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Image-Based Annotation of Chemogenomic Libraries for Phenotypic Screening.

Tjaden, Amelie, Chaikuad, Apirat, Kowarz, Eric, Marschalek, Rolf, Knapp, Stefan, Schröder, Martin and Müller, Susanne (2022) Image-Based Annotation of Chemogenomic Libraries for Phenotypic Screening. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 27 (4). ISSN 1420-3049


Phenotypical screening is a widely used approach in drug discovery for the identification of small molecules with cellular activities. However, functional annotation of identified hits often poses a challenge. The development of small molecules with narrow or exclusive target selectivity such as chemical probes and chemogenomic (CG) libraries, greatly diminishes this challenge, but non-specific effects caused by compound toxicity or interference with basic cellular functions still pose a problem to associate phenotypic readouts with molecular targets. Hence, each compound should ideally be comprehensively characterized regarding its effects on general cell functions. Here, we report an optimized live-cell multiplexed assay that classifies cells based on nuclear morphology, presenting an excellent indicator for cellular responses such as early apoptosis and necrosis. This basic readout in combination with the detection of other general cell damaging activities of small molecules such as changes in cytoskeletal morphology, cell cycle and mitochondrial health provides a comprehensive time-dependent characterization of the effect of small molecules on cellular health in a single experiment. The developed high-content assay offers multi-dimensional comprehensive characterization that can be used to delineate generic effects regarding cell functions and cell viability, allowing an assessment of compound suitability for subsequent detailed phenotypic and mechanistic studies.

Item Type: Article
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 00:45
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 00:45


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