Scientific Field Life & Health SciencesFellow Dr Emmanuel Saridakis
Thermofluor or thermal shift assay is an easily implementable, high-throughput method for assessing the thermostability of proteins and the influence of various ligands on that stability. It is particularly useful for the assaying of ligands that may stabilize oligomeric helicases, which rely on both substrates (oligonucleotides) and nucleotide cofactors (ATP analogues) for their stability in a functional state. In this chapter, we describe the rationale and present a basic protocol for the use of this technique. Multi-ligand screening is also discussed via a worked example of the stabilization of a hexameric RNA helicase, a target protein for structural studies in our laboratories.
Methods in Molecular Biology