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Sci. Signal., 14 February 2012
[DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2002656]

Measurement of cAMP in an Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory, Using ALPHAscreen Technology

Joseph D. Bartho, Kien Ly, Debbie L. Hay*

School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
*Corresponding author: E-mail, dl.hay{at}

Presentation. Signal Transduction in Drug Discovery.

This presentation was used in conjunction with the laboratory exercise for a class of >300 second-year biochemistry students. In addition to describing the lab and providing tips for the students for execution of the laboratory procedures, the presentation includes an overview of the drug discovery process, the use of technologies such as ALPHAscreen in drug discovery, and their advantages over conventional techniques. It also briefly highlights G protein–coupled receptors as therapeutic targets and discusses methods for detecting the intracellular signaling messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).


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Format: PDF

Size: 1.27 MB

Requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Educational Details

Learning Resource Type: Digital Presentation

Undergraduate lower division, undergraduate upper division

Intended Users:

Intended Educational Use:
Teach, plan, assess

Pharmacology, cell biology, biochemistry

Signal transduction, cell culture, cAMP, G protein–coupled receptor

Citation: J. D. Bartho, K. Ly, D. L. Hay, Measurement of cAMP in an undergraduate teaching laboratory, using ALPHAscreen technology. Sci. Signal. 5, tr1 (2012).

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