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µ-Slide Angiogenesis

325.20 USD


A µ-Slide used to investigate angiogenesis in tube formation assays. Also ideal for 3D cell culture and immunofluorescence staining.

key features

  • Complete solution for tube formation experiments, requiring only a few steps from sample preparation to image analysis
  • Brilliant visualization without meniscus formation, and with all cells in one focal plane
  • Can be used with a broad range of gels, e.g. Matrigel™, collagen, and agarose
  • Cost-effective experiments, requiring only 10 µl of gel per well

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*The gel matrix is not part of the product.

Number of wells 15
Volume inner well 10 µl
Ø inner well 4 mm
Volume upper well 50 µl
Ø upper well 5 mm
Growth area per inner well 0.125 cm²
Coating area per inner well 0.23 cm²
Bottom: ibidi Polymer Coverslip

Define and print your experimental setup

Technical Features
  • Standard slide format
  • Closely fitting lid to reduce evaporation
  • 4 mm well within a 5 mm well
  • Homogeneous 0.8 mm thick gel layer*
  • Homogeneous cell growth
  • Compatible with staining and fixation
  • Excellent optical properties for microscopy
  • Compatible with multi-channel pipettes
  • Made of biocompatible plastic material – no glue, no leaking
  • Suitable for use with various types of gels, e.g. Matrigel™, collagen, and agarose*
  • Also available in a 96 well format: µ-Plate Angiogenesis 96 well
Every Cell in Focus:
The Principle of the µ-Slide Angiogenesis

The μ-Slide Angiogenesis has a specialized geometry for the easy, convenient, and reproducible conduction of tube formation assays. It is also ideal for sprouting assays, immunofluorescence staining, and general 3D cell culture.

After the gel has been pipetted into the inner well and given time to solidify, the cells can be seeded on top of it for tube formation analysis. Due to the “well-in-a-well” technology, the amount of gel needed is reduced to only 10 μl per well, which is 10% of the amount used in regular multiwell plates.

Further, no meniscus is formed. This ensures the formation of a uniformly thick gel matrix on which all cells are in one optical plane, creating reproducible cell culture conditions. The µ-Slide Angiogenesis can be used with all common hydrogel matrices, such as Matrigel®, collagen gels, agarose gels, and hyaluronic acid gels.

With its 15 wells, the µ-Slide Angiogenesis is designed for low throughput assays. For large scale applications, ibidi provides the μ-Plate Angiogenesis 96 Well.


The µ-Slide Angiogenesis Can Be Used in a Wide Range of Applications
Tube Formation Assay

For a tube formation assay, endothelial cells are seeded on top of a 10 µl gel layer (basement membrane-like surface), where they form capillary-like structures. Typically, Matrigel® is used. The tube formation ability of the cells can be used to analyze the pro- or anti-angiogenic potential of various drugs.

Find more detailed information here:

For practical details, please watch the ibidi movie Performing an Angiogenesis Assay (MV 15). In our Application Notes, you will find detailed information on the setup, optimization, data analysis, and interpretation of tube formation assays:


Phase contrast image showing one well of the µ-Slide Angiogenesis with HUVEC cells on Matrigel® after 12 hours of incubation during a tube formation assay.

Phase contrast (top) and fluorescence microscopy (bottom) of a single strand composed of HUVEC cells during a tube formation assay in the µ-Slide Angiogenesis. The F-actin cytoskeleton is stained green and the cell nuclei are stained blue.

Sprouting Assay

The sprouting potential of a cell cluster can be conveniently analyzed using the µ-Slide Angiogenesis. To carry out a sprouting assay, spheroids or pieces of tissue (e.g., from the aorta), are placed onto or directly in the gel matrix before imaging.


3D Cell Culture

In many cases, a 3D environment more closely resembles an in vivo situation than a 2D cell culture. The µ-Slide Angiogenesis is an easy and cost-effective solution for the cultivation and microscopy of cells embedded in gel matrices. The gel layer is directly connected to the medium reservoir above, which allows for fast and easy medium exchange by diffusion. Also, non-adherent cells, such as blood cells or bacteria, can be immobilized for enhanced microscopy access.

Immunofluorescence Staining

For analyzing the outcome of a tube formation or a 3D culture experiment, immunofluorescence staining can be performed in the µ-Slide Angiogenesis. The cells can be fixated and stained directly on or in the gel, then imaged using high-resolution microscopy.

Focusing Cells

When using less than 10 µl of gel to fill the inner well of the µ-Slide Angiogenesis, small numbers of cells can be cultivated and focused on a soft gel surface.

Low Volume Microscopy Chamber

The µ-Slide Angiogenesis can also be used as a low-volume microscopy chamber without any gel, which is useful for experiments where several wells with a low volume are required.