CD Spectrum Measurement Using HTCD System

Download PDF May 4, 2017


Automatic measurement systems have been drawing increasing attention among pharmaceuticals companies due to their ability to analyse multiple samples automatically, saving both time and man power and eliminating any possible human error. Since CD spectroscopy allows the user to easily obtain structural information about proteins and peptides, automated measurement systems can be used to optimize the screening process of a large number of samples.

This application notes introduces the High-Throughput CD system for automatic CD measurements of multiple protein samples.

JASCO J-1500 high-throughput CD system


Measurement conditions   
Data acquisition interval0.1 nmResponse time2 seconds
Spectral bandwidth1 nmScan speed100 nm/min
Accumulations4 timesPath length1 mm
Emission wavelength350 nmSensitivity850 V


J-1500, circular dichroism, Autosampler, ASU-800, FMO- 427, Emission monochromator, excitation, emission, HighThroughput, HTCD, proteins, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals


First the sequence of operation and data acquisition must be defined in advance. The maximum number of samples that can be analyzed automatically is 192. The system will then carry out CD measurements automatically and save the data series. The following sequence is automatically performed by the HTCD system:

1. Loading of measurement condition
2. Baseline correction
3. Sample 1 measurement (cytochrome c)
4. Washing
5. Sample 2 measurement (lysozyme)
6. Washing
7. Sample 3 measurement (human serum albumin)
8. Washing
9. Sample 4 measurement (hemoglobin)
10. Washing

Figure 1. Display of sequence setting

The JFLC-499 CD/emission flow cell was used to obtain both CD and excitation spectra. The results of the automatic measurements of CD, absorbance, and excitation spectra for four 0.1 mg/mL protein samples are shown below. These high speed measurements took a total of 3 minutes per sample (each scan is 45 seconds and there are 4 accumulations).

Figure 2. CD (top), absorbance (middle), and excitation (bottom) spectra of cytochrome c.
Figure 3. CD (top), absorbance (middle), and excitation (bottom) spectra of lysozyme.
Figure 4. CD (top), absorbance (middle), and excitation (bottom) spectra of human serum albumin.
Figure 5. CD (top), absorbance (middle), and excitation (bottom) spectra of hemoglobin.


This application note demonstrates that high quality data can be measured for three different spectroscopy techniques (CD, absorption, and excitation) in a matter of minutes. The J-1500 coupled with the HTCD system allows over 100 samples to be measured automatically without human operation, saving time and eliminating human error.

About the Author

Leah Pandiscia received her PhD from Drexel University where she studied Biophysical Chemistry. She is a Spectroscopy Applications Scientist at JASCO.