Heart Tissue Homogenizer & Homogenization Protocol

Ideal for Heart Tissue Homogenization

Do you spend lots of time and effort homogenizing heart tissue samples? The Bullet Blender® tissue homogenizer delivers high quality and superior yields. No other homogenizer comes close to delivering the Bullet Blender’s winning combination of top-quality performance and budget-friendly affordability. See below for a heart tissue homogenization protocol.

The Bullet Blender® Homogenizer
Save Time, Effort and Get Superior Results

  • Consistent and High Yield Results
    Run up to 24 samples at the same time under microprocessor-controlled conditions, ensuring experimental reproducibility and high yield. Process samples from 10mg or less up to 3.5g.
  • No Cross Contamination
    No part of the Bullet Blender® ever touches the heart tissue samples – the sample tubes are kept closed during homogenization. There are no probes to clean between samples.
  • Samples Stay Cool
    Homogenizing causes only a few degrees of heating. Our Gold models keep samples at 4°C.
  • Easy and Convenient to Use
    Just place beads and buffer along with your heart tissue sample in standard tubes, load tubes directly in the Bullet Blender, select time and speed, and press start.
  • Risk Free Purchase
    The Bullet Blender® comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a 2 year warranty, with a 3 year warranty on the motor. The simple, reliable design enables the Bullet Blenders to sell for a fraction of the price of ultrasonic or other agitation based instruments, yet provides an easier, quicker technique.
Heart Homogenizer for cardiac tissue

Bullet Blender Homogenization Protocols for Heart Tissue

Sample size

See the Protocol

microcentrifuge tube model (up to 300mg)Small heart samples
5mL tube model (100mg – 1g)Medium heart samples
50mL tube model (100mg – 3.5g)Large heart samples


