With the bScreen Berthold Technologies presents a unique instrument for biomolecular interaction studies. The bScreen combines the performance of μArray formats with the information available from label-free technologies. With a footprint of only 66 x 61 cm2 it substitutes a fluorescence μArray reader and a conventional label-free system (e.g. SPR) in a single instrument.
The exclusive Biametrics 1Lambda-Reflectometric Interference Detection (1Lambda-RIDe) facilitates the analysis of the complete binding kinetics of 1 up to 20,000 individual interactions in one single measurement for real high-throughput screening (rHTS). Thus, the bScreen combines the world of fluorescence assays with the label-free kinetic studies for all applications, when time optimization, efficiency and the complete characterization of biointeractions are required. Hence, the bScreen is best suited for the following areas of application:
- Epitope Mapping with high-density protein- and peptide arrays
- Diagnostic Screening for virus detection, in cancer diagnostics or in systems biology approaches
- Pharmaceutical Screening of...
bScreen accepts biochips with the conventional microscopy slide format of 75 x 25 mm2 in size as array chips to guarantee full compatibility to almost all μArray spotters. The slides will be delivered with specialized 2D- or 3D-biopolymer coatings with applicationspecific surface functionalizations to enable covalent binding. Interaction analysis is accomplished by interferometrically monitoring changes in the optical thickness (n x d) due to specific analyte binding. All measurements are carried out in a continuous sample flow, facilitating the complete characterization of the kinetics of the binding processes. bScreen with 1Lambda-RIDe technology allows for the determination of the parameters as listed below:
- Association rate constants
- Dissociation rate constants
- Affinity constant
- Enthalpy and entropy
The patented 1Lambda-RIDe technology is largely temperature-independent, making expensive and time-consuming thermostatization of the instrument or of the solutions obsolete. As a label-free method, the 1Lambda-RIDe technology features a direct-assay-format without the need of additional components. Thus material and time intense washing steps inherent in established Array protocols are not required. As a consequence, the overall quality of the analysis is increased, as the risk of dissociation of weak binders during the washing steps is prevented (false-negatives). Moreover, the 1Lambda-RIDe technology does not suffer from the detection of false positives due to unspecific binding of the fluorescene-labels to the surface.
The bScreen comes with an intuitive software package, which controls the set-up of measurement protocols, the sample handling as well as the measurement procedure. Integrated interfaces enable the import of *.gal-files containging Array-definitions for a rapid set-up of the sample area. The performant evaluation-kit enables comprehensive kinetic analyses of the measured data. Versatile export functions allow for the transfer of raw and measurement data to third party software for easy integration of the bScreen into LIMS-environments.