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Life sciences or biological sciences mean areas of science that involve the scientific study of life, organisms and biomolecules. This huge field seeks to understand the complex and elaborate mechanisms that support life and helps preserve our lives by increasing the progress of Health (diagnostic analysis and treatment), the control of the environment, the analysis in pharmaceutical research and the quality control in agri-food. At HORIBA Scientific, we provide a wide range of breakthrough instruments and methods tailored to our customers to push the limits of imaginative science.

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Production of a single domain antibody Q17c directed against recombinant HER2 protein and its binding study by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
Production of a single domain antibody Q17c directed against recombinant HER2 protein and its binding study by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
This application note shows how binding kinetics of single-domain antibodies can be studied with SPRi technology. QVQ produces single-domain antibodies from camelids (sdAbs or VHH). Like conventional Abs, sdAbs are able to bind specific epitopes with high binding affinity. The small size of sdAbs allows for enhanced tumor penetration and fast blood clearance, features that are favorable for in vivo imaging applications. Here, the binding of the anti-HER2 sdAb Q17c to recombinant HER2 protein was assessed using Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi). An optimization of immobilization conditions was performed for Q17c and its specific antigen HER2 using a single SPRi-Biochip.
Production of a rescued recombinant monoclonal antibody directed against a steroid hormone and its binding study thanks to Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
Production of a rescued recombinant monoclonal antibody directed against a steroid hormone and its binding study thanks to Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
A monoclonal antibody (mAb) highly specific to a steroid hormone (undisclosed) of 290 Daltons was analyzed thanks to SPRi technology. This application note highlights the sensitivity of the XelPleXTM system for the detection of small molecules.
Streamlined SPRi-MS coupling to detect and identify a kinase in Cell lysate using the DARPins as binders
DARPins (Designed Ankyrin Repeat Proteins) are a class of non-immunoglobulin binders. Thanks to their specificity and robustness, they allow a multitude of novel, so far unfeasible applications. Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi) is a powerful label-free technique that enables real-time target detection. Combining SPRi to massspectrometry (MS) allows biomolecules identification using their unique peptide mass fingerprint. In the past this combination was cumbersome and time-consuming. This application note shows how a protein kinase (RPS6KA2), a potential drug target is detected and identified using a hyphenated On-Chip SPR-MS coupling protocol, leading to saving time and money.
Distribution and Concentration of Exosomes
In this study, we demonstrate the ViewSizer 3000’s capabilities as a next generation NTA based analysis instrument in order to accurately and efficiently measure and characterize exosomes via particle size and concentration.
The Detection of a Low Molecular Weight Enzyme Inhibitor using the OpenPlex™ system
SPRi Imaging of oligosaccharides proteins interactions
Protein-Peptide interactions studies with SPRi
Description of the advantages of combining the use of peptide chips with direct label-free detection as achieved by SPR imaging (SPRi).
Monitoring of interactions between aptamers and human IgE by SPRi
Label-free Ligand Fishing in Human Plasma
Interaction between immobilized peptides and protein from sera on Cystamine / Glutaraldehyde functionalized biochip
Insights into thrombosis mechanisms using high resolution SERS
How to quantify a protein in different crude samples in one run, using the XelPleX
Detection of birch pollen allergen in the air
Antibody-Antigen Specific interaction
Monitoring Cell Culture Media Variability using a Simple Optical Technique (A-TEEM Molecular Fingerprinting)
Monitoring Cell Culture Media Variability using A-TEEM Spectroscopy
With the rise of protein production using mammalian cell culture, it has become increasingly important to control the quality of the cell culture media for use in production processes. Cell culture media are usually prepared as aqueous solutions and should provide everything a cell line needs for optimal cell growth as well as product yield and quality.
SERS Analysis of single living lymphocytes
Effect of temperature on HSA structure inferred using timeresolved room-temperature phosphorescence
Selection of SpectraLED pulsed excitation sources
To access intrinsic amino acids, such as tryptophan, as probes, the UV excitation wavelengths for pulsed phosphorescence measurements have long been the preserve of low-repetition-rate gas-filled lamps or larger laser systems. Recent developments have enabled the use of interchangeable semiconductor diodes...
Protein-Peptide interactions studies with SPRi
Description of the advantages of combining the use of peptide chips with direct label-free detection as achieved by SPR imaging (SPRi).
