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Assay Name:  HCV Polymerase Enzyme Assay
Description:  Test compounds in the form of nucleoside triphosphates were examined for inhibitory activity against purified HCV polymerase in a standard assay. Bacterial expression constructs encoding the approximately 65 kDa HCV genotype 1b NS5B protein were used to generate recombinant HCV polymerases (with a deletion of the 21 carboxy terminal amino acids). Both the wild-type genotype 1b protein and protein containing the S282T mutation were expressed and purified for use in the enzymatic activity assay.The enzymatic activity assay measured the inhibitory effect of increasing concentrations of test compound on the incorporation of α-[33P]-labeled nucleotide into trichloroacetic acid-precipitable material. Recombinant polymerase and synthetic RNA template were combined in reaction buffer containing ribonucleoside triphosphates, α-[33P]-labeled nucleotide and eight concentrations of test compound in three-fold dilutions. Reactions were incubated for two hours at 30 C.Reactions were terminated by the addition of ice-cold trichloroacetic acid and sodium pyrophosphate to promote precipitation of newly-synthesized ribonucleic acid. Precipitable material from the reactions was collected by filtration onto 96-well filter plates, washed extensively with water, and quantified by liquid scintillation.The inhibitory activity of test compounds was determined by fitting results to dose-response curves using XLfit software.
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