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BioAssay: AID 492999

Validation assay for identification of compounds that inhibit the regulator of G-protein signaling 4 (RGS4)

Assay Implementation: Zhihong Lin Ph.D., Joseph Babcock, Xiaofang Huang M.S., Shunyou Long M.S., David Meyers Ph.D., Owen McManus Ph.D., Meng Wu Ph.D. ..more
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AID: 492999
Data Source: Johns Hopkins Ion Channel Center (JHICC_RGS_Inh_Vali)
BioAssay Type: Primary, Primary Screening, Single Concentration Activity Observed
Depositor Category: NIH Molecular Libraries Probe Production Network
Deposit Date: 2010-12-21

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BioActive Compounds: 1078
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Data Source: Johns Hopkins Ion Channel Center (JHICC_RGS_Inh_Vali)
BioAssay Type: Primary, Primary Screening, Single Concentration Activity Observed

Source (MLPCN Center Name): Johns Hopkins Ion Channel Center (JHICC)
Center Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Screening Center PI: Min Li, Ph.D.
Assay Provider: Richard Neubig, M.D., Ph.D. University of Michigan
Network: Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1 R03 MH087441-01A1
Grant Proposal PI: Richard Neubig, M.D., Ph.D.
Assay Implementation: Zhihong Lin Ph.D., Joseph Babcock, Xiaofang Huang M.S., Shunyou Long M.S., David Meyers Ph.D., Owen McManus Ph.D., Meng Wu Ph.D.

Name: Validation assay for identification of compounds that inhibit the regulator of G-protein signaling 4 (RGS4)


Signal transduction pathways mediated by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are major therapeutic targets with many known pharmacologic modulators. The regulators of G protein signaling (RGS proteins) are a key family of modulators and scaffolds for GPCRs which have been identified by many authors as appealing drug targets [1-5]. RGS proteins bind to activated G proteins and strongly inhibit their signals by catalyzing the hydrolysis of bound GTP [6-7]. Consistent with this mode of action, genetic deletion of RGS greatly enhances receptor signaling [8-10]. Furthermore, RGS proteins display isoform-specific tissue distribution [11-14] and their expression is altered in pathophysiological states including Parkinson's disease [15], neuropathic pain [16-17], schizophrenia, hypertension, and congestive heart failure [18]. An activator of RGS action would be expected to suppress the function of GPCR agonists such as vasoactivators, inflammatory mediators, endogenous neurotransmitters, or catecholamines such as L-DOPA. It has recently been established that loss of function of RGS2 causes hypertensive symptoms in mice [19] and may contribute to vasoactive disorders in humans as well [20-22]. Also, reduced expression of RGS4 has been correlated with schizophrenia [23-24]. Consequently, compounds that could either enhance the function of RGS proteins or could increase their expression might be of therapeutic benefit. The identification of selective modulators of RGS proteins would also greatly facilitate experimental studies of this sizeable protein family (with 20-30 members) by permitting rapid and specific chemical potentiation. Such RGS modulators would be particularly useful to determine which RGS proteins modulate particular receptor signaling pathways.

The goal of this project is to identify inhibitors of the regulator of G protein signaling 4 (RGS4), using a receptor-stimulated cell-based Ca++ assay.

Assay overview:

To validate the hit compounds that inhibit the RGS4 protein from the primary screen, a HEK293 cell line which stably expresses M3R and inducibly expresses RGS4 is employed. RGS4 function is monitored by calcium flux with a commercially available Fluo4-AM dye. Compounds that show increase in the Fluo4 fluorescence in induced RGS4 expressed cells are considered antagonist/inhibitor hits. M3 receptor and other endogenous receptor agonists will be excluded through later counter-screening against non-induced parental cells.

