Ann M. Ferrie

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We report the discovery and characterization of natural phenols as G protein-coupled receptor-35 (GPR35) agonists. Pharmacological characterization using label-free dynamic mass redistribution and Tango β-arrestin translocation assays revealed that GPR35-active natural phenols are divergent in their biased agonism.
Recent realization of ligand-directed functional selectivity demands high-resolution tools for studying receptor biology and ligand pharmacology. Here we use label-free optical biosensor to examine the dynamic mass redistribution of human epidermoid A431 cells in response to diverse beta(2)-adrenoceptor ligands. Multi-parameter analysis reveals distinct(More)
This article presents theoretical analysis and experimental data for the use of resonant waveguide grating (RWG) biosensors to characterize stimulation-mediated cell responses including signaling. The biosensor is capable of detecting redistribution of cellular contents in both directions that are perpendicular and parallel to the sensor surface. This(More)
We describe a label-free integrative pharmacology on-target (iPOT) method to assess the pharmacology of drugs at the β(2)-adrenergic receptor. This method combines dynamic mass redistribution (DMR) assays using an array of probe molecule-hijacked cells with similarity analysis. The whole cell DMR assays track cell system-based, ligand-directed, and(More)
This paper reported the identification of a novel optical signature for epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor signaling in human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells mediated by EGF. The optical signature was based on dynamic mass redistribution (DMR) in living cells triggered by EGFR activation, as monitored in real time with resonant waveguide grating(More)
INTRODUCTION Screening drugs against G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) - the single largest family of drug targets in the human genome - is still a major effort in pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Conventional cell-based assays generally measure a single cellular event, such as the generation of a second messenger or the relocation of a specific(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) transmit exogenous signals to the nucleus, promoting a myriad of biological responses via multiple signaling pathways in both healthy and cancerous cells. However, little is known about the response of cytosolic metabolic pathways to GPCR-mediated signaling. Here we applied fluorescent live-cell imaging and label-free(More)
The canonical model of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signalling states that it is solely initiated at the cell surface. In recent years, a handful of evidence has started emerging from high-resolution molecular assays that the internalized receptors can mediate the third wave of signalling, besides G protein- and β-arrestin-mediated signalling both(More)
Protease activated receptors (PARs) consist of a family of four G protein-coupled receptors. Many types of cells express several PARs, whose physiological significance is mostly unknown. Here, we show that non-invasive resonant waveguide grating (RWG) biosensor differentiates signaling of endogenous protease activated receptor subtype 1 (PAR1) and 2 (PAR2)(More)
Screening with dynamic mass redistribution (DMR) assays in a native cell line HT-29 led to identification of two novel series of chemical compounds, 2-(4-methylfuran-2(5H)-ylidene)malononitrile and thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-2-carboxylic acid derivatives, as GPR35 agonists. Of these,(More)