A novel high throughput screening assay for HCV NS3 serine protease inhibitors Academic Article uri icon


  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major worldwide health problem, causing chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and primary liver cancer (Hepatocellular carcinoma). HCV encodes a precursor polyprotein that is enzymatically cleaved to release the individual viral proteins. The viral non-structural proteins are cleaved by the HCV NS3 serine protease. NS3 is regarded currently as a potential target for anti-viral drugs thus specific inhibitors of its enzymatic activity should be of importance. A prime requisite for detailed biochemical studies of the protease and its potential inhibitors is the availability of a rapid reliable in vitro assay of enzyme activity. A novel assay for measurement of HCV NS3 serine protease activity was developed for screening of HCV NS3 serine protease potential inhibitors. Recombinant NS3 serine protease was isolated and purified, and a fluorometric assay for …

publication date

  • February 1, 2003