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Endothelial barrier function

The endothelium of vessels is responsible for vascular tone and permeability and its function is disturbed in diseases like atherosclerosis, diabetes or hypertension. Impedance-based assays measure the obstruction to alternating current flow to monitor the morphology, viability and permeability of the endothelial barrier. Our experts use Ncardia’s human iPSC-derived endothelial cells to model endothelial barrier in vitro and perform impedance assays to provide an analysis of acute and chronic compound effects on vascular barrier function.

  • Non-invasive technology
  • Multiplexing options
  • Sensitive for short and long-term assessments

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Early screening of endothelial barrier permeability allows establishment of drug dose-limits to avoid adverse effects of therapeutic candidates. Impedance assay can monitor time course changes in endothelial permeability, cell matrix interaction and cell membrane capacitance with high sensitivity. Our advance data analysis capabilities enable discrimination between necrosis and apoptosis, subtle loss of cell-cell contacts or acute cell death.

Assessment of endothelial barrier resistance and permeability in 3 batches of human iPSC-derived endothelial cells.

Endothelial barrier resistance increases as the monolayer is established in the plate and remains stable long-term. Compounds can be added at the desired time point to study the effect on endothelial barrier function and permeability.

The figure shows barrier resistance measured at 4 kHz over time using ECISTM (Applied Biophysics) in 3 different batches. It shows reproducibility between batches.