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Technical Platforms

AAV VECTOR LAB

The Adeno-Associated Vector (AAV) platform offers development, design and production of AAV vectors. The vectors are used in the production of disease models, experimental gene therapy and basic experimental research of brain functions. The lab consists of molecular tools that can be used for genetic modification of neurons. Personnell provide key expertise in this area as well as the general production facility.

To learn more, visit the AAV Vector Lab website


BACTERIA LAB, RETROVIRAL PRODUCTION & VECTOR SURGERY

BACTERIA LAB
In this lab bacteria are grown to produce DNA, which we use in further experiments such as viral vector production.

RETROVIRAL VECTOR PRODUCTION
This platform is used to produce viral vectors for gene transfer, both in vivo and in vitro. The vectors produced here are onco-retroviral and lentiviral vectors.  The vectors can be produced at very high titers and used directly for in vivo injections. The vectors are also used for in vivo modifications of cells, e.g. for reprogramming.

VIRAL VECTOR SURGERY
This surgery suite is specifically used for intracranial injections. The vectors will transfer genes to the brain and possibly ameliorate disease symptoms. The vectors may also be sued as tools to understand for example miRNA biology, or to create models of disease.

To learn more, visit the Bacteria Lab, Retroviral Production & Vector Surgery website


BEHAVIORAL PLATFORM

The behavioral platform offers setups for motor and cognitive testing in animal models. It consists of multiple laboratories and equipment to do complete batteries of motor and cognitive tests in both rat and mouse.

The platform offers diversified arrays of behavioral tests in an environment that is very close to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for stereotaxic surgery, in vivo monitoring of transmitter release, and positron emission tomography or magnetic resonance imaging of small animals.

To learn more, visit the Behavioral Platform website


BIOBANK PLATFORM

MultiPark's biobank sample collection is a resource that serve three major research areas: Biomarkers, Epidemiology and Genetics. Patients with confirmed idiopathic PD diagnosis living in the region of Skåne are invited to participate. There are approximately 2-3000 PD patients in the region of Skåne, whereof almost 1000 patients are connected to the Lund/Malmö Neurology clinics. 

To learn more, visit the Bíobank Platform website


CELLOMICS PLATFORM

MultiPark has made a substantial investment in a High Content Screening machine. The state-of-the-art apparatus offers a high throughput system for screening at sub-cellular level. The Cellomics Arrayscan VTI instrument is an imaging tool that will help our scientists make quicker and more precise analyses, capturing, for instance, changes in cell size, shape and intensity. The Cellomics machine allows you to not only image live cells, but to keep those cells alive for both short- and long-term experiments in a controlled environment similar to that of a tissue culture incubator. The machine offers complete environmental control with full reporting of CO2 and temperature over the defined time course allowing for complete life measurements.

To learn more, visit the Cellomics Platform website


CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE PLATFORM

The new Leica SP8 confocal microscope is intended for imaging of fixed tissue and cells. This inverted confocal microscope includes a motorized stage and a two channel confocal scanning head with spectral detection. The system have 3 LED lasers with these laser lines: 405, 488, 514, 552 and 638 nm and two detectors of which one is a standard detector and one is a HyD SP detector.

To learn more, visit the Confocal Microscope Platform website


FACS PLATFORM

The MultiPark FACSAria III is used to study and purify cells. FACS technology has a wide application in immunology, cell biology and other fields of biology. The method suspends cells in a stream of fluid and passes them through electronic detection. It allows simultaneous multiparametric analysis of the physical and chemical characteristics of up to thousands of particles per second. The FACSAria III opens the complex world of cell sorting to a wider audience of researchers through a broader range of applications. The easy-to-use flow cytometer helps ensure that lasers are precisely focused on the sample stream, that they generate the greatest signal, and that the maximum amount of emitted light is collected. The machinery also comes with the ability to run complex multicolor experiments using up to six lasers.

To learn more, visit the FACS Platform website


IMAGE ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

Imaris version 8.4.1 Single-Full SF is available in room B1155a, BMC. 

To learn more about Imaris, visit the Imaris website

MultiPark users also have access to the Arivis software, please see the Light Sheet Microscope infrastructure website (pending) for details.


LIGT SHEET MICROSCOPE

To learn more, visit the Light Sheet  Microscope website


LIVE CELL IMAGING PLATFORM

The live cell imaging technology platform is an important tool for studying molecular and cellular function of neuronal and non-neuronal cells and tissues. It has a broad range of applications such as exploring disease mechanisms, performing clinical diagnosis and developing new treatments. This system gives MultiPark scientists an opportunity to study single molecule dynamics in high resolution, and also allows for keeping long-term track of cell migration and cell differentiation. Because the technology is so advanced, so high speed and offers such high resolution it provides researchers with the tools to study these processes more closely than before.

To learn more, visit the Live Cell Imaging Platform website


MESO QuickPlex

MESO QuickPlex SQ 120 instrument allows for precise quantitation of single or multiple low abundance analytes in a single sample. Compared to ELISA, the MULTI-ARRAY technology has increased dynamic range, improved sensitivity, reduced sample volume and reagent requirements. There is a wide menu of available assay kits compatible with the MESO QuickPlex, and a full line of components and reagents for developing your own assay. Several hundreds of immunoassays for a range of applications including immunology, inflammation, oncology, neurobiology, and toxicology, in various assay formats are available.

To learn more, visit the MESO QuickPlex website


NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING (NGS)

The MultiPark next generation sequencing (NGS) facility is located at the BMC in Lund. The core offers state-of-the art next generation sequencing technology for experimental and preclinical studies with particular expertise in transcriptome analysis. It is a core facility providing you with a full service – from RNA isolation to initial bioinformatics analysis.

