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Microscale Thermophoresis


Microscale Thermophoresis is a method to quantify biomolecular interactions. It measures the motion of molecules along microscopic temperature gradients and detects changes in their hydration shell, charge or size. By combining the fluorescence detection with thermophoresis, MST provides a way to measure molecular interactions.


When performing a MST experiment, a microscopic temperature gradient is induced by an IR laser, and the movement of molecules is detected and quantified using either covalently attached dyes, fluorescent fusion proteins or intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence.

MST Principle


The applications range from small-molecule binding events to protein-protein interactions and interactions of multi-protein complexes.


Manager : Caroline Mas
Office : CIBB room 020
Instrument location : EMBL room 152


Nanotemper Monolith NT.115 Green/Red

Manual NT.115
MST Starting guide


The MST Monolith NT.115 is located at the EMBL, laboratory 152, 1st Floor (Map Here)

Access mode

Users must read the conditions of use of the instruments as well as of the management of the services provided :

Access mode
General Conditions

Instrument allocation after user training :

  • It is mandatory to attend a training session before using this instrument.
  • The first two days of use will be done with the assistance of the manager.
  • After demonstrating his autonomy, the user will be able to use the instrument in complete independence
  • When needed, please ask to the platform manager
  • Consumables are not included and are at the charge of the users
  • The platform is accessible to local PSB researchers, external academics (Instruct) and industrials
  • The platform manager will provide assistance for :
    • _ experimental design
    • _ samples consideration
    • _ data collection
    • _ data analysis
  • Contact the platform manage to arrange a meeting

The platform can provides consumables for new projects.
Consumables will be invoiced to the users.

Capillaries Standard (200 Count)
Premium Capillaries (200 count)
Aaliquot Labeling Kit RED-NHS 2nd generation
Aliquot Labeling Kit RED-MALEIMIDE 2nd generation
Kit His-Tag Labeling Kit RED-tris-NTA 2nd generation


Academics : Participation to themaintenance fees and MST consumables are not included and are at the charge of the users.
Industrials : Please contact us for cost information

How to make a request

To make a booking request, fill this request form here

MST Monolith NT.115 Booking

Acknowledgements in publications :
Please find below the sentence that has to be written in all publications based on our UAR platforms :
"This work used the platforms of the Grenoble Instruct-ERIC center (ISBG ; UAR 3518 CNRS-CEA-UGA-EMBL) within the Grenoble Partnership for Structural Biology (PSB), supported by FRISBI (ANR-10-INBS-0005-02) and GRAL, financed within the University Grenoble Alpes graduate school (Ecoles Universitaires de Recherche) CBH-EUR-GS (ANR-17-EURE-0003). We thank Caroline Mas for assistance and/or access to the biophysics platform."