• Journal Article

A Rapid Membrane Potential Assay to Monitor CFTR Function and Inhibition


Maitra, R., Sivashanmugam, P., & Warner, K. (2013). A Rapid Membrane Potential Assay to Monitor CFTR Function and Inhibition. Journal of Biomolecular Screening, 18(9), 1132-1137. DOI: 10.1177/1087057113488420


The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein is an important regulator of ion transport and fluid secretion in humans. Mutations to CFTR cause cystic fibrosis, which is a common recessive genetic disorder in Caucasians. Involvement of CFTR has been noted in other important diseases, such as secretory diarrhea and polycystic kidney disease. The assays to monitor CFTR function that have been described to date either are complicated or require specialized instrumentation and training for execution. In this report, we describe a rapid FlexStation-based membrane potential assay to monitor CFTR function. In this assay, agonist-mediated activation of CFTR results in membrane depolarization that can be monitored using a fluorescent membrane potential probe. Availability of a simple mix-and-read assay to monitor the function of this important protein might accelerate the discovery of CFTR ligands to study a variety of conditions