The facility is open to all MultiPark researchers, Lund University affiliates and external users.

To learn more, visit the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) website


PET LIGAND RADIOSYNTHESIS PLATFORM

PET imaging of the brain is a powerful method to study physiology and disease in the living brain of humans as well as animal models. The unit for nuclear medicin at Skåne University Hospital provides radioligands for both experimental and clinical use. Besides 18F-FDG, they also synthesize a range of other PET tracers such as ligands binding to the dopamine transporter, tau filaments or β-amyloid aggregates. The facility is open to all researchers at Lund University, and the prices for production of already established ligands are subsidised for all MulltiPark researchers. Further, state-of-the-art PET scanners for human use are available at the unit for clinial physiology at Skåne University Hospital, and a PET scanner for small animal models at the Lund University Bioimaging Center. 

To learn more, visit the PET ligand radiosynthesis platform website


PLATE RUNNER PLATFORM

MultiPark has acquired the Trophos Plate Runner HD, the fastest fluorescence full well/full plate imager for 96/384 plates on the market, ideal for cellular or small organisms imaging. It will perform in a few minutes at most, at up to five different fluorescence channels simultaneously, and at various one-click user-defined resolution. This device is very simple to learn, to use, to train, and require only a few settings to start up, and almost no maintenance. Thanks to its various original features, it is notably more suited and faster than standard microscopes for fluorescence imaging at cellular or small organisms level.

To learn more, visit the Plate Runner Platform website


PROTEIN PRODUCTION PLATFORM

To obtain well-characterized forms of disease linked proteins such as alpha-synuclein and beta-amyloid contact sara [dot] linse [at] biochemistry [dot] lu [dot] se (Sara Linse).


SIMOA ANALYZER

Quanterix SR-X Ultra-Sensitive Biomarker Detection System
The Simoa is particularly useful for measurements of biomarkers at ultra-low levels. The approach is based on the counting of thousands of single immunocomplexes in femtoliter-sized reaction chambers which are termed Simoa - Single Molecule Arrays.  Simoa uses the same reagents as conventional ELISA, but antibody capture agents are attached to the surface of paramagnetic beads that are used to concentrate a dilute solution of target molecules. The beads are loaded to discs containing arrays of femtoliter-sized wells that hold only one bead per well. In wells containing a bead with a single target molecule, the formation of an immunocomplex will result in enzymatic cleavage of a substrate, which will be converted to a fluorescent product imaged by the SR-X reader.

To learn more, visit the Simoa website


SMALL MOLECULE SCREENING PLATFORM

With support from MultiPark, EXODIAB, StemTherapy, BioCare, MoReLife and CREATE Health, an infrastructure to facilitate screening of small molecules at Lund University has been established. The screening infrastructure comprises liquid handling robotic (Agilent Bravo), plate stacker (Agilent BenchCel), sealer of microtiter plate (PlateLoc) and liquid dispenser (Thermo Multidrop Combi). 

To learn more, visit the Small Molecule Screening Platform website


STATISTICAL SUPPORT

MultiPark and Clinical Studies Sweden – Forum South, Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Unit have entered into an agreement for ongoing project support. Scientists linked to MultiPark can now turn to Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Unit for help with study design, randomization, selection of appropriate statistical analysis, implementation of analysis, reporting and interpretation of results as well as statistical reviews of manuscripts.

Going forward the Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Unit will belong to a newly formed cooperative organization for the University health care in Skåne and the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University. They are working to provide training and support in epidemiology, biostatistics and data management to researchers throughout the southern healthcare region. The support ranges from short consultations to more extensive participation in the implementation of longer projects.

Helene Jacobsson and Anna Åkesson at Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Unit is responsible for contacts with MultiPark. They and other employees at Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Unit will together be able to spend time equivalent to 30% of a full-time service relating to MultiPark inquiries. 

For information on statistical support, please contact Helene Jacobsson or Anna Åkesson. Please state that you belong to MultiPark at the first contact.
Email: Helene [dot] Jacobsson [at] skane [dot] se, Tel: 046 - 177 934 
Email: Anna [dot] Akesson [at] skane [dot] se, Tel: 046 - 177 765


TRANSLATIONAL PHARMACOLOGY PLATFORM

The 'Translational Pharmacology Platform' is a state-of-the-art preclinical drug development capability accessible to investigators within MultiPark.

The platform offers screening and validation of potential therapeutic small molecules. Expert advise and guidance is provided as to suitable targets, discovery protocols, suitable screening and validation processes, as well possibilities to move discoveries through an innovation pipeline.

To learn more, visit the Translational Pharmacology Platform


TWO-PHOTON MICROSCOPY LAB

The two-photon microscopy platform consists of two distinct setups, one for in vivo and one for in vitro applications. The in vivo setup is used to image the living brain of the mouse, particularly the superficial layers of the brain such as the cerebral cortex. The in vitro infrastructure is designed to image deeper structures that are not accessible to in vivo microscopy. For this system we prepare slices of the deeper brain nuclei, and we image them while the neurons are still alive and functional.

The two-photon imaging technology offers the possibility to visualize and quantify dynamic processes in living cells (neurons or glia) with very high temporal and spatial resolution. Examples of such dynamic processes are, calcium influx into cells, or movements of cells and sub-cellular organelles. 

To learn more, visit the Two-Photon Microscopy website


INFRASTRUCTURE SURVEY
During spring 2018, MultiPark conducted a survey regarding the use of the associated infrastructures and resources.

A summary of the results can be found here.

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