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Welcome to Cellworks – exclusively distributed in the UK by Caltag Medsystems

Cellworks, a division of Caltag Medsystems, specialises in the manufacture and development of Human Angiogenesis Research Products, including the V2a Kit™ - from Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis, together with a range of areagent s for Bespoke Assay Design comprising; Angiogenesis tested HUVEC and Fibroblast Cells, supporting Growth and Seeding Medium Packages, and Staining Reagents. For analysis of angiogenesis assays, Cellworks provides Angiogenesis Image Analysis Software and Services.

Introduction to Angiogenesis

Angiogenesis is the development of new capillaries from existing vasculature and plays important roles in embryogenesis, the female reproductive cycles, bone formation and wound healing. However, excessive angiogenesis can cause tumour development, diabetic retinopathy and psoriasis.

Angiogenesis Assays:

V2a Kit - Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis

  • A ready to use, human co-cultured in-vitro angiogenesis assay kit.
  • Designed to allow the testing of added compounds, media or tissue explants, in a 24 well format, at any time from the onset of vasculogenesis through to advanced angiogenesis.

Build a Bespoke Angiogenesis Assay

  • Total flexibility in angiogenesis assay design.
  • Allows complete control over the number and cell types present and the opportunity to manipulate cells prior to culturing eg by transfection.

V2a Kit™ - Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis

V2a Kit

'An in vitro human primary cell co-culture model of angiogenesis that includes all the phases of the angiogenic process'

Tubules formed contain a lumen and resemble the morphology and range of capillary lengths found in microvascular beds in vivo.

Benefits

  • Analyse the growth pathway from vasculogenesis to angiogenesis (including: cell activation, cell proliferation, migration, elongation and anastomosis)
  • Add test compounds, media or tissue explants at any point in the pathway - from the onset of vasculogenesis continuing through to advanced angiogenesis
  • Intervene in the cellular growth process at any stage
  • Kit includes: +/- controls, media, supplements, staining components, plate
  • Frozen cells: perform assay at your convenience
  • Large batches of cells in stock: minimal batch to batch variation
  • Tubule growth is quantifiable using AngioSys 2.0 Software

Tubule Formation in response to VEGF
Tubule Formation in response to VEGF

Untreated Tubules
Untreated Tubules

Tubule Formation in response to Suramin
Tubule Formation in response to Suramin

V2a Kit™ - Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis
   Product Code: ZHA-4000

Kit Contents:

  • Ampoule of cryopreserved V2a Cells
  • 24 well tissue culture plate
  • 25ml V2a Seeding Medium
  • 125ml V2a Growth Medium
  • V2a Seeding Medium Supplement
  • V2a Growth Medium Supplement
  • Angiogenesis Control compounds (VEGF and Suramin)
  • Mouse anti-human CD31 Primary Antibody
  • Goat anti-mouse IgG Alkaline Phosphatase Secondary Antibody
  • BCIP/NBT insoluble substrate (for permanent record of tubule staining)

For storage conditions and additional equipment required please read the protocol. Download the protocol here.

Molecules shown to be active in the Cellworks V2a Kit™:

Inhibitors

VEGF neutralising antibody, VEGF antisense oligonucleotide, Collagen IV neutralising antibody, PECAM-1 neutralising antibody, VEGF-R antagonists, Thrombospondin derivatives, TNF alpha, TGF b1, aVb3 integrin antagonists, Suramin, Curcumin, Fumagillin, TNP-740 (fumagillin analogue), Colchicine, Cytochalasin B, Erucic acid, Ginsengosides, RGD peptide, Decorin, Endostatin, Thymine, Thalidomide and analogues, PAI-1 inhibitors MMP inhibitors, MGBG (methylglyoxalbis(guanylhydrozone), some conditioned media.

Enhancers

VEGF, PIDGF, BFGF, 2-deoxyribose-1-P, Most tumour cell conditioned media, Wound fluid, Ascitic fluid from leiomyosarcoma patient, Ascorbic acid (biphasic response).

Note: that this represents only the molecules whose identity we know. We have tested many proprietary compounds from various laboratories that were active in both senses but which were supplied as coded samples whose structure is not known to us.

Quantification of In Vitro Angiogenesis through Image Analysis

Cellworks offer two possibilities for analysis of in vitro angiogenesis assays based on the co-culture of endothelial cells with fibroblasts. Both provide accurate quantification of the stimulatory and inhibitory effects of different agents and output the lengths of the tubule complexes as well as the numbers of junctions in each.

If you require further flexibility to your angiogenesis assay, please visit our Build a Bespoke Angiogenesis Assay page.

Build a Bespoke Angiogenesis Assay

'Cellworks Angiogenesis tested Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) and Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDF) in combination produce tubules.'

Cells, medium packages and staining kits are available separately, allowing total flexibility in angiogenesis assay design.

