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  1. What's the Difference between Hanging and Standing Cell Culture Inserts used in EndOhm Chambers
    February 22, 2019
    WPI EndOhm chambers are used with WPI's EVOM2 meter for making TEER (transepithelial electrical resistance) measurements. Here Subhra shows the difference between hanging cell culture inserts and standing cell culture inserts.
  2. Prevent Damage to Snapwell Inserts by Using STX3 Electrode
    February 21, 2019
    The WPI EVOM2 meter is used to measure TEER (transepithelial electrical resistance) in cell culture inserts. The STX2 electrodes with a static length may cause damage to Snapwell inserts. Here Subhra demonstrates how to use the adjustable STX3 electrode to prevent damage to your cell culture inserts.
  3. Choosing an EndOhm Chamber Compatible with your Cell Culture Inserts
    February 21, 2019
    WPI's EndOhm chambers are used with WPI's EVOM2 meter to measure TEER (transepithelial electrical resistance) in cell culture inserts. Three chamber sizes are available for 6-well plates, 12-well plates and 24-well plates. Here Subhra demonstrates how to choose an EndOhm chamber to match the cell culture inserts you are using.
  4. Resurfacing Electrodes in a WPI EndOhm Chamber
    February 21, 2019
    WPI EndOhm chambers are used with WPI's EVOM2 meter for making TEER (transepithelial electrical resistance) measurements. After heavy use your background resistance measurement may start to rise. Your electrodes may need to be resurfaced to remove buildup of proteins, sugars and biological materials. Here Subhra demonstrates how to clean and resurface your EndOhm chambers.
  5. How to Set the Gap on your WPI EndOhm Chambers
    February 21, 2019
    WPI EndOhm chambers are used with WPI's EVOM2 meter for making TEER (transepithelial electrical resistance) measurements. Each EndOhm chamber comes with a "spacer" disk for calibrating the gap between the two chamber electrodes. A consistent gap ensures reliable measurements. Here Subhra shows how to calibrate your chambers.
  6. How To Select Electrodes For Making TEER Measurements
    November 28, 2018
    Selection of Electrodes for TEER Measurements Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER), also referred as the transepithelial resistance (TER) is used to monitor cellular health. TEER is comprised of measurements of the transcellular pathway (i.e., resistance due to an individual cell) and paracellular pathway (i.e., resistance due to the formation of the cellular junctions). TEER is commonly used to monitor cellular confluence. TEER values can indicate changes in the cellular monolayer permeability, showing the monolayer barrier function of cells such as, endothelial (brain microvessel) and epithelial (alveolar, kidney, and intestinal) cells. High TEER values generally reflect tighter cellular monolayers or cellular junctions (Lewis 1996, Matter and Balda 2003, Denker and Sabath 2011). A few major benefits of WPI TEER measurement systems are described below. The TEER values (electrophysiological analysis) can be combined with other analysis methods to further understand
  7. Easily Measure Color Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM)
    October 08, 2018
    What is CDOM? CDOM (Color Dissolved Organic Matter) is organic matter whose optical properties are measurable using WPI’s LWCC (Liquid Waveguide Capillary Cell). CDOM occurs naturally in water systems and is derived from organic tannins. CDOM concentration depends on the location where samples are taken, with coastal waters showing higher CDOM concentrations compared to open-ocean waters. In addition, CDOM absorption depends on open-ocean water depth. Why is the study of CDOM levels important? CDOM is naturally occurring but the environment can influence the level of CDOM in water particles. Measuring the level of CDOM is important because CDOM can have a big effect from fresh to oceanic environments. For example, a higher concentration of CDOM in water particles reduces photosynthesis and negatively affects the food chain.
  8. Get a Clean Consistent Cut Every Time with Biopsy Punches
    August 22, 2018
    Clean, Consistent Cut Every Time When you need to quickly take minimally invasive, small samples, the biopsy punch is an easy choice. The biopsy punch is a hand held, pencil-shaped instrument with a slender, pencil-like body. It is lightweight with a hollow, circular, stainless steel, cutting tip. In 1887 Edward Lawrence Keyes, the first president of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, was the first doctor who documented the importance of using the biopsy punch for dermatological diagnostics. He observed that the skin tissue samples can be obtained without complications, minimal bleeding and no need for suturing. Uses for Biopsy Punches Punches are not solely used in dermatology. Biopsy punches are also designed for therapeutics,
  9. Using the 900A Micropressure System for Measuring Pressure in Small Blood Vessels and Cells
    July 16, 2018
    This 900A video series of 6 videos is designed to help familiarize you with the basic operation of the 900A Micropressure System. The 900A was designed for measuring pressures in kidney tubules, and it has many applications. It has recently been used for measuring ventricular blood pressure in larval fish. We suggest that you become familiar with the information in the instruction manual and the parts and techniques you need to operate the system effectively. Please read the manual and watch these videos prior to setting up and testing your 900A Micropressure System.  Instrument Description The 900A Micropressure System is designed to measure pressures from –200 to +400 mmHg in sma
  10. How Do I Select Appropriate Surgical Instruments for My Application?
    March 13, 2018
    When you are selecting surgical instruments for a procedure, here are a few key points to consider What procedure are you performing? Published research papers usually indicate which instruments other researchers have used for similar procedures. The correct surgical instrument for a particular procedure makes a difference on the outcome of that technique. What is the size of your subject? An instrument that is perfect for a 200­–300 g rat (about 22–25 cm long) may not be the best choice for a neo-natal mouse of about 15 g (about 1–2.5 cm long). How often will the instrument be used? If you perform more than 100 cuts per day, a pair of titanium scissors or a pair of scissors with tungsten carbide inserts would be worth considering. They stay sharp longer.
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