Implen Journal Club

Implen Journal Club

Welcome to the Implen NanoPhotometer® Journal Club. Here we will highlight relevant publications where the Implen NanoPhotometer® helped researchers to unravel the mysteries of modern molecular biology.


SKI TRIP for tissue-specific profiling of actively translated mRNAs in C. elegans

The first issue is looking forward to a holiday ski trip with the introduction of a groundbreaking tool developed by Wester et. al., known as the Single-Copy Knock-In TRAP (SKI TRIP) toolkit, offering a seamless way to explore processes like aging, which are highly responsive to alterations in protein production. SKI TRIP facilitates tissue-specific profiling of actively translated mRNAs in C. elegans tissues, including muscle, neurons, and the gut, without interfering with translation or the organism’s fitness.

SKI TRIP may be useful for the exploration of tissue-specific distinctions in translation and for the investigation of processes that exhibit acute sensitivity to changes in translation, such as development or aging.

The NanoPhotometer® NP80 was used in this study to analyze RNA.

NanoPhotometer’s role in Enhancing Food Safety with UV-C Technology: A Case Study in Soy Milk Sterilization

The NanoPhotometer’s role in Enhancing Food Safety with UV-C Technology is the topic of the next Implen NanoPhotometer® Journal Club issue: Holiday Edition to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. In the realm of food safety and processing, the quest for innovative and effective sterilization methods is perpetual. A recent groundbreaking study by Martínez-García et al., published in the journal of Foods, sheds light on the efficacy of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation in inactivating a range of harmful microorganisms in soy milk, a widely consumed beverage as a popular alternative to the “Maids a Milking” on the 8th day of Christmas.

The Implen NanoPhotometer® was utilized in this study to measure the coefficient of absorbance at 254 nm. The UV-C energy emitted by the lamp per volume unit at 254 nm was measured using the chemical iodide/iodate actinometer developed and using a potassium iodide solution passed through the UV-C reactor. Its absorbance was then measured at 352 nm using the NanoPhotometer® spectrophotometer.


Revolutionizing Allergen Detection: Bridging Science and Tradition with The Nutcracker and Nanotechnology

The study by Blaschke et. al. integrates precise science, robust testing, and practical applicability to revolutionize allergen detection in the food industry. The study’s multi-faceted approach, from its meticulous cross-species testing for specificity to its rigorous validation under diverse cooking conditions, echoes the harmony and precision of “The Nutcracker” ballet performance.

The Implen NanoPhotometer® N60 was used in this study for the quantification and assessment of the quality of extracted DNA. In molecular biology, accurate DNA quantification is crucial for preparing samples for techniques like real-time PCR, as used in this study. The NanoPhotometer® provides this precise measurement and quality assessment, ensuring that the DNA samples are suitable for subsequent analysis.

Next issue is highlighting research recently published in the journal of hazardous materials investigating the impact of two new types of nano-scale pesticides on soil microorganisms, using apple orchard soil as the test environment. The nano-pesticides contained the active fungicide ingredient captan bound to nano-particles of zinc oxide or silica. Sułowicz et. al. studied whether these nano-pesticides would have less harmful effects on helpful soil bacteria and fungi compared to regular captan fungicide.

With thoughtful use, nano-pesticides could help provide bountiful, delicious apples for generations of fall feasts.

The NanoPhotometer® NP80 was used to determine the concentration and the purity of DNA spectrophotometrically.


The last issue is showcasing how the Implen NanoPhotometer® is blasting scientific analysis to new heights analyzing the effects of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) on human endothelial cells in microgravity conditions to mimic the effects of spaceflight. The findings provide insight into potential risks to astronauts’ vascular health.

These molecular insights could guide the development of countermeasures enhancing resilience against microgravity’s diabetogenic effects during future long-duration space travel as humanity expands its presence beyond Earth orbit.

 The N60 was integral for quantifying nucleic acids fundamental to illuminating molecular risks to astronaut health and future interplanetary travel.

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