Inhibitors of Cav3 T-type Calcium Channels: Primary Screen
T-type Ca2+ channels are also called low voltage-activated channels because they open at voltages near the resting membrane potential of most cells. In many types of neurons, Ca2+ influx through T-type channels triggers low-threshold spikes, which in turn trigger a burst of action potentials mediated by Na+ channels (1). Burst firing is thought to play an important role in the synchronized more ..
BioActive Compounds: 4230
Assay Provider: Xinmin Xie
Assay Provider Affiliation: Bioscience Division, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA
Grant Title: HTS Assay for Cav3 T-Type Channels using FLIPR
Grant Number: NS050771-01
T-type Ca2+ channels are also called low voltage-activated channels because they open at voltages near the resting membrane potential of most cells. In many types of neurons, Ca2+ influx through T-type channels triggers low-threshold spikes, which in turn trigger a burst of action potentials mediated by Na+ channels (1). Burst firing is thought to play an important role in the synchronized activity of the thalamus observed in absence epilepsy, and also in a wider range of neurological disorders characterized by thalamocortical dysrhythmia (2). Prominent T-currents are also observed in dorsal root ganglion neurons, with subsets of nociceptors expressing more T-current than high voltage-activated Ca2+ currents (3). Considerable evidence supports the notion that a T-channel antagonist would be a useful drug for the treatment of pain and epilepsy (4).
The purpose of this assay was to test the small molecule library provided by the Molecular Libraries Small Molecule Repository (MLSMR, distributed by DPI-Biofocus) for the ability to modulate calcium fluoresence in a Cav3.2 expressing cell line. All compounds were tested in single at 10uM final concentration.
Cells were plated in poly-D-lysine coated, clear-bottomed, black-walled 384-well plates at 20,000/well and cultured overnight at 37 degrees C in the presence of 5% CO2. Cells were washed and loaded with Fluo-4 dye in assay buffer (140 mM NaCl, 5 mM KCl, 1 mM MgCl2, 0.5 mM CaCl2, 10 mM glucose, 10 mM HEPES pH 7.3). The plates were loaded into the Hamamatsu FDSS 6000 and test compound was added to give 10uM final concentration. After 20 minute, the cells were stimulated with 5X stimulation buffer (140 mM NaCl, 5 mM KCl, 1 mM MgCl2, 50 mM CaCl2, 5 mM glucose, 10 mM HEPES pH 7.3) and fluoresence measurements recorded.
Data Analysis and Statistics
The kinetic fluorescence values (F) from each well were divided by the initial frame of the read (F0) to give the static ratio (F/F0) which corrects for variability in cell number and dye loading. The maximum of the static ratio from 12 to 40 seconds was calculated and the value (Value) compared with the average distribution of the remaining compound wells assumed to Gaussian. Hits were picked using a combination of Z score and B score (5) with 99.7% confidence intervals in an automated data analysis pipeline generated with Pipeline Pilot (Accelrys, San Diego, CA) and R statistics package (www.r-project.org). Compounds with Z or B score outside of the confidence interval were denoted "Active" and assigned a score of "100". Compounds with Z or B score within the confidence interval were assigned as "Inactive" and given a score of "0". Compound KK-3-118 and vehicle control (assay buffer + 0.1% DMSO) wells were included on every plate and used to calculate the Z' (6).
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