The Opera Phenix™ High Content Screening System is the premier confocal solution for today's most demanding high content applications. Drawing on over a decade of experience with the industry-leading Opera® High Content Screening System, the Opera Phenix is designed for high-throughput, phenotypic screening and assays involving complex disease models, such as live cells, primary cells and microtissues.
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The Opera Phenix HCS system's innovative optical design lets you generate richer information through extremely sensitive confocal imaging and at higher throughput than ever through simultaneous acquisition – without the issue of crosstalk.
Speed and Sensitivity – No Compromise
Proprietary Synchrony™ Optics combine a microlens enhanced Nipkow spinning disk with dual view confocal optics to separate fluorescence excitation and emission during simultaneous acquisition minimizing spectral crosstalk – for more speed and more sensitivity.
With the Opera Phenix HCS System you can generate high resolution images in up to four colors at ultra-high throughput.
It All Comes Together in Harmony – Acquisition to Analysis Made Easy
The Harmony software has an intuitive user-interface that guides you through the whole process from acquisition to analysis and evaluation.
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|21 CFR Part 11 Compatible||No|
|Detection Method||Transmission, Fluorescence|
|Imaging Modality||High Content|
|Product Brand Name||Opera Phenix|
Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) is a key component in the regulation of embryogenesis, cell differentiation, cell proliferation, and cell death. The ERK signaling pathway is altered in various cancer types and is frequently investigated as a target for therapeutic intervention. This application note describes how a live cell FRET assay to study ERK signaling was performed on the Operetta CLS™ high-content analysis system. The optimized design of the FRET-based biosensor, the high-quality imaging of the Operetta CLS system and the easy-to-use image analysis tools of the Harmony® software contribute to the robustness of the high-content assay.
In this application note, we describe a high-content screening application for analyzing the migration of non-small cell lung cancer cells in a live cell assay. Using the Operetta® high-content imaging system and digital phase contrast imaging, we tracked migrating cancer cells using automated single cell tracking in the Harmony® high-content imaging and analysis software.
The promise of high-content screening is the acceleration of discovery by extracting as much relevant information as possible from cells. Nevertheless, a large percentage of high-content screens analyze only a small number of image-based properties. As a result, valuable information from precious cells and disease models is not utilized. As nearly all screening approaches require a nuclear counterstain such as Hoechst to facilitate segmentation, phenotypic profiling of the nuclei can offer new and additional perspectives on assays at no extra cost.
Analyzing transport of biliary metabolites is essential to predict pharmacokinetics and hepatotoxicity during drug development. A functional impairment of hepatobilary transporters, such as bile salt export pump (BSEP) and multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP-2), is strongly associated with an increased risk of cholestatic liver injury. Here, we describe a 3D high-content screening assay to study hepatobiliary transporter function in InSphero human liver microtissues. Confocal imaging and automated image analysis were used to quantify BSEP and MRP-2-mediated efflux of fluorescent substrates into bile canaliculi.
Fundamental processes in living cells, such as apoptosis and signal transduction are controlled by proteins, often acting in concert with other protein partners through protein-protein interactions (PPIs). Inappropriate protein-protein recognition can fundamentally contribute to many diseases, including cancer. Therefore, inhibiting protein-protein interactions represents an emerging area in drug design.
Learn how a phenotypic screening assay to study time-dependent effects of endothelin-1-induced hypertrophy was set up using human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes. Learn how: The Opera Phenix system has been applied in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. In this assay, the Opera Phenix system is 4 times faster than the previous Opera® system. Primary neuron morphology is analyzed in a straightforward approach using Harmony software. Careful assay optimization can increase throughput, and minimize the data burden, without compromising assay performance.
Cells constantly sense their environment and their response is a spatio-temporal summation of all signals. To maintain physiological stability, cells need to adjust to environmental changes, a process called homeostasis. One of the most important processes involved in maintaining homeostasis is autophagy, and its significance was recognized by the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 2016 to Yoshinori Ohsumi for the discovery of its underlying mechanisms. Although this is not fully understood, it is believed that autophagy can prevent tumor development by degrading, for example, damaged organelles and protein aggregates.
Whether you’re familiar with high-content screening and are looking to exploit the increased physiological relevance of complex 3D cell models, or you want to take your analysis of 3D cell models to the next level, migrating from simple plate-reader assays to a high-content approach, you’ll need the right tools and strategies to overcome the challenges these models present.
Download our brochure to learn how our solutions help you to grow, detect, and analyze 3D cells.
Info on PerkinElmer's complete solutions for high-throughput and phenotypic screening.
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) offer tremendous opportunities for disease modeling and discovery of novel therapeutics. The UK-based Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Initiative (HipSci) aims to advance iPSC technology and pave the way to discovering how genomic variation impacts cellular phenotype by offering the scientific community access to a vast panel of cell lines with thorough characterization and data analysis tools. This case study details a phenotypic screen used to characterize human iPSCs on diverse extracellular matrix substrates, and a method for the capture of specific phenotypes emerging upon cell-to-cell contact.
