Design and high-throughput implementation of MALDI-TOF/MS-based assays for Parkin E3 ligase activity



Summary Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder that manifests clinically as alterations in movement as well as multiple non-motor symptoms including but not limited to cognitive and autonomic abnormalities. Loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding the ubiquitin E3 ligase Parkin are causal for familial and juvenile PD. Among several therapeutic approaches being explored to treat or improve PD patient’s prognosis, the use of small molecules able to reinstate or boost Parkin activity represents a potential pharmacological treatment strategy. A major barrier is the lack of high throughput platforms for the robust and accurate quantification of Parkin activity in vitro. Here we present two different and complementary Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) based approaches for the quantification of Parkin E3 ligase activity in vitro. Both approaches are scalable for high-throughput primary screening to facilitate the identification of Parkin modulators.
Date made available18 Dec 2023

Data Monitor categories

  • ubiquitin
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkin E3 ligase
  • drug discovery
  • high-throughput screening
  • PINK1/Parkin pathway

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