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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 […]

Aptamer-based Lab on chip for the rapid detection of food-borne pathogens

1st August 2018
Scientists from the Technical University of Denmark, led by  Krishna  Kant have published a new review in Biotechnology Advances including  aptamer-based approaches  for the rapid detection of food-borne pathogens.
Food borne diseases, caused by the consumption of foods contaminated with pathogens or their toxins, are one of the major burdens to public health, causing […]

Aptamers excel as binding reagents in ELISA replacement assays for antibiotics in complex media such as plasma, milk and others

18th May 2018.

Traditionally small molecules, such as antibiotics, have been difficult targets for ELISA development. Aptamer Group has selected aptamers that bind to small molecules, previously inaccessible to other binding technologies. Utilising our state-of-the-art automation and parallel processing techniques, we can select high affinity and highly specific aptamers against small molecule targets, in solution. These […]

Biosensors developed using aptamers distinguish between closely related small molecules

4th May 2018

Development of biosensors for the detection of small molecules is notoriously difficult due to the lack of suitable antibodies and the relatively small signals, which result upon small molecule binding to them. At Aptamer Group we select aptamers that bind to small molecules with high specificity and undergo a substantial conformational change that gives […]

Cell Imaging – Aptamers can monitor the different stages of cancer

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

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 […]

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Lateral Flow Assays

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 […]

  • Monoclonal data for aptamer selection in complex media

Aptamer Selection in Complex Media

25th August, 2017
Starting with the end in mind
The use of aptamers in point of care diagnostic devices, for monitoring drug dose levels or for use as therapeutics, requires functionality across a wide variety of conditions.

Aptamer selection starts in conditions optimised to promote aptamer/target interaction to identify the best target-binders. Subsequently, by introducing different pressures, we […]

  • Comparing healthy to disease state cells using aptamers

Aptamer Application: Biomarker Discovery

22nd August, 2017.
Biomarker Discovery

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 […]

  • Aptamer, Flow Cytometry, Data, Stain, Antibody Alternative

Aptamer Application: Flow Cytometry

1st August, 2017.
Flow Cytometry
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 […]