This option provides complete control over the number and cell types present, and the opportunity to manipulate the cells prior to culturing, for example by transfection.

Benefits

  • Purchasing components separately allows total flexibility in assay design
  • Control over the number of cells used
  • Additional cell types can be added
  • Transfect to manipulate cells prior to culturing
  • Cells have proven angiogenesis potential (tested in angiogenesis assay)
  • Tubule growth analysed with Cellworks AngioSys software
Angiogenesis Visualisation of tubule formation through GFP transfection of HUVEC cells
Angiogenesis Fibroblasts
Angiogenesis Tubules stained with anti CD31 (PECAM-1)
Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) – pooled donor - Angiogenesis Tested
   Product Code: ZHC-2102
  • Produce tubules in conjunction with Cellworks Angiogenesis Tested Human Dermal Fibroblasts (ZHC-5102), when cultured with Cellworks Angiogenesis Seeding and Growth Medium (ZHA-1960 and ZHA-1970).
  • Validated for use in the manufacture of Cellworks V2a Kits (Product Code: ZHA-4000).
  • Minimum of 500,000 cryopreserved cells.
  • Guaranteed for 10 population doublings.
Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDF) - adult - Angiogenesis Tested
   Product Code: ZHC-5102
  • Produce tubules in conjunction with Cellworks Angiogenesis tested Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (ZHC-2102), with Cellworks Angiogenesis Seeding Medium and Angiogenesis Growth Medium (ZHA-1960 and ZHA-1970).
  • Validated for use in the manufacture of Cellworks V2a Kits (Product Code: ZHA-4000).
  • Minimum of 1,000,000 cryopreserved cells.
  • Guaranteed for 10 population doublings.
Early Passage Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) - pooled donor
   Product Code: ZHC-2301
  • Early Passage HUVECs are cryopreserved at the end of the secondary culture.
  • A cost effective alternative to buying primary cells.
  • Minimum of 500,000 cells.
  • Guaranteed for 10 population doublings.

Supporting Reagents

CD31 Tubule Staining Kit
Product Code: ZHA-1225
Angiogenesis Assay Control Kit
Product Code: ZHA-1300

Media and Supplements

Angiogenesis Growth Medium Package Validated for use with the V2a™ Kit
Product Code: ZHA-1970
Angiogenesis Seeding Medium Package Validated for use with the V2a™ Kit
Product Code: ZHA-1960
Human Large Vessel Endothelial Cell Growth Medium Package
Product Code: ZHM-2953
Human Fibroblast Growth Medium Package
Product Code: ZHM-5923

Quantification of In Vitro Angiogenesis through Image Analysis

Cellworks offer two possibilities for analysis of in vitro angiogenesis assays based on the co-culture of endothelial cells with fibroblasts. Both provide accurate quantification of the stimulatory and inhibitory effects of different agents and output the lengths of the tubule complexes as well as the numbers of junctions in each.

If you require a pre formed angiogenesis assay kit, rather than bespoke options, please visit the V2a Kit – Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis page.

Angiogenesis Services

Compounds, media and tissue explants can be tested at any point in the angiogenic pathway using the Cellworks Angiogenesis Service. The service includes the following stages and can be tailored to your needs:

Angiogenesis Complete Assay Service

  • Performing Angiogenesis Assays
  • Capture and Analysis of Images
  • Provision of Raw Data
  • Bespoke Options

Cellworks offer two possibilities for the quantification of In Vitro Angiogenesis through Image Analysis. Both provide accurate quantification of the stimulatory and inhibitory effects of different agents and output the lengths of the tubule complexes as well as the numbers of junctions in each.

Angiosys 2.0 Image Analysis Software

  • AngioSys 2.0 Image Analysis Software (Product Code: ZHA-5000)
  • AngioSys 2.0 Image Analysis Software - Demonstration Version (Product Code: ZHA-5000D)

Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service

  • Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service - first 24 images (Product Code: ZHA-6000)
  • Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service - additional images (Product Code: ZHA-6001)
  • Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service Set Up (Product Code: ZHA-6002)

Angiogenesis Complete Assay Service

Analyse the Angiogenic Pathway: Cellworks Angiogenesis Service.

Compounds, media and tissue explants can be tested at any point in the angiogenic pathway using the Cellworks Angiogenesis Service. The service includes the following stages and can be tailored to your needs:

  1. Performing Angiogenesis Assays
  2. Capture and Analysis of Images
  3. Provision of Raw Data
  4. Bespoke Options

1) Performing Angiogenesis Assays

Using the Cellworks V2a Kit - Vasculogenesis to Angiogensis, Cellworks specialists offer customers the ability to outsource angiogenesis experiments.

