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Sophion technology helped Metrion Biosciences meet higher customer demands and growing assay complexity

Metrion Biosciences successfully met the challenge of growing complexity in ion channel research by adopting Sophion Bioscience’s automated QPatch II and Qube 384 patch clamp platforms. The move transformed Metrion’s research output, enabling it to take on more – and larger – projects and grow its customer base.

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Together, Metrion and Sophion have forged a close relationship over the years. Sophion’s input on assay optimization, application, and technical instrument support and instrument service has helped Metrion maximize the in-laboratory benefits of automated patch clamping.

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Large Molecules: New application report focus on Wnt signaling pathway activation

In a new application report, written together with Dr. Aamir Ahmed from Kings College London, UK, we obtained automated patch clamp (APC) recordings using the fragile and scarce Wnt proteins. Wnt 9B, 5A and 10B, were all shown to activate ion channel currents in PC3 cells.

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Wingless-related integration site (Wnt) comprises a diverse family of secreted signaling proteins (350–400 amino acids, 35-45 kDa), which act as close-range signaling molecules. Wnt signal activation initiates a complex downstream signal cascade in eukaryotic cells and is critical in the development of many diseases, including cancer.

It was possible to obtain both manual and automated patch clamp recordings of fragile and scarce Wnt proteins after a thorough optimization of the protein handling.

We highlight aspects of the handling of Wnt proteins optimized for APC testing, which could also be applied to other large molecules (e.g. peptide toxins, nanobodies, antibodies).

You can find all relevant Wnt signaling (and other large molecules) publications and posters here

New faces at Sophion

To meet the increasing demand of new application development and customer support, we have hired two new application specialists.

Kim Boddum has a PhD in neuropharmacology and comes from a post doc at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Uni of CPH. Kim has for the past 7-8 years worked on membrane receptors and ion channels function and pharmacology.

Kadla Røskva Rosholm has a PhD in Nanoscience working on high-throughput fluorescence-based cell assays. Also she been done two post docs working on electrophysiological and fluorescence methodologies to investigate the molecular mechanism of ion-channel signaling.

You can meet Dr. Kadla Røskva Rosholm and Dr. Kim Boddum at customer sites, demos or conferences.