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RGS4, M3 receptor, HTS assay, 384, validation, duplicate, antagonist, inhibitors, allosteric, FDSS, calcium, fluorescence, Kinetic, Fluo-4-AM, JHICC, Johns Hopkins, MLSMR, Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network, MLPCN.
Protocol for RGS4 validation screen:
1. Cell culture: Cells (HEK293-FlpIn-TREx/M3R/RGS4) are routinely cultured in DMEM (high glucose, w/ glutamine), 10% FBS, 1%Pen/Strep, 15microg/ml Blasticidin, 400microg/ml G418, 200microg/ml Hygromycin.
2. Cell plating: Add 50 microl/well of 200,000 cells/ml re-suspended in DMEM/high glucose medium with 10% FBS, 1%Pen/Strep. Include 10 ng/ml Doxycyclin (DOX) to induce RGS4 expression.
3. Incubate overnight at 37 degrees C and 5% CO2.
4. Remove medium and add 20 microl /well of 2 microM Fluo4-AM solution to cells.
5. Incubate 30 minutes at 37 degrees C in incubator.
6. Prepare 6x compound plates and control plates on Cybi-Well system: test compounds are prepared using assay buffer (HBSS-HEPES pH 7.4).
7. Remove Fluo4-AM dye solution and add 20 microl /well of assay buffer to cells.
8. Incubate 30 minutes at room temperature (RT).
9. Add 6x compounds in cell plates and incubate 20 minutes at RT.
9. Load cell plates on Hamamatsu FDSS 6000 kinetic imaging plate reader
10. Measure fluorescence for 10 seconds at 1Hz to establish baseline
11. Add 4 microl of EC20 (carbachol) into the cell plates and record fluorescence for 100 seconds.
12. Calculate ratio readout as F(max-min)/F0 and integrated ratio readout.
13. Calculate the average and standard deviation for negative and positive controls in each plate, as well as Z and Z' factors.
14. Calculate the percentage of tested compounds with the following formula:
Percentage (%)=100* (Ratio(cmpd)- AvgRatio(Buffer))/(AvgRatio(Carbachol)-AvgRatio(Buffer)); Percentage(%): percentage change of compound readout over those of negative controls (Buffer), Ratio(cmpd): Integrated ratio of the test compound. AvgRatio(Buffer): Integrated Ratio average of the negative controls with Buffer, Ratio(Carbachol): Integrated Ratio of Carbachol.
15. Outcome assignment: If the compound (the average of the duplicates of the Percentage (%, avPercent) as readout) causes more than those of negative controls (Buffer) plus 5SD of negative controls (Buffer), the compound is considered to be active (Value=2). Otherwise, it is designated as inactive (Value=1).
16. Score assignment: An active test compound is assigned a score between 5 and 100 by calculation of Int(((Log(ABS(avPercent))-0.61)*60.4, avPercent, as in the result definition. The inactive test compounds are assigned a score of 0.

List of reagents

1. HEK293-FlpIn-TREx/M3R/RGS4 cell lines (provided by assay provider)
2. PBS: pH7.4 (Invitrogen Cat#10010049)
3. Medium: DMEM (Sigma, Cat#D5796)
4. Fetal Bovine Serum (Gemini, Cat# 100-106)
5. Hygromycin (Mediatech, Cat#30-240-CR)
6. 100x Penicillin-Streptomycin (Mediatech, Cat#30-001-CI)
7. Cell/stripper (Mediatech, Cat#25-056-Cl)
8. G418: (Invitrogen, Cat#11811-031)
9. Blasticidin (Sigma, Cat#R21001)
10. Doxycycline hyclate (Sigma, Cat#D9891)
11. HEPES (Sigma, Cat#H4034)
12. Fluo-4 (Invitrogen, Cat #F14202)
13. Pluronic F-127*20% in DMSO (Invitrogen, Cat#P-3000MP)
14. Atropine (Sigma, Cat#A0132)
15. Carbachol (Sigma, Cat# C4382)
16. Triple-layer flask (VWR, Cat #62407-082)
17. BD Biocoat 384-well plates (BD, Cat# (35)4663 and Lot #7346273)
Possible artifacts of this assay can include, but are not limited to: non-intended chemicals or dust in or on wells of the microtiter plate, compounds that non-specifically modulate the cell host or the targeted activity, and compounds that quench or emit light or fluorescence within the well. All test compound concentrations reported are nominal; the specific concentration for a particular test compound may vary based upon the actual sample provided by the MLSMR.
Categorized Comment - additional comments and annotations
From PubChem:
Assay Cell Type: HEK293
Result Definitions
OutcomeThe BioAssay activity outcomeOutcome
ScoreThe BioAssay activity ranking scoreInteger
1avPercent (10μM**)Average percent of the duplicates of each test compound readout (Percentage (%)) at a concentration of 10muM.Float

** Test Concentration.
Additional Information
Grant Number: 1 R03 MH087441-01A1

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