UNIT 7.29 Cell Adhesion Under Hydrodynamic Flow Conditions

  1. Priya K. Gopalan1,
  2. David A. Jones1,
  3. Larry V. McIntire2,
  4. C. Wayne Smith3

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142735.im0729s15

Current Protocols in Immunology

Current Protocols in Immunology

How to Cite

Gopalan, P. K., Jones, D. A., McIntire, L. V. and Smith, C. W. 2001. Cell Adhesion Under Hydrodynamic Flow Conditions. Current Protocols in Immunology. 15:IV:7.29:7.29.1–7.29.23.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

  2. 2

    Rice University, Houston, Texas

  3. 3

    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: SEP 1995


This unit describes a hydrodynamic assay to study the relative importance of various receptor/ligand interactions in cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesion and to quantitate the strength of their binding. The basic protocol describes how to assemble the single-chamber flow system with the substrate, add the cells in suspension, and record the experiment on videotape. Alternate protocols present assays to determine how monoclonal antibodies and stimulating and inhibiting agents affect the substrate and the perfusing cells in suspension. Another alternate protocol details the use of the double-chamber flow system. Support protocols describe how to construct the single- and double-chamber flow systems and how to analyze the data from an experiment. Recording and analyzing the flow experiment requires the use of video equipment and, optionally, a computer and imaging software.