Seahorse XFe96 Analyze

Agilent Seahorse XFe96 Analyzers measure the oxygen consumption rate (OCR) and extracellular acidification rate (ECAR) of live cells in a 96-well plate format.

OCR and ECAR rates are key indicators of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis as well as ATP production rate. Together these measurements provide a systems-level view of cellular metabolic function in cultured cells and ex vivo samples.

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

  • 96-well plate format accommodates many conditions in a single run, for flexible assay design, dose-response studies, and screening
  • Reports real-time metabolic rates in minutes, without sample extraction or labelling
  • Four-port injection system with automated mixing function, for detection of live-cell responses to substrates, inhibitors, and other compounds in real time
  • High-sensitivity analysis of as few as 5,000 cells per well using the custom 96-well plate
  • Precision-controlled heating tray, maintains 16–42°C temperatures (12–20°C above ambient conditions), for compatibility with a variety of sample types
  • Quickly determine dependency of cellular energy production on mitochondrial substrates
  • Generate a metabolic phenotype within one hour for fast data turnaround
  • Analyze 3D samples such as spheroids and islets
  • Wave software allows easy assay protocol creation and data analysis on your desktop PC and export to common spreadsheet and graphing programs
  • 9 A
Analyzer Application
  • Phenotyping Screening
Assay Running Volume
  • 150 – 275 µL/well
Assay Wells
  • 92
  • TCP/IP; USB; wireless
Controller Description
  • Combination of Windows 10 computer and touchscreen display with full assay design, control, and analysis capability
Controller Touchscreen
  • Yes
Controller Type
  • Cable-connected
  • 43 cm
  • 61 cm
Injection Ports per Well
  • 4 per well
  • 16 GB
Microchamber Volume
  • 2.8 µL
Operating Environment Relative Humidity
  • 20 – 80 %
Operating Environment Temperature
  • 4 – 30 °C
Operating Voltage
  • 100 – 240 VAC
Sample Requirements
  • 5000 – 500000 cells/well
Sample Temperature
  • 16 – 42 °C
Software Included
  • Wave Controller
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Wave Desktop unlimited use license
Volume per Port Injection
  • 25 µL
  • 23 kg
  • 41 cm

Monitors bioenergetics of live cells, in real time, in a microplate

The two major pathways to produce energy, mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis, involve cellular consumption of oxygen and efflux of protons, respectively.  Seahorse XF technology uses label-free sensors to detect extracellular changes in these analytes in order to measure rates of cellular respiration, glycolysis, and ATP production.  Cells are seeded in the assay wells of the custom 96-well XF microplate at a confluency of 50-90%. Suspension cells are attached to the well bottom to maximize sensitivity.

Forms a microchamber and calculates rates of extracellular flux in minutes

The instrument lowers the cartridge probes into the assay wells. The sensors are positioned 200 microns above the well bottoms, forming transient microchambers of approximately 2 microliters.  As the oxygen and pH levels change, the changes in the sensors are read by the instrument.  Measurements are typically made for 3 minutes and rates are calculated automatically. Upon completion of this measurement period the probes are raised, allowing the extracellular medium to come back to baseline conditions.

Injects up to 4 compounds to test responses or interrogate biology in real time

The sensor cartridge also contains ports (4 per well) to enable injection of modulators into the cell wells during the assay. When specified by the instrument protocol, the system injects compound “A” into the assay wells and performs a gentle mixing step to ensure distribution of the compound throughout the assay medium.  All wells are processed in this manner simultaneously.  Subsequent measurement cycles, any additional injections specified by the protocol, and rate calculations are performed automatically.