µ-Slide Chemotaxis


Key Features

Used to investigate chemotaxis of fast or slow migrating adherent cells and non-adherent cells in gel matrices

  • Chemotaxis measurement in real-time
  • Stable gradients for long-term experiments
  • Reproducible results with reliable and user-independent data

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Special Requirements?



  • Chemotaxis of neutrophiles, lymphocytes, and monocytes
  • 3D chemotaxis of leukoycytes or cancer cells in ECM-like matrix
  • Chemotaxis experiments of fast or slow migrating cells
  • Invasion assays of tumor cells in Matrigel™

Technical Features:

  • Chamber geometry optimized for cells in 3D matrices
  • 3 chambers on one slide for parallel assays
  • Ideal for collagen gels, hydrogels, Matrigel™, or similar aqueous gels
  • Ready to use, i.e., no assembly required
  • Lettered and numbered chambers and reservoirs

Please find more detailed information about chemotaxis assays here.


Chemotaxis chambers on slide3
Volume per chamber120 µl
Observation area2×1 mm²
Coating area per chamber
– When coating full chamber
– When coating observation area only
3.50 cm2
0.27 cm2
Distance between chambers18.5 mm
Total height with plugs12 mm
Volume chemoattractant30 µl
Bottom: ibidi Polymer Coverslip

Define and print your
experimental setup

Application Examples

Cells, embedded into a gel, migrating towards a chemoattractant.

Dendritic cell (mouse) with LifeAct-labeled F-actin that is migrating towards CCL 19 inside a Collagen I gel matrix. Spinning disc confocal microscopy (objective lens 63 x).

HT-1080 cells migrating towards FCS inside a gel matrix (objective lens 10 x).

Necessary Equipment

Basic requirements:

  • Inverted microscope with a 5x objective and 10x phase contrast
  • Basic camera for time lapse movies
  • Heated microscopy system (required for experimentation on most mammalian cell types)

Recommended extensions:

Data Analysis

Chemotaxis and Migration Tool

To facilitate analysis of results from chemotaxis experiments (time stacks) ibidi has developed this software analysis tool. The tool provides various types of graphs and statistical tests for advanced analysis of experimental data.

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Register for a Laboratory Course at ibidi Munich / Germany:
Chemotaxis Assays and Video Microscopy

Loïc Dupré, INSERM, Toulouse, France

“The ibidi µ-Slides Chemotaxis have been the key to my research on lymphocyte chemotaxis. These slides have allowed me to track and visualize directional motility in lymphocytes. The generated chemokine gradients are stable for over 24 hours and the viability of the cells is amazingly good, allowing for measurements of chemotaxis over prolonged time frames.

I am also using the ibidi Gas Incubation and Temperature Control Systems, which are robust and guarantee perfect stability. Very importantly, the product developers at ibidi provide a great support for the implementation of their systems. Thanks to ibidi for developing cell imaging products of such great quality!”

Loïc Dupré PhD
Purpan University Hospital


    Additional information


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