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Single-molecule measurements with AFS® and optical tweezers reveal progressive assembly of viruses

The research lab of Dr. Gijs Wuite in the Netherlands recently published a single-molecule study in Science Advances, demonstrating the progressive self-assembly steps of viruses. Methods, such as optical tweezers and acoustic force spectroscopy (AFS®), enabled the researchers to study the transient and otherwise hard-to-verify steps associated with viral assembly.…
Santiago Gisler
14 May 2020
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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
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Screening of cancer targeting TCRs with the z-Movi®

With the quick development of new single-cell analysis technologies it is now possible to identify cancer-targeting T-Cell Receptors (TCRs) in a single experiment. A recent review published in Methods in Enzymology, presented the z-Movi® Cell Avidity Analyzer among the future platforms for the screening of cancer-targeting TCRs. “This technology is…
Antonio d'Errico
10 April 2020
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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
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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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Single-molecule study assesses how cohesin complexes bridge DNA molecules using C-Trap® correlated optical tweezers with fluorescence microscopy

In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, Gutierrez-Escribano et al. studied the role of cohesin complexes in DNA tethering to gain a better understanding of sister chromatid cohesion. Using the C-Trap correlated optical tweezers with fluorescence microscopy, they observed in real-time intermolecular (DNA–DNA) and intramolecular cohesin-derived DNA bridge…
Santiago Gisler
5 December 2019
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