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
Identifying bona fide hits efficiently and effectively is a challenge in any small molecule drug discovery program. Using the appropriate assays for screening and hit-to-lead is an important determinant of success, but choosing from among the myriad types of assays can be a daunting process. ADP detection simplifies discovery, providing a universal approach to targeting
It has been 30 years since the lipid signaling molecule phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3) was first identified¹, and its role as a key regulator of cell growth and survival was recognized in the earliest investigations into this molecule.² Class IA phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3Ks) generate PIP3. The inappropriate activation of this pathway has grave consequences in many
Clostridium difficile – One of the Deadliest Enemies in Hospitals There are half a million reasons to consider Clostridium difficile as “Enemy Number 1” for public health. That’s because the annual cases of C. difficile, or C diff, infection now top 500,000 per year in the U.S.—resulting in more than 29,000 deaths per year. Worse

Posters Presented at SLAS 2018

Thanks to all who stopped by the booth at SLAS 2018! We appreciate the great conversation and look forward to continued discussion. Its great to hear the success stories of current Transcreener users, and to meet a new group of individuals who are searching for an HTS assay for their challenging target. For those of
  BellBrook Labs will showcase its products for drug discovery at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) annual meeting February 5-7, in San Diego, California. At booth #532 BellBrook will exhibit the new AptaFluor SAH Methyltransferase Assay in addition to the Transcreener line of HTS assays. Three posters presented at the conference will
When the body responds to a bacterial pathogen, fragments of bacterial peptidoglycan alert a human host to the presence of a microbial invader. A receptor named NOD2 recognizes the peptidoglycans and sounds the alarm, initiating immune responses by causing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines via NF-κB and MAP kinase pathways 1. In this manner, NOD2
Protein arginine methylation is an important post-translational modification, but its impact remains rather mysterious. Approximately 7% of all arginine residues in the human proteome are modified by mono- or di-methylation (which is a similar order of magnitude to the 9% of serine residues that are phosphorylated and the 7% of lysine residues that are ubiquitinated).¹
It would be difficult to underestimate the importance of polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) for cancer, given its influence on cell division. As one of five members of the Polo-like family of serine/threonine protein kinases in eukaryotic cells, Plk1 plays a multifaceted role in the cell cycle and thus controls cancer progression fueled by unchecked cell