Label-free Ligand Fishing in Human Plasma
Stopped flow time‐resolved fluorescence study of serum albumin – curcuminoid binding
Rapid mixing accessories to perform stopped flow measurements have found application in characterizing interactions and reactions occurring in solution. Reactants are expelled from syringes, mixed and injected into a flowcell.
Dye‐protein binding monitored in a microliter volume using timeresolved fluorescence
The potential health benefits stemming from the antioxidant activity of curcumin, commonly found in turmeric (Curcuma longa L), has attracted the interest of several research groups.
Production of a single domain antibody Q17c directed against recombinant HER2 protein and its binding study by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
Production of a single domain antibody Q17c directed against recombinant HER2 protein and its binding study by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
This application note shows how binding kinetics of single-domain antibodies can be studied with SPRi technology. QVQ produces single-domain antibodies from camelids (sdAbs or VHH). Like conventional Abs, sdAbs are able to bind specific epitopes with high binding affinity. The small size of sdAbs allows for enhanced tumor penetration and fast blood clearance, features that are favorable for in vivo imaging applications. Here, the binding of the anti-HER2 sdAb Q17c to recombinant HER2 protein was assessed using Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi). An optimization of immobilization conditions was performed for Q17c and its specific antigen HER2 using a single SPRi-Biochip.
Production of a rescued recombinant monoclonal antibody directed against a steroid hormone and its binding study thanks to Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
Production of a rescued recombinant monoclonal antibody directed against a steroid hormone and its binding study thanks to Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
A monoclonal antibody (mAb) highly specific to a steroid hormone (undisclosed) of 290 Daltons was analyzed thanks to SPRi technology. This application note highlights the sensitivity of the XelPleXTM system for the detection of small molecules.
Streamlined SPRi-MS coupling to detect and identify a kinase in Cell lysate using the DARPins as binders
DARPins (Designed Ankyrin Repeat Proteins) are a class of non-immunoglobulin binders. Thanks to their specificity and robustness, they allow a multitude of novel, so far unfeasible applications. Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi) is a powerful label-free technique that enables real-time target detection. Combining SPRi to massspectrometry (MS) allows biomolecules identification using their unique peptide mass fingerprint. In the past this combination was cumbersome and time-consuming. This application note shows how a protein kinase (RPS6KA2), a potential drug target is detected and identified using a hyphenated On-Chip SPR-MS coupling protocol, leading to saving time and money.
Protein A280 for Protein Concentration
The new HORIBA Duetta fluorescence and absorbance spectrometer offers many unique benefits for molecular spectroscopy. It is primarily thought of as a spectrofluorometer that combines absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy to correct the fluorescence fingerprint for concentration-related effects. Duetta can also be used as a precise absorbance spectrometer. This application note explores the use of Duetta for a common absorbance application, the Protein A280 application.
The Detection of a Low Molecular Weight Enzyme Inhibitor using the OpenPlex™ system
SPRi Imaging of oligosaccharides proteins interactions
Protein-Peptide interactions studies with SPRi
Description of the advantages of combining the use of peptide chips with direct label-free detection as achieved by SPR imaging (SPRi).
Monitoring of interactions between aptamers and human IgE by SPRi
Label-free Ligand Fishing in Human Plasma
Interaction between immobilized peptides and protein from sera on Cystamine / Glutaraldehyde functionalized biochip
Detection of birch pollen allergen in the air
Antibody-Antigen Specific interaction
Stopped flow time‐resolved fluorescence study of serum albumin – curcuminoid binding
Rapid mixing accessories to perform stopped flow measurements have found application in characterizing interactions and reactions occurring in solution. Reactants are expelled from syringes, mixed and injected into a flowcell.
Plasmon enhancement of protein fluorescence by silver nanostructures
The use of metal surfaces in conjunction with fluorescence molecules employing a plasmon effect, sometimes referred to as metal enhanced fluorescence, can be advantageous because of the possible enhancement of photophysical properties. For example, the emission intensity of the fluorophore, can be improved.
Dye‐protein binding monitored in a microliter volume using timeresolved fluorescence
The potential health benefits stemming from the antioxidant activity of curcumin, commonly found in turmeric (Curcuma longa L), has attracted the interest of several research groups.
