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New 2 Microscopes @ CNR-IBPM!

Two Zeiss SteREO Discovery V20 KMAT stereomicroscopes offering magnification up to 96.5x and 150x. LED light sources provide clear field, dark field, and oblique illumination. The microscopes can be used with polarization lenses to identify crystals by birefringence. One microscope has a color Axiocam208 camera (4K resolution, 30 fps, 8.3 megapixels) for capturing images and videos

New Liquid Handler @ CNR-IBPM!

Eppendorf epmotion 96 liquid handler for fast and precise semi-automated pipetting in a 96-weel format. Acquired to Implement the crystallization platform  at our facility in Rome (CNR-IBPM)

New Cryoprobe @ CERM!

A new cryoprobe has just arrived!! It is a QCI-P cryoprobe that allows the excitation of four nuclear spins, including 1H, 13C, 15N and 31P. This probe, will enable the implementation of state-of-the-art NMR experiments to monitor proteins as well as RNA/DNA fragments within the same sample. It will also find useful applications for in-cell NMR by monitoring 31P signals in parallel to 2D 1H-15N experiments.

New Endor module @ CERM!

The ENDOR module for our EPR spectrometer has arrived. ENDOR is an EPR experiments that relies upon the excitation of nuclear spins to reveal spatial proximity between the unpaired electron and those nuclei. The ENDOR detection is perfectly complementary to paramagnetic NMR experiments, as the nuclei that are sensed by ENDOR are usually invisible by NMR. This setup will enable the implementation of state-of-the-art experiments to characterize the structure of the metal centers of metalloproteins. ENDOR is also complementary to DEER, because it enables distance measurements with site-selective tags containing 19F.

New Microscope @ CERM!

The Nikon ECLIPSE Ts2R-FL is a compact inverted fluorescence microscope that offers a wide range of observation methods and applications, and can easily fit in limited laboratory spaces while maintaining excellent operability. Key features of the Nikon ECLIPSE Ts2R-FL include: Simple Operations: Control buttons on the microscope are intuitively located for a streamlined workflow. New Ergonomic Stage Design: The stage height has been lowered by approximately 30% compared to the standard research microscope, ensuring a comfortable hand position during repetitive operation and sample exchange. Newly Developed Mechanical Stage: This stage provides a long travel stroke, enabling users to observe an entire well plate from end-to-end. High S/N Epi-fluorescence Observation: The optional Contrast Shield accessory blocks room light, providing an easy and cost-effective method for achieving high signal-to-noise fluorescence observation in a brightly lit laboratory. Versatile Observation with LED Illuminator: The high-intensity LED light source enables you to perform a wide variety of observation methods. Fluorescence Channels: The Ts2R-FL model, which offers Epi-fluorescence observation, provides four fluorescence channels, with 8 different wavelengths to choose from.

New Server Cluster @ CERM!

The purchased servers are intended for molecular dynamics calculations, for innovative AI projects applied to biological frameworks (mainly proteins).
Servers specifications:
Model: 8x Dell PowerEdge R750
CPU Intel Xeon Silver
256 GB RAM
2 x GPU Nvidia L40

These servers will be connected with a new 10 Gbps network  to a new NAS with 100 TB of storage 

New Cryo-EM @ CNR-IC!

Glacios by Thermo-Fisher Scientific Cryo-TEM features 200 kV XFEG optics, the industry-leading Autoloader (cryogenic sample manipulation robot), as well as the same innovative automation for ease of use as on the Krios G4 Cryo-TEM – all of them bundled into a small footprint that simplifies installation. The designed-in connectivity ensures a robust and contamination-free pathway throughout the entire workflow – from sample preparation and optimization, to image acquisition and data processing.

New Cytometer @ CERM!

