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Types of Urine Drug Testing

There are two main types of urine drug testing, which, when used in proper combination, can reduce cost, ensure accuracy, and improve efficiency. The most common immunoassay drug screens, which can be laboratory-based or used at the point of care, are designed to classify substances as either present or absent 59 . The specificity and sensitivity of immunoassays vary depending on the type of assay and on the specific test performed. The primary disadvantage of immunoassays is that the antibodies are seldom specific to a single drug or drug metabolite therefore, the antibodies may bind with other substances. Positive results based on immunoassays alone are referred to as presumptive positives because of factors such as cross-reactivity and different sensitivity and specificity among immunoassays. The results must be confirmed by a more specific method. Proprietary immunoassays, such as EMIT II, KIMS , CEDIA , DRI , and AxSYM , use antibodies to detect the presence of a drug or...

Drug Testing in Clinical Practice

Drug testing is increasingly utilized in the clinical setting, particularly because it can assist with complex medical and legal aspects of pain management care. Although drug testing can create a level of discomfort for clinician and patient alike, recommendations for urine drug testing may offer several advantages to the care of patients, especially those with chronic, nonmalignant pain, requiring long-term opioids and other controlled substances for pain relief (Heit and Gourlay 2004). (Some of these advantages are outlined in Table 10-2.) It should be recognized that with open disclosure and dialogue regarding the uses of drug testing within the scope of the clinician-patient treatment relationship, some of the discomfort associated with the stigma of drug testing can be allayed. It is imperative, however, that appropriate documentation and diagnostic information be provided to ensure accuracy of the testing and appropriately secure patient confidentiality. Clinicians also need to...

Scenario 2 Drug screening 1 oclock position in Figure

The second approach is to screen through a large database of known molecules and check their binding affinity to the target protein. The advantage of this approach is that, mostly, the compounds that have been accumulated in a database have been investigated before - though mostly in a different context. Their bioaccessibility and toxicity may have been studied and they probably have been synthesized. Screening compounds from a library can been done in the laboratory or in the computer. In the latter case, the process is called virtual screening. Compound databases become large, so a mixture of the two processes may be advisable. Here, a set of compounds is preselected from a large library with virtual screening. These compounds are then tested in the laboratory. Chapter 6 of volume 2 by Matthias Rarey, Martin Stahl, and Gerhard Klebe gives more detail on virtual drug screening.

Half Life of Detection and Cut Offs in Urine Drug Screening

Drug screening tests offer a fast and reliable way to demask a possible drug consumer. Various tests are available as individual tests for 12 drugs and medications as well as different combinations are offered which can be used in diverse circumstances, according to customer needs (Table V-4). They range from quick, competitive, stringent immunoassays to directly qualitative indications of drugs in urine. Depending on the time of abuse there is a large variability in half-life during which the agent can be detected in urine specimen. The cut-offs presented in the next table are those used for immunoassays in federally mandated urine drug testing programs 59 . The detection time of a drug in urine indicates how long after administration a person excretes the drug and or its metabolite(s) at a concentration above a specific test cut-off concentration 69, 71 . Although it is governed by several factors, including dose, route of administration, metabolism, urine volume, and pH, the...

Use of Urine Drug Screening UDS

Physicians must understand the process of any kind of urine drug screening that will have the implication of discharging a patient or altering their treatment plan. Urine drug screening was designed to detect illicit and or licit non-prescribed drug abuse, not to monitor adherence to treatment regimens. Urine drug screening is typically a two-step procedure. The first step uses proprietary immunoassays to detect the presence of a drug or metabolite in the urine. Specimens identified as positive on the initial immunoassay test are confirmed using gas chromatography mass spectrometry 59 . There can be multiple reasons for a negative urine drug screen, including the cutoff points used by the testing laboratory. The specificity and sensitivity of immunoassays vary depending on the assay type and specific test performed. Antibodies are seldom specific to a single drug or drug metabolite therefore cross-reactions cause false positive results. Positive results based on immunoassay tests...

