Karuna EP, Susman MW, Ho HH. Quantitative Live-cell Reporter Assay for Noncanonical Wnt Activity. Bio-protocol. 2018 Mar 20;8(8). PMID: 29770348 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5951404 NIHMSID: NIHMS962186.
Noncanonical Wnt signaling functions independently of the β-catenin pathway to control diverse developmental processes, and dysfunction of the pathway contributes to a number of human pathological conditions, including birth defects and metastatic cancer. Progress in the field, however, has been hampered by the scarcity of functional assays for measuring noncanonical Wnt signaling activity. We recently described the Wnt5a-Ror-Kif26b (WRK) reporter assay, which directly monitors a post-transcriptional regulatory event in noncanonical Wnt signaling. In this protocol, we describe the generation of the stable GFP-Kif26b reporter cell line and a quantitative reporter assay for detecting and measuring Wnt5a signaling activities in live cells via flow cytometry.