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J Antibiot (Tokyo). 1994 Sep;47(9):1001-9.

A high throughput in vitro assay for fungal (1,3)beta-glucan synthase inhibitors.

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Mycotox, Inc., Denver, CO 80262.


An in vitro assay for (1,3)beta-glucan synthase activity from the filamentous ascomycete Neurospora crassa, suitable for use as a high throughput screen for enzyme inhibitors is described. Samples were added to 25 microliters reaction mixtures in 96-well V-bottom microtiter plates and plates incubated at 22 degrees C. Reactions were terminated by the addition of TCA and the contents transferred to a Milliblot D apparatus containing Inotech 201-A glass fiber filters. Filters were washed to remove unincorporated substrate and the amount of 14C-labeled (1,3)beta-glucan formed by each reaction was quantitated using a Phosphorlmager. As little as 50 ng of an inhibitor with a Ki of 4 microM was detected by this assay. This assay is rapid and cost effective, permitting its use as a screen to detect compounds that inhibit (1,3)beta-glucan synthase activity.

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