Cell migration is a highly integrated, multi-step process that plays an important role in the progression of various diseases including cancer, atherosclerosis and arthritis. There are various types and definitions of cell migration.
Cell invasion is related to, and encompasses, cell migration, except that cells do more than migrate. Invasive cells move through the extracellular matrix into neighboring tissues in a process that involves ECM degradation and proteolysis.
We offer cell migration assays in two formats:
Use the following table to help determine which cell migration assay format is best for you.
|Analysis||Quantitative||Qualitative or Quantitative|
|Detection Time||Endpoint||Endpoint or Real Time|
|Detection Method||Plate Reader||Microscopy|
|Cell Compatibility||Choose membrane pore size to match cell type||Any|
|Adaptability to Automation||Poor||Good|
|Most Suitable Application||Measure effect of chemoattractant on migration rates||Measure differences in migration rates between treated and untreated cells|