ECFG21
Super Electro-Cell Fusion Generator

Dramatically Higher Efficiency than PEG

A new device delivers electrifying results

Spontaneous fusing of two different somatic cells in a test tube occurs less than 1 in 1,000,000 times. Though this is good if you are a living organism, it is sometimes desirable to fuse cells for specialized applications. Historically, a chemical such as PEG has been used to increase spontaneous fusion by 2 or 3 orders of magnitude. Alternatively, inactivated viruses have been used to promote fusion of proximal cells to an equivalent level. More recently, protocols utilizing AC and DC electric fields have further improved the efficiency of cell fusion – in some cases, by as much as 25 to 100-fold.

 



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The ECFG21 incorporates the latest in solid state electronic design for a robust system with plenty of useful feedback. The two phase technique relies upon an AC field to physically align the cells end-to-end in a chain formation. Once in physical contact, the system applies a series of DC pulses to disrupt the plasma membrane and induce fusion of adjacent cells. Over the next 30 minutes as many as one in every hundred cells makes a viable hybrid cell with two nuclei. The nuclei later fuse and the process completes. Only the ECFG21 can provide real-time feedback of voltage and current to ensure that every sample is under optimal conditions for cell fusion. The ECFG21 precisely controls AC to DC switching time, the DC pulsing amplitude and length (including a convenient reverse polarity option), post fusion AC current for maintenance of the end-to-end cell configuration and manual control of DC pulsing which is useful when observing first time cell optimizations under a microscope.

 

Reviews of this new system have been tremendous. It’s been reported that the ECFG21 provides much better control of experimental conditions as compared with chemical and viral methods. This is due to the electric field feedback which can determine if ionic conditions are not optimal. High ion concentrations will create a physical streaming of solution and disruption of the cell chains. Electo-cell fusion typically produces hybrid cell lines that are more stable, in part by the lower cytotoxicity inherent with the precise electric field and pulsing control of this instrument. And results tend to be more reproducible and repeatable. We will work closely with you to optimize your results, so give us a ring and start fusing immediately.

 

New vistas for research

Somatic cell fusion is a tricky technique traditionally used for making hybridomas for monoclonal antibodies. This classic technique fuses an immortal myleloma cell line with a spleen-derived antibody-producing B-cell. This hybridoma cell line will stably produce a specific monoclonal Ab for months or years. Cell fusion has also been used to ask fundamental questions regarding gene expression or to study cancer progression. For example, ES/EG cells have been fused to T-cells to study T-cell activation by reprogramming pluripotent stem cells. This application also enables the amplification of viral particles in non-host cells, or can be used to study how a cell divides, and has been used to great success to fuse Oocyte and somatic cells. There are many other less known applications such as fusing yeast and mold cells, plant protoplast electro-cell fusion, etc. The potential for you to create your own unique hybrid cell line to share with the rest of the research community is nearly limitless.

 

Electro-Cell Fusion Process


 

Hybridomas show their love for the ECFG21

One of our customers, Precision Antibody, has spent years developing highly optimized cell fusion protocols based upon the classic PEG method. Their procedures have resulted in the production of first rate antibodies for their customers. When they asked us to use the ECFG21 to tackle their most difficult antigens, we were cautiously optimistic. In fact, when the final results were tallied, everyone was floored by the dramatic improvements provided by the electro-fusion technology. They tested three different categories of antigens, and the ability of the ECFG21 to improve the number of hybridomas produced. In addition, they calculated how many of these were in fact positive for reactivity with the antigen. The first, a rather large 20kDa immunosuppressive protein, gave fair results with PEG for making hybridomas, but could not produce even a single positive clone that was reactive with the antigen. The second and third antigens tested were both short (8 and 17 amino acids respectively) and hydrophobic. Again they produced a low number of hybridomas, but very few positive reactive clones when using the PEG method. The resulting number of hybridomas using the ECFG21 was 25x to 100x higher. More impressively, the number of hybridoma clones that were positive with the antigen (which is the most important consideration), was a staggering 50x to over 200X higher. If your lab is looking to consistently produce specific monoclonal antibodies, the ECFG21 is your only choice.

