SAR analysis of selective Agonists of GPR55 using an Image-Based Assay - Set 2
Assay Provider: Dr. Mary Abood, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (currently Temple University) ..more
BioActive Compounds: 16
Data Source: Sanford-Burnham Center for Chemical Genomics (SBCCG)
Source Affiliation: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI, San Diego, CA)
Network: NIH Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1X01 DA026205-01
Assay Provider: Dr. Mary Abood, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (currently Temple University)
The cannabinoid and endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the pathophysiology of drug dependence and addiction disorders. GPR55, an orphan G-Protein Coupled Receptor, has been reported to be a cannabinoid receptor, but its status as such remains unresolved due to conflicting results from pharmacological studies. The goal of the project is to identify small molecule agonists of GPR55, which may aid in the deorphanization efforts of this receptor and ultimately further the understanding of the role of GPR55 in drug addiction.
This high content imaging assay utilizes a cell line permanently expressing a beta-arrestin GFP biosensor and an enhanced GPR55 receptor. Upon agonist-mediated GPR55 activation, the arrestin-GFP redistributes from the cytosolic compartment to the plasma membrane to coated pits and further into endosomal vesicles. This arrestin-GFP redistribution is measured as increased local concentrations of fluorescent arrestins.
This dose response assay is developed and performed to confirm hits originally identified in "Image-based HTS for Selective Agonists of GPR55" (AID 1961) and to study the structure-activity relationship on analogs of the confirmed hits. Compounds are either acquired from commercial sources or synthesized internally.
1) 384-well plates, black with clear bottom (Greiner# 781091)
2) U2OS (Human Osteosarcoma) cell line stably expressing the Beta-arrestin GFP and GPR55 receptor
3) Culture Media: MEM with L-glutamine, Pen-strep, 10% Fetal Bovine Serum and selection antibiotics - 100ug/ml G418 and 50ug/ml Zeocin
4) Positive Control Working Solution: Lysophosphatidylinositol (Sigma L7635, 5mM stock in Methanol water) diluted in water to 250uM. Additional DMSO is added to achieve a DMSO concentration of 5%.
5) Negative Control Working Solution: 100% DMSO.
6) Test Compounds Working Solution: 10mM in 100% DMSO
7) Fixative Working Solution: 6% Paraformaldehyde (PFA) diluted in PBS.
8) Nuclear Stain Working Solution: DAPI (Invitrogen, D1306) diluted to 150ng/ml in DAPI buffer (10mM TRIS, 10mM EDTA, 100mM NaCl, pH 7.4).
1) 45ul of cell suspension (200,000 cells/ml in culture medium) was dispensed in each well of the assay plates using a Wellmate bulk dispenser.
2) Plates are incubated overnight or approximately 20 hours at 37 degree C and 5% CO2.
3) Serum is removed by media aspiration and replacing with 45ul serum-free MEM prior to addition of compounds.
4) Compound addition was done on the ECHO550 Liquid Handler. The "dose response protocol" was used to dispense corresponding volumes of each 10mM compound on the assay plate.
a. Compounds were added to columns 3 to 22. Final concentration ranged from 62nM to 32uM (ten doses), in duplicate.
b. Positive control was added to column 1 and 24. LPI (positive control) final concentration was 10uM.
c. Negative control was added to column 2 and 23. DMSO final concentration was 0.3%.
d. DMSO was back-filled to each well to achieve a 0.31% final concentration.
5) Plates were incubated for 75 minutes at 37 degrees C and 5% CO2.
6) Media was aspirated leaving 20ul liquid in each well using a Titertek plate washer.
7) 40ul of fixative working solution was added to each well using a Wellmate bulk dispenser (Matrix) for a final concentration of 4% PFA.
8) Plates were incubated for 40 minutes at room temperature.
9) Fixative was aspirated and plates were washed twice with 50ul PBS leaving 20ul liquid in each well using a Titertek plate washer.
10) 40ul of DAPI working solution was added using a Wellmate bulk dispenser for a final DAPI concentration of 100ng/ml. Aluminum plate sealers were applied to each plate.
Image Acquisition and Analysis:
1) Image acquisition was performed on an Opera QEHS (Perkin Elmer) with 45 plate capacity loader/stacker and the following settings:
20x 0.45 NA air objective
Acquisition camera set to 2-by-2 binning for an image size of 688 by 512 pixels
2 channels acquired sequentially: Exp1Cam1 = Beta-arrestin GFP using 488 nm laser excitation and 540/70 nm emission filters, Exp2Cam2 = DAPI (nuclei) using 365 nm Xenon lamp excitation and 450/50 nm emission filters
4 fields per well
2) Image analysis was performed using the Acapella Spot Detection Algorithm.
Threshold Adjustment: 1.5
Nuclear Splitting Adjustment: 7
Minimum Nuclear Area: 70
Minimum Nuclear Contrast: 0.1
Cytoplasm Threshold Adjustment: 0.45
Cytoplasm Individual Threshold Adjustment: 0.15
Spot Minimum Distance 3
Spot Peak Radius 0
Spot Reference Radius 2
Spot Minimum Contrast 0.25
Spot Minimum to Cell Intensity 1
3) Metrics calculated from
Nuclei Images: Cell Count ("NumberofCellsAnalyzed"), Nuclei Area ("AreaoftheNucleus"), Integrated Intensity of the Nuclei ("TotalIntegratedIntensityoftheNucleus"), Average Intensity of the Nuclei ("AverageIntensityoftheNucleus")
GFP Images: Integrated Intensity of the Cytoplasm ("TotalCytoplasmIntensity"), Integrated Intensity of the Detected Spots ("TotalSpotIntensity"), Ratio of the Integrated Spot to Integrated Cytoplasm Intensities ("RatioofSpotIntensitytoCytoplasmintensity"), Number of Spots per Cell ("AverageSpotsPerCell"), Percentage of Cells Positive for Spot Formation ("PercentagePositiveCells")
3) The "AverageSpotsPerCell" metric was used to calculate the dose response curves and parameters. EC50 values were calculated using CBIS (ChemInnovations) software employing a sigmoidal dose-response equation through non-linear regression.
Compounds with an EC50 < 10 uM are defined as actives in the dose response confirmation.
To simplify the distinction between the inactives of the primary screen and of the confirmatory screening stage, the Tiered Activity Scoring System was developed and implemented. Its utilization for the assay is described below.
Activity scoring rules were devised to take into consideration compound efficacy, its potential interference with the assay and the screening stage that the data was obtained. Details of the Scoring System will be published elsewhere. Briefly, the outline of the scoring system utilized for the assay is as follows:
1) First tier (0-40 range) is reserved for primary screening data and is not applicable to this assay
2) Second tier (41-80 range) is reserved for dose-response confirmation data and is not applicable to this assay
3) Third tier (81-100 range) is reserved for resynthesized true positives and their analogues.
a. Inactive compounds of the confirmatory stage are assigned a score value equal 81.
b. For the remaining compounds the score is linearly correlated with a compound's inhibitory potency and, in addition, provides a measure of the likelihood that the compound is not an artifact based on the available information.
c. Summary equation that takes into account the items discussed above is
Score = 82 + 3*(pEC50 - 3),
where pEC50 is a negative log(10) of the EC50 value expressed in mole/L concentration units. This equation results in the Score values above 85 for compounds that demonstrate high potency and predictable behavior. Compounds that are inactive in the assay or whose concentration-dependent behavior are likely to be an artifact of that assay will generally have lower Score values.
Categorized Comment - additional comments and annotations
* Activity Concentration. ** Test Concentration.
Data Table (Concise)