Paper by Selcia Scientists on Fragment Screening published in Journal of Biomolecular Screening

Fragment Screening Using Capillary Electrophoresis (CEfrag) for Hit Identification of Heat Shock Protein 90 ATPase Inhibitors
J Biomol Screen May 9, 2012 doi 10.1177/1087057112445785


CEfrag is a new fragment screening technology based on affinity capillary electrophoresis (ACE). Here we report on the development of a mobility shift competition assay using full-length human heat shock protein 90α (Hsp90α), radicicol as the competitor probe ligand, and successful screening of the Selcia fragment library. The CEfrag assay was able to detect weaker affinity (IC50 >500 µM) fragments than were detected by a fluorescence polarization competition assay using FITC-labeled geldanamycin. The binding site of selected fragments was determined by co-crystallization with recombinant Hsp90α N-terminal domain and X-ray analysis. The results of this study confirm that CEfrag is a sensitive microscale technique enabling detection of fragments binding to the biological target in near-physiological solution.

Full article available from the Sage Pub website or in print: Journal of Biomolecular Screening, 17(7), August 2012, pp. 868-876.

Dan Erlanson has reviewed this article in his 12 June 2012 blog entry on Practical Fragments.