2006 - Microchip technology for automated and parallel patch clamp recording
Port-a-Patch and Patchliner publication in Small Journal (2006)
Brüggemann A., Stoelzle S., George M., Behrends J.C., Fertig N.
Small Journal (2006) 2(7):840-846
The patch-clamp technique is the state-of-the-art technology for the study of a large class of membrane proteins called ion channels. Ion channels mediate electrical current flow, have crucial roles in cellular physiology, and are important drug targets. However, patch clamping is a laborious process requiring a skilled experimenter and is, therefore, not compatible with the high throughput needed in drug development. The solution for automated and parallel patch-clamp measurements that is provided by microchip technology is presented here.