GABAA receptors represent a large and complicated family of ion channels that consist of at least 16 subunits (α1-6, β1-3, γ1-3, δ, ε, π, θ) that have been shown to be vital for the normal functioning of the brain. These inhibitory ligand-gated channels have been shown to beimportant in sedation,…
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Explore the full kinetic and epitope diversity of large antibody libraries with high throughput Array SPR (Surface Plasmon Resonance).
In this In-Depth Focus: upstream cell culture processes for the production of therapeutic proteins, the evolving role of three-dimensional in-vitro cell culture techniques in drug discovery, and human iPSCs-derived functional cells are revolutionising phenotypic drug discovery and development.
Flow cytometry has played a key role in drug development, largely due to its ability to measure up to twenty parameters on single cells or particles suspended in a fluid stream. Conor Fitzpatrick discusses how the rise of high-throughput flow cytometry has contributed to the advancements in drug discovery...
Next generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionised genomics research providing a wealth of genetic information of immense value to researchers. NGS technologies have been evolving over the last decade, leading to substantial improvement in understanding different biological systems from broader and deeper perspectives.1
For many years, screening assays have been based on high-content imaging systems. However, recent advances in the field of flow cytometry have meant that flow-based assays are now more prevalent. The power of flow cytometry to utilise multiple lasers, multiple fluorochromes and multiplexed assays has meant that assays are not…
Biologics are the fastest growing class of therapeutics in the biopharmaceutical industry. A key driver for this growth is success with anti-cancer immunotherapeutics such as checkpoint modulation, adoptive cell therapy and bispecific T-cell engagers. While these approaches use different tactics to attack tumours, they often employ monoclonal antibodies to target…
In this In-Depth Focus: hunting mysterious ‘Dark Matter Genome’ towards rewriting the rules of human genetic diseases, and enabling biomarker discovery at single-cell resolution
This webinar, held on 28 June 2018, illustrated the optimisation of hits derived from a target-agnostic phenotypic screen, using a strategy based on combining bioactivity profiling and reference compound characterisation. Keynote speaker Arsenio Nueda, Head of Molecular Biology at Almirall, responded as follows to questions posed during the webinar.
Flow cytometry has played a key role in drug development, largely due to its ability to measure up to twenty parameters on single cells or particles suspended in a fluid stream. Typically, cells are labelled with fluorescent markers and passed through a series of lasers, after which the resultant fluorescent…
This Assays In-Depth Focus looks at applications of high content screening in autophagy, and complex biology for the precision medicine era.
Stem cell-based technologies lay the basis for pioneering approaches in drug screening, toxicology testing, and regenerative medicine. The constant supply of high cell numbers in consistent quality needs scalable culture systems and standardised process conditions.
Cell therapies offer revolutionary new approaches for treating humandisease. Most of these treatments use GMP cytokines and growthfactors for the differentiation, expansion, and maintenance of cells.It is critical that GMP protein suppliers offer the optimal combinationof consistency, safety, and stable supply chain.
In this In-Depth Focus, Stefan R. Schmidt discusses the current status and future perspectives of monoclonal antibodies and Tony Edge explains why the determination of aggregate is critical in the formation of monoclonal antibodies.
Expert view: Assays to measure the potency of therapeutic antibodies used in combination with other drugs for Immuno‑Oncology treatments
Growing evidence reveals that using single immunotherapies to treat oncological disorders may lead to cancer-killing T-cell overdrive,initiating life-threatening autoimmune reactions including cytokinestorm; also known as hypercytokinemia or Cytokine Release Syndrome(CRS). Recently, checkpoint blockade using anti-programmed cell death1 (anti-PD-1) inhibitors became a prevalent approach for stimulatinganti-tumour immune system.