Electrophysiology Facility for Cell Phenotyping and Drug Discovery
IHMRI’s Electrophysiology Facility for Cell Phenotyping and Drug Discovery (E-Phys core) features the state-of-the-art patch-clamp robot, the Nanion SyncroPatch 384PE.
This high-throughput (HT) automated patch clamp system allows researchers to measure electrical activity in up to 384 single living cells at a time, and their responses to different drugs. This speeds up the process of cell analysis and significantly reduces laboratory times for researchers.
This facility represents a quantum leap in productivity for biosciences in this country, which will potentially give the Australian pharmaceutical industry a competitive global edge. It will also help bring together biophysicists, cell biologists, chemists, pharmacologists and physiologists in the Sydney region to augment and accelerate existing research projects.
The SyncroPatch 384PE was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant awarded in 2017 to a partnership of scientists from IHMRI, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
|Average whole cell stability||> 30 minutes|
|Successful whole cell recordings||
|Throughput||~2500 data points per day|
|Seal resistance||> 1 GOhm|
|Series resistances||< 10 MOhm|
|Chip resistance||~ 0.5-5 MOhm (depending on the chip type Ω: L, M, H; Hole: 1x, 4x, 8x)|
|Perfusion time constant||< 50 ms|
|Minimum exposure time||< 1 s|
|Compatible liquid handling robots||Biomek FX (Beckman-Coulter)|
|Number of pipettes||384 + optional 8-channel pipettor|
|Temperature control||Yes, enabling experiments under physiological temperatures|
|Multi-hole patch clamp||Yes, different one-hole and multi-hole chips are available|
|Automated dose-response curve generation||Yes|
|Average measurement duration of one plate||20 minutes|
Hire the Syncropatch 384PE
The SyncroPatch 384PE housed at IHMRI’s E-Phys core is the only state-of-the-art HT electrophysiology robot available to all of the Australian scientific community.
Provide your sample and our expert electrophysiologist will customise and optimise the experimental details for the HT functional assays run in the 384PE.
IHMRI invites all researchers to utilise our facility, which is available for hire.
Watch the video of IHMRI’s SyncroPatch 384PE
Also available in IHMRI’s E-Phys core is the Nanion Patchliner, a fully automated planar patch clamp instrument recording from up to 8 cells simultaneously.
This robust piece of equipment is useful for routine and sophisticated assays. It can be used to screen cells prior to use on the SyncroPatch to help minimise the cost of consumables.
For more information, email Research Fellow and Lead Scientist Dr Rocio Finol-Urdaneta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This technology is versatile. It could be applied to most neurological conditions.”
Neural Stem Cell Expert, Associate Professor Mirella Dottori