The Guava® easyCyte™ Flow Cytometer is designed to simplify flow cytometry with its novel microcapillary technology in a compact, user-friendly format.
Key features of the Guava® easyCyte™ Flow Cytometer include:
Microcapillary Fluidics Design: This innovative design eliminates sheath fluid and reduces waste.
Direct Absolute Counting: The microcapillary technology and a positive displacement syringe pump provide industry-leading precision.
High Degree of Flexibility: The system offers up to 3 lasers and 14 parameters on a benchtop instrument.
System Upgradability: The system is future-proofed.
Intuitive Software Interface: This feature simplifies the assessment of results.
Broad Variety of Samples: The system has detection limits of 0.2 to 60 µm, allowing for the evaluation of a broad variety of samples.
High-Throughput Options: The system offers single sample and high-throughput options for walkaway acquisition.
The Guava® easyCyte™ Flow Cytometer can provide single, dual, or triple excitation laser configurations, providing up to 14 simultaneous detection parameters, including 12 fluorescent colors plus forward and side scatter for size and granularity determination. It’s powerful enough to run your most complex assays. The system is also user-friendly, with a self-aligning flow cell that can be removed for cleaning by the user.

New PhD students enrolled @ CERM!

At CERM , four new doctoral students have started their journey. Welcome to Jlenia Bindi, Martina Masini, Bianca Susini and Cosimo Ciofalo!

New ITC @ CERM

The laboratory is equipped with a cutting edge microcalorimetry instrument (MicroCal PEAQ-iTC) which is a semi-automatic system capable of studying interactions between molecules in native conditions, without the need for molecular probes and immobilization of the sample. The thermodynamic parameters of a system can be measured in a single measurement using only 5 μg of a macromolecule in 280 μL volume. Furthermore, this instrument is capable of measuring KD between millimolar to nanomolar range, under standard measurements, and between nanomolar and picomolar when using competitive assays. The instrument can operate at different temperatures ranging 2 to 80 °C, with a thermal stability of +/- 0,00012 °C at 25 °C.
This system can remove bubbles from the samples and can accurately and precisely injected volumes of 0.1 μL to 40 μL of titrant. Consequently, this increases the experimental resolution. Furthermore, this system allows a throughput of 8-12 samples in eight hours. This instrument is also compatible with acid, bases and different solvents.

New Stopped-Flow @ CERM

The SFM-4000 stopped-flow is a versatile instrument useful to a wide variety of rapid mixing techniques and applications, consisting of mixing device coupled to a detection system. In SFM-4000 stopped-flow system several modes can be used to run experiments, from optical stopped-flow to chemical quench-flow, to freeze quench, and to cryo stopped-flow (with temperature range from -25 °C to 120 °C). A maximum of four sample solutions are rapidly mixed, injected into an observation cell and the kinetics are recorded when the flow is stopped. SFM-4000 stopped flow system presents an independent stepping motor technology that confers it the possibility to change the mixing ratios and provides microliter precision and accuracy at all flow rates, over a wide viscosity, temperature, and mixing ratio range. Moreover, Berger-Ball technology mixers can be used to provide the best turbulent mixing over the widest range of flow conditions.

New SEC-MALS @ CERM

The laboratory is equipped with the latest generation Dawn 18 system and it will have the accessories Optilab, WyattQELS, Eclypse and HPLC 1260 Bioinert. The Dawn system includes 18 angles of scattering which can measure the molar mass with an error under 0.5 %, from a range of 200 Da to 100 MDa, and the size of the particle with an error under 3 %, from a range of 10 nm to 500 nm. Optilab accessory allows the real-time measurement of the macromolecular concentration using the refracting index with a differential refracting index (dRI) range between -0.0047 to +0.0047 and sensitivity: ± 7.5 x 10-10 and a Peltier temperature control between 4 to 65 °C. The WyattQELS is an integrated DLS accessory capable of measuring the hydrodynamic radius in the same scattering volume viewed by the MALS detectors, thus eliminating artifacts that can occur due to band broadening or temporal displacement between separate detectors. Eclipse accessory is an advanced field-flow fractionation (FFF) instrument that separates macromolecules and nanoparticles by size, ranging from 1 to 1000+ nm, using tunable flow rates. Furthermore, this instrument is compatible with many organic solvents such as THF and toluene. This instrument is also capable of switching between SEC and FFF modes, according to the desired requirements for sample separation and characterization. Lastly the HPLC 1260 Bioinert has an autosampler capable of performing highthroughput analysis of under pressure and within a temperature range of 4 to 40 °C.

New Fluorimeter @ CERM

Varian Eclipse fluorimeter is equipped with a xenon flash lamp that allows fluorescence measurements between 200 to 900 nm even with the sample’s compartment open, without negatively impacting the experiments. The instrument can be equipped with different accessories such as: Single Cell Peltier, for reliable temperature control between 0° to 100°C with a resolution of 0.1°C; a fiber optic probe, for direct fluorescence measures of surfaces, powders and solutions; a solid sample probe, for the measurement of powder’s fluorescence at different angles; a microplate reader for high sample throughput.