Platelet function inhibitory drugs

Promising new drugs that could affect prevent one or more platelet responses (i.e. adhesion, spreading, aggregation and secretion of granule contents) can be readily screened. One of the extensively used methods involves measurement of platelet aggregation by aggregometry. Furthermore, one can monitor the secretion of adenosine triphosphate from the granules concurrent with platelet aggregation response, with the luciferin-luciferase system. Alternately, one can use flow cytometry to follow the expression of granule associated protein (GMP-140 P-selectin CD 62) on activated platelets with fluorescent coupled monoclonal antibodies (88). By using fluorescent coupled monoclonal antibodies for human fibrinogen one can detect bound fibrinogen on activated platelets. The presence of fibrinogen and the absence of P-selectin would indicate platelet activation independent of secretion. One can also follow platelet micro particle formation using flow cytometry. This newly emerging technique...

Current Model for the RD of New Drugs for Ddw Ppps

In the public sector, a number of academic centers have been created in recent years to discover and or develop new drugs for DDW. These centers are the core around which other partners join to complete the set of skills needed to discover new drug candidates. This new model tries to simplify the current one, which was developed in the last half of the twentieth century by the interplay of pharma industry and regulatory agencies. A comprehensive list of academic and public institutes carrying out drug screening for tropical diseases has been reported 60 . Examples include The Sandler Center for Basic Research in Parasitic Diseases at UCSF (http www.edu mckerrow slide.html), and the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee

Signaling Responses Based on Activation of Adenylyl Cyclase

Any cell line in which a cloned Gs-coupled GPCR is expressed also will likely natively express other GPCR. Although these GPCR might not be Gs-coupled, they could nonetheless produce false positives in a drug screen. For example, these receptors might lead to promotion of adenylyl cyclase activity by a signaling message emanating from activation of phospholipase C-b. Since most target cells studied to date express multiple adenylyl cyclase isoenzymes, this concern may be amplified by a heterogeneity of enzymes subject to activation in multifarious ways by downstream mediators of G-protein activation. Perhaps the most predictably reliable cell line in which to express a Gs-coupled GPCR for a screen of ligands for that receptor would be a cell line that was genetically engineered in such a way as to express only a single adenylyl cyclase isoenzyme. This adenylyl cyclase preferably would be an isoenzyme, i.e., type II adenylyl cyclase, that is primarily...

Microfluidic Systems Sensitivity High Speed

Presently, chip-based microfluidic technologies are being developed which efficiently incorporate low-flow liquid chromatographic methods with low-flow chip-based nanoelectrospray devices in very low dead volume systems 43 . By analyzing the GPC spin column eluates in a microfluidic HPLC mode, these chip-based technologies offer potentially promising methodologies for achieving the idealized goals of high throughput drug screening by minimizing sample consumption while using ESI-MS as the optimum universal detector, operating with multiple sprayers 44, 45 in parallel with duty cycles approaching 100 for the analysis of produced ions 46 .

GPC Spin Column Eluates Analyzed by ESIIon Mobility Mass Spectrometry

A future development for drug discovery using the GPC spin column ESI-MS technique is to eliminate the HPLC UPLC instrumentation in the analysis of the GPC spin column eluates and achieve the needed separation on a millisecond scale by use of an ion mobility (IM) interface to the ESI-Tof mass spectrometer. The ion mobility interface resolves compounds on the basis of their resistance to flow under an applied electric field and a buffer gas due to the differences in collision cross-sections (shapes, charges, masses) of the molecules. The IM MS technique has the unique capability of resolving ligands that are structural isomers. This approach has been demonstrated for drug screening by Clemmer and co-workers for identifying members of a combinatorial peptide library that bind to ribonuclease S-protein using affinity selection chromatography for non-covalent binders and ESI IM MS for characterization of the ligands 47 .

GPC Spin Columns with Matrixless Maldims and Gyros GPC Microfluidic Esimaldims System

MALDI-MS techniques for high throughput drug screening are not as popular as the ESI-MS techniques. This is due in part to the facts that the m z values of small drug molecules often overlap with the chemical noise of the MALDI matrix and that small drug molecules often fragment or rearrange, unlike peptides or oligonucleotides. In the near future, these disadvantages may be reduced dramatically with the use of porous silicon chips as MALDI targets 48-50 since no matrix is required, or with sol-gel derived polymeric matrixes which produce nearly no chemical background noise 51 . In addition, these laser desorption ionization mass spectrometric methods, respectively referred to as DIOS and SGALDI, may produce molecular ions without any significant fragmentation and may even be more sensitive than traditional MALDI methods (see Chapter 8). The future prospects for these technologies become even more promising when GPC methods are coupled with the recently demonstrated microfluidic...

