NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bio-imaging company Syngene said today that Scotland’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is using its 2D protein gel analysis software in its sheep disease research program.
The institution is using the company’s Dymension software to analyze protein extracts from sheep with parasitic gastroenteritis, which is the most commonly diagnosed sheep disease in the UK, Syngene said. The aim is to identify key proteins involved in sheep immunity to the nematode causing the disease and other related parasites.
The studies could increase understanding about how natural immunity to these parasites occurs, and could help in the design of vaccines and therapies to prevent the disease.
Jeremy Brown, a research fellow at the veterinary school, said in a statement that the software has simplified the process of aligning gels and clustering data sets from large groups of animals. Brown said that the school has used the software to analyze 2D gel images to compare the mucosal proteome from 24 different sheep and have detected 951 different spots, “with results across gels being surprisingly consistent.”
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.