qHTS Assay for Inhibitors and Activators of N370S glucocerebrosidase as a Potential Chaperone Treatment of Gaucher Disease: Purified Non-mutant Glucocerebrosidase
Glucocerebrosidase (GC) catalyzes the hydrolysis of beta-glucocerebroside to glucose and ceramide in lysosomes. Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase gene result in Gaucher disease, an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder. Many of the mutations encountered in patients with Gaucher disease are missense alterations that may cause misfolding, decreased stability and/or mistrafficking of this more ..
BioActive Compounds: 24
NIH Chemical Genomics Center [NCGC]
NIH Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network [MLPCN]
MLPCN Grant: MH086442-01
Assay Submitter (PI): Wei Zheng
Glucocerebrosidase (GC) catalyzes the hydrolysis of beta-glucocerebroside to glucose and ceramide in lysosomes. Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase gene result in Gaucher disease, an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder. Many of the mutations encountered in patients with Gaucher disease are missense alterations that may cause misfolding, decreased stability and/or mistrafficking of this lysosomal protein. Some GC inhibitors have been shown to act as chemical chaperones, stabilizing the conformation of mutant proteins and thus restoring their function. These inhibitors include iminosugar analogs and three non-iminosugar inhibitors identified from a previous HTS of 62,000 compounds with the wild type recombinant enzyme. However, the enhancement of enzyme activity by the chaperone action of an enzyme inhibitor must be balanced against the direct inhibition of the enzyme. An enzyme activator could also function as a chaperone by binding to the enzyme and helping to correct its misfolding and mistrafficking. While activators for GC have not yet been identified, they may have better therapeutic potential than inhibitors. Therefore the discovery and development of chemical activators may provide a new strategy for the chaperone therapy.
We have optimized a new assay using N370S mutant GC derived from the spleen of a Gaucher patient. The primary screen assay differs significantly from the previous screen because the N370S mutant enzyme is used instead of wildtype GC and an enzyme preparation derived from patient tissue instead of the purified recombinant GC that should have the physiologically relevant subunit/subunits and cofactors. In addition, the MLPCN compound library has expanded, which increases the chance of finding new and better probes.
This assay characterizes compound activity using purified wildtype enzyme instead of mutant enzyme from tissue homogenate. Compound activity differences may be due to the absence of endogenous cofactors found in tissue homogenate as well as inherent differences in enzyme stability and catalytic activity between the N370S and wildtype forms of the protein.
NCGC Assay Protocol Summary:
This is a fluorogenic enzyme assay with 4-methylumbelliferyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside as the substrate and purified wildtype glucocerebrosidase as the enzyme preparation. Upon the hydrolysis of this fluorogenic substrate, the resulting product, 4-methyllumbelliferone, can be excited at 365 nm and emits at 440 nm which can be detected by a standard fluorescence plate reader. Data were normalized to the controls for basal activity (without enzyme) and 100% activity (with enzyme). The AC50 values were determined from concentration-response data modeled with the standard Hill equation.
Assay buffer: 50 mM citric acid (titrated with potassium phosphate to pH 5.0), 100 mM potassium chloride, 10 mM sodium chloride, 1 mM magnesium chloride, 0.01% Tween-20.
1536-well assay protocol:
(1) Add 2 ul/well of glucocerebrosidase enzyme solution (5 nM final)
(2) Add 23 nL compounds in DMSO solution. The final titration was 0.5 nM to 58 uM.
(3) Add 2 ul of substrate (1 mM final)
(4) Incubate at 37C for 40 min.
(5) Add 2 ul stop solution (1M NaOH and 1M Glycine mixture, pH 10)
(6) Detect the assay plate in a ViewLux plate reader (PerkinElmer) with Ex=365 nm and Em=440nm.
Keywords: Glucocerebrosidase, beta-glucosidase, Gaucher Disease, pharmacological chaperone, chaperone therapy, high throughput screening, glucocerebrosidase inhibitor, MLSMR, MLSCN, NIH Roadmap, qHTS and NCGC
1. Compounds are first classified as having full titration curves, partial modulation, partial curve (weaker actives), single point activity (at highest concentration only), or inactive. See data field "Curve Description". For this assay, apparent inhibitors are ranked higher than compounds that showed apparent activation.
2. For all inactive compounds, PUBCHEM_ACTIVITY_SCORE is 0. For all active compounds, a score range was given for each curve class type given above. Active compounds have PUBCHEM_ACTIVITY_SCORE between 40 and 100. Inconclusive compounds have PUBCHEM_ACTIVITY_SCORE between 1 and 39. Fit_LogAC50 was used for determining relative score and was scaled to each curve class' score range.
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* Activity Concentration. ** Test Concentration.
Data Table (Concise)