We developed a degradation assay based on fluorescent protein substrates that are efficiently recognized, unfolded, translocated, and hydrolyzed by the proteasome. The substrates consist of three components: a proteasome-binding tag, a folded domain, and an initiation region. All the components of the model substrate can be changed to modulate degradation, and the assay can be performed in parallel in 384-well plates. These properties allow the assay to be used to explore a wide range of experimental conditions and to screen proteasome modulators.
Keywords: High-throughput degradation assay; Proteasome; Ubiquitin-proteasome system.