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High-Performance Binary Protein Interaction Screening in a Microfluidic Format

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posted on 06.11.2012 by Matthias Meier, Rene Sit, Wenying Pan, Stephen R. Quake
The standard procedure to increase microfluidic chip performance is to grow the number of parallel test systems on the chip. This process is accompanied by miniaturizing biochemical workflows and micromechanical elements, which is often a major challenge for both engineering fields. In this work, we show that it is possible to substantially increase the runtime performance of a microfluidic affinity assay for protein interactions by simultaneously engineering fluid logics and assay chemistry. For this, synergistic effects between the micro- and chemical architecture of the chip are exploited. The presented strategy of reducing the runtime rather than size and volume of the mechanical elements and biological reagent compartments will, in general, be of importance for future analytical test systems on microfluidic chips to overcome performance barriers.

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