What is a kinase assay
A kinase assay works by simply measuring the activity of the kinase. A kinase is an enzyme that aids in the transfer of a phosphate from ATP to another specific molecule. They regulate many activities in the human body. The measurement is used to test potential drugs to see how they affect kinase activity. An
Lupus NIK Inhibitor
  Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, takes a devastating toll. An autoimmune disease that triggers a dysfunctional immune system to attack its own tissues, SLE strikes young women most often — about 4 to 12 times more frequently than men — with women aged 15 to 45 being at highest risk. Both genetic and
Histone Methylation PRMT4
Histone methyltransferases (HMTs) play a critical role in many diseases. Dysregulation of histone methylation and the subsequent alterations in epigenetic states can cause gene expression patterns that drive a variety of cancers,[1] endometriosis,[2] osteoporosis,[3] osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis,[4] cardiovascular disease,[5] and autism,[6] to name only a few. In this light, a global assay for HMT
Acetyl CoA Carboxylase Inhibitors
The impact of Acetyl-CoA carboxylases (ACCs) on eukaryotic metabolism and metabolic-related disease states is profound. ACCs catalyze the formation of malonyl-CoA by ATP-dependent carboxylation of acetyl-CoA. In humans, the two isoforms of ACC exhibit highly regulated, tissue-specific patterns of expression, with ACC1 being present in lipogenic tissues such as liver and adipose, and ACC2 being
Rho GTPases Rho GEFs Book
New Protocol from BellBrook Labs: High-Throughput Assay for Rho GEFs Based on the Transcreener GDP Assay In this new second edition of Springer Nature’s Rho GTPases: Methods and Protocols, researchers from BellBrook Labs describe an HTS compatible method for detecting GTPase exchange factor (GEF) activity. The protocol described in chapter twelve of the book uses
Discovery on Target 2018
BellBrook Labs will exhibit and present posters at the upcoming Discovery on Target conference in Boston, MA. At the event BellBrook will demonstrate applications for its suite of high throughput screening tools, including residence time determination, methyltransferase activity measurement, studying ectonucleotidase enzymes, screening for kinase inhibitors, and more! Discovery on Target 2018 Sheraton Boston Hotel
Residence Time Guide
Learn How to Determine Drug-Target Residence Times with Biochemical Assays in this Free Guide Drug-target residence time has become a critical component in the discovery of new therapeutics. BellBrook Labs has recently published a guide to help describe the use of a proven “jump-dilution” method along with BellBrook’s Transcreener Assay platform to help streamline efforts
ABC Transporter Inhibitor Klebsiella Treatment
Gram-negative bacterial pathogens pose grave dangers in clinical and environmental settings alike. They include foodborne disease pathogens such as E. coli 0157:H7, waterborne pathogens such as Vibrio cholera, vector-borne pathogens such as Yersinia pestis, and a disturbingly large number of Gram-negative pathogens that now display resistance to multiple antimicrobial agents.1 Resistant Gram-negative pathogens include some
Autoimmune Disease News
The National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) recently awarded BellBrook Labs a $1 million phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to develop new assays to detect cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP) levels in biological samples. The assays will be used to discover, develop, and monitor new treatments for autoimmune diseases and cancer by targeting
HSP90 Inhibitor Immunotherapy
Checkpoint blockade is turning heads in the oncology community. This form of immunotherapy, which uses anti-PD-1 or anti-CTLA-4 antibodies to coax the immune system into recognizing and attacking cancer cells, has been a game-changer — but only for some patients. Types of cancer for which checkpoint blockade currently cannot presently be used include gastrointestinal tumors