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I want to apply HMG-CoA Reductase inhibitors (statins) to cells (non hepatic). To study successful treatment and inhibition of the enzyme, I would like to analyse the activity of the HMG-CoA Reductase. I found this kit on the sigma homepage (see attachment), but it is for a purified HMG-CoA Reductase enzyme, only - so it may does not help.
HMG-CoA Reductase Assay Kit
There are also some assays that use 14C-HMG-CoA (HMG-CoA - the substrate) in cells. But, I cannot apply a radioactive method. This method includes a ultra-centrigation step to enrich the transmembrane proteins such the enzyme of interest. My idea is, according to the assay of sigma, to use the sample preparation of the radioactive method, but instead of radiolabelled HMG-CoA; I use normal HMG-CoA and measure the reduction of NADPH via A340. But, does this give a specific signal? There are many other proteins using NADPH as well. I guess because auf the sample preparation process they lack of they substrate. So then I add HMG-CoA as the substrate and NADPH, another protein is not using up NADPH? Or are there any proteins just using NADPH without any other substrate? Has anybody else other ideas/protocols to measure the HMG-CoA-reductase activity?
I very appreciate your suggestions, help or any comments!
Thanks a lot!