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TTP LabTech launches dedicated instrument for lipidic cubic phase screening

09TTP13.jpgRoyston, UK (12 November 2009) – TTP LabTech are today pleased to announce the launch of mosquito® LCP. Developed in collaboration with senior researchers from the MRC, UK (Gebhard Schertler and Pat Edwards), this instrument facilitates the automation and increased throughput of lipidic cubic phase (LCP) crystallisation set-ups. This novel automation system enables LCP screening to be performed accurately and with ease.

The LCP technique for crystallising membrane proteins can be difficult and time-consuming to set up by hand as it utilises highly viscous lipid mesophases to reconstitute proteins. TTP LabTech has overcome these problems with mosquito LCP, a dedicated pipetting instrument for automated LCP screening set-up. This new product boasts the full functionality of the renowned mosquito product, whilst incorporating technical innovations specific for LCP techniques.

Using a positive displacement syringe with automated tip positioning, mosquito LCP provides accurate and repeatable dispensing of the LCP drops. The precise positioning of the LCP material also facilitates automated imaging of membrane protein crystals in a range of high density plate types. mosquito LCP provides significant benefits over manual processes due to the use of its unique disposable tip technology. For the precipitant additions step, this not only guarantees zero cross-contamination, but negates the need for time-consuming tip washing. Subsequently, high throughput rates of more than eight 96- well plates per hour are easily achieved and evaporation of the dispensed LCP is minimised.

‘The mosquito is already being used extensively for automated, high throughput protein crystallisation in sitting drop, hanging drop and micro batch applications,’ commented Gebhard Schertler from the MRC ‘This new instrument now extends the applications of the mosquito to the LCP technique. The mosquito LCP will be an invaluable addition to any membrane protein crystallisation laboratory.’

About TTP LabTech Ltd
Based near Cambridge, UK, TTP LabTech supplies laboratory instrumentation for the healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. TTP LabTech’s products are designed to increase efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility or overall capability in key biopharmaceutical research processes including compound storage (comPOUND®), low volume liquid handling (mosquito®) and fluorescence detection (Acumen® fluorescence microplate cytometers). With offices in the UK, North America, and China the company is able to manage and support its innovative products in virtually all parts of the world.

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