Biochemical Indices in High ThroughPut Tests of Ligand Receptor Interaction Assessment of CA2 Transients

Do not couple to the Gq-regulated inositol lipid signaling pathway also potentially provides a useful reagent in drug screening. That is, cells can be engineered to overexpress, for example, a Gs-linked GPCR, which then can be assessed on the basis of its capacity to activate phospholipase and mobilize Ca2+. Thus, it is highly likely, although not yet unambiguously proven, that essentially all GPCR can be assayed by quantification of cytosolic Ca2+ concentration. Thus, it is imminently possible that high-through-put screening of molecules for most GPCR can be designed using a homogeneous cell engineered to overexpress Ga16 and the GPCR of interest and utilizing the fluorescent technologies described above.

Compound Selection Techniques

On the first pass of a drug screening effort, the most efficient option is to assay compounds that are already on site or available for sale. The task then becomes one of selecting which of the millions of available compounds to test. When selecting a diverse library of compounds, several different selection criteria are usually applied simultaneously. The first is to select compounds that are reasonably drug-like. The second is to select a very diverse sample of compounds. The third is to avoid the selection of a large number of very similar compounds. It is often desirable to have two or three compounds from each group of similar compounds, in order to minimize the potential harmfulness of false-negative results in the initial screening. This last point is particularly salient, because it is often a shortcoming of many library selection software packages. The following paragraphs discuss some of the existing compound selection algorithms.

Ca Transients for Gpcr Hts

Because activation of the IP3 pathways leads to changes in stored Ca++, one can measure intracellular Ca++ changes as a response to GPCR stimulation. Classically, the principal technology to measure cytosolic Ca++ levels employs probes, either dyes or photoproteins, whose fluorescent or luminescent response changes in accordance with changes in intracellular Ca++ levels. In fact, the most commonly employed assay used in GPCR drug discovery is the fluorometric imaging plate reader (FLIPR) or functional drug screening system (FDSS) using the dyes Fluo - 3, Fluo - 4, Calcium 3 25-27 . In these assays, cells are treated with the acetoxymethyl ester forms of these dyes which are cell permeable and thus freely enter the cell. Once in the cell, the dyes are de - esterified to a form that is less permeable and are thus retained for the period of the experiment. The dyes can chelate Ca++. and in the presence of Ca++, the emission wavelength of the dye changes, providing a means to detect...

Affinities for 5HT2A D2 Receptors and 5HT2C Receptors

Development of a group of antipsychotic drugs that are among the most widely used of the antipsychotic drugs. The drugs currently approved or close to approval are listed in Table 14.1, along with their affinities for human 5-HT2A, D2, and 5-HT2C receptors, as well as their 5-HT2A D2, 5-HT2C D2, and 5-HT2A 2C ratios. These data are obtained fromthe National Institute ofMental Health (NIMH) Psychopharmacology Drug Screening Program Website. For most drugs, the ligand used to determine the 5-HT2C affinity was 3H mesulergine for 5-HT2A receptors, 3H ketanserin and for DA, 3H spiperone. Where available, the tissue source was human cortex for some, it was cloned receptors expressed in cell lines. It should be noted that aripiprazole is a partial agonist at the D2 receptor and achieves much weaker blockade of the 5-HT2A receptor than would be expected based on its Ki value. It is evident that the atypical antipsychotic drugs, with the exception of aripiprazole, have higher affinities for...

Locomotor stimulant effects and sensitizationtolerance

The drug test results of the first study on Day 1 and Day 8 (the first and eighth caffeine and cocaine drug treatments) are shown in Figure 4.1 to indicate the locomotor stimulant and sensitization tolerance effects of the intermittent drug treatment schedule. In the square or nondrug compartment, as shown in the top panel of Figure 4.1, there were no group differences in total locomotion distance among the three treatment groups as determined by a 2-way ANOVA (NS-F-tests). This outcome indicates that there were no chronic intersession drug effects and that group equivalence under nondrug conditions was maintained throughout the experiment immediately prior to the caffeine and cocaine treatments. In the drug compartment, however, as shown in the bottom panel of Figure 4.1, both caffeine and cocaine increased locomotion distance compared to the saline-treated control animals. A two-way ANOVA revealed a significant group effect (F (2 42) 21.4, p< .01) no day of treatment effect (F 1...

