Aptamer Stability

29th August 2018
At Aptamer Group, every custom aptamer project begins with a feasibility study. The target and assay matrix are tested for compatibility and stability with the aptamer library, under a variety of conditions. At this early stage it is important to understand the optimal strategy for the selection, address any potential issues and […]

Portable Aptamer Based Sensor for Toxin Detection

9th August 2018 
Aptamers continue to demonstrate advantages in platforms and applications which require specific detection of small molecule targets.
There has been a growth in the use of point of care devices across a range of applications and assay types due to a need for rapid and reliable analysis (Vashist 2017). Aptamers are perfectly suited for […]

Cell specific staining

Cell specific staining in Confocal Imaging
Over the next few weeks we are going to look at examples of where we have developed aptamers for cell imaging.

One of the most common methods for understanding the structure and function of biological systems is through confocal microscopy. Cell imaging technologies have been advancing at a rapid pace, however […]

  • Aptamer affinity, aptamer selection

AptaBasics: Aptamer Affinity

18th July, 2017
Aptamer Affinity
Aptamers are affinity reagents, so the mechanism of binding to a target is a key characteristic. Today we discuss how aptamers bind and outline what we do to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose.

Aptamers bind to their target through weak noncovalent forces such as; hydrogen bonding, Van der Waals and electrostatics. These occur […]

  • A diagram illustrating the cycle that aptamer selection goes through.

Aptamer Selection

23rd May 2017
AptaBasics: Aptamer Selection
At Aptamer Group we can select and identify novel aptamers to specific targets in as little as 12 weeks. To select an aptamer we screen our aptamer library of about 1015 molecules, isolating monoclonal aptamers with the required affinity and selectivity for the customer nominated target of interest.

The selection process begins […]

  • Library vs log scale of molecules present.

What is an Aptamer Library?

16th May 2017
AptaBasics: What is an Aptamer Library?
Last week we described what aptamers are and the fact they have a variable region. This week we will discuss the scale of the library and why this makes aptamers suitable to many applications.

To generate the largest possible aptamer library, we start with a combinational library of DNA […]

  • 2 aptamers binding to small molecule targets and one aptamer binding to a large molecule target

What is an aptamer?

10th May 2017
AptaBasics:  ‘What is an Aptamer’?

An aptamer is a sequence of single strand nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) with a variable region of about 40 nucleotide bases. This variable sequence confers each aptamer with a unique 3 dimensional structure and potential ligand binding capability.  These factors make aptamers high affinity and specific binding molecules, […]