What is it AgarSqueezer intended for?

AgarSqueezer is a microscope slide chamber equipped with a molded agar-based compression system. Use it to assess cell response to short and long-term mechanical confinement within a physiological rigidity range.

It is very helpful if you want to analyze how your cells will react if you squeeze them for a prolonged period. Or if you want to study how mechanical confinement affects drug cell resistance. And if you want to perform immunostaining in situ.

Kit Description:

You can choose among 2 kits:

  • The “1 AgarSqueezer kit” contains 1 AgarSqueezer device
  • The “2 AgarSqueezers kit” contains 2 AgarSqueezers devices.

In addition to the device, each kit contains also:

  • 1 x insert to hold up to 2 AgarSqueezers on the microscope stage
  • 1 x 16G flat cut needle to make holes in the agar gel, facilitating diffusion of culture medium or drugs during the experiment
  • 1 x 20G flat cut needle (same)

For users who also need a wafer to mold agarose, contact us to learn about the four different heights we offer.


  1. Tunable stiffness in a physiological range [1-150] kPa – Use of agarose as a cheap and biocompatible polymer.
  2. Open access to the reservoir – Possibility to add drugs, and reagents. Easy medium renewal.
  3. Autoclavable and reusable systems.
  4. Compatibility with multiple microscopy techniques – Confocal, spinning, super-resolution. Open access for microscope objectives. Use of optical glass coverslip to make cells grow.
  5. Easy to recover coverslip with cells for subsequent molecular analysis – FACS, qPCR, Western-Blot, Immunoflourescence (possible in situ).
  6. Long-term analysis of the cell adaptation to confinement – Up to several days, for time-lapse studies.
  7. Study of the specific impact of mechanical loads on the biology of cells – Gas permeability of the system allows to get rid of the hypoxia conditions.
  8. Easy to assemble and disassemble the system

For more information about this product or any others from the Microscopy line, contact us here.