gentleMACS Octo Dissociator

The gentleMACS™ Octo Dissociator (with heaters) is a benchtop instrument for the semi-automated and standardized tissue dissociation or homogenization of up to eight samples.

Single-cell suspensions or thorough homogenates from virtually any tissues are easily and reproducibly obtained using the unique C Tubes or M Tubes (sample preparation in a closed and sterile system, providing a high level of user safety and minimize cross-contamination).

In addition to the numerous optimized and ready-to-use gentleMACS Programs, the gentleMACS Octo Dissociator allows the user to develop individualized programs for almost any biological material.


Optimized programs have been developed for easy dissociation of tissues into single-cell suspensions, including:

  • mouse or human tumor
  • mouse or rat neonatal heart
  • neural tissue
  • mouse spleen, lung, lamina propria, muscle, epidermis, or liver
  • mouse or human skin

Also, programs have been developed for the homogenization of tissues, including:

  • total RNA or mRNA isolation from fresh or frozen samples
  • protein extraction
  • determination of bacterial or viral load
  • mitochondria isolation

Additionally, user-defined programs can be used to dissociate or homogenize all other types of sample material.

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