10044282

10044282
Bio-Plex Pro Human
Inflammation Assays
™
Instruction Manual
For technical support, call your local Bio-Rad office, or in the U.S., call 1-800-424-6723.
For research use only. Not for diagnostic procedures.
Table of Contents
Introduction1
Principle2
Kit Contents and Storage
4
Recommended Materials
5
Assay Workflow
6
lmportant Considerations
7
Detailed Instructions 7
1.1. Plan Plate Layout8
2.2. Prepare Instrument9
3.3. Prepare Wash Method10
4.4. Preparing Buffer and Diluent11
55. Prepare Standards and Controls11
6. Prepare Samples13
7.7. Prepare Coupled Beads17
88. Run Assay18
99. Read Plate22
Troubleshooting Guide
29
Plate Layout Template
34
Calculation Worksheet
35
Safety Considerations
37
Legal Notices
37
Ordering Information
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Introduction
Cytokines are low molecular weight proteins that are generated mostly
by immune cells and in turn play crucial roles in a cascade of vascular
changes, including the differentiation, maturation, and activation of various
immune cells. These cytokines may exert either pro- or anti-inflammatory
effects, depending on the nature of the activating or inhibitory signal and
timing. Inflammatory processes resulting from the secretion of these
cytokines lead to various manifestations in skin, joints, and other tissues,
as well as altered cytokine homeostasis. These processes are required for
a healthy immune response. However, they are also responsible for many
pathological conditions, such as autoimmune, neurological, cardiovascular,
and metabolic disorders, as well as tumor proliferation. Chief among
the immune cells are the regulatory T cells (Tregs), which are known to
modulate the immune system by maintaining tolerance to self-antigens and
limiting autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases.
The Bio-Plex Pro™ human inflammation panel I consists of a wide range
of assays to facilitate the study of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines
in various pathophysiological conditions. These assays provide a tool to
study the impact of Tregs on clinical diseases, to evaluate the mechanism
of action of investigational agents. The assays can also facilitate the
drug discovery process by studying efficacy and toxicity. The assays
are compatible with a wide variety of sample matrices, including serum,
plasma, and culture supernatant. For researchers working with limited
sample volume, the capacity to multiplex will provide an effective option
over the traditional ELISA method.
Multiplexing with Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation
Assays
These assays enable researchers to quantify multiple protein biomarkers
in a single well of a 96-well plate in just 3–4 hours. These robust
immunoassays require as little as 12.5 μl of serum or plasma or 50 μl
of other biological fluid. The use of magnetic (MagPlex) beads allows
researchers to automate wash steps on a Bio-Plex Pro (or similar) wash
station. Magnetic separation offers greater convenience and reproducibility
compared with vacuum filtration.
For more information, please visit www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex.
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Principle
Technology
The Bio-Plex® multiplex system is built upon the three core elements of
xMAP technology:
Fluorescently dyed magnetic microspheres (also called beads),
each with a distinct color code or spectral address to permit
discrimination of individual tests within a multiplex suspension. This
allows simultaneous detection of up to 500 different molecules in a
single well of a 96-well microplate on the Bio-Plex® 3D system, up to
100 different molecules on the Bio-Plex® 200 system, and up to 50
different molecules on the Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™ system
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A dedicated plate reader. The Bio-Plex 200 and Bio-Plex 3D systems
are flow cytometry–based instruments with two lasers and associated
optics to measure the different molecules bound to the surface of
the beads. In the Bio-Plex MAGPIX system, the sample is injected
into a chamber where the beads are imaged using LED and CCD
technology
n
A high-speed digital signal processor that efficiently manages the fluorescence data
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Assay Format
Bio-Plex Pro™ assays are essentially immunoassays formatted on
magnetic beads. The assay principle is similar to that of a sandwich
ELISA (Figure 1). Capture antibodies directed against the desired
biomarker are covalently coupled to the beads. Coupled beads react
with the sample containing the biomarker of interest. After a series of
washes to remove unbound protein, a biotinylated detection antibody
is added to create a sandwich complex. The final detection complex is
formed with the addition of streptavidin-phycoerythrin (SA-PE) conjugate.
Phycoerythrin serves as a fluorescent indicator, or reporter.
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Biomarker
of Interest
Streptavidin
Magnetic Bead
Capture
Antibody
Biotinylated
Detection
Antibody
Phycoerythrin
Fluorescent
Reporter
Fig. 1. Bio-Plex sandwich immunoassay.
