Services and tools in collaboration

Analysis of Complex Mixtures of Proteins in biological samples using Luminex technology — service offered in collaboration between the FAST Service Proteomics Area of the FAST Service and the Department of Oncology and Molecular Medicine (OMM).
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The FAST service has decided to activate, on an experimental basis, a bio/statistical service to support the ISS colleagues in their research activity. [link]

The service is made up of a network of ISS researchers belonging to different structures (departments and centers) that generously make their skills in biostatistics and part of their time available to their colleagues.

NanoSight NS300 available allows the Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, a method to measure the size and concentration of particles in suspension
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Thanks to the courtesy of colleagues Fiorella Malchiodi and Andrea Matteucci, a recent cryostat model is available for cutting frozen samples (Leica CM1860 UV, equipped with UV for decontamination).

Colleagues interested can contact Andrea Matteucci for agreements.

Thermo Shandon Cytospin 3 Cytocentrifuge

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Technical specifications

Speed range 200 - 2000 RPM
Capacity Up to 24 samples in 12 chambers. Can also utilize micro titer-strips.
Disposable chamber size 0.1 ml to 6 ml
Programs 9 programmable memory banks
Power 110 ~ 120 Vac, 60 Hz

Where: building 15, floor A, room 6.

Colleagues interested can contact Cytometry - FAST for agreements.

Perkin Elmer Wallac Victor3 1420 Multilabel Counter

Where: building 15, floor A, room 6.

Colleagues interested can contact Cytometry - FAST for agreements.


The Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) technique allows studying the interactions between a ligand and putative substates anchored onto a gold-chip, in a pM range of the bulk, with a very high sensibility (few pg/mm²).

We make use of the Biacore X100 (Cytiva) instrument:
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ELISA spectrophotometric reader Cyanobacteria are a key group responsible for environmental problems associated with anthropogenic eutrophication processes. They are prokaryotic photosynthetic organisms, which can produce a wide variety of toxic secondary metabolites, known as cyanotoxins.

The Service was set up to respond to the growing requests for help, from ARPA and national IZS, in the detection and identification of freshwater, marine and mixed environment biotoxins, present in aqueous matrix or concentrated in flora and fauna.
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Rowland grating spectrograph - ISS Museum

A series of instruments, managed by Departments/Centres/Services other than FAST, but almost all purchased with capital funds, which can be used jointly subject to agreements with the owners [Read more...]