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17.12.2008 | Port-a-Patch in research and education

MUNICH, GERMANY, December 17, 2008 -- Nanion's Port-a-Patch® is used for bilayer research and education at the Technical University of Munich.

Starting in 2008, Nanion's Port-a-Patch® is being used in education and research at the Institute for Biomolecular Systems and Bioelectronics, Department of Physics at the Technical University of Munich. Because of its ease of use and the high quality data generated, the Port-a-Patch® is of great value in basic biophysical research and hands-on education of students.

"The Port-a-Patch® allows students and researchers with no prior experience in electrophysiology to rapidly generate research grade data. Within the courses given at the Institute for Biomolecular Systems and Bioelectronics, the students gain hands-on experience in basic membrane biophysics and electrophysiology which is of great value for their education." says Professor Simmel, who holds the Chair of Bioelectronics at the TU Munich Physics Department. His group is devoted to research in bionanotechnology, systems biophysics, and bioelectronics.

Nanion's automated patch clamp system, the Port-a-Patch®, is recognized as the world's smallest patch clamp device, allowing for ultralow noise recording of single ion channel events in artificial as well as cellular bilayers, in addition to whole-cell recordings. Using Nanion's Vesicle Prep Pro, giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are produced, into which the ion channels of interest are reconstituted. The GUVs, containing ion channels, are used to form high-resistance, solvent-free bilayers, using the Port-a-Patch®. The procedures of bilayer formation and protein introduction are greatly simplified, increasing the efficiency of the research, as well as drastically increasing data quality compared to other recording techniques, such as the use of black lipid membranes.

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