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BioAssay: AID 540366

Late-stage fluorescence-based dose-response cell-based counterscreen assay to identify agonists of the Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 3 (S1P3): Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 4 (S1P4) agonist assay

Name: Late-stage fluorescence-based dose-response cell-based counterscreen assay to identify agonists of the Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 3 (S1P3): Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 4 (S1P4) agonist assay. ..more
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AID: 540366
Data Source: The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (S1P4_AG_BLA_384_1X%INH)
BioAssay Type: Confirmatory, Concentration-Response Relationship Observed
Depositor Category: NIH Molecular Libraries Probe Production Network
BioAssay Version:
Deposit Date: 2011-08-19
Hold-until Date: 2012-03-01
Modify Date: 2012-03-01

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Tested Compounds:
Depositor Specified Assays
373S1P3 Agonist Primary HTS and Confirmation AssaysscreeningPrimary screen (S1P3 agonists in singlicate)
439S1P3 Agonist Dose-Response Potency AssayconfirmatoryDose response (S1P3 agonists in triplicate)
1192Dose Response Cell-Based Assay for Agonists of the Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 3 (S1P3): Purchased AnaloguesconfirmatoryDose response (S1P3 agonists in triplicate)
540309Summary of probe development efforts to identify agonists of Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 3 (S1P3)summarySummary (S1P3 agonists in triplicate)
Source (MLSCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center
Center Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)
Assay Provider: Michael Oldstone, TSRI
Network: Molecular Library Screening Center Network (MLSCN)
Grant Proposal Number: U01 AI074564
Grant Proposal PI: Michael Oldstone, TSRI

External Assay ID: S1P4_AG_BLA_384_1X%INH

Name: Late-stage fluorescence-based dose-response cell-based counterscreen assay to identify agonists of the Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 3 (S1P3): Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 4 (S1P4) agonist assay.


Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a lysophospholipid signaling molecule that regulates important biological functions in both intracellular (1) and extracellular compartments (2), including a wide variety of physiological responses such as heart rate (3-4), coronary artery caliber, endothelial integrity, and lymphocyte recirculation (4-7). These responses are mediated through high-affinity interactions with five members of the endothelial differentiation gene (EDG) family of plasma membrane-localized G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the sphingosine lipid receptors, S1P1-5 (8-10). S1P3 receptor couples promiscuously to Gi, Gq, and G12/13 proteins (11-13). Its expression is widespread (14-16). The S1P3 knockout mouse is phenotypically normal (14). Most S1P-mediated responses on endothelial cells occur via the S1P1 receptor alone or in combination with the S1P3 receptor. Bradycardia and hypertension are clearly associated with S1P3 activation and its expression patterns in cardiac tissue (3, 17). The use of the S1P1-selective agonist SEW2871 together with S1P3-deletant mice showed that activation of S1P3 regulates sinus rhythm, whereas activation of S1P1 plays no discernable role in the process (4). S1P3 on dendritic cells has been identified as a major exacerbating factor for mortality during sepsis by playing a role in the critical linkage of inflammation and coagulation pathways downstream of the thrombin cascade (18). A potent and selective S1P3 agonist would be useful in dissecting the complexities of S1P-mediated physiological processes in which S1P3 is involved, including bradycardia and hypertension.


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Assay Overview:

The purpose of this assay is to determine whether powder samples of compounds identified as active in the assay "Late-stage fluorescence-based cell-based dose response assay to identify agonists of the Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 3 (S1P3): Synthesized compounds" (AID 540349) were nonselective agonists as assayed by activation of S1P4. This assay uses Tango S1P4-BLA U2OS cells which contain the human Endothelial Differentiation Gene 6 (EDG6; S1P4) linked to a GAL4-VP16 transcription factor via a TEV protease site. The cells also express a beta-arrestin/TEV protease fusion protein and a beta-lactamase (BLA) reporter gene under the control of a UAS response element. Stimulation of the S1P1 receptor by agonist causes migration of the fusion protein to the GPCR, and through proteolysis liberates GAL4-VP16 from the receptor. The liberated VP16-GAL4 migrates to the nucleus, where it induces transcription of the BLA gene. BLA expression is monitored by measuring fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) of a cleavable, fluorogenic, cell-permeable BLA substrate. As designed, test compounds that act as S1P1 agonists will activate S1P1 and increase well FRET Compounds were tested in triplicate at 50 uM.

Protocol Summary:

U2OS cells were cultured in T-175 sq cm flasks at 37 C and 95% relative humidity (RH). The growth media consisted of McCoy's 5A Medium supplemented with 10% v/v dialyzed fetal bovine serum, 0.1 mM NEAA, 25 mM HEPES (pH 7.3), 1 mM sodium pyruvate, 100 U/mL penicillin-streptomycin-neomycin, 200 ug/mL Zeocin, 50 ug/mL Hygromycin, and 100 ug/mL Geneticin.

