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The immune system uses the recognition of foreign nucleic acids and subsequent type I interferon production as a first line of defense in response to microbial invaders. Recent research has validated one key to this cascade, a unique cyclic dinucleotide – cGAMP. The enzyme cGAS produces this recently discovered molecular messenger. As an apoenzyme, cGAS
Lab IRAK4 Inhibitors Kinase Assay Kit
Genentech discovers IRAK4 inhibitors using the Transcreener Kinase Assay Kit – IRAK is also known as Interluekin-1 Receptor Associated Kinase. There are four different proteins within this group, including IRAK1, IRAK2, IRAK3, and IRAK4. Each of these mediates interaction with MyD88 and its associated adaptor proteins. IRAK1 and IRAK4 are active enzymes that exhibit kinase
Assay Development Services - Two Scientists Working In the Lab
There are many options out there for choosing assay development services, and finding what you need can be a challenging endeavor. Here we outline five items to look for when searching for the CRO that is right for your project. To narrow things down a bit, this article will focus on biochemical assay development services
JAK1 Inhibitors for Autoimmune Disease
Could specific JAK1 inhibitors lead to better treatments for autoimmune disease? – The human immune response is complex with numerous cellular pathways playing a role. And, when an abnormal immune response results from one’s own body, known as an autoimmune disorder – it adds to the complexity. While we often think of celiac disease, inflammatory
Targeting Innate Immunity With NLRP3 Inhibitors
Can NLRP3 inhibitors help treat autoimmune disease? – The human immune response is complicated and we continue to discover pathways involved that add to the complexity. Different than the adaptive immune response, the innate response acts quickly and is considered the first line of defense against pathogens and foreign DNA. In order to do its
Researchers Studying Hsp70 Activity
Newly expressed human Hsp70 activity now being studied –  Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) is known for its upregulation during times of stress in order to maintain homeostasis. Like other heat shock proteins, Hsp70 is a chaperone protein that assists other proteins in correctly folding to become fully active molecules.  It binds to damaged, misfolded,
Transcreener Glycosyltransferase Assay Blog
BellBrook Labs scientists have developed a new universal UDP detection assay for the measurement of Glycosyltransferase activity.  The Transcreener UDP2 FI Assay extends the Transcreener platform for UDP detection by utilizing a simple fluorescence intensity (FI) output. It can be used on fluorescence readers typically found in academic and therapeutic research laboratories, as well as
CPS1 Inhibitor Researcher at the Bench
Researchers look to discover a CPS1 inhibitor with an eye on cancer – Without properly functioning carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase I (CPS1), large amounts of highly toxic ammonia is able to accumulate in the body contributing to neurological conditions.2  Increased levels of the enzyme have been found in some cancers including lung adenocarcinoma (LADC).1 When overexpressed, CPS1
cGAS Inhibitors Grant
The new Transcreener CD73 Assay measures adenosine production by CD73 in a mix-and-read format with a far-red fluorescence polarization readout. The assay will accelerate efforts to discover selective CD73 antagonists for cancer immunotherapy by enabling high throughput screening, structure-driven hit-to-lead, and mechanistic studies with the purified enzyme. Madison, WI – April 27th, 2020 – Researchers
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CD73 is a plasma membrane-bound ectonucleotidase that hydrolyzes AMP into adenosine, contributing to immunosuppression in the tumor microenvironment; it is being pursued as a promising immuno-oncology drug target. In this webinar we will present the steps involved in development of the Transcreener CD73 assay. Transcreener is a biochemical HTS assay platform based on homogenous immunodetection