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Assay Method Information

Assay Name:  Functional Activity Assay
Description:  TrkA functional activity was measured using a DiscoverX PathHunter assay. In this assay, U2OS cells express the human TrkA receptor as a fusion with the weakly complementing fragment of B-galactosidase, which DiscoverX calls “Prolink (PK)”; additionally, Shcl is fused with a larger fragment, which is called “Enzyme Acceptor (EA)”. Activation of the TrkA receptor, upon NGF addition, results in the kinase domain being phosphorylated, resulting in subsequent recruitment of Shcl-EA protein. That recruitment results in an active B-galactosidase enzyme that is detected by addition of a chemiluminescent substrate. The human p75NTR protein was also expressed as a co-receptor for NGF.All reagents were purchased from DiscoverX, except for the receptor agonists (NGF, BDNF, NT3) which were purchased from Peprotech. Cells were expanded and frozen into cryovials, and stored in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen, and thawed immediately before use. Thawed cells were added to a 384-well plate at 7500 cells/well, and allowed to incubate overnight. Compound at various concentrations was added the following morning and allowed to incubate on cells for 1 h. Then, NGF was added at a concentration sufficient to elicit ˜80% of a maximal response and allowed to incubate for 3 h at ambient temperature.
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