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Leveraging on comprehensive understanding in signaling pathways and cellular mechanisms in cancer biology, ARL has strong capabilities to develop primary and secondary assays of various suitable formats for cost-effective target discovery, compound screening, lead optimization and lead generation, according to established validation criteria.

ARL offers services to develop a panel of robust, single- or multi-plex in vitro and cell-based phenotypic assays for different target classes including kinases (transmembrane and cytosolic), RTKs, GPCRs, epigenetics enzymes, metabolic enzymes etc, for target discovery or lead generation, using the following methods:
  • Biomolecular Interaction Assays

  • Monitoring biomolecular interactions using fluorescence assays for measurement of receptor-ligand and protein-protein interactions

  • Cell-Based and Phenotypic Assays

  • Cellular detection in formats (96- and 384-well) including measuring cell proliferation, viability, cytotoxicity, migration and apoptosis. The analysis of reporter gene expression, fluorescent proteins, second messengers such as cAMP and Ca2+ as well as the use of reporter gene expression systems are also available

  • Enzyme Activity Assays

  • Enzymes are major drug targets. In particular, ARL has strong capabilities in assays for kinase, metabolic and epigenetic enzymes in various formats: radioactive, fluorescence, luminescence and scintillation proximity assay (SPA)

  • DNA, RNA and Protein Levels

  • Quantification of DNA, RNA and protein expression using ELISA, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, qPCR or bDNA

  • High-Content Imaging and Flow Cytometry

  • Endpoint for drug or RNAi effects on proliferation, cell cycle, apoptosis, protein localization, protein post-translational modification (phosphorylation, methylation, acetylation) and cell surface marker expression (eg. in stem cell differentiation)

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