Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the etiological agent of tuberculosis (TB), encodes for an astonishing 34 fatty acid adenylating enzymes (FadDs), which play key roles in lipid metabolism. FadDs involved in lipid biosynthesis are functionally nonredundant and serve to link fatty acid and polyketide synthesis to produce some of the most architecturally complex natural lipids including the essential mycolic acids as well as the virulence-conferring phthiocerol dimycocerosates, phenolic glycolipids, and mycobactins. Here we describe the systematic development and optimization of a fluorescence polarization assay to identify small molecule inhibitors as potential antitubercular agents. We fluorescently labeled a bisubstrate inhibitor to generate a fluorescent probe/tracer, which bound with a KD of 245 nM to FadD28. Next, we evaluated assay performance by competitive binding experiments with a series of known ligands and assessed the impact of control parameters including incubation time, stability of the signal, temperature, and DMSO concentration. As a final level of validation the LOPAC1280 library was screened in a 384-well plate format and the assay performed with a Z-factor of 0.75, demonstrating its readiness for high-throughput screening.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank Daniel Wilson for testing inhibitors 21 – 24 in the coupled kinetic assay. This research was supported by a Grant from the National Institutes of Health ( NS066415 ).
- Adenylate-forming enzymes
- Fluorescence polarization
- High throughput screening
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis