A radiometric assay for HIV-1 protease. Academic Article uri icon


  • A rapid, high-throughput radiometric assay for HIV-1 protease has been developed using ion-exchange chromatography performed in 96-well filtration plates. The assay monitors the activity of the HIV-1 protease on the radiolabeled form of a heptapeptide substrate, [tyrosyl-3,5-3H]Ac-Ser-Gln-Asn-Tyr-Pro-Val-Val-NH2, which is based on the p17-p24 cleavage site found in the viral polyprotein substrate Pr55gag. Specific cleavage of this uncharged heptapeptide substrate by HIV-1 protease releases the anionic product [tyrosyl-3,5-3H]Ac-Ser-Gln-Asn-Tyr, which is retained upon minicolumns of the anion-exchange resin AG1-X8. Protease activity is determined from the recovery of this radiolabeled product following elution with formic acid. This facile and highly sensitive assay may be utilized for steady-state kinetic analysis of the protease, for measurements of enzyme activity during its purification, and as a routine assay for the evaluation of protease inhibitors from natural product or synthetic sources.

published proceedings

  • Anal Biochem

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Hyland, L. J., Dayton, B. D., Moore, M. L., Shu, A. Y., Heys, J. R., & Meek, T. D.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Hyland, LJ||Dayton, BD||Moore, ML||Shu, AY||Heys, JR||Meek, TD

publication date

  • August 1990