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C-Trap Archives - LUMICKS

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
Top banner images were licensed by Jose Luis Stephens (Santiago de Chile) / Sean Pavone (Salt Lake City) / Boris Stroujko (Wurzburg) / f11photo (Tokyo) / Shutterstock.comnews

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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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