Analogues as Probes of Physiological and Pathological Roles

Taken together, these pharmacological and molecular studies highlight the neuroprotective role of the EAATs and, consequently, have prompted a therapeutic interest in agents that enhance glutamate uptake, rather than inhibit it. Unfortunately, traditional structure activity studies and rational analogue design strategies lend themselves more to the development of inhibitors and substrates, rather than activating agents acting at a distinct site. That being said, a few potential strategies have emerged to enhance transporter activity. With respect to potential allosteric modulators, arachi-donic acid has been reported to inhibit the activity of EAAT 1, but increase EAAT 2 mediated uptake by increasing its affinity for L-Glu 120 . More recently, attention has focused on the identification of molecules capable of targeting and activating specific gene promoters regulating EAAT expression. In the case of GLT 1 (the rat homologue of EAAT 2) a blind screen of 1,040 FDA approved drugs and...

Demask the Patient Prone to Develop Illicit

When the physician has the suspicion of a possible abuse of prescription analgesics, he should gather information from multiple sources to validate patient responses or concerns of others. An unanticipated positive urine drug screen or worsening results are often indications that drug abuse is occurring 42 . However, contrary to belief, no behavior is absolutely predictive of aberrant drug use or addictive

Grouping Of The 20 Agreements

The next subgroup in Table 3 involves two alliances undertaken by Pharmacopeia (with Schering and Bayer). In these deals, Pharmacopeia agrees both to conduct screening services related to specific drug targets and to deliver certain CC libraries (random and focused) to its pharma partner for pharma's in-house drug screening. Because of the dual nature of these agreements, both deals have elaborate definitions distinguishing licensed products from CC generated compounds, whereby the latter are essentially excluded for royalty payment purposes. A third structural subgroup consists of a series of alliances undertaken by both Houghten (with P& G and Novo Nordisk) and ArQule (with Pharmacia, Abbott, Solvay and Roche). In these relationships, the biotech provides no screening services but rather simply delivers CC libraries (again random and focused) to its pharma partner for pharma's in-house drug screening. Interestingly, this subgroup varies by biotech and by partner with respect to...

The Regulation of OATPsOatps

These data suggest that developmental changes influence the OATP Oatp family and can significantly influence the substrate pharmacokinetic and pharmaco-dynamic profiles, especially those in the liver and kidney, the two major organs in drug detoxification. For example, newborn rats are more sensitive to ouabain (cardiac glycoside) toxicity due to lower Oatp2 expression in the liver (Guo et al., 2002a), which results in less hepatic uptake and higher blood and tissue levels resulting in ouabain toxicity (Klaassen, 1972 Guo et al., 2002a). Interestingly, pregnenalone-16a-carbonitrile (PCN) protects newborns from cardiac glycoside toxicity by dramatically inducing hepatic sinusoidal Oatp2 mRNA and protein levels in neonatal rats (Guo et al., 2002a) and thus increasing hepatic ouabain clearance. The elucidation of similarities and differences in OATP Oatp expression among rat, mouse, and human will aid in extrapolation of rodent pharma-cokinetic data to humans.

Animal Models for Evaluation

Zebrafish infected with Mycobacterium marinum are gaining popularity as a model of TB as the costs and space requirements are quite modest and experimental work with infected fish or their embryos does not require the biological safely laboratory level 3 containment of any work with virulent strains of the MTb complex (M. africanum, M. bovis, M. tuberculosis, and M. caprae). M. marinum is a natural pathogen of fish that causes necrotizing lesions within a nearly transparent host where the progress of infection can be imaged with high resolution microscopy 341 allowing real-time data collection. This model is contributing to our understanding of TB pathogenesis and may become useful for drug screening in the near future 342, 343, 361 . Nonhuman primates (NHP), especially cynomolgus and rhesus macaques, have a long history in TB research for both vaccine and drug testing, but the advent of more restrictive laboratory practices and the requirement for BSL-3 housing has made the model...

Importance Of Target Cells In Gpcr Hts Assays

Generally, cell-based assays involve the expression of recombinant GPCRs in modified tumor cell lines. By expressing the molecular target in such cells, large quantities of the target are generated for testing in HTS assays. A major advantage of these approaches is that the immortalized recombinant cells provide a relatively naive background for target expression and a relatively homogenous target expression system that facilitates consistency in screening. Furthermore, not only can the GPCR be stably expressed at physiologically relevant levels, but other proteins can be engineered into these cells that can provide reporter readouts of drug-target interactions. Additionally, unique molecular targets can also be expressed in tumor cells in order to identify specific types of drugs, including small molecules selectively interacting with GPCR oligomers as well as allosteric regulators 3, 11, 39 . Collectively, due to their versatility, wide applicability, natve background, and ease of...

