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Flexible, application-depended HTS automation concept in genomics and proteomics

: Cuntz, Timo; Brändlin, Ilona; Huchler, Roland; Fritsche, Michael; Brandenburg, Albrecht; Zühlke, Dietlind

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Erstellt am: 13.4.2011

Association for Laboratory Automation:
LabAutomation 2011. Where Science, Technology and Industry Come Together : Palm Springs, California, USA, January 29-February 2, 2011, Final Program & Abstracts
St. Charles/Ill., 2011
22 Folien
International Conference on Laboratory Automation (LabAutomation) <2011, Palm Springs/Calif.>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Fraunhofer IPM ()
Fraunhofer FIT ()
Zelle (Biologie); High Throughput Screening (HTS); Zellkultur; automatisierte Zellkultur; Zelle; Biologie; Automatisierung

A flexible new concept of a HTS-automation center allows any application in the topics of genomics and proteomics. The fundament of this new concept are our fully automated cell culture systems, in which up to five hundred stem cell pools can be cultivated, sorted in MTPs or flasks per month. Based on this automated cell-culture handling the new HTS technique allows a modular set-up of different process steps. Starting with handling of human/animal cells in an incubator, the system is able to count and split the cells in MTPs or flasks. Liquid handling options allow fully automated and precise dosing of biopharmaceutical compounds to the cells in the MTPs. Process modules are including life-cell-imaging, where fluorescent marked cells are detected. This is interesting in the focus of protein localization or co-localization studies. In order to setup stable cell lines, a specific picking robot separates the positive and negative fluorescent cells in different containers. Afterwards they are processed in an integrated incubator. Possible applications in the field of proteomics are the analysis of recombinant expressed proteins after compounds incubation. If the protein won't be secreted, the cells are fully automated lysed and the supernatant analyzed in a specific screening centre or cellular assay like microarrays. As well functional protein-studies are possible e.g. RNAi. In the field of genomics the DNA/RNA can be separated and analyzed under the use of different assays. We realized this flexible application-depended HTS automation center in a version combining cell-culture handling, life-cell-imaging, compound handling, picking cells and separation between cells and supernatant. Operated via an easy to use graphical-user-interface (GUI) and controlled by efficient scheduling module, it's possible to handle the fully automated system in a flexible way to get validated results in HTS. The talk will cover the technological and application aspects of a fully automated system for pharmaceutical and biotechnological researches and will point out the innovative solutions.