InsituPro: Automating In Situ Hybridization (ISH)

CEM’s InsituPro is a dedicated system designed particularly for automated in situ hybridization (ISH) to prepare samples for the identification of RNA (mRNA, miRNA) or DNA.

The InsituPro system has also been designed for immunohistochemistry (IHC) to detect numerous antigens, such as proteins. It automates all the tedious and repetitive washing and incubation steps that are involved in ISH and IHC procedures.


  • Works with whole mounts, vibratome sections, thin sections on slides and cells on coverslips
  • Programs can be fully customized
  • Applied to a wide range of organisms (mouse, zebrafish, chicken, Xenopus, Drosophila, Arabidopsis, etc.)
  • Allows partial recovery of valuable antibodies and probes
  • A total of 16 buffer positions (two are cooled for preserving the delicate antibodies)


Use Whole Mounts and Slides

The InsituPro system can easily accommodate both whole-mount slides and samples. Users can easily and rapidly switch between the specimens. Up to 60 vibratome sections or whole mounts can be processed simultaneously with separate probes or antibodies.

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Baskets Slides
60 x 5 mm inner diameter
(Medaka, Drosophila, Xenopus, small vibratome sections)
60 x (75 mm x 25 mm x 1.0 mm)
60 x 9 mm inner diameter
(chicken, mouse, medium vibratome sections)
32 x 13 mm inner diameter
(large vibratome, large specimens)

Whole-mount preparations and vibratome sections are processed in a separate incubation basket in keyhole-shaped cavities available in the specimen tray. The specimen tray allows heating and cooling ranging from 6°C to 75°C and enables very mild liquid exchange for even the most delicate samples.

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Thin-section slides are positioned on a counter slide, producing an isolated incubation chamber. While six of these chambers are incorporated into a slide block, 10 of such blocks are vertically positioned into the heated incubation tub.

The incubation tub helps regulate high temperatures and humidity for optimal performance. Gravity flow and capillary forces fuel the exchange of liquids. This makes sure that the sections are completely submerged in a buffer.

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Established System

Widely Used

The InsituPro holds a strong record for ISH and IHC.

  • Appropriate for chicken, zebrafish, mouse, Arabidopsis, Drosophila, Xenopus, etc.
  • Cited in over 550 publications
  • Employed at over 300 research groups worldwide

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