Microalgae as a Drug Source

Recently, microalgal metabolites are attracting enormous attention, and the topic has been discussed by a number of authors. This author also reviewed the chemical and biochemical aspects of microalgal metabolites 1-3 . Therefore, emphasis in this chapter will be placed on some issues concerned with drug screening.

O Manipulation Of Dna Sequence Information

It is possible to combine elements of two proteins into one new recombinant protein. The resulting protein, referred to as a chimeric or fusion protein, may then have some of the functional properties of both of the original proteins. This is illustrated in Figure 4.8 for two receptors labeled A and B. Each receptor has functional domains that are responsible for ligand binding, integration into the plasma membrane, and activation of intracellular signaling pathways. Using rDNA techniques, one can exchange these functional domains to create chimeric receptors that, for example, contain the ligand-binding domain of receptor B but the transmembrane and intracellular signaling domains of receptor A. The application of the fusion protein strategy is discussed further in connection with the hGH receptor (under Novel Drug-Screening Strategies) and with denileukin diftitox.

Assessing Possible Manipulation of the Urine Sample

The purpose of urine drug testing in clinical practice (Table V-7), where the majority of patients are not going to tamper with their urine sample, is to enhance patient care 62 . However, certain things can be done to improve the reliability of the results. Random collection is preferred, so the patient is not told in advance of the request for the urine sample. This can help to prevent the minority of patients who might tamper with their sample from being prepared with adulterants or substituted specimens. The test results indicate whether the urine sample has been chemically manipulated before undergoing the drug test. Thinning of the urine sample is most likely the most frequently used form of urine manipulation. Specific weight and creatinine are significant parameters in case of a suspicious in vivo or in vitro thinning of the urine sample. Selective urine test strips are available, which can

Psychoactive substance use

It seems that prior alcohol and substance abuse are likely risk factors in leading to what is described as a downhill spiral'' in patients with chronic pain involving escalating doses and abuse of opioid therapy. Notwithstanding this, opioid use is not contraindicated in this population, except for those who have evidence of previous drug dependency or who are found to regularly ask for additional medication ahead of schedule. If there is definite evidence of opioid misuse, it is normally advisable to refer the patient to a specialized substance misuse center. Brief psychosocial interventions and contingency management (which consists of payment of money or tokens to patients if they succeed in reducing opiate use) have been found to improve compliance with therapy.75 Drug detoxification may be needed before these strategies are employed the decision rests with the substance misuse team, to whom the patient should be referred if such treatments are being considered.

Abstract

Extracellular adenosine mediates most of its physiological effects via an interaction with four G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the adenosine receptors (ARs). These ARs are important pharmacological targets in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases from central nervous system disorders to ischemic injury. As for other GPCRs, drug development for the ARs has been hampered by the lack of structural data for this class of membrane proteins. However, in the past 3 years, this situation has changed with the elucidation of structures for the turkey -adrenoceptor, the human -adrenoceptor, squid rhodopsin, the activated form of bovine (rhod)opsin, the human adenosine A2A receptor, and most recently the CXCR4 chemokine receptor. In this review, the structural features of the human adenosine A2a receptor will be discussed with a particular focus on the ligand binding site. Further, the implications of this structural information for AR ligand selectivity, drug screening, homology...

Recombinant Drugs

Recombinant DNA techniques coupled with the typing of human genes now allows the development of a new class of drugs, ranging from expression of proteins to individualized drugs that would show specific response in patients. Once a biotechnological target has been identified, decisions must be made regarding the choice of the expression organism and the screening procedures to evaluate efficiency. Rules of thumb include relying on proven organisms such as actino-mycetes, using taxon-chemistry and taxon-property databases to predict antibiotic potential, focusing on novel and overlooked taxa. An example of the last consideration is the study of cyanobacteria to isolate the human immunodeficiency (HIV)-inactivating protein cyanovirin-N. There is a strong view that bio-pharmaceutical leads are more likely to be detected in cell function assays than in in vitro assays. In this context, construction of surrogate host cells for in vivo drug screening is an interesting development. For...

