Counterscreen for inhibitors of M1 and M17 aminopeptidases: QFRET-based biochemical high throughput dose response assay for inhibitors of the Cathepsin L proteinase (CTSL1).
Grant Proposal PI: John Dalton and Donald Gardiner, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia ..more
Depositor Specified Assays
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center
Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute, TSRI
Assay Provider: John Dalton and Donald Gardiner, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Network: Molecular Library Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1 R03 MH084103-01
Grant Proposal PI: John Dalton and Donald Gardiner, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
External Assay ID: CTSL1_INH_QFRET_1536_3XIC50 CSDRUN
Name: Counterscreen for inhibitors of M1 and M17 aminopeptidases: QFRET-based biochemical high throughput dose response assay for inhibitors of the Cathepsin L proteinase (CTSL1).
Aminopeptidases (APs) are metalloproteases that cleave amino-terminal (N-terminal) amino acids during protein synthesis (1, 2) These enzymes are characterized in part by their post-translational removal of leucine, aspartate, proline, methionine, etc from proteins and peptides, in order that proteins are properly regulated, targeted for degradation, and trafficked within both animal and plant cells (3). As a result, these enzymes are involved in diverse processes, including meiosis (1), cellular senescence (1), blood pressure control (4, 5), angiogenesis (6), and inflammation (7). The intraerythrocytic stages of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum employs two cytosolic neutral aminopeptidases, an M1-family alanyl aminopeptidase (M1AAP) and an M17-family leucine aminopeptidase (M17LAP), in the terminal stages of host hemoglobin digestion. Their action results in the release of free amino acids that are used for the anabolism of parasite proteins and, hence, are critical to the development of the parasite in red blood cells. Inhibitors of the two exopeptidases prevent the growth of P. falciparum parasites in vitro, and protect mice from infection with rodent malaria P. chabaudi, providing strong evidence that these enzymes are targets which can be used to develop new anti-malarial drugs. Thus, Plasmodium falciparum M1-family alanyl aminopeptidase (M1AAP) is an attractive chemotherapeutic target and was used to screen a large (200K) chemical library to identify novel inhibitors as probes for this enzyme in Plasmodium falciparum.
This assay employs cathepsin L1, a lysosomal cysteine protease with roles in intracellular protein catabolism, and thus serves as a relevant counterscreen target for the M1 and M17 assays described above.
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The purpose of this assay is to determine cathepsin L1 dose response curves for compounds identified as active in one of the following set of experiments entitled, "Inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum M1- Family Alanyl Aminopeptidase (M1AAP)" (AID 1445), or "Inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum M17- Family Leucine Aminopeptidase (M17LAP)" (AID 1619). This assay serves as a counterscreen to determine whether compounds are nonselective due to inhibition of cathepsin L1. In this biochemical assay, a commercially available fluorogenic peptide substrate (Z-Leu-Arg-MCA) is incubated with purified recombinant cathepsin L1 protein in the presence of test compounds. Cleavage of the substrate by cathepsin L1 releases the fluorogenic MCA leaving group, leading to an increase in well fluorescence. As designed, compounds that inhibit cathepsin L1 will prevent substrate cleavage and liberation of the fluorescent leaving group, resulting in decreased well fluorescence. Test compounds were assayed in triplicate in a 10-point 1:3 dilution series starting at a nominal test concentration of 59.6 micromolar.
Prior to the start of the assay, 2.5 microliters of assay buffer (25mM Tris HCl pH7.5, 1mM DTT, 0.1% BSA) containing 1.5micrograms/mL cathepsin L were dispensed into a 1536 microtiter plate. Next, 30 nL of test compound in DMSO, Z-Phe-Ala-diazomethylketone (1micromolar final concentration), or DMSO alone (0.59% final concentration) were added to the appropriate wells. The plates were then incubated for 30 minutes at 25 degrees Celsius.
The assay was started by dispensing 2.5 microliters of 100 micromolar Z-Leu-Arg-MCA substrate in buffer (25 mM Tris HCl, pH 7.5, 1mM DTT) into all wells. Well fluorescence was read immediately (T0) on the Viewlux (Perkin-Elmer) and again after 90 minutes (T90) of incubation at 25 degrees Celsius.
Prior to further calculations, T0 was subtracted from T90 for each individual well. The difference between RFU values read at T0 (RFU_T0) and T90 (RFU_T90), named delta RFU, was calculated as follows:
delta RFU = RFU_T90 - RFU_T0
The percent inhibition for each well was then calculated as follows:
Percent inhibition = ( test_compound_delta RFU - negative_control_delta RFU ) / ( positive_control_delta RFU - negative_control_delta RFU ) * 100
Test_Compound is defined as wells containing test compound.
Negative_Control is defined as the median of the wells containing Cathepsin L.
Positive_Control is defined as the median of the wells containing Z-Phe-Ala-diazomethylketone.
For each test compound, percent inhibition was plotted against compound concentration. A four parameter equation describing a sigmoidal dose-response curve was then fitted with adjustable baseline using Assay Explorer software (Symyx Technologies Inc). The reported IC50 values were generated from fitted curves by solving for the X-intercept value at the 50% inhibition level of the Y-intercept value. In cases where the highest concentration tested (i.e. 59.6 micromolar) did not result in greater than 50% inhibition, the IC50 was determined manually as greater than 59.6 micromolar. Compounds with an IC50 greater than 10 micromolar were considered inactive. Compounds with an IC50 equal to or less than 10 micromolar were considered active.
Any compound with a percent activity value <50% at all test concentrations was assigned an activity score of zero. Any compound with a percent activity value >50% at any test concentration was assigned an activity score greater than zero. Activity score was then ranked by the potency, with the most potent compounds assigned the highest activity scores.
The activity score range for inactive compounds is 100-0, there are no actives.
List of Reagents:
Recombinant Cathepsin L enzyme (supplied by Assay Provider)
Z-Leu-Arg-MCA substrate (Peptides International, part MCA-3210-v)
1536-well plates (Greiner, part 789176)
Tris (Amresco, part 0497)
DTT (Invitrogen, part 15508-013)
Z-Phe-Ala-diazomethylketone (Bachem, part N-1040)
BSA (Calbiochem, part 126609)
Due to the increasing size of the MLPCN compound library, this assay may have been run as two or more separate campaigns, each campaign testing a unique set of compounds. In this case the results of each separate campaign were assigned "Active/Inactive" status based upon that campaign's specific compound activity cutoff value. All data reported were normalized on a per-plate basis. In this assay, Z-Phe-Ala-diazomethylketone had an IC50 of approximately 3.8 nanomolar. Possible artifacts of this assay can include, but are not limited to: dust or lint located in or on wells of the microtiter plate, compounds that modulate well fluorescence. All test compound concentrations reported above and below are nominal; the specific test concentration(s) for a particular compound may vary based upon the actual sample provided by the MLSMR.
* Activity Concentration. ** Test Concentration.
Data Table (Concise)