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November 4, 2014 | Customer News

An antioxidant assay for the real world with Tecan’s Infinite M1000® PRO

November 4, 2014

An antioxidant assay for the real world with
Tecan’s Infinite M1000® PRO

Tecan’s Infinite M1000® PRO reader in use at CIRAD

Männedorf, Switzerland, November 4, 2014 – Researchers at the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, CIRAD) have used an Infinite M1000® PRO multimode microplate reader to develop a simple CAT (conjugated autoxidizable triene) assay allowing direct measurement of the antioxidant capacity of plant extracts and pure molecules1. Based on UV absorption, this rapid test is performed in a microemulsified system and uses an oxidizable lipid substrate – stripped tung oil – to more accurately reflect in vivo activity.

Mickaël Laguerre, who developed the CAT assay, explained: "The aim was to create a simple, relevant method that could be easily transferred to other labs or even used for routine measurements in industry. The method requires a microplate reader with very precise temperature regulation, and Tecan’s Infinite M1000 PRO was the best fit for our needs, combining format flexibility and excellent temperature control with monochromator-based optics. This set-up is ideally suited to assay development, as it allows complete freedom in wavelength selection, and also makes it more versatile for other research activities. The ability to evolve the instrument as your needs change – adding fluorescence, luminescence or polarization functions – is also a significant advantage, as your assay development choices are not limited by the reader."

To find out more on Tecan’s Infinite M1000 PRO, visit www.tecan.com/infinitem1000pro

1 Laguerre, M, et al. Anal Biochem, 2008, 380, 282-290.


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Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, and forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2013, Tecan generated sales of CHF 388 million (USD 419 million; EUR 316 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).