|Year : 2008 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 89-90
Demonstration of LanthaScreen™ TR-FRET-based nuclear receptor coactivator recruitment assay using PHERAstar, a multi-detection HTS microplate reader
Prashanth C.G D'Souza1, Nafisa Ally2, Amit Agarwal1, Padmaja Rani1, Meenakshi Das1, Dolly Sarma1
1 Bioassay Research Laboratory, Natural Remedies Pvt Ltd, 5B Veerasandra Industrial area, Hosur Road, Bangalore - 560 100, India
2 BMG LabTech Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 469, Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930, Australia
Prashanth C.G D'Souza
Bioassay Research Laboratory, Natural Remedies Pvt Ltd, 5B Veerasandra Industrial area, Hosur Road, Bangalore - 560 100
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
An attempt was made to demonstrate the possibility of performing LanthaScreen™ TR-FRET based nuclear receptor coactivator recruitment assay using PHERAstar, a multi-detection HTS microplate reader. LanthaScreen™ nuclear receptor coactivator recruitment assay (M/s Invitrogen corporation, USA) was performed using PPAR-gamma receptor preparation in the agonist mode. TR-FRET measurements were done on PHERAstar, a multimode microplate reader (BMG LABTECH, Germany). The Lanthascreen PPAR gamma coactivator recruitment assay was successfully performed in the PHERAstar, multimode microplate reader. This was evidenced by an assay robustness score (Z') of 0.71. The current work demonstrates the suitability of using PHERAstar, a multi-detection HTS microplate reader.for performing LanthaScreen™ TR-FRET based nuclear receptor coactivator recruitment assays.
Keywords: HTS, LanthaScreen TM nuclear receptor coregulator assays, nuclear receptors, PHERAstar, time resolved-fluorescence resonance energy transfer
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D'Souza PC, Ally N, Agarwal A, Rani P, Das M, Sarma D. Demonstration of LanthaScreen™ TR-FRET-based nuclear receptor coactivator recruitment assay using PHERAstar, a multi-detection HTS microplate reader. Indian J Pharmacol 2008;40:89-90
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D'Souza PC, Ally N, Agarwal A, Rani P, Das M, Sarma D. Demonstration of LanthaScreen™ TR-FRET-based nuclear receptor coactivator recruitment assay using PHERAstar, a multi-detection HTS microplate reader. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Feb 26];40:89-90. Available from: http://www.ijp-online.com/text.asp?2008/40/2/89/41046
Nuclear receptors (NRs) are a superfamily of ligand-activated transcription factors that mediate a wide range of cellular responses. The endogenous ligands for NRs include steroidal hormones, eicosanoids, retinoids, thyronines, bile acids, and other metabolites.  NRs influence important biological effects, such as growth, metabolism, and reproduction, and are recognized as important therapeutic targets.  High-throughput screening methods for nuclear receptor ligands include nuclear receptor binding assays, nuclear receptor coregulator assays, and nuclear receptor functional cell-based assays. Nuclear receptor coregulator interaction assays are an important class of cell-free functional assays. These assays are based on the principle that nuclear receptors recruit/displace coregulatory peptides upon ligand activation. One of the important assay technologies available for the study of NR coregulator recruitment is called time resolved-fluorescence resonance energy transfer  (TR-FRET).
In TR-FRET assays, the biomolecular interaction is detected by energy transfer between two fluorophores that are deliberately employed in these assays. The fluorescence energy transfer results in dual emissions, which can be expressed as a ratio and used as the assay signal. This ratiometric measurement is helpful to counteract assay interference like quenching exhibited by test samples. Besides the ratiometric nature of these assays, TR-FRET also utilizes the phenomenon of time-resolved fluorescence (TRF). TRF is a phenomenon exhibited by chelates of the lanthanide group of elements (europium, samarium, terbium, etc.) Upon excitation, the fluorescence that is emitted by the lanthanide chelate does not decay spontaneously like commonly employed fluorophores, instead there is delayed decay of fluorescence. Autofluorescence of test compounds/microwell plates/buffers (background fluorescence) is the bane of bioassays. The decay time of the background fluorescence falls within the decay time of commonly employed fluorophores in assay systems and thus there can be assay interference. By utilizing lanthanide chelates, the signal measurement window can be set at a much longer time interval which will be free from background autofluorescence. Thus, the TR-FRET method combines the benefits of ratiometric measurement and the TRF phenomenon. 
Invitrogen, USA, offers a TR-FRET-based nuclear receptor coactivator assay platform under the trade name LanthaScreen TM . In the current study an attempt is made to demonstrate the possibility of performing the LanthaScreen TM nuclear receptor coregulator assay using the PHERAstar, a multilabel plate reader from BMG LABTECH, Germany. LanthaScreen TM nuclear receptor assays using the PHERAstar have not so far been reported in the literature. This demonstration would validate the compatibility of PHERAstar instrumentation for LanthaScreen TM nuclear receptor coregulator assays. This is required since advanced assay methodologies like TR-FRET require appropriate instrumentation for proper signal measurement. In the current study, the LanthaScreen TM peroxisome proliferator activating receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) coactivator recruitment assay (agonist mode) is employed. The assay principle is described in [Figure 1].
In brief, the assay procedure was as per Invitrogen's kit insert (catalog # PV 4548). All the reagents were procured from Invitrogen, except rosiglitazone, which was obtained from Cayman Chemicals, USA. The assay was performed in 384 black microwell plates (Corning # 3676). A 20 µl total assay reaction included 5 nM GST-tagged PPAR-gamma receptor (glutathione S transferase-tagged PPAR-gamma receptor) 125 nM of coregulator peptide, 5 nM of TB-anti-GST-tagged antibody (terbium-anti-glutathione S transferase tagged), 5 mM DTT (dithiothreitol), and varying concentrations of rosiglitazone (a known agonist for PPAR gamma receptor) in the assay buffer supplied by Invitrogen. The negative control was devoid of the agonist but contained everything else contained in the agonist wells. Following 1-h incubation in the dark, TR-FRET measurements were made in the PHERAstar using the following settings: optical module - LanthaScreen TM , delay time - 100 µsec, and integration time - 200 µsec. The ratiometric emission (520/490) was plotted against varying ligand concentrations. The data was analyzed using GraphPad Prism, version 4.00 for Windows (GraphPad Software, San Diego, California, USA) using the sigmoidal curve equation with variable slope to obtain EC 50 values [Figure 2]. The assay quality/robustness score - Z' was calculated as per Zhang  et al . and was found to be 0.71 (a value above 0.5 indicates a very robust assay). From the observed data, the PHERAstar, a multilabel plate reader from BMG Labtech, Germany, is suitable for LanthaScreen TM nuclear receptor coregulator assays.
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- Cynthia Wadsworth, PhD, Senior Technical Support Specialist for Drug Discovery Products from Invitrogen Corporation (Carlsbad CA, USA) is thanked for her support in helping to make this work possible
- Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for financial assistance.
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