A Homogenous Transcreener® UDP² TR-FRET Glycosyltransferase Assay for High Throughput Screening

Transcreener UDP2 Glycosyltransferase Assay

The Transcreener UDP2 Glycosyltransferase Assay directly measures UDP produced by glycosyltransferase. These UDP measurements allow researchers to effectively determine the activity of the glycosyltransferase enzyme. The assay provides a powerful tool to screen compound libraries for glycosyltransferase modulators to help find new therapies for diseases. 

The kit comes complete with the detection reagents required to measure activity. Glycosyltransferase enzyme is not included in the inhibitor screening assay kit. Please contact us for questions related to acquiring the enzyme.

Learn how researchers at the Genesis Biotechnology group used the Transcreener UDP assay in a high throughput screen to discover  Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) toxin B (TcdB) inhibitors.

How Does This Glycosyltransferase Assay Work?

The Transcreener Glycosyltransferase Assay determines glycosyltransferase enzyme activity by directly measuring the UDP formed by the enzyme (i.e. without coupling enzymes) using the Transcreener UDP Assay. By detecting UDP output, the assay provides a universal method to assess the activity of any UDP-producing enzyme in real-time.

Transcreener Glycosyltransferase Assay technology uses a simple but highly effective methods that consists of an antibody selective to UDP over UDP sugar donors and a  far-red fluorescent tracer. UDP produced in the reaction competes with the tracer changing the fluorescent properties and providing fluorescent readout.

The glycosyltransferase assay is available with FP, FI, and TR-FRET. It is a simple mix-and-read format. Perform your enzyme reaction, add the detection reagent, and measure. The simplicity of the system yields robust results that also make it extremely amiable to HTS.

Direct Detection of UDP to Measure Glycosyltransferase Enzymatic Activity

Fluorescent Polarization (FP)

Transcreener UDP Glycosyltransferase Assay FP Readout

The workhorse. Used in many large screens. Best deck and signal stability.

Fluorescent Intensity (FI)

Transcreener UDP Glycosyltransferase Assay FI Readout

Positive FI signal. Compatible with simple fluorescence plate readers. Faster read time than FP or TR-FRET.

Time-Resolved Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (TR-FRET)

Transcreener UDP Glycosyltransferase Assay TR-FRET Readout

For customers who prefer TR-FRET detection. Uses the same filter set as HTRF®.


  • Measure Enzymatic Activity of Glycosyltransferases
  • Screen Compound Libraries for Glycosyltransferase Modulators
  • Quantify Inhibitor Potency
  • Inhibitor Selectivity Profiling
  • Measure Drug-Target Residence Time


  • Direct detection of unlabeled UDP
  • Easy to use, homogenous, one-step format
  • Robust Assay Z'>0.7 under initial velocity conditions
  • Far-red fluorescent readouts minimize compound interference
  • A safe, non-radioactive method
  • Available in FP, FI, or TR-FRET readouts

Target Class Examples

  • Glucosyltransferase
  • Galactosyltransferase
  • N-acetylglucosyltransferase
  • N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase
  • Xylotransferases
  • Glucoslceramide synthase

UDP Donors

  • UDP-glucose
  • UDP-galactose
  • UDP-GlcNAc
  • UDP-GalNAc
  • UDP-xylose
  • UDP-glucuronic acid

Easy-to-Use, Mix-and-Read, HTS-Ready Assay

Run your enzyme reaction, add Transcreener reagents, and read your plates. The glycosyltransferase assay is compatible with 96, 384, and 1536-well formats.

Robust, HTS-Compatible Method

Use with Diverse Donor and Acceptor Substrates

Glycosyltransferase Assay Examples with Different Enzymes

GALNT2, GALNT3, BGalT1, and Toxin B substrates were titrated in 4 buffers. Raw data converted to product formation show a linear correlation of the enzyme with the UDP product, confirming initial velocity conditions.

Outstanding Deck and Signal Stability

Deck stability demonstrates the ability of the reagents to remain functional after pre-mixing and awaiting dispensing. Plate stability shows the consistency of reagent signal to be read post assay completion. The stability of the reagents provides high quality data and simplifies automation for high throughput screens.

Glycosyltransferase Assay Services

Interested in moving your program forward, but don't want to bring an assay in-house? Our scientists can help! BellBrook scientists will use their extensive biochemistry and enzymology expertise to work with you and accelerate your glycosyltransferase program.

Assay Development Services

Lead Discovery Services Include:

  • Inhibitor Screening – To identify or confirm activity with the target.
  • Inhibitor Potency Profiling – Dose-response with target and/or related proteins. Fast IC50 results.
  • Residence Time Measurements – Determination of koff using ‘jump dilution’ enzymatic assay method.
  • Mechanism of Action Studies – Kinetic analysis to define the mode of inhibition.

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Far Red FP & TR-FRET Readouts Validated on Major Multimode Readers

Supplier Instrument FP Assays
FI Assays
TR-FRET Assays
berthold logo TriStar²S LB 942 in review validated validated
Mithras² LB 943 in review validated validated
bioteklogo Cytation™ 5 validated validated validated
Cytation™ 3 validated validated validated
Cytation™ 1 validated validated validated
Synergy™ H1 validated validated validated
Synergy™ 2/H4/4 validated validated validated
Synergy™ HTX not capable validated not capable
Synergy™ Neo 2 validated validated validated
BMGLABTECH Logo POLARstar® Omega validated validated validated
FLUOstar® Omega not capable validated validated
PHERAstar® FSX validated validated validated
PHERAstar® Plus/FS validated validated validated
CLARIOstar® /Plus validated validated validated
VANTAstar validated validated validated
hidex logo Sense in review validated in review
MDS AT logo Analyst® GT/HT validated validated validated
Gemini® XPS/EM not capable validated not capable
SpectraMax® M2/M2e not capable validated not capable
SpectraMax® M5/M5e/FlexStation® 3 not capable validated validated
SpectraMax® Paradigm validated contact us contact us
SpectraMax® iD3/iD5 in review validated validated
perkinElmerLogo EnVision®/EnVision® Xcite validated validated validated
tecanLogo Infinite® M1000/M1000Pro/Safire2™ validated validated validated
Infinite® M200 not capable validated not capable
Infinite® F500 validated validated validated
Infinite® F200/Ultraevolution contact us validated contact us
Spark™ 10M validated validated validated

What's Included

What You Will Need

Transcreener UDP² Glycosyltransferase Assay Kits

* For custom or bulk orders (over 100,000 wells) please contact us (info@bellbrooklabs.com) for a quote.

Assay Plates for FI & FP

Assay Plates for TR-FRET

Glycosyltransferases As Drug Targets

Glycosyltransferases (GTs) are catalysts for the transfer of a nucleotide sugar donor to a glycosyl acceptor substrate. Glycosyltransferases play roles in a variety of biochemical processes, including cellular adhesion, cell signaling, and bacterial biosynthesis. Because of their essential parts in these processes, glycosyltransferases have gained large interest for drug discovery (Wagner 2010).

Glycosyltransferase inhibitors are often targeted for metabolic disorders. Continuing to build an understanding of GT enzymes is step one. Finding therapeutic methods to reign in overactivity requires selective technologies that can help assess the ability to interact with the target. Robust, HTS-ready assays that are accurate yet flexible provide a powerful tool to accelerate discovery.