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Highly reproducible single-molecule analysis of transient structures of native proteins using m-Trap® dual optical tweezers combined with Raman spectroscopy

A recent publication by Dai et al. in Nature Communications presents an optical tweezers-coupled Raman spectroscopy platform providing tuneable and reproducible surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) measurements. By combining a Raman microscope with the dual-trap optical tweezers and microfluidic flow chamber of the m-Trap®, the scientists were able to characterize three…
Nelli Bossert
8 April 2021
C-Trap® installed at University of Groningen, NLnews

New C-Trap® installation at the University of Groningen opens avenues for investigating the conformational cycle of chaperone proteins

We are thrilled to announce the installation of a C-Trap® at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in the lab of Dr. Katarzyna (Kasia) Tych. The installed C-Trap® combines optical tweezers with 3-color fluorescence microscopy, which the team will use to investigate protein stabilities, molecular chaperoning, and conformational regulation. They plan…
Ron Eliyahoo
23 March 2021
ROS activation in macrophages optical tweezers fluorescence microscopynews

Early activation of single macrophages captured by the C-Trap®

In a recent article published in Small Methods, researchers reveal a method that uniquely captures the early phase of oxidative stress response in macrophages. Employing the powerful combination of optical tweezers, confocal fluorescent microscopy, and microfluidics of the C-Trap®, they measured the real-time intracellular response of individual macrophages to a…
Nelli Bossert
11 March 2021
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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