Sprouting Assay Details
Endothelial cells aggregate to form spheroids in a hanging drop system. The spheroids are pipetted into multi-well plates in a collagen matrix where the test compounds and stimulation factors are added. During a 24-hour period, vessels sprout from the spheroids and are quantified by measuring their length to determine the cumulative sprout length.
Two angiogenesis inhibitors were tested for inhibition of endothelial cell sprouting activated by two factors, VEGF-A or DFO (a metal chelator that induced hypoxia) and fibroblast scattering. In the upper panel, the inhibitor is active on endothelial cell sprouting but does not affect fibroblast scattering. In contrast, the drug in the lower panel inhibits both endothelial cell sprouting and fibroblast scattering.
Setup: IC50 value determination and single concentration testing are possible. Drug combination treatment is an option.
We offer a variety of stimulating factors for the induction of vessel sprouting such as VEGF-A, DFO, FGF-1, FGF-2, and more.
Testing of pro- and anti-angiogenic drug candidates is possible.
Controls: Stimulus-free media only is the low control of vessel sprouting. VEGF-A only is the high control. Treatment with a reference inhibitor is included to ensure quality control.
Report: A detailed report including assay conditions, methodology, and comprehensive evaluation of data as well as raw data for each analysis will be provided. Photographs are optional.
Turnaround time: Results will be available within about 3 weeks.
Screening facility: The assay is performed in Freiburg, Germany.
Compound requirements: In brief: 100 µl of the stock solution with 100x of the highest assay concentration or the equivalent of solid material.