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Adaptation of a Microfluidic qPCR System for Enzyme Kinetic Studies

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posted on 13.01.2021, 16:08 authored by Elzbieta Rembeza, Martin K. M. Engqvist
Microfluidic platforms offer a drastic increase in throughput while minimizing sample usage and hands-on time, which make them important tools for large-scale biological studies. A range of such systems have been developed for enzyme activity studies, although their complexity largely hinders their application to the wider scientific community. Here, we present adaptation of an easy-to-use commercial microfluidic qPCR system for performing enzyme kinetic studies. We demonstrate the functionality of the Fluidigm Biomark HD system (the Fluidigm system) by determining the kinetic properties of three oxidases in a resorufin-based fluorescence assay. The results obtained in the microfluidic system proved reproducible and comparable to the ones obtained in a standard microplate-based assay. With a wide range of easy-to-use, off-the-shelf components, the microfluidic system presents itself as a simple and customizable platform for high-throughput enzyme activity studies.