A novel environmental chamber for neuronal network multisite recordings

Biotechnol Bioeng. 2012 Oct;109(10):2553-66. doi: 10.1002/bit.24526. Epub 2012 Apr 24.


Environmental stability is a critical issue for neuronal networks in vitro. Hence, the ability to control the physical and chemical environment of cell cultures during electrophysiological measurements is an important requirement in the experimental design. In this work, we describe the development and the experimental verification of a closed chamber for multisite electrophysiology and optical monitoring. The chamber provides stable temperature, pH and humidity and guarantees cell viability comparable to standard incubators. Besides, it integrates the electronics for long-term neuronal activity recording. The system is portable and adaptable for multiple network housings, which allows performing parallel experiments in the same environment. Our results show that this device can be a solution for long-term electrophysiology, for dual network experiments and for coupled optical and electrical measurements.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Electronics / methods
  • Electrophysiological Phenomena*
  • Humidity
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Mice
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Organ Culture Techniques / methods
  • Temperature