The potential of three-dimensional cell culture models is now well-recognised by scientists; however, there are still some challenges. Margaritha Mysior and Jeremy Simpson address some of the common challenges of working with spheroids and organoid models – including how they are developed and how to obtain high-resolution, high-content images and…
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Issue #2 2019
Thanks to new developments with induced pluripotent stem cells enabling generation of human neurons, scientists can more precisely analyse the effects that chemicals have on human cells. This article describes research into the effects of cannabis on neuronal development and implications of its legalisation in Canada.
Scientists from LifeArc, an independent medical research charity in the UK, explain how they’re using the latest imaging technologies to progress drug discovery campaigns and identify the most promising candidates for antibody-based therapies.
Native mass spectrometry has the potential to be a fast, simple, highly sensitive and automatable technique for compound screening in drug design and discovery. In this article, Rod Chalk and Nicola Burgess-Brown discuss the key attributes of native mass spectrometry and reasons why it is not yet widely employed.
Progressing drug discovery projects to a stage that attracts commercial interest is a challenging endeavour, evidenced by the fact that only a small proportion of drug discovery projects are successfully progressed to such a stage. A major cause of this is the lack of comprehensive profiling of compounds prior to…
For the past thirty years, native mass spectrometry has grown in both scope and reach in labs across the globe to encompass larger and more challenging molecular complexes. However, up until now, the throughput of these techniques has been slow and manual. Christopher Nortcliffe discusses ways that native analysis is…
Conventional methods for radiolabelling proteins are time consuming and difficult to automate. In this article, Jason P. Holland discusses how combining photochemistry with radiochemistry enables development of radiolabelled proteins far more quickly and easily – literally in a flash of light.
The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, together with the plummeting cost of whole-genome sequencing, has cleared a path for the development of customised cancer cell models. Here, we discuss recent developments in the field and challenges associated with targeted-therapy resistance.
Application note: Detection of anti-drug antibody (ADA) using single molecule counting (SMCTM) technology
All biological therapeutics have the potential to induce an immunemediated response ranging from benign to severe adverse effects.
High-content screening (HCS) approaches have become increasingly common in drug discovery with HCS technologies integrated across the drug discovery pipeline. Here we discuss recent developments in this arena.
Image-based phenotypic profiling of small molecules has been used for identification and characterisation of small molecules in drug discovery and can provide important insights into their mechanisms of action (MOA). This article discusses the use of phenotypic profiling in drug discovery and how machine-learning algorithms could help improve objectivity, processing…