Selective excitation of tryptophan fluorescence decay in proteins using a subnanosecond 295 nm light-emitting diode and time-correlated single-photon counting
Fluorescence Anisotropy Studies
Polarized light striking a fluorescent molecule results in polarized fluorescence. This polarized emission gradually returns to unpolarized fluorescence depending on rotational diffusion and other factors. Anisotropy is directly related to the polarization, and is the ratio of the polarized light component to the total light intensity.
Raman Imaging of monkey brain tissue
Fast and non-invasive methods for clinical and non clinical investigations for biological tissue are more and more required. Raman imaging at micro scale can answer to crucial questions about the monkey brain tissue morphology and structural evolution.
Effect of temperature on HSA structure inferred using timeresolved room-temperature phosphorescence
Selection of SpectraLED pulsed excitation sources
To access intrinsic amino acids, such as tryptophan, as probes, the UV excitation wavelengths for pulsed phosphorescence measurements have long been the preserve of low-repetition-rate gas-filled lamps or larger laser systems. Recent developments have enabled the use of interchangeable semiconductor diodes...
Raman and Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of Enzymes
Molecular structure of PNA photolyase binding in close proximity to FAD cofactor.
The TRIAX and iHR series spectrometers used in Raman system configurations provide superior imaging performance with no re-diffracted light and maximized optical throughput.
MCS and Protein Phosphorescence
Multichannel scaling (MCS) single-photon-counting spectroscopy performed using HORIBA Jobin Yvon’s FluoroCube fluorescence lifetime system.
Tryptophan phosphorescence within protein molecules is gaining attention as a probe of protein dynamics and structure. The tryptophan phosphorescence lifetime, τ, varies with the protein molecule’s local environment and conformation.
Detecting Conformational Rotamers via TCSPC
Detecting Conformational Rotamers via TCSPC
Among the possible fluorescence biosensors for medical and biochemical monitoring and imaging are the flavonoids, compounds that occur in many plants and their products, such as tea, chocolate, and red wine.
FRET with a HORIBA Phosphorimeter
Luminescence spectra of peptide + terbium
This Technical Note describes an example of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from a peptide-terbiumcomplex donor to a fluorescein acceptor, using the HORIBA Jobin Yvon phosphorimeter.
Fluorescent Pigments in Living Coral
The brightly-colored coral reefs that make scuba-diving and snorkeling so enjoyable are essential to the survival of much underwater life. Not only do reefs offer a haven for smaller fish to hide from larger predators, but also some fish actually survive by eating the reefs themselves. Reefs offer protection to plants and animals from the ravages of waves and ocean currents. Thus, when the reefs die, so do many other living creatures.
Real time detection of lymphocytes with SPRi
Raman Investigation of Micro-organisms on a single cell level
Raman Analysis of Single Bacteria Cells
Traditionally, Raman has been a technique of the material scientist, physicist or chemist, but as instrumentation continues to evolve, the power of Raman in biological and medical applications is fast being realized, not least because of the high information content provided and an excellent tolerance for water.
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Characterization of DNA sensor pads using UVISEL Spectroscopic phase modulated Ellipsometer
Monitoring of interactions between aptamers and human IgE by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging
Raman Analysis of Sperm Nuclear DNA Integrity
Raman Spectroscopy was evaluated as a non-invasive method of analysis of sperm DNA and the influence of UV irradiation on the sperm. The results show that Raman Spectroscopy, combined with multivariate analysis provide the reproducible and accurate information on DNA of sperm and the effect and location of damage.
Rapid couplig of SPRi and proteinchip
Spectroscopic Ellipsometric measurements on biochip structures in a liquid flow cell environment
Production of a single domain antibody Q17c directed against recombinant HER2 protein and its binding study by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
Production of a single domain antibody Q17c directed against recombinant HER2 protein and its binding study by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging technology
This application note shows how binding kinetics of single-domain antibodies can be studied with SPRi technology. QVQ produces single-domain antibodies from camelids (sdAbs or VHH). Like conventional Abs, sdAbs are able to bind specific epitopes with high binding affinity. The small size of sdAbs allows for enhanced tumor penetration and fast blood clearance, features that are favorable for in vivo imaging applications. Here, the binding of the anti-HER2 sdAb Q17c to recombinant HER2 protein was assessed using Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi). An optimization of immobilization conditions was performed for Q17c and its specific antigen HER2 using a single SPRi-Biochip.
