All-in-one cell stretching instruments
NanoSurface's Cytostretcher family of instruments stretch flexible cell culture chambers to provide cyclic mechanical strain to cultured cells.
Use the Cytostretcher to stretch cells on the bench-top or in a cell culture incubator. Use the Cytostretcher-LV to perform stretching experiments on an optical microscope. Small footprint and self-contained design without bulky external controllers.
Elastomeric cell culture chambers are available in several sizes. Use standard chambers with unpatterned "flat" surface topography, or NanoSurface chambers, with biomimetic nanoscale surface topography.
Unparalleled experimental flexibility: program highly customized stretch routines.
Versatile and intuitive NaOMI software makes programming fast and easy. No bulky external controllers.
Small footprint: 300 x 100 x 60 mm. Use the Cytostretcher alongside other cultures in your cell culture incubator.
Parallel operation: control many Cytostretchers with a single computer.
Throughput: 1 CS-2500, 3 CS-0144, or 6 CS-0025 parallel stretching chambers per Cytostretcher.
Live View: stretch cells on an optical microscope
Image living cells while stretching
Temperature, CO2, and humidity environmental control directly on the microscope stage
Programmable using versatile NaOMI software
Operate with or without computer
Standard K-frame stage mount
Investigate multi-scale mechanical stimulation
NanoSurface nanopatterned culture surfaces provide a cellular microenvironment that mimics the aligned architecture of the native extracellular matrix, promoting cellular structural and functional development. The NanoSurface Cytostretcher integrates flexible NanoSurface culture chambers with the ability to stimulate your cultures with cyclic mechanical stretch. Versatile software enables programming of a wide array of stretch protocols for tremendous investigative flexibility.
NanoSurface culture chambers: biomimetic aligned nanoscale surface topography
Nanotopography orientation: either parallel or perpendicular to applied stretch
Chamber culture area: 2500 mm2, 144 mm2, or 25 mm2
C2C12 skeletal myoblasts aligned on a NanoSurface Cytostretcher chamber by parallel nanotopography
The NanoSurface Operational Mechanics Interface - NaOMI - enables complete control of stretching parameters and cyclic strain protocols for maximum investigative flexibility. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, NaOMI software provides a straighforward and powerful user interface for automated operation of the NanoSurface Cytostretcher.
USB connectivity allows for easy operation. Software logging automatically records experimental details. Users can program elongation length, holding time, and stretching speed independently for each stretch cycle.