New SPR @ CNR-IBPM

The Octet® SF3 SPR System is a next-generation Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) instrument designed for high-throughput, low maintenance characterization of a wide variety of biomolecular interactions.
Key features of the Octet® SF3 include:
OneStep® Injection Technology: This technology eliminates the need to prepare multiple dilution series by using a single analyte solution to create a comprehensive concentration gradient for kinetics and affinity analysis.
NeXtStep™ Gradient Injections: This feature allows for the determination of an analyte’s full kinetics and affinity in the presence of multiple competitors from a single analyte concentration.
High-Throughput Sample Acquisition: The Octet® SF3 can generate complete binding kinetics and affinity for up to 768 samples in a single unattended assay.
Software designed by users for users: The Octet® SF3 offers a robust, high-throughput, low maintenance SPR solution for the rapid characterization of a wide variety of biomolecular interactions.
The Octet® SF3 is designed to help keep pace with the global demand for antibody fragment characterization, vaccine research, and whole cell biologics. It offers exceptional sensitivity for both small and large molecules, low baseline noise and drift, and large injection volumes. The system is also equipped with state-of-the-art fluidics and optimized electronic designs to minimize instrument downtime and ensure the generation of reliable, high-quality data.

New UHPLC & Mass Spectrometer @ CNR ICB

The Vanquish Horizon UHPLC System is designed for high-end Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC), making it ideal for research and development labs.
Key features of the Vanquish Horizon UHPLC System include:
Powerful Separations: The Vanquish Binary Pump H delivers industry-leading UHPLC flow performance using SmartFlow, SmartStroke, and Adaptive Thermal Effect Compensation (ATEC) technologies at maximum operating pressures of up to 1500 bar (22,000 psi).
Automated Sample Handling: The Vanquish Split Sampler HT offers outstanding speed and injection precision using SmartInject technology. It has a default vial capacity of 216 samples, which can be extended up to 8832 samples with the Vanquish Charger sampler extension.
Sensitive Analyte Detection: The Vanquish Diode Array Detector HL includes LightPipe technology, featuring a long light path with low dispersion for fast and sensitive detection. Biocompatible, Easy and Reliable Tool-Free Connections: The fluidic pathway of the Vanquish Horizon UHPLC system is fully biocompatible and fitted with Thermo Scientific Viper fingertight fittings, which support near-zero dead volume connections and enable sharper peaks and tool-free setup.
CDS Software: The Vanquish Horizon UHPLC system integrates with Thermo Scientific Chromeleon Chromatography Data System (CDS) with compliance tools, networking capabilities, automation, and data processing. The Vanquish Horizon UHPLC System is designed to deliver more results with better separations and easier interaction simultaneously, without compromise. It offers superior separations with unsurpassed retention time and peak area precision, excellent detector sensitivity, and lower baseline noise for the most demanding LC and LC-MS workflows.
The TSQ Fortis™ Plus Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer is designed to accelerate your path to quantitative productivity.
Key features of the TSQ Fortis™ Plus include:
Enhanced Acquisition Speed and Sensitivity: The TSQ Fortis™ Plus offers enhanced acquisition speed and sensitivity, delivering next-level performance and value for high-throughput analyses.
Mass Range: The TSQ Fortis™ Plus has a mass range of 2 to 3000 m/z.
Applications: The TSQ Fortis™ Plus is suitable for use in pharmaceutical, environmental, food safety, clinical research, and forensic toxicology applications.
Ion Sources: The TSQ Fortis™ Plus can be used with the OptaMax NG ion source and the VeriSpray PaperSpray ion source.
The TSQ Fortis™ Plus mass spectrometer seamlessly integrates with industry-leading quantitative software, (U)HPLC and HPIC systems, and sample preparation solutions. It also offers enhanced productivity for targeted quantitation workflows with a wide array of molecular compounds. Other benefits include increased SRM acquisition speeds providing greater sample coverage per analysis and higher throughput with excellent quantitative performance. Direct method transfer from the TSQ Fortis mass spectrometer enables laboratory scalability.