Prior to the start of the assay, cells were suspended at a concentration of 250,000/mL in Assay Medium (Freestyle Expression Medium without supplements). The assay was started by dispensing 4 uL of cell suspension to each well, followed by overnight incubation at 37 C in 5% CO2 and 95% RH. The next day, 25 nL of test compound in DMSO (0.5 % final DMSO concentration), DMSO alone, or S1P (10 nM final nominal EC80 concentration) prepared in 2% BSA was added to the appropriate wells. Plates were then incubated at 37 C in 5% CO2 for 4 hours. After the incubation, 1 uL/well of the LiveBLAzer FRET substrate mixture, prepared according to the manufacturer's protocol and containing 10 mM Probenicid, was added to all wells. After 2 hours of incubation at room temperature in the dark, plates were read on the EnVision plate reader (PerkinElmer Lifesciences, Turku, Finland) at an excitation wavelength of 405 nm and emission wavelengths of 460 nm and 535 nm.

Prior to normalization, data were corrected by subtracting "background" for both emission channels (ie, fluorescence values from cell-free wells containing media and substrate only). To normalize assay data, these corrected values were used to calculate a ratio for each well, according to the following mathematical expression:

Ratio = I460 nm / I535 nm


I represents the measured fluorescence emission intensity at the enumerated wavelength.

The percent activation for each compound was calculated using well fluorescence as follows:

%_Activation = 100 * ( 1 - ( ( Test_Compound - Median_High_Control ) / ( Median_Low_Control - Median_High_Control ) ) )


Test_Compound is defined as wells containing test compound and S1P
Low_Control is defined as wells containing DMSO
High_Control is defined as wells containing 5uM S1P

In cases where treatment with 50 uM compound did not result in greater than 50% activation, the EC50 was determined manually as greater than 50 uM.

PubChem Activity Outcome and Score:

Compounds with an EC50 greater than 50 uM were considered inactive. Compounds with an EC50 equal to or less than 10 uM were considered active.

Activity score was then ranked by the potency of the compounds with fitted curves, with the most potent compounds assigned the highest activity scores.

The PubChem Activity Score range for inactive compounds is 0-0. There were no active compounds.

List of Reagents:

Tango EDG6-bla U2OS cells (Invitrogen, part K1622)
GeneBLAzer FRET B/G Loading Kit (CCF4-AM) (Invitrogen, part K1025)
Probenecid (Sigma, part P8761)
Freestyle Expression Medium (Assay media; Invitrogen, part 12338-018)
McCoy's 5A Medium (modified) (1X) (Invitrogen, 16600-082)
Fetal Bovine Serum, dialyzed (Invitrogen, part 26400-036)
NEAA (Invitrogen, part 1114-050)
Penicillin-Streptomycin-Neomycin antibiotic mix (Invitrogen, part 15140-122)
Sodium Pyruvate (Invitrogen, part 11360-070)
PBS without calcium or magnesium (Invitrogen, part 14190-136)
HEPES (Invitrogen, part 15630-080)
Trypsin/EDTA (Invitrogen, part 25300-054)
S1P (Avanti Polar Lipids, part 860492P)
Fatty Acid Free BSA (Calbiochem, part NC9734015)
Zeocin (Invitrogen, part R250-01)
Hygromycin (Invitrogen, part 10687-010)
Geneticin (Invitrogen, part 10131-027)
384-well plates (Greiner, part 788092)
T175 tissue culture flasks (Corning, part 431080)
In this assay, S1P had a 50% effective concentration (EC50) of approximately 50 nM. 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 beta-arrestin or BLA activity, and compounds that quench or emit fluorescence.
Result Definitions
OutcomeThe BioAssay activity outcomeOutcome
1QualifierActivity Qualifier identifies if the resultant data EC50 came from a fitted curve or was determined manually to be less than or greater than its listed EC50 concentrationString
2EC50*The concentration at which 50 percent of the activity in the antagonist assay is observed; (EC50) shown in micromolar.FloatμM
3Activation at 50 uM [1] (50μM**)Value of % Activation at 50 uM activator concentration [1]Float%
4Activation at 50 uM [2] (50μM**)Value of % Activation at 50 uM activator concentration [2]Float%
5Activation at 50 uM [3] (50μM**)Value of % Activation at 50 uM activator concentration [3]Float%

* Activity Concentration. ** Test Concentration.
Additional Information
Grant Number: U01 AI074564

Data Table (Concise)