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Title: High-throughput screening of amastigotes of Leishmania donovani clinical isolates against drugs using a colorimetric β-lactamase assay
Authors: Mandal, Swati
Maharjan, Mahendra
Ganguly, Sudipto
Chatterjee, Mitali
Singh, Sarman
Buckner, Frederick S
Madhubala, Rentala
Keywords: Amastigotes
β-lactamase assay
Drug screening
Indian clinical isolates
Leishmania donovani
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: A simple colorimetric β-lactamase assay for quantifying Leishmania amastigotes in macrophages grown in microtiter plates has been reported. The β-lactamase gene was integrated into the rRNA region of the genome, thereby allowing for high-level stable expression of the enzyme. Both visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and post-kala azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) isolates were transfected with β-Lactamase gene. These β-lactamase-expressing promastigotes were used for infecting intracellular J774A.1 macrophages in vitro. Quantification was done by a colorimetric readout with CENTATM β-lactamase as substrate and with an optical density plate reader. The assay was carried out in 96-well plates. Results obtained demonstrate that this methodology could be a valuable high-throughput screening assay for checking efficacy of anti-leishmanial drugs in the clinical isolates.
Page(s): 475-479
ISSN: 0019-5189
Source:IJEB Vol.47(06) [June 2009]

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