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Manual Patch Clamp Assay


Manual patch clamping is the “gold-standard” for the investigation of ion channel activity. In addition to confirming the activity of potential hits from high or medium throughput screens, manual patch-clamping can be used to assess mechanism of action of compounds and to determine the effects of compounds on the biophysical properties of a channel. Both voltage-gated and ligand-gated channels can be tested using manual patch-clamping. This system utilizes stable cell lines or native cells (neurons, cardiac myocytes, etc.).

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  • - Manual patch clamp of the hERG potassium channel to evaluate potential cardiac liability.
  • - Single concentration profiling and full concentration response curves (4 pt. curves; n=3 cells).




Fig. 1 Exemplar hERG trace elicited from a holding potential of -80 mV, followed by an initial step to -50 mV, then steps from -60 to +40 mV in 10 mV increments, tail currents were elicited by a step to -50 mV.



Fig. 2 a) Activation plot of hERG fitted with a Boltzmann function, V1/2=-9.7 mV, slope 11.4. b) IV curve of hERG activation currents, peak current 10 mV. (n=4 cells)















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