Permeabilized Myocyte System – Microscope Mountable

The 1600A Permeabilized Myocyte Test System is designed to simplify the complex testing of contractile properties of skinned myocytes. A large cell mounting area provides ample room for cell attachment. Push button controlled motorized stages simplifies cell attachment to the high-speed servo motor (315D, 322D) and precision force transducer (400 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. An optional prism reticule can be included to provide accurate measurement of cell cross section.

With the 1600A, force, length and sarcomere spacing (with optional HVSL) can all be controlled and measured easily and repeatedly. This permits measurement of simple force-pCa to more complex mechanical characterization of the cell including kTr, length-tension, force-velocity and stiffness.

The system is truly turnkey, including components for data acquisition and analysis as well. Our Digital controller and Software Analysis package (600A) comes complete with a large library of standardized protocols to make the above characterizations straightforward. Choose the 1600A system for performance, precision and progress.

Inverted microscope with 803B Permeabilized Myocyte Apparatus

Inverted microscope with Permeabilized Myocyte Apparatus

803B temperature controlled bath wells

Eight temperature controlled bath wells

803B direct mounting on inverted microscope

Direct mounting of apparatus on inverted microscope

  • complete test system for permeabilized myocytes
  • temperature controlled 8-well bath plate (sizes from 400µL to 1900µL)
  • large cell mounting area and motorized XYZ micro-positioning stages with computerized control
  • control and measure force, length and sarcomere spacing (with optional 901D)

  • can be integrated with Aurora Scientific 901D High-Speed Video Sarcomere Length Software (HVSL)

  • simple mounting to an inverted microscope
  • measure force-pCA, kTR, stiffness, length-tension and force-velocity relationships
  • optional optical prism included for measurement of cell depth

Stories of Success

1600A – Turnkey Solution Aids Characterization of Cardiac Cell Mechanics in Heart Failure


Dr. Jonathan Kirk was working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. David Kass’ lab at Johns Hopkins University who had acquired his own custom built equipment for testing mechanics of heart failure in skinned cardiomyocytes. When Dr. Kirk secured a faculty position at Loyola University in Chicago, he did not have the means to fabricate his own custom apparatus and stages to characterize cardiomyocyte function. He also needed to find a way to integrate his own stepper motor for small-scale length changes in single cell preparations while measuring and monitoring sarcomere length.


Aurora Scientific had worked closely with Dr. Kirk and Dr. Kass previously so we knew we would be able to provide him a complete solution for his new lab. The 1600A Permeabilized Myocyte System was the answer as it included our 803B 8-well skinned myocyte apparatus for various calcium concentrations, 3-axis motorized stages and a complete data acquisition and analysis system. Furthermore, Aurora Scientific provided our 400A series high-resolution force transducer and incorporated our video sarcomere length software (VSL) and camera for measuring and monitoring sarcomere spacing.


The permeabilized myocyte system was provided to Dr. Kirk, which was easily mounted on an inverted microscope and combined with motorized stages to deliver precise control of the transducer and motor for cell attachment and testing. Furthermore, the 8-well bath plate allowed for quick determination of force-pCA in these cells. Additionally, our data acquisition software and VSL enabled full integration of Dr. Kirk’s stepper motor for precise length changes, easily monitored using the VSL camera. The 1600A has provided Dr. Kirk with a system that will allow him to characterize mechanics of heart failure and discover the mechanisms involved, leading the way to the development of potentially ground-breaking treatments for humans with this condition.

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System Components

315D/322D: High-Speed Length Controllers

315D/322D: High-Speed Length Controllers

The 315D/322D High-Speed Length Controllers give physiologists the ability to control and measure length of single cells, fibers and whole muscle with ease.

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400C: Force Transducers

400C: Force Transducers

The 400C series of force transducers is the next generation of our widely used 400A and 400B series. The 400C series enables contractile measurements from a variety of muscle types and sizes and are designed to meet the needs of muscle researchers.

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600A: Real-Time Muscle Data Acquisition and Analysis System

600A: Real-Time Muscle Data Acquisition and Analysis System

The 600A Digital Controller serves to integrate components and provide the researcher control of system operations, data collection and signal analysis.

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803B: Permeabilized Myocyte Apparatus – Microscope Mountable

803B: Permeabilized Myocyte Apparatus – Microscope Mountable

Innovative 8–well plate designed for quick cell attachment and measurement of myocyte mechanical properties

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820A: Dual XYZ Motion Controller

820A: Dual XYZ Motion Controller

Closed loop control of motorized stages to easily perform complex micro positioning with stunning precision

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901D: High-Speed Video Sarcomere Length

901D: High-Speed Video Sarcomere Length

A simple, turn-key system for measuring sarcomere spacing in isolated muscle preparations.

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608C-LCD Monitor

608C: LCD Monitor

A 22” widescreen LCD monitor providing high quality visualization of data collection

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Parts & Accessories

Model # 1600A
901D The High-Speed Video Sarcomere Length (HVSL) system provides high-speed, accurate sarcomere length measurement from a live video image. Our 901D HVSL system uses a high-resolution, USB 3.0 camera to provide full-frame images (1280×1024) at up to 300 frames per second. This frame rate increases to 3,000 frames per second when the camera is windowed down to 16 pixel lines. Image capture and sarcomere length data can be controlled by our 600A Digital Controller software which runs on a real-time Linux operating system.
830A Half-rack adapter that allows half-rack instruments to be mounted in standard 19” racking. Works with models: 315D/322D, 400C series, 701C and 825B.
831A Heavy gauge, steel desktop or shelf-top rack, with standard 19” width for any Aurora Scientific Instruments. Available in various heights. (6U high for 1200A and 1300A, 5U high for 1400A, 1500A and 1600A systems).