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Poly-L-lysine: what is it and what are its uses?

Poly-L-lysine is a synthetic amino acid polymer – a chain ofmultiple L-lysine amino acid monomers, with multiple industry and biomedical applications.

As a monomer, lysine contains two amino groups, called α-polylysine and ε-polylysine, based on which carbon they are on. Α-polylysine is composed of either L-lysine or D-lysine enantiomers, based on the chirality (“handedness”) of the lysine’s central carbon. Poly-L-lysine is a polypeptide formed from L-lysine monomers. Poly-D-lysine, a similar molecule used in similar applications, is a polymer formed with D-lysine units.

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Magnetic beads immunoprecipitation

Principles of immunoprecipitation with magnetic beads

Immunoprecipitation is one of the commonly used antibody-based techniques which relies on the specific affinity of an antibody to identify its target molecule within a biological sample for further analysis and research.

In a general protocol, antibody is pre-bound to a scaffold (magnetic beads or agarose beads) while it is incubated with lysates containing the target molecule. The mixture is then placed in the presence of a magnetic force. Using a classical magnetic rack the beads will be tightly held against the side of their container. The buffer simply can be removed from the container while the target molecule is still bound to the strongly immobilized beads to be finally eluted. This can also be done with free antibodies, which can be mixed with a cell lysate to bind their target, and then are bound to magnetic beads

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Sepmag is supporting the IVD industry to develop best in class Immunoassays

Magnetic separation is rapidly gaining popularity in the field of Life Sciences due to its numerous advantages. When considering the adoption of magnetic separation to purify biomaterial, it is crucial to recognize that the magnet itself plays an equally vital role as magnetic beads in achieving efficient biomagnetic separation.

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Magnetic Bead Fluorescent Immunoassays: How to use them in your research

Magnetic bead-based fluorescent immunoassays can detect and measure single or multiple analytes, such as certain proteins, present in one sample. The technology uses fluorescent magnetic beads, such as StrepTalontm or Luminex® beads, and detection antibodies to detect multiple analytes, and therefore answer multiple questions, simultaneously. So how do they work? 

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Cell Isolation

Importance and uses of cell isolation

Cells are the basic and fundamental units of organisms carrying genes for the biological function of that particular cell. Higher organisms (eukaryotes) are composed of 200 different types of cells (e.g. red blood cells, white blood cells, muscle cells, bone cells, nerve cells etc.) that have different gene expression profiles and even the same cell lines can present different genomes, transcriptomes and epigenomes during cell division and differentiation.

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What is transfection and what methods can be used to carry it out?

Transfection is a technique that makes it possible to modify the genetic content and therefore gene expression of host eukaryotic cells, both in vivo and in vitro. This makes transfection an important tool for drug discovery, the CRISPR-Cas9 technique, studying cell biology, cellular functions and molecular mechanisms of disease. The process centers on inserting proteins, nanoparticles or nucleic acids (such as cDNA, mRNA) into the cytoplasm of cells. 

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Conclusions to 'How to master your biomagnetic separation processes: consistency and monitoring'

Previously, the use of magnetic beads was limited to small volumes. The difficulty of scaling up beyond a few milliliters was misinterpreted as a limitation of the technology itself. However, as discussed in this e-book, the problem is not the biomagnetic separation process, but a lack of understanding of the physical processes governing it. Once you identify the key parameters that control the magnetic bead's behavior, it is easy to choose the right tools and methods to validate the process and replicate it at different volumes.

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Enzyme Immunoassay

Immunoassay tests are biochemical/bioanalytical methods that detect an “analyte” and quantify its concentration in a complex mixture of chemicals or biological fluids (e.g. serum or urine). Analytes can be a micro- or macromolecule (e.g. protein, nucleic acid, polysaccharide or lipid) or chemical substances (e.g. hormones, drugs).

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How monitoring your process can help you scale-up successfully

Once you have defined the required magnetic force, with a constant magnetic force separation device, it is simple to scale up production. Having validated the magnetic force at a small scale, the same force value can be used for a larger system, even in a different magnetic separation system. Because the conditions remain the same, efficiency (no losses) and batch consistency (no irreversible aggregation) are guaranteed.

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Magnetic DNA Purification: History and recent developments

Magnetic DNA purification is a simple and reliable way to isolate DNA. 

Nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) isolation and amplification is an important tool for molecular biology and important step before many biochemical and diagnostic processes. These techniques have made great progress recently [1][2] due to the increasing number of sudden and public health-threatening infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola virus, Zika virus and more recently SARS-Covid) prompting the wide applications of nucleic acid detection for the on-site immunological technologies and rapid kits (for magnetic mRNA purification refer to “Oligo dT-coated magnetic beads: the benefits of their application for mRNA purification”).

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