KIT Cellular Phosphorylation Assay Service

KIT Cellular Phosphorylation Assay (intracellular kinase activity assay) for compound screening and profiling in intact cells

Target Overview

Target Description

KIT, also called SCF-R or CD117, is a cytokine receptor expressed on the surface of hematopoietic stem cells as well as other cell types. This receptor binds the stem cell factor (SCF). Mutations in this gene are associated with gastrointestinal stromal tumors, mast cell disease and acute myelogenous leukemia. Blockade of KIT by imatinib mesylate has been successfully used in the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal tumors. KIT overexpression in tumors indicates a possible role of KIT in tumor progression and a potential use of KIT as a target in anti-cancer therapy.

HGNC Reference



C-Kit, PBT, CD117, SCFR

Cell Line


Target Expression


Assay Properties

Assay Description

M07e is a human acute megakaryoblastic leukemia cell line known to overexpress the KIT receptor tyrosine kinase. Stimulation of M07e with SCF, the physiological ligand of KIT, results in a robust receptor autophosphorylation. Compounds are preincubated before cell stimulation to allow thorough target binding. Stimulation conditions are optimized to determine dose-related inhibition of the phospho-KIT signal, which is subsequently quantified by Sandwich-ELISA technique. The assay is validated based on known inhibitors of KIT kinase activity (see. Fig.1).


Substrate phosphorylation as a readout of intracellular kinase activity via ELISA

Screening Location

Freiburg, Germany

Further Information

More information can be found on our website Cellular Phosphorylation Assay Services.

Reference compound IC50 for KIT

Reference compound IC50 for KIT

Sunitinib is known to inhibit the SCF-induced phosphoKIT signal. The compound was included in the validation process and the cellular KIT assay generated highly reproducible IC50 values. The graph shows a representative result.