Selected Publications for Heart Tissue

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Malania, L., Bai, Y., Osikowicz, L. M., Tsertsvadze, N., Katsitadze, G., Imnadze, P., & Kosoy, M. (2016). Prevalence and Diversity of Bartonella Species in Rodents from Georgia (Caucasus). The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 16–0041. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.16-0041
Zhang, F., Hartnett, S., Sample, A., Schnack, S., & Li, Y. (2016). High fat diet induced alterations of atrial electrical activities in mice. American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease, 6(1), 1–9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4788723/
Hernandez-Anzaldo, S., Berry, E., Brglez, V., Leung, D., Yun, T. J., Lee, J. S., Filep, J. G., Kassiri, Z., Cheong, C., Lambeau, G., Lehner, R., & Fernandez-Patron, C. (2015). Identification of a Novel Heart-Liver Axis: Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 Negatively Regulates Cardiac Secreted Phospholipase A2 to Modulate Lipid Metabolism and Inflammation in the Liver. Journal of the American Heart Association, 4(11), e002553–e002553. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.115.002553
Falendysz, E. A., Lopera, J. G., Lorenzsonn, F., Salzer, J. S., Hutson, C. L., Doty, J., Gallardo-Romero, N., Carroll, D. S., Osorio, J. E., & Rocke, T. E. (2015). Further Assessment of Monkeypox Virus Infection in Gambian Pouched Rats (Cricetomys gambianus) Using In Vivo Bioluminescent Imaging. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(10), e0004130. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004130
Pappas, C. T., Mayfield, R. M., Henderson, C., Jamilpour, N., Cover, C., Hernandez, Z., Hutchinson, K. R., Chu, M., Nam, K.-H., Valdez, J. M., Wong, P. K., Granzier, H. L., & Gregorio, C. C. (2015). Knockout of Lmod2 results in shorter thin filaments followed by dilated cardiomyopathy and juvenile lethality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201508273. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1508273112
Sjögren, B., Swaney, S., & Neubig, R. R. (2015). FBXO44-Mediated Degradation of RGS2 Protein Uniquely Depends on a Cullin 4B/DDB1 Complex. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0123581. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0123581
Berry, E., Hernandez-Anzaldo, S., Ghomashchi, F., Lehner, R., Murakami, M., Gelb, M. H., Kassiri, Z., Wang, X., & Fernandez-Patron, C. (2015). Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 Negatively Regulates Cardiac Secreted Phospholipase A2 to Modulate Inflammation and Fever. Journal of the American Heart Association, 4(4), e001868–e001868. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.115.001868
Schisler, J. C., Grevengoed, T. J., Pascual, F., Cooper, D. E., Ellis, J. M., Paul, D. S., Willis, M. S., Patterson, C., Jia, W., & Coleman, R. A. (2015). Cardiac Energy Dependence on Glucose Increases Metabolites Related to Glutathione and Activates Metabolic Genes Controlled by Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin. Journal of the American Heart Association, 4(2), e001136–e001136. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.114.001136
Konhilas, J. P., Chen, H., Luczak, E., McKee, L. A., Regan, J., Watson, P. A., Stauffer, B. L., Khalpey, Z. I., Mckinsey, T. A., Horn, T., LaFleur, B., & Leinwand, L. A. (2015). Diet and sex modify exercise and cardiac adaptation in the mouse. AJP: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 308(2), H135–H145. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00532.2014
Doldur-Balli, F., Ozel, M. N., Gulsuner, S., Tekinay, A. B., Ozcelik, T., Konu, O., & Adams, M. M. (2015). Characterization of a novel zebrafish (Danio rerio) gene, wdr81, associated with cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation and dysequilibrium syndrome (CAMRQ). BMC Neuroscience, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12868-015-0229-4
Koren, L., Alishekevitz, D., Elhanani, O., Nevelsky, A., Hai, T., Kehat, I., Shaked, Y., & Aronheim, A. (2015). ATF3-dependent cross-talk between cardiomyocytes and macrophages promotes cardiac maladaptive remodeling. International Journal of Cardiology, 198, 232–240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.06.099
Manning, J. R., Withers, C. N., Levitan, B., Smith, J. D., Andres, D. A., & Satin, J. (2015). Loss of Rad-GTPase produces a novel adaptive cardiac phenotype resistant to systolic decline with aging. American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 309(8), H1336–H1345. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00389.2015
Kolb, T. M., Peabody, J., Baddoura, P., Fallica, J., Mock, J. R., Singer, B. D., D’Alessio, F. R., Damarla, M., Damico, R. L., & Hassoun, P. M. (2015). Right ventricular angiogenesis is an early adaptive response to chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. Microcirculation, n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1111/micc.12247
Hezel, M. P., Liu, M., Schiffer, T. A., Larsen, F. J., Checa, A., Wheelock, C. E., Carlström, M., Lundberg, J. O., & Weitzberg, E. (2015). Effects of long-term dietary nitrate supplementation in mice. Redox Biology, 5, 234–242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.redox.2015.05.004
Neishabouri, S. H., Hutson, S. M., & Davoodi, J. (2015). Chronic activation of mTOR complex 1 by branched chain amino acids and organ hypertrophy. Amino Acids, 47(6), 1167–1182. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00726-015-1944-y
Mootz, J. M., Benson, M. A., Heim, C. E., Crosby, H. A., Kavanaugh, J. S., Dunman, P. M., Kielian, T., Torres, V. J., & Horswill, A. R. (2015). Rot is a key regulator of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation: Rot regulates S . aureus biofilm formation. Molecular Microbiology, 96(2), 388–404. https://doi.org/10.1111/mmi.12943
Lemon, D. D., Harrison, B. C., Horn, T. R., Stratton, M. S., Ferguson, B. S., Wempe, M. F., & McKinsey, T. A. (2015). Promiscuous actions of small molecule inhibitors of the protein kinase D-class IIa HDAC axis in striated muscle. FEBS Letters, 589(10), 1080–1088. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.febslet.2015.03.017