The V2a Kit - Vasculogenesis to Angiogensis model is an in vitro human primary cell co-culture model of angiogenesis that includes all of the phases of the angiogenic process. Tubules formed contain a lumen and resemble the morphology and range of capillary lengths found in microvascular beds in vivo.

Test compounds, media or tissue explants can be added at any point in the pathway - from the onset of vasculogenesis continuing through to advanced angiogenesis (including: cell activation, cell proliferation, migration, elongation and anastomosis), allowing intervention in the cellular growth process at any stage. The Cellworks Angiogenesis Service can be carried out on any number of wells required by the customer, from a single well to multiple assays over several plates.

2) Capture and Analysis of Images

Tubule Formation in response to VEGF
Tubule Formation in response to VEGF

Untreated Tubules
Untreated Tubules

Tubule Formation in response to Suramin
Tubule Formation in response to Suramin

Angiogenesis experiments fixed and stained with anti-CD31 antibody are photographed and analysed using the Angiosys 2.0 software; a custom built software for measurement of tubule growth. Take advantage of the expertise of the in house specialists, with years of experience performing and analysing these assays at Cellworks.

3) Provision of Raw Data

Reports are presented in an excel format and contain raw data including details of the number of tubules, the number of junctions, the total tubule length, and the mean tubule length for each assay.

Report Example:

angiosys screenshot

4) Bespoke Options

The service is tailored to each project and all parts can be adjusted to your individual requirements. For further information about the service please contact cellworks@caltagmedsystems.co.uk  or call +44 (0)1280 827460.

Angiogenesis Image Analysis Software

'The AngioSys 2.0 image analysis software provides a semi-automated analysis of angiogenesis by measuring the number of tubules, the number of junctions, the total tubule length, and the mean tubule length for each image'

Angiosys 2.0 is custom built software developed to quantitate tubules formed during in vitro angiogenesis assays based on the co-culture of endothelial cells with fibroblasts.

AngioSys 2.0 is regularly used to quantitate images of angiogenesis tubules obtained from conducting the Cellworks Angiogenesis Assay Kit: V2a kit - Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis (Product Code ZHA-4000), which uses the anti-CD31 based staining kit (ZHA-1225).

Image files can be conveniently grouped and processed to provide quantitative & repeatable measurements. Repetitive image processing sequences can be specified, saved, and applied to groups of images to enable rapid analysis. The resulting data is saved in a text format that can easily be read by third party packages such as Excel.

Benefits

  • Measure tubule length, number of junctions, frequency and mean number of branches
  • Operates on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 32 bit, 64 bit
  • Able to analyse TIFF, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG images
  • 21 day trial available
  • Available as an internet download – quick and easy
benefits key
angiogenesis image analysis software benefits

Screenshot:

angiosys screenshot

AngioSys 2.0 Image Analysis software is available in two formats:

Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service

'Ideal for customers preferring the in-house specialists at Cellworks to analyse their images. Customer reports detail the number of tubules, the number of junctions, the total tubule length, and the mean tubule length for each image'

  • Ideal for customers not wishing to purchase the AngioSys 2.0 software - when analysis is required on only a small number of images
  • Suitable for analysis of large numbers of angiogenesis assay images - when manpower in the lab is short
  • Perfect for customers new to angiogenesis image analysis

Pricing is charged per image analysed. Please note that there is a one off set up charge payment required; product code: ZHA-6002.

Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service - first 24 images £20 per image.
   Product Code ZHA-6000
Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service - additional images £10 per image.
   Product Code ZHA-6001
Image Analysis Service Set Up £50 single payment per order.
   Product Code ZHA-6002

Report Example:

angiosys screenshot

Cellworks Product Summary

Code

Description

Kit

ZHA-4000V2a - Vasculogenesis to Angiogenesis

Software and Services

ZHA-5000AngioSys 2.0 Image Analysis Software Software (Full Licence) 
ZHA-5000DAngioSys 2.0 Image Analysis Software - Demonstration Version
ZHA-6000Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service - First 24 Images
ZHA-6001Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service - Additional Images
ZHA-6002Angiogenesis Image Analysis Service Set Up

Cells

ZHC-2012HUVEC - pooled donor, angiogenesis tested, cryopreserved
ZHC-5102HDF - adult, angiogenesis tested, cryopreserved
ZHC-2301Early Passage Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) - pooled donor, cryopreserved

Reagents

ZHA-1225CD31 Tubule staining Kit

Media

ZHA-1300Angiogenesis Control Reagent Kit
ZHA-1970Angiogenesis Growth Medium Package - Validated for use with the V2a Kit
ZHA-1960Angiogenesis Seeding Medium Package - Validated for use with the V2a Kit
ZHM-2953Human Large Vessel Endothelial Cell Growth Medium Package
ZHM-5923Human Fibroblast Growth Medium Package

If you are having difficulty downloading product data or require further information, please contact us.