Equipment available in Turku

Here is some of the equipment and facilities you may need in your research. If you want to access these or some of the other equipment we may have, please be in touch with the contact persons below.

  • X-ray facility
  • Protein crystallization
  • Thermofluor
  • ÄKTAPurifier
  • Molecular graphics

X-ray facility

Location: Turku Centre for Biotechnology
Contact person: Tassos Papageorgiou

The X-ray crystallography core facility includes an X-ray generator (Rigaku MicroMax-007) equipped with focusing mirrors, an Oxford Cryosystems cryostream, and a MAR345 image plate detector for data collection, several computers for structure determination and analysis, all the latest versions of crystallographic software, and incubators for protein crystallization at various temperatures. The equipment can be used for data collection, initial characterization of the crystals (salt/protein, diffraction limits, solvent content, space group, unit cell dimensions), finding suitable cryoprotectants, and soaking experiments with ligands.

Protein crystallization

Location: Åbo Akademi University, Department of Biosciences, Structural Bioinformatics Laboratory
Contact person: Tomi Airenne tomi.airenne[at]abo.fi

Structural Bioinformatics Laboratory is equipped with two state-of-art instruments for screening and testing protein crystallization conditions:
Mosquito from TTP LabTech can be used for nano-scale automated hanging and sitting drop crystallization setups. It is possible to make several multi-component drops per well e.g. to test different protein concentrations or different ligands at the same time.

PX Scanner from the Agilent Technologies, the first in the Nordic countries, is a unique X-ray diffraction system. It can be used to test crystals for their X-ray diffraction qualities directly on a 96 well sitting drop crystallization ¬plate without removal of the crystals from their growth environment.

Thermofluor

Location: University of Turku, Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry
Contact person: Pirkko Heikinheimo

The MiniOpticon Real-Time PCR  from Bio-Rad can be used to monitor protein thermal unfolding in the presence of fluorescent dyes (Thermofluor) in order to optimise protein buffer conditions for crystallisation. Buffers, salts, additives etc. have a strong effect on protein solubility, and finding the optimal conditions where the protein is well-behaved may greatly increase the chances of succesful crystallisation.

ÄktaPurifier

Location: Åbo Akademi University, Department of Biosciences, Biochemistry
Contact person: Tomi Airenne

ÄKTAPurifier from GE Healthcare is an automated liquid chromatography system for protein purification.

Molecular graphics

Computer classroom
Location: Åbo Akademi University, Department of Biosciences, Biochemistry
Contact person: Tiina Salminen
The computer classroom, which has 18 dual boot Windows/Linux computers, is designed for education in structural bioinformatics and biology.
Molecular graphics and computation room

Location: Turku Centre for Biotechnology, Biocity, 5th floor
Contact person: Tassos Papageorgiou
The molecular graphics room has 5 Linux computers that run the latest versions of major crystallographic and molecular graphics programs.