The 801C small intact muscle test apparatus provides physiology researchers with a simple method of measuring small tissue muscle mechanics. The novel chamber design features a glass bottom with integrated stimulation electrodes and perfusion which permits imaging of the sample while maintaining tissue viability. The open top, horizontal design also permits a sealing lid to be mounted in place for oxygen consumption or hypoxia studies.
The apparatus includes mounts for an Aurora Scientific high-speed length controller (322C) and a precision force transducer (400A series). Various sized baths and bath configurations are available which provides the ideal solution for researchers seeking to study different muscle or tissue units and samples. From tissue constructs to zebra fish the 801C is the serious choice for functional muscle measurements.
The force transducer is attached to the muscle through a unique slot in the end of the bath. This provides an ideal configuration for artificial muscle constructs or oxygen consumption studies that require the chamber to be sealed with an available lid. The bath is optimized for smooth perfusate flow and includes an overflow area on either side of the bath to provide good access to the tissue while minimizing the chance of overflow from the bath.
Temperature of the test plate can be controlled from 4 to 40°C within +/- 0.1°C using the supplied Aurora Scientific 825A thermoelectric controller. The 825A also contains a low-noise thermocouple thermometer with both a digital readout and a voltage output. An Aurora Scientific model 826A Water Circulator is also included.