Yeast-Based High-Throughput Screens for Inhibitors of Key Flaviviral Enzymes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A112-106-0779
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-106
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Agave BioSystems, Inc.
P.O. Box 100, Ithaca, NY, -
DUNS: 022552900
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Julien Fey
 Senior Scientist
 (607) 272-0002
 jfey@agavebio.com
Business Contact
 Noe Salazar
Title: President
Phone: (512) 656-6200
Email: nsalazar@agavebio.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
With no clinically approved antiviral therapy available for treatment of flavivirus infections, the development of efficient vaccines and antiviral agents for prevention and treatment of infections is an urgent health priority. A combination of structure-based in silico models, in vitro and cell-based assays has led in the last decade to the identification of promising new compounds with antiviral properties, for the most part targeting one of the key enzymatic functions essential to the life cycle of these viruses. In this context development of highly-performing assays with increased screening capacity is seen as a valuable tool needed to extend screening campaigns. Agave BioSystems proposes to develop yeast-based assays for the high-throughput screening of chemical inhibitors of the flaviviral NS2B/NS3 protease activity and both the RNA methyltransferase activity and RNA polymerase activity of NS5. Key advantages of yeast-based assays are the direct screening in a cellular environment, strong statistical performance in microplate formats with no reagent aging, and most importantly extremely simple and cost-effective scalability for high-throughput campaigns.

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