Exploring mitochondrial translation processes with the C-Trap®

This month, we find the C-Trap®  featured in Nature Communications in an article published by the lab of Dr. Joanna Rorbach in which they describe mitochondrial translation initiation. The study provides insight into a relatively unexplored, yet exciting field that investigates the properties of mitochondrial ribosomes (mitoribosomes) during translation. Understanding…
Santiago Gisler
25 June 2020

New insights into the initiation of nucleotide excision repair found using C-Trap®

A recent publication in PNAS shows how the catalytically inactive alkyltransferase-like protein (ATL) scans and recognizes detrimental DNA alkylation lesions. The C-Trap® with correlated optical tweezers and confocal microscopy enabled researchers to investigate how ATL interacts with DNA to identify alkyl lesions and interact with associated repair proteins. The findings…
Santiago Gisler
30 April 2020

Controlled ligand gradient through C-Trap® facilitates DSM measurements

A publication in the journal Micromachines describes how researchers managed to control the concentrations of DNA-binding dyes in single-molecule optical tweezers experiments on DNA. They established a controlled concentration gradient with the multi-channel laminar microfluidics system integrated with their C-Trap® correlated optical tweezers and confocal microscopy. The study demonstrates a…
Santiago Gisler
19 March 2020

Impressions from LUMICKS’ Training Session for new users

As part of our commitment to support scientists through all the stages towards their first publication using our instruments, we often organize dedicated training sessions. In the case of the lab of Prof. Shi at Tsinghua University, this was in the form of a 5-day advanced training, providing in-depth knowledge…
16 March 2020

Study shows how chaperone enzyme ClpB processively translocates polypeptide loops using C-Trap® correlated optical tweezers and confocal microscopy

A new study published in Nature reports how researchers verified the intricate process of disaggregating entangled proteins by analyzing chaperone enzyme ClpB at a single-molecule level. The C-Trap® correlated optical tweezers and confocal microscopy enabled them to analyze how the member of the Hsp100 chaperone family translocates looped polypeptide substrates…
Santiago Gisler
13 February 2020
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C-Trap® installed at Technical University of Munich

We are happy to announce the recent installation of the C-Trap® at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in the lab of Prof. Matthias Rief. The installed C-Trap combines optical tweezers with 2-color fluorescence microscopy and will be used by students and postdocs in the Rief lab. Among other areas,…
Doenja Jansen
11 February 2020
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