The Nanosurface Biomedical Cytostretcher family of instruments is a powerful and easy-to-use integrated solution for cell mechanics research. The Cytostretcher and Cytostretcher-LV empower you to gain new insights into the relationship between the cell and its microenvironment—important for nearly all mammalian cell types. NanoSurface’s patterning technology provides structural cues that recapitulate the native ECM within flexible stretching chambers. The included NaOMI software provides total experimental control in a clean, intuitive interface. With the NanoSurface Cytostretcher, you can image live cells during your stretch routines. The Cytostretcher-LV and Cytostretcher Chambers are compatible with transmitted light and high-NA fluorescence microscopy, including immersion objectives.

NanoSurface Cytostretcher Benefits

Flexible Software Allows for Unprecedented Experimental Control 

NaOMI – the NanoSurface Operational Mechanics Interface allows for intuitive control of stretching routines and protocols for NanoSurface Cytostretcher instruments. Learn more about NaOMI on this page.

Compact Design 

The Cytostretcher is extremely compact, easily integrating into your existing cell culture workflow. It can be operated on the bench-top or alongside other cultures inside a standard cell culture incubator – saving valuable space. 

Run Multiple Experiments in Parallel 

Flexible Cytostretcher Chambers are available in a variety of formats, so you can mechanically condition many cultures in parallel. Larger chambers offer more culture area (up to 25 cm2). Smaller chambers offer higher throughput (up to 24 wells). 

Convenient Control Unit 

The Cytostretcher Control Unit is a small, lightweight module that can be magnetically attached to the exterior of a cell culture incubator. 

NanoSurface Cytostretcher Brochure

Download the NanoSurface Cytostretcher product brochure for general information about NanoSurface Cytostretcher and Cytostretcher-LV products in a convenient PDF format. 

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Understand the Effects of Mechanical and Microenvironmental Cues 

The NanoSurface Cytostretcher allows researchers to investigate both tissue-level mechanical strain and microenvironmental cues at the same time. 

The Cytostretcher family of instruments is a powerful and easy-to-use integrated solution for cell mechanics research. The Cytostretcher and Cytostretcher-LV empower you to gain new insights into the relationship between the cell and its microenvironment – important for nearly all mammalian cell types. NanoSurface’s patterning technology provides structural cues that recapitulate the native ECM within flexible stretching chambers. The included NaOMI software provides total experimental control in a clean, intuitive interface. 

The flexibility and power of the Cytostretcher family of instruments ensures that every cell stretching experiment can be implemented with ease and precision. 

Nanopatterned or Flat Stretch Chambers 

Cytostretcher Chambers are available with either NanoSurface topography that mimics the aligned architecture of the native extracellular niche or with traditional unpatterned “flat” surfaces. Patterned chambers feature topography either aligned in parallel or perpendicular to the direction of applied stretch. NanoSurface topography promotes the development of physiologically-relevant structures and phenotypes in many cell types: 

 

The NanoSurface Cytostretcher allows researchers to investigate both tissue-level mechanical strain and microenvironmental cues at the same time.

Cytostretcher Chambers are available with either NanoSurface topography that mimics the aligned architecture of the native extracellular niche or with traditional unpatterned “flat” surfaces. Patterned chambers feature topography either aligned in parallel or perpendicular to the direction of the applied stretch. NanoSurface topography promotes the development of physiologically-relevant structures and phenotypes in many cell types:

 

  • Skeletal muscle cells
  • Smooth muscle cells
  • Neuronal cells
  • Cardiomyocytes
  • Endothelial cells
  • Epithelial cells
  • Fibroblasts
  • Cancer cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Human embryonic stem cells
  • And many more