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Assay Name:  High-Throughput Cav3.1 T-Type Fluorescent Assay
Description:  Cells were plated in 384-well, clear-bottom, black-walled, poly-D-lysine coated plates (Becton Dickinson, Franklin Lake, N.J.) 2 days prior to use in the FLIPR assay. 100 μL of cells (2.0×106 cell/mL) containing doxycyline (Sigma-Aldrich, 1.5 μg/mL; to induce channel expression) were added to each well using a Multidrop (Thermo Scientific, Waltham, Mass.) and were maintained in 5% CO2 incubator at 37° C. On the morning of the assay, cells were transferred to a 5% CO2 incubator at 29° C. Cells were washed with a wash buffer containing (in mM): 118 NaCl, 18.4 HEPES, 11.7 D-glucose, 0.05 CaCl2, 0.5 MgSO4, 1 KCl, and 1.2 KH2PO4, with the pH adjusted to 7.2 with NaOH. 4.4 μM of the fluorescent indicator dye, Fluo-4 (Invitrogen), prepared in pluronic acid (Sigma-Aldrich), were loaded into the wells and incubated for 45 minutes at 29° C. in 5% CO2. Cells were then rinsed with the following low Ca2+ buffer (in mM): 0.34 Na2HPO4, 4.2 NaHCO3, 0.44 KH2PO4, 0.41 MgSO4, 0.49 MgCl2-6H2O, 20 HEPES, 5.5 D-Glucose, 137 NaCl, 5.3 KCl, and 0.001 CaCl2, with 0.1% BSA and the pH adjusted to 7.2 with NaOH. Concentration-dependent response curves were generated from 5 mM stock solutions prepared in DMSO (Sigma-Aldrich) and diluted in the buffer containing low Ca2+ and incubated for 20 minutes at 29° C. in 5% CO2 Calcium entry was evoked with an addition of (in mM): 0.34 Na2HPO4, 4.2 NaHCO3, 0.44 KH2PO4, 0.41 MgSO4, 0.49 MgCl2-6H2O, 20 HEPES, 5.5 D-Glucose, 137 NaCl, 5.3 KCl, and 6 CaCl2, with 0.1% BSA and the pH adjusted to 7.2 with NaOH. A change in the Fluo-4 fluorescence signal was assessed using FLIPRTETRAż instrument (Molecular Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif.) for 3 minutes following the elevation of extracellular KCl using an illumination wavelength of 470-495 nm with emissions recorded at 515-575 nm.
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