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NaviCyte Horizontal Ussing System

Product Summary

The NaviCyte Horizontal System is specifically designed to allow transport studies on cells and tissues exposed to an air interface. The system features the capability of running up to six chambers simultaneously and is optimized for transport studies on both filter grown monolayers and surgically excised tissue sections.


  • Able to measure transport at an air interface (eg, nasal, corneal, pulmonary, or dermal tissue)
  • Designed for both electrophysiological and diffusion-only measurements
  • Employs reusable glass-barrel electrodes with ceramic frits
  • Supports up to 6 chambers in a single heated holder
  • Supports Snapwell culture cups
  • Compatible with UssingChart software and hardware

The NaviCyte Horizontal chamber system consists of a heater/support block and up to six horizontal chambers. Chambers require the use of a supplied open or closed chamber cap into which either a SnapwellTM culture cup or a tissue mounting ring may be fitted. Culture cups or tissues are mounted on a horizontal plane. Chambers have basolateral and apical inputs for attachment to perfusion lines, and in the closed configuration chambers can accept electrodes.

Single or multichannel setups

Chambers can be used singly as a stand-alone entity, or can be mounted into the heater/support block in sets of up to six chambers per block. The heater/support block provides chamber heating and is recommended even if using a single chamber. Inserts are easily exchanged in mounted chambers. The compact footprint (38.1 x 8.9 x 10.2 cm) of the heater/support block conserves lab bench space.


Open and Closed Configurations

Open and closed chamber configurations are defined by the use of an open or closed chamber cap. Either cap completes the chamber and holds the culture cup or tissue ring into place. Both an open and closed cap is supplied with each chamber.

In the open configuration, the upper surface (usually the apical side) of the membrane is directly accessible, making the system suitable for drug transport studies or cytotoxicity testing of liquids or semi-solid materials. In the closed configuration, the membrane can be exposed to solutions, exposed to gases, perfused with gas, or perfused with liquid.



NaviCyte Electrodes

While optimized for diffusion-based assays, NaviCyte electrodes are available for making electrophysiology-based measurements from NaviCyte chambers. Electrodes can only be used with the NaviCyte Horizontal chamber in its closed configuration. The NaviCyte electrodes screw together for final assembly as shown in the image below.

OKOLab StageTop Incubator System Overview

Data Acquisition

The NaviCyte Horizontal Ussing system is compatible with electrophysiological epithelial transport measurements and use UssingChart data acquisition. This package includes an amplifier, a digitizer, software, and cables. You can view details on the UssingChart Data Acquisition webpage.

OKOLab StageTop Incubator System Overview

Navicyte Horizontal Ussing Chamber System and DAQ Expandability

This Navicyte Horizontal Ussing system can be scaled by adding chambers and expanding the UssingChart DAQ.
The Pricing and Ordering tab of this page lists the Chamber System and the UssingChart Data Acquisition packages.
Information regarding increasing or upgrading the number of DAQ channels on any existing UssingChart package can be found on the UssingChart Data Acquisition webpage.

For all chambers not using culture cups:

Increase the tissue dimensions by a minimum of 3.0 mm in each direction to allow the o-ring or pins to capture the tissue without tearing.

For example: A chamber with a 5 mm round aperture will require a tissue with a minimum diameter of 8 mm, and a chamber with a 2 x 10 mm oblong aperture will require a tissue with minimum dimension of 5 x 13 mm.

Suggested application(s) by aperture

Aperture Applications Aperture area
Snapwell, 12.7 mm cell culture 1.12 cm2
9 mm round with pins general use

Customers from Europe and Australia can use the Multi Channel Systems - Online Shop to order Warner products or create quotes.

Pricing Top Description

How to order:

  • Select Base Assembly 
    Needed if using more than one chamber or if heating.
  • Select Chambers 
    Order from 1 to 6 per base. 
    Each chamber includes both open and closed caps 
    Also includes electrode port screws (for perfusion-only applications)
  • Order a tissue mounting ring 
    If not using Snapwell culture cups 
    Order one per chamber
  • Select Data Acquisition package for Ussing (UssingChart) 
    If making electrophysiological measurements
  • Order electrodes; glass barrels; and open screws 
    If making electrophysiological recordings 
    One electrode set per chamber
  • Select Thermocirculator and Tubing Kit
    If needed - for temperature control

Order No. Model No. Product Description USA Price Order
64-3009 EC-825A cable, dual - fits 2 amplifiers (4 acquisition channels) Login Login
64-3008 EC-825A cable, single - fits 1 amplifier (2 acquisition channels) Login Login
Base Assembly
66-0017 Heat block for horizontal chambers, for 1 to 6 chambers Login Login
66-0016 Single horizontal diffusion chamber with open and closed caps Login Login
66-0022 Tissue Mounting Ring for horizontal chamber, 9mm aperture, 0.64 cm2 area Login Login
64-2244 WB-KIT TC-120 Thermocirculator Tubing Kit Login Login
72-4924 TC-120 Thermocirculator, 5 Liter Plastic Bath with Lid, 120 V, 60 Hz Login Login
72-4921 TC-120 Thermocirculator, 5 Liter Plastic Bath with Lid, 220 V, 50 Hz Login Login
Electrodes and Components
66-0023 Ag/AgCl electrodes with KCl, 100 cm leads, 4 pack (sufficient for 1 chamber) Login Login
66-0024 Glass barrel for Ag/AgCl electrode, with ceramic tip, 8 pack Login Login
66-0057 Small o-rings for electrode screws, 24 pack Login Login
UssingChart Software and Digitizer
89-5285 UssingChart software Login Login
89-5035 LIH 8+8 LIH 8+8 computer interface, 90-250 VAC, 50/60 Hz, CE Login Login
64-3009 EC-825A cable, dual - fits 2 amplifiers (4 acquisition channels) Login Login
Replacement Parts
66-0054 Closed caps for horizontal chambers Login Login
66-0058 Open screw (straight hole) and o-rings 24 pack Login Login
66-0053 Closed Screws, used when perfusion is not needed, 24 pack Login Login
66-0056 Male luer fitting 3/32 bar 24 pack Login Login

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