Biacore Molecular Interaction Shared Resource
The Biacore Molecular Interaction Shared Resource (BMISR) provides customized biomolecular analysis services. This technology involves the immobilization of a ligand on a sensor chip followed by delivery of an analyte by a microfluidic system.
Any protein, DNA, RNA, lipid, carbohydrate, polysaccharide, cell, virus, drug or drug-like molecule (organic or inorganic) can be used as the ligand or analyte.
Services and Instrumentation
The Biacore T-200 and Biacore 4000 instruments in the facility utilizes Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) technology to study biomolecular binding events. In addition to identifying binding partners to a target molecule, SPR also provides quantitative data on:
- Specificity: How specific is the binding between two molecules?
- Concentration: How much of a given molecule is present and active?
- Kinetics: What is the rate of association and dissociation?
- Affinity: How strong is the binding?
- Thermodynamics: What is the enthalpy and entropy of the interaction?
- Screening: Which chemical compounds are potential binders?
Dr. Aykut Üren is the Director of the BMISR at Georgetown University where he is also a Professor of Oncology. Dr. Üren and laboratory staff are available to consult with DC CFAR investigators on the design and development of relevant grant applications.