 

Somatic-Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT)

The ECFG21 is more than capable of reprogamming somatic cells using enucleated oocytes for animal cloning.

 

Tetraploid embryo complementation

See the ECFG21 used for tetraploid chimera production using a two-step cloning procedure to produce mice from cancer cells.

 

AC
Voltage 0 - 80 Vrms
Frequency 1 MHz
Duration 0-99 seconds
Post-Fusion Duration 0-99 seconds
Post-Fusion Decay Mode On/Off
Pause between AC / DC 5 µsec
DC Pulse
Pulse Wave Square Wave
Voltage 1 - 1500 V
Pulse Length 1-99 µsec
Pulse Interval 0.1 - 9.9 sec
Number of Pulses 0 - 99
Decay Rate 0 - 99%
Polarity Switching On/Off
Output Measurements
Voltage AC/DC
Current AC/DC
Energy (J) DC
Other
Impedance Measurement 0.01 - 50 kΩ
Operation Mode Automatic / Manual
Memory 99 programs
Power Requirements AC100-240V 50/60Hz
Size 386(W) x 370(D) x121(H) mm
Weight 9 kg
Warranty 2 Year


Ordering

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SIZE
DESCRIPTION
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ECFG21
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ECFG21 Super Electro Cell Fusion Generator
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Electrodes and Accessories for Cell Fusion (Click here to view a complete electrode list)

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DESCRIPTION
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C115CB-2
1
Female plug & Cover banana plug cable, red & black, 2M, for NEPA21/ECFG21
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C117
1
Hook & male plug cable, red & black, for NEPA21/ECFG21
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C200
1
Foot switch for ECFG21
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CUY497P2
1
ECFG21 Bath w/platinum plate electrodes on slide glass, 2mm gap, L80 x W2 x H5mm, 0.8ml for cell fusion
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CUY497P8
1
ECFG21 Bath w/platinum plate electrodes on slide glass, 8mm gap, L80 x W8 x H5mm, 3.2ml for cell fusion
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CUY497P8X10
1
ECFG21 Bath w/platinum plate electrodes on slide glass, 8mm gap, L80 x W8 x H10mm, 6.4ml for cell fusion
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CUY497P10X10
1
ECFG21 Bath w/platinum plate electrodes on slide glass, L80 x W10 x H10mm, 8.0ml for cell fusion
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CUY499L
1
Clear, Sterile Box for CUY497 Series of ECFG21 Cell Fusion Electrodes
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Electrodes and Accessories for Activation and Nuclear Transfer (Click here to view a complete electrode list)

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CUY5000P0.5
1
Platinum Wire Petridish Electrode for Cloning Activation, 0.5mm gap, compatible, compatible w/ ECFG21 & NEPA21
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CUY5000P1
1
Platinum Wire Petridish Electrode for Cloning Activation, 1mm gap, compatible w/ ECFG21 & NEPA21
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CUY5100-100
1
Z-Shape Cloning Electrode for Somatic Cells & Fertilized Eggs, 5mm Length x 100m Diameter Tip, 2/pkg, Compatible w/ECFG21 & NEPA21
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CUY5100-25
1
Z-Shape Cloning Electrode for Somatic Cells & Fertilized Eggs, 5mm Length x 25m Diameter Tip, 2/pkg, Compatible w/ECFG21 & NEPA21
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CUY5100-50
1
Z-Shape Cloning Electrode for Somatic Cells & Fertilized Eggs, 5mm Length x 50m Diameter Tip, 2/pkg, Compatible w/ECFG21 & NEPA21
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CUY5100-100
1
Z-Shape Cloning Electrode for Somatic Cells & Fertilized Eggs, 5mm Length x 100m Diameter Tip, 2/pkg, Compatible w/ECFG21 & NEPA21
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CUY5100-150
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Z-Shape Cloning Electrode for Somatic Cells & Fertilized Eggs, 5mm Length x 150m Diameter Tip, 2/pkg, Compatible w/ECFG21 & NEPA21
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