To meet the requirements for high-throughput screening for drug discovery research, it is very important to develop techniques with the ability of performing multiple enzyme assays simultaneously. Using optically gated sample introduction on a multichannel microchip, multiple enzyme assays have been demonstrated in four parallel channels. The hydrolysis of fluorescein mono-β-D-galactopyranoside by β-galactosidase and the inhibition of this reaction by the competitive inhibitor phenylethyl β-D-thiogalactoside were initially studied to determine the effect of system movement using the voice coil actuator on the enzyme assay reaction. The results from these two studies are consistent with the results from the assay using a single-channel microchip, and they demonstrate that the system using optically gated sample introduction on multi-channel microchip can be used to perform multiple enzyme assays. Three unique enzyme assays were also performed in different channels, which show this technique could be competitive for high-throughput screening in drug discovery with other traditional techniques.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Clinical Biochemistry