There are currently no licenced pharmaceuticals to treat cocaine addiction. To overcome this issue, US researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have been exploring how cocaine alters transcription in the nucleus accumbens, a region of the brain implicated in compulsive drug use. Here, Hannah Balfour discusses with Dr…
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As the global COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, staying abreast with the latest news can be challenging. In this article, Sheraz Gul provides an overview of the broad range of potential treatments in development and discusses how the regulatory landscape can shift at any time.
Conspiracy theories about COVID-19 have been spreading since the early days of the outbreak. But how do we know whether a biological entity is artificially made or has occurred naturally? Marc Baiget Francesch explores the capabilities of current scientific approaches in terms of virus engineering and how this applies to…
Exploring the intra-protein non-covalent interactions in the S1 domain of the SARS-CoV-2 S1 Spike protein
The Spike (S) protein is a promising drug target in the quest to develop vaccines and antivirals for SARS-CoV-2 to treat and prevent COVID-19. Intra-protein interaction energy landscape mapping efforts have recently identified key interactions that may be crucial for the S protein’s ability to bind to receptor proteins on…
The National Institute of Health envisions a plan for managing tuberculosis in the 21st century. Included in this proposal is targeting host proteins as an add-on therapy to antibiotics. Infectious disease biologists are focusing on this strategy and it is a topic of active research. Recently, a multinational research team…
Although many potential targets have been identified for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there is no effective treatment for this debilitating condition. In this article, Monika Schmidt and Sheraz Gul delve into the key proteins implicated in AD and suggest how phenotypic assays could aid in AD drug discovery.
A new way of identifying cancer biomarkers has been developed by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. The new technology allows very sensitive, quick and cost-effective identification of cancer biomarkers. Nikki Withers spoke to Professor Carl Borrebaeck, who discusses how the researchers demonstrated the power of combining proteomics with genomics.
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has become the method of choice for many researchers responding to infectious disease outbreaks and in the present coronavirus pandemic. Here, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the potential of NGS for rapid diagnosis and explores some of the emerging high-throughput approaches using NGS as a readout for the detection…
Genomics England has launched a next-generation genomic research platform that will play a key role in the response to COVID-19. It is hoped this research environment will transform how genomic data is made usable for global biopharma and academic scientists, providing world‑class patient data security, while enabling the flexibility required…
IN NOVEMBER 2017, leadXpro chose to strengthen its capabilities with the Creoptix™ WAVEsystem. “We were looking for a label‑free, biophysical method to investigate binding affinity and kinetics of small molecules with challenging integral membrane proteins,” explained Michael Hennig, Chief Executive Officer of leadXpro.
Responding efficiently to urgent situations is of utmost importance in times of crisis. Dr Suvarna Gandlur, Associate Director of Takara Bio’s next-generation sequencing (NGS) portfolio, discusses how the company is contributing to the COVID-19 effort and supporting the scientific community.
In the continuing battle against COVID-19, researchers now must identify the best candidates for vaccines and convalescent serum therapies against the virus.
Whitepaper: Evaluation of the analytical performance of the AQUIOS CL flow cytometer in a multi‑centre study
This whitepaper from Beckman Coulter evaluates the analytical performance of the AQUIOS CL flow cytometer in a multi‑centre study.
Horizon Discovery have developed their 3D OncoSignature™ spheroid screening service that consists of a panel of 200 cell lines. In this application note they demonstrate the ability of parallel 2D and 3D OncoSignature primary screens to identify known compounds with enhanced activity under 3D conditions.
In this application note, Fluidic Analytics show that by using MDS on the Fluidity One-W Serum we can accurately detect and characterise the binding affinity of antibodies to virus proteins directly in human serum.