Author(s): Pei J, Dishinger JF, Roman DL, Rungwanitcha C, Neubig RR,
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Abstract A microfluidic chip consisting of parallel channels designed for rapid electrophoretic enzyme assays was developed. Radial arrangement of channels and a common waste channel allowed chips with 16 and 36 electrophoresis units to be fabricated on a 7.62 x 7.62 cm(2) glass substrate. Fluorescence detection was achieved using a Xe arc lamp source and commercial charge-coupled device (CCD) camera to image migrating analyte zones in individual channels. Chip performance was evaluated by performing electrophoretic assays for G protein GTPase activity on chip using BODIPY-GTP as enzyme substrate. A 16-channel design proved to be useful in extracting kinetic information by allowing serial electrophoretic assays from 16 different enzyme reaction mixtures at 20 s intervals in parallel. This system was used to rapidly determine enzyme concentrations, optimal enzymatic reaction conditions, and Michaelis-Menten constants. A chip with 36 channels was used for screening for modulators of the G protein-RGS protein interaction by assaying the amount of product formed in enzyme reaction mixtures that contained test compounds. Thirty-six electrophoretic assays were performed in 30 s suggesting the potential throughput up to 4320 assays/h with appropriate sample handling procedures. Both designs showed excellent reproducibility of peak migration time and peak area. Relative standard deviations of normalized peak area of enzymatic product BODIPY-GDP were 5\% and 11\%, respectively, in the 16- and 36-channel designs.
This article was published in Anal Chem
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry