Typically, when used for the crystallization of membrane proteins in lipidic cubic and sponge phases the phase is dispensed onto a surface and reagents are pipetted onto it allowing the crystallizing agents to diffuse into the lipidic drop.
Laminex offers considerable advantages for viewing and imaging such crystal growth experiments since the experiment is sandwiched between planar surfaces. The optical path creates no aberrations even when using lipidic cubic phases.
The Laminex system is built up from lower support plates of glass or UV transparent plastic with an adhesive spacer*. On to this base, glass, UV transparent plates or films can be applied to create 96 chambers for crystal growth.
*Laminex bases are available with either a 200 or 100 micron thick spacer to separate the base from the cover.
N.B. The HT version are already SBS size glass bases and do not require a frame.
Not sure which plates to choose? Have a look at this article
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