deltaDOT’s High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis

The Bio-Analysis Centre offers High Performance (label free) Capillary Electrophoresis (HPCE) system from deltaDOT to its clients.

Whilst electrophoresis is the process during which ions undergo movement in a fluid or gel under the influence of an electric field, capillary electrophoresis is a technique that separates these ions based on their electrophoretic mobility with the use of an applied voltage. This mobility is dependent on the atom’s radius, the charge of the molecule, and the molecule’s viscosity. The rate at which the charged particle moves is directly proportional to the applied electric field – as the field strength increases the mobility increases also.

In the scenario that the two ions have the same charge, the smaller particle has less friction during movement and therefore will have a faster migration rate. In the alternative scenario that the two ions are the same size, the one with the greater charge will have a faster migration rate.

There are six different types of HPCE and in the deltaDOT system both CGE and CZE are utilised.

Capillary Gel Electrophoresis (CGE)

Capillary Gel Electrophoresis (CGE) has an excellent sensitivity for most proteins and has a mass accuracy of less than 1% and a concentration accuracy of less than 5%. CGE is used at deltaDOT for a variety of applications including:

  • Protein molecular weight calculations
  • Expression yield quantification
  • Protein-DNA Interactions
  • Post-translational modification analysis
  • QA/QC of vaccines
  • Batch to batch analysis – consistency/stability/formulation

Capillary Zone Electrophoresis (CZE)

Capillary Zone Electrophoresis (CZE) also has many different applications including:

  • Separation of proteins according to mass/charge ratio
  • Protein/protein, protein/ligand interactions
  • Native protein analysis
  • PTM analysis

About the Instruments

The deltaDOT HPCE system is different to other CE systems because it has a patented multipoint detection system with 512 detection points each sampling at around 20 cycles per second which track the passage of biomolecule bands across the detection window. Conventional CE systems only use single point detection. The big disadvantage of these single-detector instruments is that they are unable to differentiate between desired and undesired effects such as extraneous interference, electrical noise and light source fluctuations. The system used in deltaDOT HPCE has the ability to distinguish between signals which relate to the sample and which do not, removing any potential for inaccuracies.

HPCE instruments also have a significantly greater discovery power than conventional CE systems without the use of molecular labels. A couple of combined factors allow this to be the case: the substantially enhanced resolution, sensitivity and quantification of the instrument alongside the digital output of data being delivered as clearly resolved separations.

Deltadot High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis

Recent Studies

A recent study carried out by LGC illustrated that the deltaDOT system has the ability to resolve peaks of very similar mass-to-charge ratio and produce data comparable to a mass spectrometer. This capability to use deltaDOT’s CE system as an alternative has economical benefits – mass spectrometers can cost 4 times more to purchase and have an annual running cost of greater than 10 times that of the deltaDOT HPCE instrument.

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