Screening for compounds that affect the interaction between bacterial two-component signal transduction response regulator protein and cognate promoter DNA.
ABSTRACT Bacterial signal transduction systems can be used as drug targets. The signal transduction targets fall into two groups--sensor kinases and response regulators. Previously reported studies describe hits that were thought to inactivate sensor kinases but on closer examination were found to act elsewhere instead; a possible reason for this is that full-length sensor kinases are integral membrane proteins whose activity might reflect interaction with the cell membrane or with membrane components. We describe a model system that instead is based on the interaction between a test compound and a response regulator in a homogeneous phase reaction. In this system, response regulator-DNA complex formation and its inhibition by a test compound are measured by fluorescence polarization. The model system should be readily adaptable to drug discovery based on other bacterial two-component s transduction systems.