U3. Synthesis of Peptides Unit
- Scientific Director: Prof. Fernando Albericio firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Miriam Royo email@example.com
- Entities: Parc Cientific de Barcelona (PCB) & Universidad de Barcelona (UB)
- Address: Baldiri Reixac 10, 08028, Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34 934 037 122
- Web:PCB – UB
This Unit is coordinated by the Peptides and Nanoparticles Group at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) and has the equipment necessary to provide services of synthesis of peptides at different scales (mg to g), purification, characterization, and post-synthesis modification, such as, conjugation to proteins and fluorescent. It counts with laboratories for synthesis and other to carry out modification of the peptides during and post synthesis labels. Also counts with a laboratory equipped with several preparative and analytical chromatography systems for purification and characterization. This facility benefits from the wide experience of Dr. Fernando Albericio in the design and synthesis of peptides with specific biological activity and the introduction of modifications necessary for these peptides to be bound to therapeutic nanoconjugates and other molecules, either to take advantage of the pharmacological activity of the peptide itself or to facilitate the introduction of nanoconjugates or other molecules into the cells in order to reach the therapeutic target. Its location allows the access to the rest of services of the PCB with an occupy area of 5.000m2.
- U3-S01. Synthesis of peptides and characterisation (On-site&Remote) OUTSTANDING
- U3-S02. Modification of the peptides (On-site&Remote) OUTSTANDING
- U3-S03. Special amino acids for peptide synthesis (Remote) OUTSTANDING
- U3-S4. Peptide libraries (Remote) OUTSTANDING
FOR THOSE SERVICES IDENTIFIED AS OUTSTANDING, AT LEAST 20% OF THEIR CAPACITY IS OPEN UNDER COMPETITIVE ACCESS. SEE ANNEX 1 OF ACCESS PROTOCOL FOR DETAILS ON % OF OPENNESS FOR EACH SERVICE
- U3-E01. Automatic synthesizer
- U3-E02. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems with a diode array detector
- U3-E03. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system with dual-wavelength UV detector
- U3-E04. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC -MS) system with a diode array detector and coupled to a mass spectrometer.
- U3-E05. Bohdan miniblocks
- U3-E06. Lyophilizers and SpeedVac evaporators
- U3-E07. System for acidolactic cleavage (Boc/Bzl strategy), UNIQUE IN SPAIN
In addition, this unit has access to:
- U3-E08. Amino acid analyzer and MALDI -TOF for characterization.
- U3-E09. Microwave peptide synthesizer.
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