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Assay Guidance Manual

Editors: Sarine Markossian, Editor-in-Chief, Abigail Grossman, Managing Editor, and Kyle Brimacombe, Associate Scientific Editor. Associate Editors: Michelle Arkin, Douglas Auld, Chris Austin, Jonathan Baell, Thomas D.Y. Chung, Nathan P. Coussens, Jayme L. Dahlin, Viswanath Devanarayan, Timothy L. Foley, Marcie Glicksman, Kirill Gorshkov, Joseph V. Haas, Matthew D. Hall, Samuel Hoare, James Inglese, Philip W. Iversen, Stephen C. Kales, Madhu Lal-Nag, Zhuyin Li, James McGee, Owen McManus, Terry Riss, Peter Saradjian, G. Sitta Sittampalam, Mike Tarselli, O. Joseph Trask, Jr., Yueming Wang, Jeffrey R. Weidner, Mary Jo Wildey, Kelli Wilson, Menghang Xia, and Xin Xu.

Editor Information

This eBook is a comprehensive, crucial resource for investigators optimizing assays to evaluate collections of molecules with the overall goal of developing probes that modulate the activity of biological targets, pathways or cellular phenotypes. Such probes might be candidates for further optimization and investigation in drug discovery and development.

Originally written as a guide for therapeutic project teams within a major pharmaceutical company, this manual has been adapted to provide guidelines for scientists in academic, non-profit, government and industrial research laboratories to develop assay formats compatible with High Throughput Screening (HTS) and Structure Activity Relationship (SAR) measurements of new and known molecular entities. Topics addressed in this manual include:

  • Descriptions of assay formats that are compatible with HTS and determination of SAR
  • Selection and development of optimal assay reagents
  • Optimizations and troubleshooting for assay protocols with respect to sensitivity, dynamic range, signal intensity and stability
  • Adaptations of assays for automation and scaling to microtiter plate formats
  • Instrumentation
  • Sources of assay artifacts and interferences
  • Statistical validation of assay performance parameters
  • Secondary assays for chemical probe validation and SAR refinement
  • Data standards for reporting the results of screening and SAR assays
  • In vivo assay development and validation
  • Assay development and validation for siRNA-based high-throughput screens

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) manages the content of the Assay Guidance Manual with input from industry, academia and government experts. More than 100 authors from around the globe have contributed content to this free resource, which is updated quarterly with contributions by experienced scientists from multiple disciplines working in drug discovery and development worldwide.

For more information about the Assay Guidance Manual and related training opportunities, visit https://ncats.nih.gov/expertise/preclinical/agm.


Previous Editors: Bruce Bejcek, Jose M.M. Caaveiro, Neely Gal-Edd, Steven D. Kahl, Susan Kirshner, Vance P. Lemmon, Lisa Minor, Andrew Napper, Henrike Nelsen, John M. Peltier

Contact Information: vog.hin@naissokram.eniras

Copyright Notice

All Assay Guidance Manual content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0), which permits copying, distribution, transmission, and adaptation of the work, provided the original work is properly cited and not used for commercial purposes. Any altered, transformed, or adapted form of the work may only be distributed under the same or similar license to this one.

Bookshelf ID: NBK53196PMID: 22553861


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