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Operetta CLS High-Content Analysis System

Uncover deep biological understanding in your everyday assays and innovative applications using the Operetta CLS high-content analysis system. Featuring a unique combination of technologies, the system delivers all the speed, sensitivity and resolution you need to reveal fine sub-cellular details. And with our simple, powerful Harmony 4.5 software, Operetta CLS lets you find even subtle phenotypic changes.

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Overview

The Operetta CLS system combines speed and sensitivity with the powerful and intuitive data analysis you’ve come to trust from the Operetta platform. The all-new Operetta CLS delivers everything you need from high-content analysis. What’s more, the Operetta CLS system is part of our comprehensive HCS workflow – everything from HCS systems and microplates to automation and informatics for every application. All from one knowledgeable, trusted vendor. Put that together with our Harmony® high-content imaging and analysis software – the easy-to-learn, easy-to-use software that empowers biologists to do their own analysis – and you have everything you need to run your everyday (and complex) analyses right away.

A Unique Combination of Technologies

At the core of the Operetta CLS high-content analysis system is a new light path that ensures efficient excitation of your samples and careful collection of emitted signals.

  • Powerful, stable 8x LED light source for optimal excitation of your fluorophores and confidence in results
  • Proprietary automated water-immersion objectives with very high numerical aperture enable high resolution and fast read times with minimal photodamage
  • Confocal spinning disk technology provides a fast and gentle imaging process, enabling efficient background rejection, live cell experiments, and 3D imaging
  • Large format sCMOS camera delivers low noise, wide dynamic range, and high resolution – perfect for sensitive and quantitative measurements at short exposure times
  • User accessible bar-coded emission filters provide flexibility, sensitive imaging and error-free operation
  • Simple, powerful Harmony 4.5 high-content imaging and analysis software for easy set-up of assays, automation of experiments, image acquisition, data analysis, and storage and retrieval of results

A Solution Configured To Suit Every Need;

Whatever your application, there’s an Operetta CLS system configured to meet your requirements. And it’s modular, so it can change with your research demands. Several configuration options are available, Typical configurations include:

Operetta CLS Quattro

  • With four LEDs and widefield fluorescence, the basic configuration of the Operetta CLS system is ideal for common applications that need sensitivity and resolution, with the capacity to grow if the need arises.

Operetta CLS FLEX

  • With eight LEDs, and confocal and widefield fluorescence, the FLEX configuration offers flexibility in excitation and imaging modes for many challenging applications – and it can be upgraded to even higher performance.

Operetta CLS LIVE

  • With all the features of the FLEX configuration, plus gas and temperature control and water-immersion objectives, this system is ideal for gentle yet highly sensitive live cell imaging.

Applications

From everyday assays to more demanding applications, the Operetta CLS high-content analysis system delivers just the right combination of flexible excitation, sensitive optics, and advanced software features to enable you to gain deeper biological insight from all your critical applications.

Fixed-cell assays

  • Up to eight high-power excitation sources and user-accessible emission filters enable maximum flexibility of fluorescent stains and labels, plus the system features widefield and spinning-disk fluorescent imaging.

Live-cell assays

  • The spinning disk confocal optics and synchronized LED illumination provide stable excitation and minimize phototoxicity and bleaching for meaningful live-cell assays. You can also choose brightfield or digital-phase contrast imaging modes.

Complex cellular models

  • The large-format sCMOS camera with water-immersion objectives provides sensitivity and high resolution, while advanced software helps you address the imaging and analysis challenges presented by complex cellular models.

Advanced assays

  • FRET is a powerful tool for investigating conformational changes and protein-protein interactions. The Operetta CLS system’s sensitive imaging and dedicated analysis tools for ratiometric imaging, facilitate robust results.

Phenotypic fingerprinting

  • The Operetta CLS combines high resolution imaging with advanced software tools to help create robust phenotypic fingerprints of the subtle differences at the core of successful phenotypic assays.

Specifications

21 CFR Part 11 Compatible No
Automation Compatible Yes
Detection Method Transmission, Fluorescence
Height 45.0 cm
Imaging Modality High Content
Interface Ethernet
Length 98.0 cm
Light Source LED
Portable No
Product Brand Name Operetta CLS
Warranty Yes
Width 66.0 cm
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Application Note

Analyzing ERK Signal Transduction in Live Cells Using a FRET-Based Biosensor

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.

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Automated Single Cell Tracking using the Operetta System: Analyzing Chemokinesis of Cancer Cells

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.

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Distinguishing Cell Types by Phenotypic Profiling of the Nucleus

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.

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Phenotypic Analysis of Hypertrophy in Human iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes

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.

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Article

5 Top Tips for a Successful High-content Screening Assay with a 3D Cell Model System

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.

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Brochure

3D Cell Culture Solutions Brochure

Download our brochure to learn how our solutions help you to grow, detect, and analyze 3D cells.

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Case Study

High-Content Analysis of Drug-Induced Oligodendrocyte Differentiation Promoting Remyelination in Multiple Sclerosis

One of the greatest challenges in multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy is the halting or reversal of the failure of remyelination in the brain in order to reverse disabilities in MS patients. This case study highlights the recent work of Dr. Paul Tesar and colleagues at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which could potentially lead to such novel treatments, as it aims to control the function of stem cells in the body and thereby to help the body repair itself.

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Ebook

Adding Depth: 3-D Cell Culture

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.

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Cellular Analysis in 3D

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.

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High-Content Analysis: Advancing Your Knowledge to Help Combat Infectious Disease

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.

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Manual

Five Top Tips for a Successful High-Content Screening Assay with a 3D Cell Model System

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.

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Technical Note

3D Volumetric Analysis of Luminal Spaces Inside Cysts or Organoids

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.

We address:

  • How to reduce the loss of image resolution as you image deeper into the sample
  • How to enable 3D segmentation and analysis for your 3D high-content assays
  • How to increase throughput for 3D imaging through shorter exposure times
  • How to eliminate long and tedious data transfer steps

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3D Volumetric and Zonal Analysis of Solid Spheroids

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 Phenixand OperettaCLS high-content screening systems and Harmony® 4.8 imaging and analysis software.

We address:

  • How to reduce image acquisition time and data volume
  • How to analyse fully and partially imaged spheroids in 3D
  • How to define zones and quantify spatial differences within spheroids
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    Clearing Strategies for 3D Spheroids

    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.

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    How to Perform Successful Long Term Live Cell Imaging in a High-Content Analysis System

    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.

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    The Benefits of Automated Water Immersion Lenses for High-Content Screening

    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.

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    White Paper

    High Content Screening in Three Dimensions

    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.

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