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SpectraMax® Microplate Readers: A complete solution for Transcreener® assays
Cathleen Salono, Caroline Cardonnel, Kasia Proctor and Cathy Olsen

Transcreener® ADP2 Assays are homogenous assays with fluorescent readouts that enable the detection and screening of established drug targets including protein and lipid kinases, as well as emerging targets such as carbohydrate kinases, triphosphatases, heat shock proteins and other ATPases.

Live Cell Beating Assay Using Human iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes for Evaluation of Drug Efficacy and Toxicity
Oksana Sirenko, Carole Crittenden, Blake Anson, Jayne Hesley, Yen-Wen Chen, Nick Callamaras and Evan F. Cromwell

A large percentage of new drugs fail in clinical studies due to cardiac toxicity. Development of highly predictive in vitro assays suitable for screening, safety assessment or other environments is therefore extremely important for drug development. Human cardiomyocytes derived from stem cell sources can greatly accelerate the discovery of cardiac drugs and improve drug safety by offering more clinically relevant cell-based models than those presently available.

Identification of novel autoantigensin patients with liver autoimmune diseases by Protein MicroArray
C. Zingaretti1, M. Arigò1, A. Cardaci1, A. Sinisi1, L. Muratori3, P. Colombatto4, F. Bonino2, P. Invernizzi5, , A.L. Zignego6 MC. Crosti1, M. Moro1, J. Geginat1, Pagani M.1, R. De Francesco1, S. Abrignani1. & M. Bombaci1

The characterization of autoimmune disease-specific biomarkers are of primary importance for the development of diagnostic tools and the comprehension of pathogenetic mechanisms leading to autoimmunity. To this aim a protein microarray was employed to analyze serum samples from patients with autoimmune hepatitis (e.g. AIH & PBC) and of healthy as controls. A panel of autoantigens able to discriminate among the groups of patients was identified for potential use as biomarkers.

Attempts of facilitated DelF508-CFTR trafficking to the plasma membrane
Sergey Shityakov, Massimo Micaroni, Alexander A. Mironov, Alberto Luini

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations of the CF transmembrane conductance regulator protein (CFTR), a cAMP-regulated chloride channel. One of the most common CFTR mutations is the deletion of phenylalanine in 508 position (DelF508-CFTR). This mutation induces small conformational change hence the CFTR trafficking is no more effective. The main idea is to find a molecule to facilitate the DelF508-CFTR trafficking to the plasma membrane.

Production of Naturally Compressed Screening Arrays
Steven A Trim.

Animal venoms and toxins are a rich source of novel biologics with several making the progression from tool to therapeutic such as FDA approved Integrilintm (Eptifibatide) (Millennium pharmaceuticals)1 derived from Rattlesnake venom for unstable angina.

A fast and fully automated solution for Lipidic Cubic Phase (LCP) screening using mosquito LCP
Joby Jenkins1, Patricia Edwards2, Rob Lewis1and Joanne Franklin1

Membrane proteins, such as G-protein-coupled receptors, are known to be much more difficult to purify and crystallise than soluble proteins due to their native environment within the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane. The in meso (lipidic cubic phase or LCP) crystallisation technique has revolutionised the process of crystallising membrane proteins. This method utilises highly viscous lipid mesophases to contain the membrane proteins for crystallisation.

A high-throughput colony formation assay for profiling novel compounds and RNAi reagents using the Acumen® eX3
Andrew Goulter and Jason Mundin

Cell colony formation assays measure a cell's ability to grow unattached to a surface and have applications in a range of areas including hematopoietic stem cell research, cell transformation studies and the prediction of responses of tumors to chemotherapeutic agents. The results of this study demonstrated that Acumen eX3 can be used as a high-throughput platform for investigation of effects of test compounds and RNAi reagents on cell colony formation.

High-throughput imaging of cellular models using an Acumen eX3
Paul Wylie, David Onley

The Acumen eX3 is the fastest imaging system available, collecting and simultaneously analysing over 40 images/second, covering the entire well, without the trade off of having to use lower resolution. Acumen is well established for cell-based high-content screening, but researchers have recently applied its large field of view to rapidly analyse complex cellular or animal models, such as angiogenic tube formation, C. elegans or drosophila larvae.

A Mix-and-Read Cell-Based Assay for Antibody Screening Against Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor
Wayne Bowen, David Onley, Tristan Cope

The conventional antibody screening assay based on antibody-antigen binding has been enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). While tedious and consuming, ELISA has proved sufficient for the identification of antibodies directed against secreted antigens. However, cell surface antigens (e.g. GPCRs) provide challenges for ELISA due to the shortage of soluble antigens and high variability resulting from loss of cells during wash procedures.

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Direct Drug Screening Of Biopsies Could Overcome Resistance
Combining genetic with pharmacologic screening of tumors may enable truly individualized treatment regimens.
Almac Announces Launch of CLIA Validated Next Generation Sequencing Assay
P53 considered important biomarker for cancer drug discovery.
Next-Gen Melanoma Drug Excels in Lab Tests
Anti-cancer activity was reported in 10 out of 11 patient tumor samples grown in mice and treated with the experimental drug TAK-733.
Blood Test Could Reduce Antibiotic Use
A new blood biomarker test that indicates whether bacteria is the cause of a patient’s lung infection is now being studied at UPMC Presbyterian.
New Targets and Test to Develop Treatments for Memory Disorders
The study focuses on kinesin, a molecular motor protein that plays a role in the transport of other proteins throughout a cell.
Drugging the Undruggable
Discovery opens up possibility of slowing cancer spread.
Classification of Gene Mutations in Neuroblastoma
Penn Medicine and CHOP experts define riskier mutations in neuroblastoma, setting stage for clinical trial.
Microscopic “Walkers” Find Their Way Across Cell Surfaces
Technology could provide a way to deliver probes or drugs to cell structures without outside guidance.
Study Investigates Inherent Contamination in Deep Well Microplates
Study gives data on microplates from numerous manufacturers based in Europe, USA and China.
Culture System Replicates Course Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Three-dimensional system should significantly reduce time and costs of drug development.
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