Publication details for Professor Paul DennyNorcliffe, J.L., Alvarez-Ruiz, E., Martin-Plaza, J.J., Steel, P.G. & Denny, P.W. (2014). The utility of yeast as a tool for cell-based, target-directed high-throughput screening. Parasitology 141(1): 8-16.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0031-1820 (print), 1469-8161 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1017/S0031182013000425
- Keywords: Yeast, HTS, NTDs.
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Many Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have recently been subject of increased focus, particularly with relation to high-throughput screening (HTS) initiatives. These vital endeavours largely rely of two approaches, in vitro target-directed screening using biochemical assays or cell-based screening which takes no account of the target or targets being hit. Despite their successes both of these approaches have limitations; for example, the production of soluble protein and a lack of cellular context or the problems and expense of parasite cell culture. In addition, both can be challenging to miniaturize for ultra (u)HTS and expensive to utilize. Yeast-based systems offer a cost-effective approach to study and screen protein targets in a direct-directed manner within a eukaryotic cellular context. In this review, we examine the utility and limitations of yeast cell-based, target-directed screening. In particular we focus on the currently under-explored possibility of using such formats in uHTS screening campaigns for NTDs.