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Assay Name:  mGluR5 FLIPR Assay
Description:  HEK293 (ZF) cells stably transfected with human mGluR5A (pIRES neo) and the rat glutamate-aspartate transporter (GLAST; pIRES puro) are grown in a monolayer culture at 37° C. in 5% CO2 and fed with Minimum Essential Medium (MEM) supplemented with 10% dialysed fetal bovine serum. 24 hours prior to assay, cells are enzymatically dissociated from the culture flask (Trypsin, 0.25%), spun down (1000 rpm, 3 min), resuspended, and plated on Greiner black clear bottomed PDL-coated 384-well plates at a density of 30 thousand cells/well. On the day of the experiment, media is removed from the cell plates and replaced with Molecular Devices Calcium 4 microfluorometric Ca++ sensitive dye in assay buffer (HBSS; Gibco #14025+20 mM HEPES and 250 uM probenacid). Plates are incubated in dye at 37° C. in 5% CO2 for 60 minutes prior to delivery of test compounds in assay buffer. Test compounds are incubated with cells in the presence of dye for 10 minutes prior to being read on the FLIPR platform (Molecular Devices). A Ca++ signal is induced in the assay plates via the delivery of an żEC10 concentration of the endogenous agonist 1-glutamate; images are acquired at 1 Hz for 100 seconds post-delivery of agonist stimulus. Positive modulator activity (i.e. the ability of test compounds to increase the Ca++ response to a sub-maximal concentration of agonist) is normalized to a saturating concentration of a known mGluR5 PAM run in each assay plate.
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