Muscle System - Microscope Mountable

1500A: Isolated Muscle System - Microscope Mountable

Measure complete mechanical properties of small samples with a turnkey system for intact muscle and physiological tissues.
1400A: Permeabilized Fiber System - Microscope Mountable

1400A: Permeabilized Fiber System - Microscope Mountable

Simplify your most demanding permeabilized fiber experiments with a revolutionary automatic indexing test system.
1200A: Isolated Muscle System - Mouse

1200A: Isolated Muscle System - Mouse

The industry leading, easy-to-use test system for measuring the mechanical properties of isolated muscle, bundles and strips.
1300A: 3-in-1 Whole Animal System - Mouse

1300A: 3-in-1 Whole Animal System - Mouse

A flexible test system that delivers accurate measurement of rodent muscle properties in-situ, in-vivo and in-vitro.

Dr. Rene Vandenboom – Brock University

I have been using ASI equipment since 2004. We are into our third generation of in-vitro muscle testing equipment and have always found it to be reliable, robust and that it does what it is supposed to do and with few surprises. In that time Geoff and his staff have always been helpful and honest in their dealings with us. When a problem has come up, customer support has always been timely and terrific. I have recommended ASI equipment to others in the field and will continue to do so in the future.

1200A – Easy to Use System Is an Invaluable Tool for Lab

CHALLENGE

In 2013 Aurora Scientific was approached by Dr. Espen Spangenburg at the University of Maryland about our 1200A test system for working with isolated EDL and soleus muscle taken from mice.

1300A – 3-in-1 Test System Helps Major Pharmaceutical Companies Dramatically Improve Throughput

CHALLENGE

Several large Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies sought a way to quickly screen large groups of mice that had been treated with new experimental compounds/therapies.

1305A – Footplate Configuration for Rats Invaluable to the Study of Muscle Damage

CHALLENGE

In 2012, Marius Locke at the University of Toronto had been studying skeletal muscle damage and the role that heat shock proteins (HSPs) play in protecting the muscle from stress-induced damage, such as exercise.

1400A – Durable System Helps Researcher Study Thousands of Fibers

CHALLENGE

In 2004, Dr. Hans Degens was studying changes in skeletal muscle function and morphology. Dr. Degens was looking to use permeabilized fibers as his test samples as they represent a pure system for studying cross-bridge mechanics without bias and artifacts.

801C – Ability to Assess Oxygen Consumption/Customization

CHALLENGE

In 2008 Dr. Carter Ralphe at the University of Wisconsin was attempting to measure force and contractility in his tissue constructs in an oxygen sealed environment.

900B – Sarcomere Length in Zebrafish Larvae

CHALLENGE

In 2011 Dr. Dennis Claflin approached us to try out our 900B Video Sarcomere Length system. Dr. Claflin was a long time user of Aurora Scientific equipment and an expert in single fiber measurements. He had been using a simple laser diffraction method to quantify SL in his permeabilized fibers, however, this method was not compatible with another one of his chambers.

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