Target Validation

Target validation ensures that the target is expressed and then confirms if the engagement of the target has any potential therapeutic benefit. It is a critical step in the early phase of drug development.

Our scientists at Cellomatics offer target validation assay design and support for a wide range of projects. 

Target validation includes the following stages:
  • Discovering a biomolecule of interest
  • Investigating the expression of the molecular target within the tissue of interest
  • Evaluating its potential as a target to understand if it is directly involved in the disease process
  • Designing a bioassay to measure biological activity to verify if target modulation produces the desired therapeutic effect
  • Constructing a high-throughput screen
  • Performing screening to find hits and evaluating the hits
We offer a range of strategies and capabilities for modulating gene expression in vitro. These include but are not limited to the use of antibodies, negative dominant controls, antisense oligonucleotides, ribozymes, and small-interfering RNAs.
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Our services to support target validation and discovery:
  • We can offer support and assay design for protein and novel target expression in a range of normal and diseased tissue, including:
    • IHC and novel marker assay development & co-localisation studies
    • Phosphorylated marker assay development
  • High-throughput target validation assay that represents biology
  • Molecular level
    • Screen enzyme inhibitors or activators
  • Cellular Level
    • Verify the involvement of the protein in the disease state (often use gene silencing siRNAs)
    • Understand the protein pathways and interactions

Target Validation - Gene knockdown

HeLa cells transfected with the siGLO™ transfector indicator (A) siNegative Control and siWRN. WRN gene expression was assessed 72 hours post-transfection by  Western Blot (B) and Quantigene ™ assay (C) to confirm the siRNA knockdown

Target Validation - expression

Chemiluminescence imaging of basal levels of alpha Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA) expression over 72 hours in human lung fibroblasts and mouse lung fibroblasts by western blot 

                                       Immunofluorescence staining of Hela cells expressing α-Smooth Muscle Actin

Purity of freshly isolated primary human neutrophils was analysed by FACS for surface markers (CD45 and CD66b). Data shows gating strategy for characterising the neutrophils. Neutrophils were stimulated with TNF-alpha for 4 hours. Differences in LFA-1 surface antigen expression between unstimulated (B.1) and stimulated (B.2) neutrophils was observed.

Request a consultation with Cellomatics Biosciences today

Our experienced team of in vitro laboratory scientists will work with you to understand your cell-based assay development needs and provide a bespoke project plan with a professional, flexible service and a fast turnaround time.

To request a consultation where we can discuss your exact requirements, please contact Cellomatics Biosciences.