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Optide-Hunter is a customized LIMS for engineered mini-proteins

Custom LIMS Software for Engineered Mini-Proteins


Scorpion venom can kill you, but there is a lot to learn from it. Keeping the part of the molecule that crosses the blood brain barrier and attaching a specifically targeted therapy for treating brain tumors is being made possible by the Olson Lab at Fred Hutch with the help of a custom LIMS software developed on LabKey Server.

The engineering of protein-based therapeutics is a complicated but promising strategy for improving treatments for cancer and infectious disease. And it’s not just the chemistry that is complex. The Olson Lab experiments with nature-inspired bioengineered mini-proteins modified with synthetic chemistry to produce “Optides” (optimized peptides), which hold promise for optimizing therapeutic properties. Managing all the experimental data and metadata presents a myriad of challenges which LabKey Server is well suited to handle.

Customized LIMS Software for Protein Engineering

The Olson Lab has developed Optide-Hunter, a LIMS software built with LabKey Server. The platform supports a generalized protein compounds workflow for tracking entities and assays from creation to preclinical experiments.

You’ll find a compound registry, in-silico and in-vivo assays, support for high-throughput and large-scale production, and automated data loading. Optide-Hunter also supports automated chromatogram classification and external pre-processing of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) data. Other users can customize the software for their unique workflows.

You can learn more about the project and partnership with LabKey in the case study. Continue reading to learn how to explore the Optide-Hunter yourself right now.

Getting Started

You can explore a read-only version of the Optide-Hunter yourself right now with no account or registration required.

  1. Click here to open the Optide-Hunter in a new tab. Keep these instructions alongside.
  2. Click the Optides project icon at the bottom of the screen. The home page shows the project files, including custom R code and custom module examples you can download.
  3. Each topic along the top menu bar covers a different aspect of the project. Hover over CompoundsRegistry and click Samples to see the registry of compounds for protein expression and conjugation. A set of wiki pages listed on the right guide you with details about the elements shown.
  4. For example, lineage relationships are represented by ordering compounds in a specific hierarchy. Before variant sequences are registered, corresponding homologues must be registered and assigned IDs.
  5. Next, explore the assays along the menu bar. For example, HTProduction > Assays. Click HPLC Assays on the Assay List, then view and filter the data to find compounds of interest.
  6. On the Programs menu, select the QueryAssays option then enter one or more Compound IDs, for example “CNT0001356” and click Submit. Two grids of Matching Constructs and InsilicoAssays Matches will be populated with the search results to give you a common view.

Create Your Own Trial of Optide-Hunter

After exploring our read-only example, you can create your own trial instance and try uploading your own data, customizing the user interface, and developing your own queries and reports. To launch your 30 day trial, create or log in to your account via this link, then select the “Optide-Hunter – Case Study” option.

This project was published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics with the title “Laboratory Information Management Software for Engineered Mini-protein Therapeutic Workflow“. Learn more about the collaboration with LabKey in our case study.