Ntroduction

Guanine nucleotide-binding protein (G protein)coupled receptors (GPCRs) are integral membrane proteins that mediate the actions of a vast array of endogenous stimuli and represent the major targets for approximately 30 of all medicines on the market 1-3 . Due to their ubiquitous cell surface expression, GPCRs are very tractable drug targets. However, GPCR-based drug discovery programs, in common with those of many other targets, suffer from a high attrition rate. This is likely due to two major reasons (1) an insufficient mechanistic understanding of the relationship between common biological screening assays of GPCR behavior and the actual GPCR therapeutic end point that is being targeted in the drug discovery program (2) a paucity of highly GPCR subtype -selective ligands. With respect to the former, the growing characterization of the in vivo physiological roles of GPCRs via knockout animals in recent years, as well as a realization of the need to compare multiple indices of GPCR...

Rm9 S90

Retention of the stereochemistry of the parent compound by the metabolite can be used to identify the stereochemical form of the parent compound ingested. For example, in the USA, workplace urine drug screening to detect abuse of amphetamine and related compounds is common. Methamphet-amine is a chiral sympathomimetic and both enantiomers are available as stereochemically pure medicin is (S)-methamphetamine on prescription for narcolepsy and ( )-methamphetamine in an over-the-counter cold remedy. Illicit synthesis of methamphetamine for abuse produces the racemate. Both enantiomers are metabolized to amphetamine, with retention of absolute configuration however, the rate of metabolism of (S)-methamphetamine is far more rapid than that of ( )-methamphetamine, and after ingestion of the racemate late urine samples contain only ( )-methamphetamine. Enantio-specific analysis of the chiral metabolite amphetamine is therefore critical to establish whether any methamphetamine detected in...

New RD Tools

The screening of compound libraries for new drug leads has been stymied by current assay limitations and knowledge gaps. For malaria, in vitro culture systems for blood-stage and liver-stage P. vivax are urgently required. Only recently have high-throughput assays to test intracellular parasites, such as Chagas disease or visceral Leishmaniasis, become feasible in a high-throughput format. Assay conditions under which a screen is run can be critical, as highlighted by a recent report from NITD 168 in which carbon-source-dependent hits for TB devoid of in vivo activity were identified. Thus, there is now greater consideration of assay conditions developed to more closely mimic the environment found in the human host. For example, TB, drug screening is now being performed under low oxygen tension and or low nutrient concentration, thus mimicking conditions thought to occur within the granuloma. To facilitate these efforts, scientific and experimental tools and data should be made...

Medication

Opioid medications are also commonly prescribed for CLBP patients, although studies supporting their use are difficult to interpret given the heterogenicity of opioids studied and the small sample sizes.76,77,78 II These studies show no improvement in function even if effective at controlling pain and typically do not address sampling issues such as whether patients were opioid-naive or opioid-experienced. Systematic reviews find patients using opioids not uncommonly have histories of substance abuse.79, 80 Finally, it has to be appreciated that significant variability exists in the metabolism of these drugs highlighted by examples that normal doses can be life-threatening in certain circumstances.81 Overall, limiting use to short periods of time and favoring long-acting, scheduled opioids makes the most sense. If faced with longer-term prescribing of opioids, consider an opioid-use contract signed by the patient. It should include having one source for prescriptions, restriction of...

Nitrosoureas

Imidazole Alkylating Agents

The nitrosoureas were discovered as a result of drug screening by the Cancer Chemotherapy National Service Center, which identified N-methyl-Af-nitroguanidine as having activity against L1210 leukemia.28 Further development of this lead compound was based on the idea that its chemical decomposition was leading to the formation of dia-zomethane (CH2N2) and subsequent alkylation of DNA. This led to the nitrosoureas, where it was found that activity could be enhanced by attachment of a 2-haloethyl substituent to both nitrogens (Fig. 10.6).

Advantages of FPOP

Finally, it is likely that this method can be adapted for high throughput drug screening studies. This may be particularly relevant for systems where activity assays cannot be readily developed. Conceptually, the protein complex would be mixed with a compound designed to disrupt the interface, irradiated, and digested online with trypsin or other proteases. The resulting peptides would be collected on column and eluted with a fast gradient into the mass spectrometer. Having previously mapped the interface, one can predict those oxidations that indicate a disrupted interface and set up the instrument to monitor selected ions. When observed, data-dependent fragmentation would confirm that a particular residue was modified, confirming that the test compound disrupted the protein interaction.