Checking Disruption of Proteins of Interest with Overexpression of HTT

The experimental set-up and results covered in this post can be found here: 10.5281/zenodo.1323902 As I’ve been having problems overexpression HTT properly in my cancer cell lines, I decided to continue looking at other proteins of interest using our best overexpression model so far, which is in HEK293T cells. Although it may not be a cancer Read More …

Gene Expression Profiling of Lung Squamous Cancer Stratified by NSD3 Expression

NSD3 is located on a region of chromosome 8 (8p11-12) that is frequently amplified in several forms of cancer. It has been suggested that NSD3 (WHSC1L1) may be a driver of tumorigenesis in this context (Mahmood et al. 2013). However, it is still unclear how amplification of NSD3 contributes to the disease and whether or not it Read More …

Are kinase DRAK2 inhibitors active against kinase AURKB in cells? Good news: NO!

The original compound donated by Pfizer PFE-PKIS 43 (thienopyrimidine scaffold), showed activity against 3 kinases greater than 70% inhibition in the KinomeSCAN at 1 µM (STK17B/DRAK2, AURKB and SRPK2). In the series of compounds recently synthesized as thienopyrimidine derivatives we seek selective and potent inhibitors for STK17B/DRAK2 only. To further identify off-target activity of these Read More …

Things still not going according to plan …

I ended last time saying Shubhash had saved the day by finding a better virus stock and growing up some more cells for me. Sadly, this did not work – still no expression. So we tried halving the amount of virus used, as using too much can infect too many cells leaving not enough making Read More …

Determining the nanoBRET IC50 values of 30 legacy ACVR1/ALK2 inhibitors

A large number of ACVR1/ALK2 inhibitors were previously synthesised by Paul Brenner’s team (Target Discovery Center, University of Oxford) for the purpose of treating Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Although these compounds were not designed with blood-brain-barrier permeability in mind, they can serve as good bench-marks for my cellular assays. Therefore, 30 of these legacy compounds Read More …

Determining the IC50 of M4K1062 with ACVR1/ALK2-NanoLuc and different concentrations of Tracer-6908

The EC50 of Tracer-6908 with ACVR1-c-nanoLuc and ideal conditions for the target engagement assay have been determined in a previous experiment. However, it is still necessary to verify that the IC50 values determined in the assay are closed enough approximation to the actual IC50 values of the compounds. If the IC50 values are strongly influenced Read More …

CLK2 inhibitor candidates

In my previous post, I presented different CLK2 inhibitors (https://openlabnotebooks.org/clk-chemical-probe/), including structures, and IC50 curves that were generated using a cell target engagement assay called NanoBRET. My colleagues Carrow Wells and Julie Pickett generated these data. The BRET of NanoBRET stands for bioluminescence resonance energy transfer, and it is an in-vitro quantitative technique to identify Read More …