Cell biology

Discover how cell-based microplate assays advance your research: from viability to cell death mechanisms, from glycolysis to respiration, from lytic assays to live cell assays, from one to multiple assays.

Cell-based studies provide information about basic cellular processes. These include cell division, cell energy balance, control mechanisms, cell death regulation, differentiation or pathology. Cell-based methods are not only used for research: toxicity tests replace animal experiments and identify toxic substances in vitro. In addition, cell cultures have become important production organisms for medicines. For example, they produce insulin or monoclonal antibodies used as cancer therapeutics.

Modern cell biology analyses not only measure at a single time point but monitor biological changes over days in real time. To this end, the measurement chamber of a microplate reader needs controlled temperature and gas conditions. BMG LABTECH´s Atmospheric Control Unit regulates CO2 to stabilize the pH in carbonate buffered cell cultures. Additionally, O2 can be set to physiological conditions, which for mammalian cultures is typically below ambient concentrations. BMG LABTECH microplate readers further correct for non-homogenous distribution of a cell layer as they measure several points across the well instead of only reading in the center.

Setting up a cell biology experiment takes time. Therefore, novel assay solutions measure several parameters at once. The combination of different fluorescent, luminescent and chromogenic assays in one well results in multiple readouts. With a flexible microplate reader, all assays can be measured with only one instrument.


Search our Resources section for information about specific applications, literature citations, videos, blog articles and many other publications. Many of the resources provided are associated with current and previous instrument models and versions.

    Ischemia-reperfusion proof-of-concept as example for Coronary Heart Diseases
    August 09, 2019

    Mimicking the in vivo environment of coronary heart disease

    Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a complex condition that affects millions of people worldwide. There are many pathways and processes involved in the pathogenesis of this disease, and attempting to mimic these interactions in laboratory environments can prove troublesome. This blog article explains how ischemia and reperfusion models can be used to examine the complications of CHD and discover potential drug targets.

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    • Role of Mac-1 integrin in generation of extracellular vesicles with antibacterial capacity from neutrophilic granulocytes

      Lőrincz, ÁM;Bartos, B;Szombath, D;Szeifert, V;Timár, CI;Turiák, L;Drahos, L;Kittel, Á;Veres, DS;Kolonics, F;Mócsai, A;Ligeti, E;[2020]

      J Extracell Vesicles

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    • PAC proton-activated chloride channel contributes to acid-induced cell death in primary rat cortical neurons

      Osei-Owusu, J;Yang, J;Del Carmen Vitery, M;Tian, M;Qiu, Z;[2020]

      Channels (Austin)

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    • In vivo safety profile of a CSPG4-directed IgE antibody in an immunocompetent rat model

      Williams, IP;Crescioli, S;Sow, HS;Bax, HJ;Hobbs, C;Ilieva, KM;French, E;Pellizzari, G;Cox, V;Josephs, DH;Spicer, JF;Karagiannis, SN;Mele, S;[2020]


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    • Toxicologic evidence of developmental neurotoxicity of Type II pyrethroids cyfluthrin and alpha-cypermethrin in SH-SY5Y cells

      Martínez, MA;Lopez-Torres, B;Rodríguez, JL;Martínez, M;Maximiliano, JE;Martínez-Larrañaga, MR;Anadón, A;Ares, I;[2020]

      Food Chem. Toxicol.

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    • Oxygenated Cyclohexene Derivatives and Other Constituents from the Roots of Monanthotaxis trichocarpa

      Maeda, G;van der Wal, J;Gupta, AK;Munissi, JJE;Orthaber, A;Sunnerhagen, P;Nyandoro, SS;Erdélyi, M;[2020]

      J. Nat. Prod.

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