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Target Engagement Reagents

The pharmacological validation of the interaction of a ligand with its protein target is referred to as target engagement. Target engagement studies are crucial in drug discovery as they can provide confirmation that the compound(s) under study are indeed binding to the target protein at the intended site in order to be both effective and safe. Traditionally, target engagement has been assessed on purified proteins in buffer or deduced from downstream pathway effects such as post-translational modifications (PTMs) or enzyme substrate changes. Both of these approaches have severe limitations such as lack of a physiologically relevant environment in the case of purified proteins, or the inability to confidently attribute PTMs to one particular protein target due to the existence of multiple pathways controlling modification.

Even target engagement methodologies that do take place within a cellular environment such fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) or bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) technologies have limited physiological relevance, since they require modifications to the protein and cloning.

Why CETSA®

The Cellular Thermal Shift Assay (CETSA®) is based on the change of the thermal denaturation profile of the native target protein in a cellular context that occurs following the binding of a ligand (i.e. a drug candidate). CETSA® is performed by incubating cells with the test compound, followed by heating of the compound-treated cells, and then by quantifying the remaining soluble target protein. The thermally stabilized protein-ligand complex can then detected by Alpha or HTRF® assay technology. Both technologies are no-wash, highly sensitive with a broad dynamic range, and provide fast time-to-results. CETSA® is a patented method and a licence from Pelago Bioscience is required to use the technology.

Why CETSA

CETSA® can be combined with antibody pair screening technologies such as Alpha or HTRF allowing the study of thousands of compounds in a High-Throughput fashion.

CETSA® combined with a proximity-based assay such as Alpha or HTRF:

  • Is a cell-based, physiologically relevant target engagement study tool
  • Uses endogenous protein levels in unmodified or even primary cells
  • Can be applied throughout the drug discovery workflow in a reliable, high-throughput format
Alpha CETSA HTRF

Alpha / HTRF CETSA® is a real game changer in that it combines an intracellular, physiologically relevant assay with high-throughput potential and amenability to automation.

CETSA® Validated vs CETSAble®

PerkinElmer and Pelago Biosciences currently offer fully validated Alpha CETSA® kits covering 13 different protein targets, including EGFR, BCL-2, NFκB, and p38 MAPK.

We also recommend an additional 40 AlphaLISA® SureFire® kits for protein targets that have been pre-validated by Pelago as CETSAble®. This pre-validation ensures that the protein target displays physical properties that make it amenable to thermal shift studies as well as the applicability of the Alpha assay in the context of CETSA®.

CETSA® is a patented method and the use of these kits with CETSA® is permitted under licence from Pelago Bioscience.

CETSAble approach

A CETSAble® assay has undergone validation as to the amenability of the protein target to heat-based denaturation studies as well as the usability of the approach in common cell lines. It will require further optimization in the end-user’s hands for their particular application and experimental conditions.

Alpha
Alpha

Alpha

For results in half the time of ELISA, without wash steps, and with excellent sensitivity in a variety of matrices, including serum and plasma.

The principle of detection of the soluble protein by the Alpha CETSA® assay is shown in the figure above. Only the soluble protein will lead to the generation of an Alpha signal (top), while the thermally denaturated insoluble protein does not generate the proximity needed for an Alpha signal (bottom).

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AlphaLISA Surefire
AlphaLISA Surefire

Alpha SureFire

For studying pathways or phosphorylated proteins in whole cells or studying endogenous receptors.

The principle of detection of the soluble protein by the Alpha SureFire CETSA® assay is shown in the figure above. Only the soluble protein will lead to the generation of an Alpha signal (top), while the thermally denaturated unsoluble protein is unable to create the proximity needed for the generation of an Alpha signal (bottom).

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How can we help?
How can we help?

How can we help?

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Whatever the assay you have in mind, you need the right technologies for your target. We can custom conjugate your antibody or biomolecule to any bead, or biotinylate or DIG-label your targets, so you can develop the assay you need. If you prefer, we can even perform the assay development for you.

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    Alpha CETSA Human Cereblon Target Engagement Detection Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to Cereblon, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.

    Price Range : 2067.00 USD - 17600.00 USD
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    STING Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to STING, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.

    Price Range : 2723.00 USD - 8300.00 USD
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    CDK4 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to CDK4, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.

    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    CDK2 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to CDK2, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.

    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    Raf-1 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to Raf-1, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    NFκB p65 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to NFκB p65, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    ERK1/2 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to ERK1/2, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    ErbB2 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to ErbB2, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    p38 MAPK Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to p38 MAPK, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    MEK1 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to MEK1, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    Akt1 Alpha SureFire CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha SureFire® CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to AKT1, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2865.00 USD - 8700.00 USD
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    EGFR Alpha CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to EGFR, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 2890.00 USD - 19100.00 USD
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    CETSA® Cell Lysis Buffer

    Extra buffer for use in Alpha CETSA® and Alpha SureFire® CETSA® cell-based target engagement assays. Each buffer is already included in 500 point Alpha CETSA® and Alpha SureFire® CETSA® kits, as well as select 5,000 point kits, but can also be ordered separately.
    Price Range : 1842.00 USD - 1999.00 USD
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    BCL-2 Alpha CETSA Target Engagement Assay Kit

    Measure binding of small molecule drug candidates to target protein in a cellular environment with Alpha CETSA® target engagement assays. For use in combination with Pelago Bioscience's CETSA® (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) technology, this kit provides a convenient no-wash assay for detection and quantitation of small molecule binding to BCL-2, and can be used in hit identification, hit confirmation, and lead optimization studies for increased confidence and better prediction early in the drug discovery process. Please note that a valid CETSA® subscription from Pelago Biosciences is required for use.
    Price Range : 4436.00 USD - 38400.00 USD