Prescreen for LCP Crystal Growth
High protein mobility and fast diffusion rates correlate well with crystallization conditions.
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Focus your research on those conditions conducive to LCP crystal growth.
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Initiate a complete analysis of your plate with a few clicks and store all your data in one spot.
Prescreen Crystallization Conditions
One of the main factors for successful LCP crystallization is the ability of the protein to diffuse within the lipid bilayer. The diffusion rate of the protein is influenced by protein aggregation, structural properties of the LCP, and the chemical environment.
The diffusion rate can be determined by FRAP, which measures the amount of time required for the fluorescence intensity of a tagged protein to reestablish itself within a small area in the LCP drop that has been subject to optical bleaching.
Using FRAP, you can screen your crystallization experiment in under 50 minutes to determine the mobile fraction of your protein and whether or not that condition is conducive to forming protein crystals.
Data Collection Options
Each complete LCP-FRAP process takes about 15-20 minutes. To increase throughput, the system can be set to collect only the end state fluorescence intensity.
Only mobile fraction results are measured in this high throughput mode, which provides researchers the information needed to identify positive conditions. Most often, a mobile fraction >0.20 (20%) is a good threshold for a positive condition. In this mode, you can collect mobile fraction data on an entire 96-well plate in under 50 minutes.
Drops imaged using the complete recovery setting will be photographed many more times following the bleach time (time zero) in order to more closely capture molecular diffusion and generate a single- or double-component Bessel function curve.
Single-component recovery curves are enough for most experiments to analyze a protein´s diffusion rate and recovery time. However, if the experiment has two different types of molecules diffusing, such as labeled lipids, then a double-component Bessel function curve is more appropriate.
Fast and Easy Data Review
FRAP automatically calculates the percent mobile fraction for each drop. The mobile fraction score can then be related to the ability of the protein in that condition to form protein crystals. The higher the mobility, the greater the chance for crystallization. Scores are displayed in a color-coded overview allowing users to identify positive wells at a glance.
Models to Fit Your Workflow and Budget
FRAP comes in two configurations to better fit your lab's needs:
A benchtop model capable of imaging two plates at a time. Best for lab's where throughput is not a concern.
An integrated model that is built into a ROCK IMAGER 1000 which allows you to store and automatically image up to 970 plates. Two plates can be imaged at the same time - one with visible light and one with FRAP.
FRAP - Benchtop: Overview
FRAP (Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) measures membrane protein mobility in lipids in a high throughput fashion. The system utilizes an automated high throughput LCP-FRAP assay to prescreen membrane protein crystallization conditions.
Leading Chinese Academic Lab
The RI1000 and FRAP are almost perfect. Very stable, very productive. Software is easy to follow, and the maintenance service is good and effective. Prices are a little higher than expected, but I have to say it worth it.
Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica
The standard FRAP controlling computer offered with the instrument supports imaging with continuous multiple focus level imaging (z-slicing) and processing of all images.
FRAP uses the ROCK IMAGER control software which operates with 64-bit Windows 10 or 64/32 bit Windows 7.
Instrument: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 600 W max, 1 PH
Computer: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 525 W max, 1 PH
System can operate in any temperature from 4° C to 30° C
Internal temperature can be controlled to within 5° C below and 7° C above ambient
SBS standard LCP plates (127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 14.4 mm)
LCP thin glass plates (127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 1 mm)
Width: 641 mm (26")
Depth: 696 mm (28")
Height: 837 mm (35")
Weight: 70 kg (155 lbs)
Width: 834 mm (33")
Depth: 1230 mm (49")
Height: 2197 mm (87")
Weight: 462 kg (1019 lbs)