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 […]
9th August 2018
18th April 2018
Previously we introduced aptamers as a tool for cell specific staining. Here we have taken this technology a step further to demonstrate that aptamers can monitor disease progression in cancer.
By utilising our selection methodology, we can rapidly isolate aptamers against cells in different disease states. Through this process we have been able to identify […]
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 […]
12th September, 2017
Aptamer Applications: Using Aptamers in Lateral Flow Assays
There is a growing need for easy to use, point of care tests. A technology where aptamers can be used to achieve this is in lateral flow assays. A lateral flow assay is a method of detecting the presence (or absence) of an analyte without complicated […]
22nd August, 2017.
A biomarker is a measurable indicator showing the presence or severity of a disease state. Using biomarkers to differentiate between healthy and diseased cells can enable the development of specific diagnostics, research tools and targeted therapeutics.
Biomarker Discovery using Aptamers
Traditional biomarker discovery is a long process and relies on multiple comparisons using various […]
1st August, 2017.
Flow Cytometry is a technique used to identify biomarkers on cell surfaces and intracellular molecules. Most flow cytometers use fluorescently labelled antibodies to differentiate between cells expressing different markers.
Initially the cell sample is suspended, stained with a fluorescent label and washed to remove any non-specific binding. The suspension is introduced into the […]
25th July, 2017
AptaBlot – increasing the utility of Western Blotting
Western Blotting is a powerful technique used to detect and identify proteins. Antibodies have traditionally been used as the detection molecule, but aptamers are now emerging to complement or address shortfalls of existing reagents.
Basis of the Western Blot
The first step of a Western blot uses electrophoresis […]
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, […]