Visualizing local viscosity using fluorescence lifetime microscopy
DynaMyc with FLIM (fluorescence lifetime imaging)
The use of fluorescent molecules, known as molecular rotors, is advantageous in estimating the local (nanoscale) viscosity in microheterogeneous systems, since it just requires the measurement of their fluorescence lifetime.
Quantum Dot Absorbance, Photoluminescence Spectra and Lifetimes
A-TEEM™ for Qtracker® 655 quantum dots
Quantum dots (QDs) are semiconducting spheres in the size typically in the range of 1 to 10nm. The size of these small spheres give quantum dots the semiconducting properties and resulting photoluminescence that would not necessarily occur for the same material on larger scales.
Elucidating Local Viscosity Using Fluorescence Lifetime Measurements
Certain fluorescent molecules, known as molecular rotors, can be employed to estimate the local (nanoscale) viscosity in microheterogeneous systems by measurement of their fluorescence lifetime. This can be advantageous over the usual fluorescence anisotropy method, as the measurement is simpler and faster to perform. This is demonstrated using the HORIBA Scientific TemPro fluorescence lifetime system to monitor the gelation of silica produced using the sol‐gel technique.
Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Application in Life Science
In recent years, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry application is extended to the life science. In this article, we introduce two examples from this field: Biocompatibility of DLC films and demineralization and remineralization process of tooth surface.
Experimental Assessment of Metal Nanostructures as Effective SERS Substrates
Research in nanoscience has garnered much interest because of the different properties of small structures compared to the respective bulk material.
Photoluminescence of InGaAs/GaAs Quantum Dots
InGaAs/GaAs and InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) have been identified as suitable candidates for various applications in the terahertz range by using their intraband carrier transitions.
The NanoLog Series: A New Generation of Performance
The NanoLog has a reputation as the premier instrument for the exploration of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs).
Measuring Silica Nanoparticles via Fluorescence Anisotropy
Silica is currently one of the most important industrial materials, whose nanoparticles are formed via a sol-gel process.
Plasmon enhancement of protein fluorescence by silver nanostructures
The use of metal surfaces in conjunction with fluorescence molecules employing a plasmon effect, sometimes referred to as metal enhanced fluorescence, can be advantageous because of the possible enhancement of photophysical properties.
Nanophotonics with Fluorescence Instruments
HORIBA Jobin Yvon’s spectrofluorometers have many applications in nanophotonics research: single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), quantum dots (QDs), and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Quantum confinement affects nanomaterials’ photoluminescence: when the semiconducting nanoparticle is smaller than the bulk material’s Bohrexciton radius, the bandgap energy is inversely proportional to the nanoparticle size.
Characterization of Engineered nanomaterials by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Quantum Dots
Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Quantum Dots
Quantum dots (QDs) have potential applications in optoelectronics, biosensing, biolabeling, memory devices, and sources of laser light.
Near-IR Photoluminescence of Quantum Dots
HORIBA Jobin Yvon’s NanoLog® spectrofluorometer, specially optimized for recording near-IR fluorescence from nanoparticles, includes a double-grating excitation monochromator, imaging emission spectrograph with a selectable-grating turret, and a variety of detectors.
Better Signal-to-Noise Ratios for Carbon Nanotube Spectra
Better Signal-to-Noise Ratios for Carbon Nanotube Spectra
Corrected emission spectra1 of carbon nanoparticles can provide excitation–emission matrices (EEMs) for a range of excitation wavelengths.
Fluorescence Spectra from Carbon Nanotubes with the NanoLog
Fluorescence Spectra from Carbon Nanotubes
Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), consisting of rolled-up single sheets of carbon atoms, have received much attention recently.
Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Application in Life Science
In recent years, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry application is extended to the life science. In this article, we introduce two examples from this field: Biocompatibility of DLC films and demineralization and remineralization process of tooth surface.
Assessing UV Damage of Hair with Fluorescence
Fluorescence from hair
The results of UV exposure of human hair can be quantified with fluorescence spectroscopy. This is of significant interest to cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies that manufacture hair creams, coloring, shampoos, and conditioners.
Visualizing dental caries using fluorescence lifetime microscopy
Teeth are naturally fluorescent and changes in their composition, caused by decay for example, affect their fluorescence behavior.

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