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LUMICKS technologies installed all around the world

As turbulent 2020 was, we are happy to have managed to install various LUMICKS instruments all around the world. Our dynamic single-molecule instruments enable researchers to analyze complex dynamic details related to the behavior and interaction of single molecules. One of these installations is the newly installed C-Trap® system at the…
Doenja Jansen
23 February 2021
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The softening effect of vimentin filament phosphorylation measured with the C-Trap®

A recent study published in the journal Nanoscale shows how post-translational phosphorylation and proteins binding phosphorylated sites regulate the stiffness of vimentin filaments. The researchers combined several analytical approaches and instruments, including the C-Trap® optical tweezers, to define the role of these modifications and interactions on the mechanical properties of vimentin. Apart from contributing…
Santiago Gisler
16 February 2021
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Evaluation of protein droplet viscoelasticity with the C-Trap® reveals new material properties

A recent publication in Science describes a new glass-like structural behavior that protein droplets can adopt, regulating their biochemical behavior as they age. Specifically, through rheological measurements using the C-Trap® optical tweezers, the researchers discovered material properties that may help cells respond to a dynamic molecular environment. The findings offer essential insights into the…
Santiago Gisler
16 February 2021
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Coordinated stimulation of RAD51 filament assembly and growth revealed with the C-Trap®

A recent study published in Molecular Cell used dynamic single-molecule analysis to evaluate the roles of specific proteins involved in the initiating steps of homologous recombination, including nucleation and growth of RAD51 filaments. Specifically, the researchers used the C-Trap® optical tweezers with correlated confocal microscopy to evaluate the roles of RAD51 paralogues and BRCA2…
Santiago Gisler
16 February 2021
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Researchers study the viscoelasticity of human cells as a response to external cues using the high-throughput AFS®

A recent publication in Small introduces you to the value of acoustic force spectroscopy (AFS®) to study the viscoelastic properties of individual cells in high throughput. The authors describe how they used this “plug-and-play” instrument to measure mechanical cell properties upon external cues seamlessly. Romanov et al. specifically assessed how alterations to…
Santiago Gisler
16 February 2021
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LUMICKS enters collaboration with LAVA Therapeutics to characterize its tumor-specific γδ T-cell engagers

In their quest of creating safe and effective immunotherapy cancer treatments, LUMICKS and LAVA Therapeutics joined forces. The partnership aims to evaluate the efficacy of various tumor-specific γδ T-cell engagers based on the resulting binding strengths (cell avidity) between T cells and tumors, measured with LUMICKS newly installed z-Movi® Cell…
Santiago Gisler
4 December 2020
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C-Trap® installed at Emory University in Atlanta

We are happy to announce the installation of a new C-Trap® system with correlated optical tweezers and three-color confocal imaging functionality at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The installed instrument, which is managed by the research group of Prof. Laura Finzi and Dr. David Dunlap, will be used by several…
Santiago Gisler
18 November 2020