A device for performing cell migration/wound healing in a 96-well plate

Po Ying Poon, Patrick Y K YUE, Ricky N S WONG*

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The cell migration/wounding assay is a commonly used method to study cell migration and other biological processes, such as angiogenesis and tumor metastasis. In this assay, cells are grown to form a confluent monolayer and a mechanical wound is created by scratching with a device. Then the migration rate of the cells towards the denuded area can be monitored by imaging. Our 8-channel mechanical wounder is designed to tackle most of the problems associated with the cell migration assay. Firstly, our wounder can be easily sterilized by autoclaving or with common disinfectants. Secondly, the individual adjustable pins allow even contact with the cell culture plate so that sharp and reproducible wounds can be created. Thirdly, the guiding bars on both sides of the wounder ensure consistent wounding position in each well. The use of disposable plastic pipette tips for wounding can further provide better handling of the wounder as well as to minimize cross-contamination. In conclusion, our cell wounder can provide researchers with a user friendly and reproducible device for performing the cell migration assay using the standard 96-well culture plate.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere55411
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number121
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • 96-well plate format
  • Adjustable
  • Cell migration assay
  • Cell monolayer
  • Developmental biology
  • Issue 121
  • Mechanical wounder
  • Wound healing assay


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