2008 - Ion channel screening – automated patch clamp on the rise

icon pap  Port-a-Patch and   icon pl   Patchliner publication in Drug Discovery Today (2008)

Authors: 
Farre C., George M., Brüggemann A., Fertig N.

Journal: 
Drug Discovery Today: Technologies (2008) 5(1):e23-e28


Abstract: 

Ion channel proteins are of major importance for the human physiology and thus highly attractive molecular drug targets. Large-scale ion channel screening of wanted and unwanted drug effects is required, but has been limited by the lack of adequate screening technology, because available methods put a tradeoff between high-throughput and high-information content. The advent of automated patch clamp platforms has revolutionized ion channel screening, enabling investigations from a more functional perspective at a much higher throughput. The current status of automated patch clamp platforms, their strengths and drawbacks as well as future developments are reviewed.


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