The 803B permeabilized myocyte test apparatus is engineered to be a reliable setup for testing the contractile properties of skinned myocytes. A large cell mounting area provides ample room for cell attachment. In addition, push-button controlled motorized stages simplify cell attachment to a high-speed length controller (315C, 322C) and precision force transducer (400A series).
A temperature controlled 8-well bath plate allows for seamless transition of the myocyte between varying calcium concentrations. Direct mounting on an inverted microscope stage allows for observation and sarcomere spacing detection. Additionally, an optional prism reticule can be included to provide accurate measurement of cell cross-sectional area.
Model 803B-XYZ provides motorized XYZ stages for the left and right side of the microscope along with push-button controls, damped rods and mounting platforms. This equipment arrangement provides the researcher with fast and accurate positioning control of both the length controller and the force transducer which is especially important while mounting the cell.
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.