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SeedEZ 3D cell culture methods and protocols – total protein extraction and quantification. 3D cell culturing conditions influence protein extraction from cells for downstream analysis. Depending on extraction buffer used, an amount of protein from the extracellular matrix (in addition to cell protein) may be extracted. For these reasons, setup suitable controls. Here, it is shown how to extract total protein from cells cultured in 3D in the SeedEZ under different culturing conditions and how to apply a protein assay to quantify it. Protein assay results with 3D brain co-culture models comprising primary cortical neurons and primary-harvested and one-time passaged mixed glia (astrocytes and microglia) seeded into (a) uncoated SeedEZ substrate, (b) Poly-D-Lysine coated SeedEZ substrate, and (c) seeded in 7.5 mg/ml protein suspension into uncoated SeedEZ are shown.