Monitor Microcarrier Cultures
using the NucleoCounter® instruments
Microcarriers – a scalable culture system for adherent cells
Figure 1. Microcarrier bioreactor. Microcarriers offer a convenient method for growing adherent cells in bioreactors.
Scaling up cell and virus production can be challenging. Cells culture flasks are not feasible for industrial scale production when thousand fold increases in production volume is needed. Microcarriers offer a convenient method for growing adherent cells in bioreactors. Microcarriers serve as a scaffold that adherent cells can attach to, allowing them to proliferate while a bioreactor keeps the cell-microcarrier complex freely suspended in the media. Thus adherent cell lines are grown like suspension cells thereby simplifies scaling and allowing existing resources to be leveraged for process optimization and production.
NucleoCounter® method for measuring cell count and viability in microcarrier cultures
Figure 2. NucleoCounter® instruments. NucleoCounter® method for measuring cell count and viability in microcarrier cultures.
The NucleoCounting method detects cells by fluorescent staining of cell nuclei. The cells are labelled with the fluorescent dye DAPI, which is highly specific to DNA, giving accurate detection of cell nuclei even in the presence of cellular debris. Cell sampling, fluorescent staining, and counting chamber loading are combined into a single workflow by the unique Via1-Cassette™™, which is loaded into a NucleoCounter® NC-200™ or NC-3000™ that calculates the total cell count and viability.
Save time when counting cells growing on microcarriers
A comparison of the traditional trypsin digestion method and the NucleoCounter® workflow shows that the NucleoCounter® removes several centrifugation, pipetting and incubation steps. The entire cell counting process is completed in less than 5 minutes.
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