New application note shows how to study transient conformational changes of kinases using the C-Trap®

We are excited to announce that our latest application note, Real-time detection of kinase conformational changes in the presence of a small-molecule inhibitor, is available to download. The application note is perfect for protein research, as it showcases how you … Continue Reading

Researchers use the m-Trap® and C-Trap® to discover CRISPR-Cas9 properties that can help improve in vivo efficiency

A recent publication from the research lab of Dr. Bo Sun presents new findings in the field of gene editing that may help improve in vivo delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 complexes. The team investigated the DNA-binding properties of Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 … Continue Reading

Researchers investigate the effects of biomolecular droplet structure on fusion times using the C-Trap®

In a recent publication, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago used the C-Trap® to study the relationship between structural properties of biomolecular condensates and their fusion times. They found that fusion times, an indicator of condensate density, varies … Continue Reading

Electrostatic effects on vimentin stiffness demonstrated with the C-Trap®

A recently published study from the lab of Prof. Sarah Köster at the University of Göttingen investigated how electrostatic conditions influence the mechanical properties of intermediate filament vimentin, such as structural stability. The researchers assessed these features by stretching the … Continue Reading

In vitro characterization of nucleosomes upon DNA unwrapping using the C-Trap®

A recent publication in the journal Scientific Reports describes a new method to create arrays of nucleosome positioning motifs. Through sequential Gibson Assembly reactions, the researchers managed to clone a series of sequence motifs, with high affinity for histone octamers, … Continue Reading

Vesicle-like RNA–protein condensates characterized by the C-Trap®

We were happy to find yet another publication from the lab of Dr. Priya Banerjee with results from C-Trap® analyses! This time his lab examined the formation and features of vesicle-like RNA–protein structures, which differ from the more known uniform … Continue Reading

Exploring mitochondrial translation processes with the C-Trap®

This month, we find the C-Trap®  featured in Nature Communications in an article published by the lab of Dr. Joanna Rorbach in which they describe mitochondrial translation initiation. The study provides insight into a relatively unexplored, yet exciting field that … Continue Reading

Recent review highlights the impact of force spectroscopy and the C-Trap®

We were happy to read last week that LUMICKS was recognized for our efforts in the field of dynamic single-molecule research! A recent review in ACS Publications examined the current advances in single-molecule research, highlighting the impact of force spectroscopy … Continue Reading

New insights into the initiation of nucleotide excision repair found using C-Trap®

A recent publication in PNAS shows how the catalytically inactive alkyltransferase-like protein (ATL) scans and recognizes detrimental DNA alkylation lesions. The C-Trap® with correlated optical tweezers and confocal microscopy enabled researchers to investigate how ATL interacts with DNA to identify … Continue Reading

New mechanism of helicase-induced DNA unwinding from nicks found with the C-Trap®

A study published in eLife shows how replication protein A (RPA) activates helicase Bloom syndrome protein (BLM) to unwind double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) bidirectionally from nicks. The C-Trap® enabled the researchers to simultaneously measure and visualize the DNA–protein interactions in real … Continue Reading