With the launch of Nanion Technologies’ Port-a-Patch mini, the world’s smallest patch clamp rig has now become even smaller. Based on the success of Port-a-Patch, Nanion Technologies went ahead and further miniaturized the patch clamp system by incorporating the amplifier into the system.
Enabling giga-seal recordings from a single cell at a time, the Port-a-Patch mini provides quick and easy access to superior quality patch clamp data with very little training. Besides being a robust research tool, it is also suitable for educational uses and rapid testing of ion channels and cells.
The advantages of the Port-a-Patch mini are listed below:
- Cells and compounds can be tested with minimal effort
- Small and economical full patch clamp rig
- In-built amplifier
- Current and voltage clamp
- Patch clamp experience is not required
- Whole-cell and perforated patch clamp
- Manual and limitless compound applications
- High success rates with cell lines; primary cells and stem cells can also be used
- Suitable for teaching
- Chips are made in-house and multiple resistances are available (can be tailored on request)
- User-friendly, only minimal training needed
The Port-a-Patch mini can be used directly in a simple manner—users can just add cells and solutions onto the disposable recording chip, where a cell is automatically trapped and sealed by suction with the help of a computer-controlled pump.
The Port-a-Patch mini system comprises the Port-a-Patch mini recording unit integrated with an amplifier, a computer, and a suction control unit.