Eriksson, A., Williams, M. J., Voisin, S., Hansson, I., Krishnan, A., Philippot, G., Yamskova, O., Herisson, F. M., Dnyansagar, R., Moschonis, G., Manios, Y., Chrousos, G. P., Olszewski, P. K., Frediksson, R., & Schiöth, H. B. (2015). Implication of coronin 7 in body weight regulation in humans, mice and flies. BMC Neuroscience, 16(1), 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12868-015-0151-9
Zhang, Z., He, L., Hu, S., Wang, Y., Lai, Q., Yang, P., Yu, Q., Zhang, S., Xiong, F., Simsekyilmaz, S., Ning, Q., Li, J., Zhang, D., Zhang, H., Xiang, X., Zhou, Z., Sun, H., & Wang, C.-Y. (2015). AAL exacerbates pro-inflammatory response in macrophages by regulating Mincle/Syk/Card9 signaling along with the Nlrp3 inflammasome assembly. American Journal of Translational Research, 7(10), 1812–1825.
Song, B., Liu, Y., Parman, T., Liu, S., Miller, J. K., Liu, X., Tanga, M. J., & Mirsalis, J. (2014). Quantitative Proteomics for Cardiac Biomarker Discovery Using Isoproterenol-Treated Nonhuman Primates. Journal of Proteome Research, 13(12), 5909–5917. https://doi.org/10.1021/pr500835w
Drake, J. C., Bruns, D. R., Peelor, F. F., Biela, L. M., Miller, R. A., Hamilton, K. L., & Miller, B. F. (2014). Long-lived crowded-litter mice have an age-dependent increase in protein synthesis to DNA synthesis ratio and mTORC1 substrate phosphorylation. AJP: Endocrinology and Metabolism, 307(9), E813–E821. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00256.2014
Ablorh, N.-A. D., Dong, X., James, Z. M., Xiong, Q., Zhang, J., Thomas, D. D., & Karim, C. B. (2014). Synthetic Phosphopeptides Enable Quantitation of the Content and Function of the Four Phosphorylation States of Phospholamban in Cardiac Muscle. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289(42), 29397–29405. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M114.556621
van der Plas-Duivesteijn, S. J., Mohammed, Y., Dalebout, H., Meijer, A., Botermans, A., Hoogendijk, J. L., Henneman, A. A., Deelder, A. M., Spaink, H. P., & Palmblad, M. (2014). Identifying Proteins in Zebrafish Embryos Using Spectral Libraries Generated from Dissected Adult Organs and Tissues. Journal of Proteome Research, 13(3), 1537–1544. https://doi.org/10.1021/pr4010585
Wang, X., Huang, W., Yang, Y., Wang, Y., Peng, T., Chang, J., Caldwell, C. C., Zingarelli, B., & Fan, G.-C. (2014). Loss of duplexmiR-223 (5p and 3p) aggravates myocardial depression and mortality in polymicrobial sepsis. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Molecular Basis of Disease, 1842(5), 701–711. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbadis.2014.01.012
Williams, S. M., Golden-Mason, L., Ferguson, B. S., Schuetze, K. B., Cavasin, M. A., Demos-Davies, K., Yeager, M. E., Stenmark, K. R., & McKinsey, T. A. (2014). Class I HDACs regulate angiotensin II-dependent cardiac fibrosis via fibroblasts and circulating fibrocytes. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 67, 112–125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yjmcc.2013.12.013
Parra, S., Huang, X., Charbeneau, R. A., Wade, S. M., Kaur, K., Rorabaugh, B. R., & Neubig, R. R. (2014). Conditional disruption of interactions between Gαi2 and regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins protects the heart from ischemic injury. BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, 15(1), 29. https://doi.org/10.1186/2050-6511-15-29
Cavasin, M. A., Demos-Davies, K. M., Schuetze, K. B., Blakeslee, W. W., Stratton, M. S., Tuder, R. M., & McKinsey, T. A. (2014). Reversal of severe angioproliferative pulmonary arterial hypertension and right ventricular hypertrophy by combined phosphodiesterase-5 and endothelin receptor inhibition. Journal of Translational Medicine, 12(1), 314. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12967-014-0314-y
Melero, M., García-Párraga, D., Corpa, J., Ortega, J., Rubio-Guerri, C., Crespo, J., Rivera-Arroyo, B., & Sánchez-Vizcaíno, J. (2014). First molecular detection and characterization of herpesvirus and poxvirus in a Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). BMC Veterinary Research, 10(1), 968. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-014-0308-2
Lassaletta, A. D., Elmadhun, N. Y., Burgess, T. A., Bianchi, C., Sabe, A. A., Robich, M. P., Chu, L. M., & Sellke, F. W. (2014). Microvascular Notch Signaling Is Upregulated in Response to Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Chronic Myocardial Ischemia. Circulation Journal, 78(3), 743–751. https://doi.org/10.1253/circj.CJ-13-0685
Drake, J. C., Peelor, F. F., Biela, L. M., Watkins, M. K., Miller, R. A., Hamilton, K. L., & Miller, B. F. (2013). Assessment of Mitochondrial Biogenesis and mTORC1 Signaling During Chronic Rapamycin Feeding in Male and Female Mice. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 68(12), 1493–1501. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glt047
Cheng, X., Guo, S., Liu, Y., Chu, H., Hakimi, P., Berger, N. A., Hanson, R. W., & Kao, H.-Y. (2013). Ablation of Promyelocytic Leukemia Protein (PML) Re-patterns Energy Balance and Protects Mice from Obesity Induced by a Western Diet. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 288(41), 29746–29759. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M113.487595
Lassaletta, A. D., Elmadhun, N. Y., Liu, Y., Feng, J., Burgess, T. A., Karlson, N. W., Laham, R. J., & Sellke, F. W. (2013). Ethanol Promotes Arteriogenesis and Restores Perfusion to Chronically Ischemic Myocardium. Circulation, 128(11_suppl_1), S136–S143. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.000207
Koren, L., Elhanani, O., Kehat, I., Hai, T., & Aronheim, A. (2013). Adult Cardiac Expression of the Activating Transcription Factor 3, ATF3, Promotes Ventricular Hypertrophy. PLoS ONE, 8(7), e68396. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068396
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Lassaletta, A. D., Chu, L. M., Elmadhun, N. Y., Robich, M. P., Hoffman, Z. G., Kim, D. J., & Sellke, F. W. (2013). Mechanism for reduced pericardial adhesion formation in hypercholesterolemic swine supplemented with alcohol. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 43(5), 1058–1064. https://doi.org/10.1093/ejcts/ezs488
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