In this case study, we show how a previously described neuroprotection assay can be easily and directly transferred to the Opera Phenix™ high-content screening system, with a 4-fold decrease in acquisition time.
Download this booklet from The Scientist and PerkinElmer to learn about how the third dimension affects cell behavior, the similarities and differences between 2-D and 3-D culture, common 3-D culture models, and how to image and analyze 3-D culture models.
While 3D cell culture provides unprecedented opportunities for both increased physiological relevance and analysis using a high-content approach, it is also more complex than traditional 2D cell culture. This booklet, from Biocompare and PerkinElmer, will unravel some of the complexities often encountered when using 3D cell models for drug discovery and provide insights and solutions that will streamline workflows and facilitate the development of effective therapeutics. Topics covered include: Reagents and instruments for growing, detecting, and analyzing 3D cell models; 3D culture methodologies; the value of high-content screening with 3D cell models and how to improve image acquisition and image analysis with high-content assays.
Infectious diseases remain a major burden to human health. The increased globalization of modern society that facilitates the spread of infectious diseases, and phenomena such as anti-microbial resistance, underscore the importance of the development of new preventative and therapeutic approaches.
Download this booklet to learn how high-content imaging and analysis enable high-throughput functional and phenotypic assays that can be adapted to a wide range of pathogens; read a series of Featured Publication Notes describing the contribution of high-content analysis in the study of diseases such as ebola, zika, tuberculosis, listeria and malaria and find examples of studies in which a high-content approach has been used in parasitic, viral and bacterial disease research.
Whether you’re familiar with high-content screening, or a newcomer, you’ll need the right tools and strategies to overcome the challenges of using complex 3D cell models in such an assay. For example, growing consistent, reproducible 3D cultures can be problematic and imaging large, thick cell samples can be challenging, while managing the huge volumes of data generated is perhaps the most demanding aspect of all. In this article, we provide our top tips for running a successful high-content screening assay using a 3D cell model. Learn how you can: Generate uniform 3D cell models, Get the best quality images, Minimize imaging time and volume of data, Get deeper insights from your 3D cell model and Avoid unnecessary data transfer steps.
High-content assays using 3D objects such as cysts or organoids can be challenging from the perspectives of both image acquisition and image analysis. In this technical note we describe how to image and analyze epithelial Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cysts in 3D on the Operetta CLS™ high-content analysis system.
Multicellular 3D “oids” (tumoroids, spheroids, organoids) have the potential to better predict the effects of drug candidates during preclinical screening. However, compared to 2D cell monolayers, assays using 3D model systems are more challenging.
In this technical note we describe how to image and analyze solid spheroids in 3D using the Opera Phenix™and Operetta™CLS high-content screening systems and Harmony® 4.8 imaging and analysis software.
In drug discovery programs, multicellular spheroids have emerged as powerful tools to bridge the gap between in vitro cell culture models and in vivo tissues. However, one of the greatest challenges in higher throughput 3D imaging is the acquisition of images of solid spheroids, owing to the reduced light penetration.
One solution is to use optical clearing techniques, which can enhance the imaging depth in spheroids by removing lipid and protein molecules.
In this technical note, we compare different optical clearing strategies for 3D spheroids and quantify the clearing effectiveness and alterations in spheroid morphology, and demonstrate how to increase imaging depth in 3D spheroids by a factor of four.
Download our technical note to find out how you can overcome some of the challenges associated with long-term live cell imaging. Learn how you can perform successful five-day live cell imaging on Operetta CLS™ and Opera Phenix™ high-content systems, avoid phototoxicity with gentle digital phase contrast imaging, and analyze cell growth and morphology on a single cell level without fluorescence staining.
Simultaneous multi-color imaging is a commonly used approach to increase the speed of high-content screening systems. However, one of the main problems arising from this approach is spectral crosstalk which can limit assay sensitivity. To overcome this challenge, we have developed an innovative optical concept for the Opera Phenix™ High Content Screening System, known as Synchrony Optics™. The Opera Phenix system can be equipped with up to four large field of view (FOV) sCMOS cameras to maximize throughput and Synchrony Optics enable parallel acquisition of up to four spectrally adjacent channels at the same time with minimal crosstalk.
The Opera Phenix™ high-content screening system’s state of the art hardware, combined with Harmony® imaging and analysis software, improves acquisition and analysis speed, enabling users to perform highly multi-parametric phenotypic screens effectively. In this technical note, learn how the Opera Phenix system’s Synchrony™ Optics and sCMOS cameras image up to 6x faster, how water immersion objectives combined with binning can reduce exposure time by approx. 20-fold and how image acquisition and analysis time can be reduced by >70% compared to a classical spinning disc confocal system.
Balancing the key factors in HCS imaging - sensitivity, resolution and speed - can be challenging since they cannot be optimized independently: changing one impacts the others. Nevertheless, there is a way to overcome some of the obstacles and here we explain why the choice of the objective lens is critical.
Researchers are increasingly looking to 3D cell cultures, microtissues, and organoids to bridge the gap between 2D cell cultures and in vivo animal models. This whitepaper documents a streamlined procedure for getting the most information, as quickly as possible, using solutions from PerkinElmer.