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Automated pipetting system in theMegaGenoPolis and MICALIS high-thoroughput cloning and sequencing experimental facility. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand

ARPEJ : a shared infrastructure and knowledge network for research in Île-de-France, going from gene level up to individual

Updated on 04/03/2018
Published on 11/08/2013

The ARPEJ network was created to improve access for the scientific community to powerful, but costly, equipment and the expertise associated therewith. The network is open to both public and private research from Île-de-France. ARPEJ facilities include platforms for genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, imaging systems, animal testing laboratories, and specialised animal and microbe resources. All facilities in the network ensure high quality by following a common charter

In Biology, genomics and post-genomics high-throughput analyses are becoming more and more important. They are necessary for global studies of the living and model their function. The ARPEJ Core Facilities Network was created to provide easier access for scientists to the facilities’ costly, state-of-the-art equipment and scientific experts.

ARPEJ offers high quality services (both services and scientific collaborations) and an access to state-of-the-art technology in the genomics, post-genomics and imaging fields.

The core facilities are all involved in quality management, sharing one charter.

  • @bridge - Animal Biological Resources for Integrated and Digital Genomics(Jouy-en-Josas)
  • Amagen – Genetic Engineering of Aquatic Aimals(Jouy-en-Josas, Gif-sur-Yvette)
  • Anaxem – Axenic Animals(Jouy-en-Josas)
  • Cirm-Levures – BRC International Center for Microorganisms-Yeasts (Jouy-en-Josas)
  • IERP – Experimental Institute for Animal Infections(Jouy-en-Josas)
  • MGP – Metagenopolis Preindustrial Demonstrator (Jouy-en-Josas)
  • MIGALE – Bioinformatics Platform(Jouy-en-Josas)
  • MIMA2 – Microscopy and Imaging of Microorganisms, Animals and Foods(Jouy-en-Josas, Massy)
  • PAPPSO – Southwest Parisian Proteomics Analysis Core Facilities(Jouy-en-Josas, Gif-sur-Yvette)
  • UCEA – Animal Experimentation Unit(Jouy-en-Josas, Leudeville)

Co-financed Equipment for Shared Research

Financial support from the Ile-de-France region, INRA and different partners like the European Commission, the ANR and Cemaggref has made possible the acquisition of major instruments by the ARPEJ Network for:

  • Genomics (creation and management of genomic databases, high-throughput sequencing)
  • Bioinformatics (servers and tools)
  • Transcriptomics (robots, scanner, normal and quantitative PCR, amplification of DNA sequences)
  • Proteomics (Mass Spectrometer and 2D DIGE electrophoresis)
  • Imaging (confocal and electronic microscopy, in vivo imaging, laser microdissection).

Most of this equipment is accessible to the whole scientific community.