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Assay Name:  Biochemical Activity Assay
Description:  The FASN enzyme was isolated from SKBr3 cells. SKBr3 is a human breast cancer cell-line with high levels of FASN expression. It is estimated that FASN comprises about 25% of the cytosolic proteins in this cell line. SKBr3 cells were homogenized in a dounce homogenizer then centrifuged for 15 minutes at 4 C. to remove particulate matter. The supernatant was then analyzed for protein content, diluted to the appropriate concentration, and used to measure FASN activity. The presence of FASN was confirmed by western blot analysis. ASN activity of the SKBr3 cell extract was determined by measuring either NADPH oxidation or the amount of thiol-containing coenzyme A (CoA) released during the fatty acid synthase reaction. The dye CPM (7-diethylamino-3-(4′-maleimidyl-phenyl)-4-methylcoumarin) contains a thiol reactive group that increases its fluorescence emission on reaction with the sulfhydryl group of CoA. CoA is a byproduct of the FASN reaction, 8 molecules of CoA are released for every molecule of palmitate produced. Reaction of the CoA thiol group with CPM results in fluorescence emission at 405/530 nM.
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