Correlation between agarose microdroplet and capillary tube procedures as assays for migration inhibition of target cells

J Immunol Methods. 1980;34(3):235-42. doi: 10.1016/0022-1759(80)90050-2.


We have compared the capillary tube assay for migration inhibition studies with our modification of the agarose microdroplet technique, using several sources of factors with inhibitory activity (lymphokines, bacterial factors) and a variety of cell types (inflammatory exudate cells, tumor cells). In all circumstances both procedures gave quantitatively similar results, and high statistical correlation was found. These results suggest that the two procedures are measuring similar properties, and in any case may be used interchangeably as assays.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Migration Inhibition*
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Immunologic Techniques*
  • Macrophages / immunology
  • Mice
  • Sepharose


  • Sepharose