Science Portal: Co-Culture


Featured Application Note:

AN-SC-05 – Development of 3D Co-culture Models

A co-culture can be defined as the growth of more than one distinct cell type in a combined culture. Such in vitro models can provide a more physiologically relevant way of demonstrating in vivo-like tissue morphology and function. Co-cultures are useful for modelling and studying the interaction and signalling between different cell types. Co-cultures can be employed to monitor intercellular communication, cell migration dynamics, and stimulation and maintenance of cell function and differentiation. For example, in previous studies: rat primary hepatocytes have demonstrated enhanced functionality and maintained their viability for longer when co-cultured with 3T3 cells; the co-culture of carcinoma and intra-tumoural stromal cells simulated a breast cancer micro-environment, allowing cell-to-cell communication to be monitored for the initiation and progression of the cancer; a study carried out using endothelial and smooth muscle cells concluded that a co-culture enabled the structure of a vessel wall to be mimicked, creating an improved model of the in vivo environment.

Ordering information

Alvetex Scaffold is currently available in the following formats. The formats relevant to co-culture are highlighted.

Product Catalogue code Presentation
Alvetex Scaffold Plate Starter Pack AVP-KIT-1 1 x 12 well plate
1 x 24 well plate
1 x 96 well plate
– all individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold Well Insert Starter Pack AVP-KIT-2 6 x 6 well inserts
6 x 12 well inserts
1 x deep petri-dish containing a well insert holder
– all individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold 12 well plate AVP002-2 2 x 12 well plates, individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold well insert holder and deep petri-dish AVP015-2 2 units, individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold 6 well insert AVP004-12 12 inserts, individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold 12 well insert AVP005-12 12 inserts, individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold 24 well plate AVP006-2 2 x 24 well plates, individually sterile blister packed
Alvetex Scaffold 96 well plate AVP009-2 2 x 96 well plates, individually sterile blister packed

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