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RapiPREP-NA (for extraction of nucleic acids)

RapiPREP-Micro (for extraction of pathogens)

RapiPREP-TB (for extraction of TB from sputum)

PAD-Beads (Seprion coated beads)

PAD-Plates (Seprion-coated plates)

PAD-IgG (detection of aggregated IgG)

Publications that have used our products

Seprion Publications

  • Labbadia J, Novoselov, S, Bett J, Weiss A, Paganetti P, Bates, G and Cheetham.M (2012) Suppression of protein aggregation by chaperone modification of high molecular weight complexes Brain: 135; 1180–1196 
  • Bobrowska A, Donmez G, Weiss A, Guarente L, Bates G (2012) SIRT2 Ablation Has No Effect on Tubulin Acetylation in Brain, Cholesterol Biosynthesis or the Progression of Huntington’s Disease Phenotypes In Vivo. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34805. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034805
  • Moumne´ L, Campbell K, Howland D, Ouyang Y, Bates GP (2012) Genetic Knock-Down of Hdac3 Does Not Modify Disease-Related Phenotypes in a Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31080. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031080
  • Wilson R, Hart P, Piccardo P,Hunter N, Casalone C, Baron T and Barron R (2012) Bovine PrP expression levels in transgenic mice influence transmission characteristics of atypicalbovine spongiform encephalopathy Journal of General Virology, 93, 1132–1140
  • Labbadia J, Cunliffe H, Weiss A, Katsyuba E, Sathasivam K, Seredenina T, Woodman B, Moussaoui S, Frentzel S, Luthi-Carter R, Paganetti P, and Bates G (2011) Altered chromatin architecture underlies progressive impairmentof the heat shock response in mouse models of Huntington disease J Clin Invest;121(8):3306–3319. doi:10.1172/JCI57413 
  • Bobrowska A, Paganetti P, Matthias P, Bates GP (2011) Hdac6 Knock-Out Increases Tubulin Acetylation but Does Not Modify Disease Progression in the R6/2 Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20696. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020696 
  • Mielcarek M, Benn CL, Franklin SA, Smith DL, Woodman B, et al. (2011) SAHA Decreases HDAC 2 and 4 Levels In Vivo and Improves Molecular Phenotypes in the R6/2 Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease. PLoS ONE 6(11): e27746. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027746 
  • Landles C, Sathasivam K, Weiss A, Woodman B, Moffitt H, Finkbeiner S, Sun B, Gafni J, Ellerby L, Trottier Y, Richards W, Osmand A, Paganetti P and Bates G, (2010) Proteolysis of Mutant Huntingtin Produces an Exon 1 Fragment That Accumulates as an Aggregated Protein in Neuronal Nuclei in Huntington Disease* J Biol Chem. 285(12): 8808–8823. Published online. doi:  10.1074/jbc.M109.075028 PMCID: PMC2838303 
  • K. Sathasivam et al. Identical oligomeric and fibrillar structures captured from the brains of R6/2 and knock-in mouse models of Huntington’s disease. (2010); Human Mol. Gen. 19(1):65-78
  • J.C. Edwards, et al. PrPSc is associated with B cells in the blood of scrapie-infected sheep. (2010). Virology 405:110-119
  • Benn CL, Butler R, Mariner L, Nixon J, Moffitt H, et al. (2009) Genetic Knock-Down of HDAC7 Does Not Ameliorate Disease Pathogenesis in the R6/2 Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease. PLoS ONE 4(6): e5747. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005747
  • L. A. Terry, et al. Detection of PrPsc in Blood from Sheep Infected with the Scrapie and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Agents. 2009. J. Virol. 83(23): 12552-12558
  • J.P. Clewley et al. Prevalence of disease related prion protein in anonymous tonsil specimens in Britain: cross sectional opportunistic survey. 2009. BMJ 338:b1442
  • Everest S,Thorne L, Hawthorn J, Jenkins R, Hammersley C, Ramsay A, Hawkins S, Venables L, Flynn L, Sayers R, Kilpatrick J, Sach A, Hope J and Jackman R (2005) No abnormal prion protein detected in the milk of cattle infected with the bovine spongiform encephalopathy agent. Journal of General Virology (2006), 87, 2433–2441

RapiPREP Publications

DiNardo et al. Stool specimens to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 41 (2015) 50-52.

ABSTRACT. Stool samples were processed by Microsens TB beads and analysed by Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF. 6 out of 7 MTB patients were positive after Mivcrosens TB bead extraction and PCR compared to only 4 out of 7 patients who were positive by stool culture (without bead extraction).


Wang et al. Bead capture increases the sensitivity of sputum microscopy for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in Beijing, China. Trans Royal Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2013;

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/trt068

ABSTRACT. Methods; A total of 129 sputum samples were investigated by direct smear microscopy, microscopy after TB-Bead extraction and by solid and liquid culture. Results; Direct smear had a sensitivity of 40% by Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) and 45% by auramine compared to combined culture results. After TB-Bead extraction, this increased to 65% for ZN and 70% for auramine. Conclusion; Magnetic bead concentration of mycobacteria from sputum led to a significant improvement in the sensitivity of microscopy compared with direct smear.


Liu J, Sun Z-Q,Peia H et al. Increased case finding of tuberculosis from sputum and sputum deposits after magnetic bead concentration of mycobacteria. J Microbiol Methods; 2013; 93(2):144-7.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2013.02.010.

78 sputa were tested as a blind panel by TB-Beads in combination with traditional direct smear. Direct smear had a sensitivity of 33.3% whereas TB-Beads had a sensitivity of 46.2%. In this study, TB-Beads enabled case detection to be increased by 38.7% compared to direct smear and enabled 10 more patients to be detected from a study population of 78 patients. 29 sputum deposits that were negative by initial smear were re-examined by microscopy after extraction by TB-Beads. In total 4/29 of previously negative sputum deposits were found to be microscopy positive after concentration by TB-Bead extraction. This is an increase in case finding of 14%. Concentration of mycobacteria from the sputum deposits by TB-Beads increased the numbers of positive samples identified by microscopy.


Ghodbane R, Drancourt M. Magnetic bead protocol for culturing Mycobacterium tuberculosis from Sputum samples. J Clin Microbiol 2013; 51(5): 1578. 2013.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JCM.03428-12.

ABSTRACT. A magnetic bead protocol and a standard centrifugation protocol yielded Mycobacterium tuberculosis in 40/50 sputum specimens in 12 ± 1 days and 11 ± 2 days, respectively. Manipulation took 35 ± 5 min and 45± 10 min, respectively. The magnetic bead protocol could advantageously replace centrifugation for culturing M. tuberculosis from sputum.


Ohkuma M, Ikeda K, Obayashi K, et al. Evaluation of TB-beads assay utilizing the technique of magnetic beads- an innovative assay method for detection of acid fast bacilli. Rinsho Biseibutshu Jinsoku Shindan Kenkyukai Shi. 2012;23(1):1-9.

QUOTE. ‘TB-beads is an easy method that allows to simplify the process of smear tests, and contributes to significantly reducing the contamination rate of culture tests. It also contributes to improving the sensitivity and detection rate of AFB testing. Furthermore, it does not require centrifugation. Ultimately, TB-beads is an innovative, safe, and convenient testing method for detection of AFB, which enables laboratory technicians to save time for routine work.’


Wilson S, Lane A, Rosedale R, Stanley, C. 2010. Concentration of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from sputum using ligand-coated magnetic beads. Int J Tuber Lung Dis 2010; 14 (9): 1164-1168.