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Detection of specific antibodies has numerous research, therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Short peptide ligands that bind specifically to antibodies with continuous epitopes can be derived from epitope mapping experiments. Short peptide ligands (mimotopes) specific to antibodies with discontinuous epitopes can be identified by screening complex peptide libraries. In an effort to enhance practical utility of such peptide ligands, we describe here a simple approach to turn such target antibody-specific peptide ligands into specific ELISA detection reagents. We show that a simple addition of biotinylated peptide ligands to commonly available horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labeled streptavidin (or HRP-anti-biotin antibody), or digoxigenin-labeled peptides to HRP-anti-digoxigenin antibody detection reagents transformed these generic detection reagents into sensitive target antibody-specific reagents. ELISA assays performed using these reagents exhibited excellent analytical properties indicating their practical utility for antibody detection. One generic detection reagent can be readily transformed into many different specific ELISA reagents by a simple mix and match design using an appropriate target-specific peptide ligand. Simplicity of preparation of these ELISA reagents for detecting antibodies should facilitate their practical applications.
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Name: Analytical biochemistry
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Substances used for the detection, identification, analysis, etc. of chemical, biological, or pathologic processes or conditions. Indicators are substances that change in physical appearance, e.g., color, at or approaching the endpoint of a chemical titration, e.g., on the passage between acidity and alkalinity. Reagents are substances used for the detection or determination of another substance by chemical or microscopical means, especially analysis. Types of reagents are precipitants, solvents, oxidizers, reducers, fluxes, and colorimetric reagents. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed, p301, p499)
Fluoroimmunoassay where detection of the hapten-antibody reaction is based on measurement of the increased polarization of fluorescence-labeled hapten when it is combined with antibody. The assay is very useful for the measurement of small haptenic antigens such as drugs at low concentrations.
A form of fluorescent antibody technique utilizing a fluorochrome conjugated to an antibody, which is added directly to a tissue or cell suspension for the detection of a specific antigen. (Bennington, Saunders Dictionary & Encyclopedia of Laboratory Medicine and Technology, 1984)
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