Data Acquisition and Analysis
Data from the reactions are acquired using a Bio-Plex system or similar
Luminex-based reader. When a multiplex assay suspension is drawn into
the Bio-Plex 200 reader, for example, a red (635 nm) laser illuminates
the fluorescent dyes within each bead to provide bead classification and
thus assay identification. At the same time, a green (532 nm) laser excites
PE to generate a reporter signal, which is detected by a photomultiplier
tube (PMT). A high-speed digital processor manages data output, and
Bio-Plex Manager™ software presents data as median fluorescence
intensity (MFI) as well as concentration (pg/ml). The concentration of
analyte bound to each bead is proportional to the MFI of reporter signal.
Using Bio-Plex Data Pro™ software, data from multiple instrument runs
can be combined into a single project for easy data management, quick
visualization of results, and simple statistical analysis.
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Kit Contents and Storage
Reagents Supplied
Bio-Plex Pro™ human inflammation assays are available in a convenient
all-in-one kit format that includes assay, reagent, and diluent
components in a single box.
Table 1. Contents of 1 x 96-well kits.
Component
Quantity**
Coupled magnetic beads (10x)
1 tube
Detection antibodies (10x)
1 tube
Standards
1 vial
1 vial
Quality control*
Sample diluent HB
1 bottle (30 ml)
Detection antibody diluent HB
1 bottle (3.5 ml)
Standard diluent HB
1 bottle (10 ml)
Assay buffer
1 bottle (50 ml)
Wash buffer (10x)
1 bottle (60 ml)
Streptavidin-PE (100x)
1 tube
Assay plate (96-well flat bottom plate)
1 plate
Sealing tape
1 pack of 4
Assay quick guide
1 booklet
Product data sheet
1 sheet
* Provided with the premixed panel only.
** Volumes shown are approximate.
Storage and Stability
Kit contents should be stored at 4°C and never frozen. Coupled magnetic
beads and streptavidin-PE should be stored in the dark. All components
are guaranteed for a minimum of six months from the date of purchase
when stored as specified.
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Table 2. Recommended materials.
Item
Ordering Information
Bio-Plex Pro Inflammation Assays Quick Guide
Bulletin #10044281 (download
at www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex)
Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™, Bio-Plex Manager™
Bio-Rad catalog #171-015001
Bio-Plex validation kit
Note: Run the validation kit monthly to ensure optimal
performance of fluidics and optics systems
Bio-Rad catalog #171-203001
Bio-Plex calibration kit
Note: Run the calibration kit daily to standardize
fluorescence signal
Bio-Rad catalog #171-203060
Bio-Plex Pro wash station
For use with magnetic bead–based assays only
Bio-Rad catalog #300-34376
Bio-Plex handheld magnetic washer
For use with magnetic bead–based assays only
Bio-Rad catalog #170-20100
Bio-Plex Pro flat bottom plates (40 x 96-well)
For magnetic separation on the Bio-Plex Pro wash station
Bio-Rad catalog #171-025001
Titertube® micro test tubes
For preparing replicate standards, samples, and controls
prior to loading the plate
Bio-Rad catalog #223-9390
Microtiter plate shaker
IKA MTS 2/4 shaker for 2 or 4 microplates
or
Barnstead/Lab-Line Model 4625 plate
shaker (or equivalent capable of 300–1,100 rpm)
IKA catalog #320-8000
VWR catalog #57019-600
BR-2000 vortexer
Bio-Rad catalog #166-0610
Reagent reservoirs, 25 ml
For capture beads and detection antibodies
VistaLab catalog #3054-1002
or
VistaLab catalog #3054-1004
Reagent reservoir, 50 ml (for reagents and buffers)
VistaLab catalog #3054-1006
Pall Life Science Acrodisc: 25 mm PF syringe filter
(0.8/0.2 µm Supor membrane)
Pall Life Sciences
catalog #4187
Other: 5 or 15 ml polypropylene tubes for reagent dilutions, calibrated pipets, pipet tips, sterile
distilled water, aluminum foil, absorbent paper towels, 1.5 or 2 ml microcentrifuge tubes, and
standard flat bottom microplate (for calibrating vacuum manifold).
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Prewet wells
(for filter plate only)
Assay Workflow
Add 50 μl 1x beads to wells
Wash 2 x 100 μl
Add 50 μl standards, samples, controls;
incubate on shaker at 850 rpm for 1 hr at RT
Wash 3 x 100 μl
Add 25 μl 1x detection antibody; incubate
on shaker at 850 rpm for 30 min at RT
Wash 3 x 100 μl
Add 50 μl 1x streptavidin-PE; incubate
on shaker at 850 rpm for 10 min at RT
Wash 3 x 100 μl
Resuspend in 125 μl assay buffer;
shake at 850 rpm for 30 sec
Acquire data on Bio-Plex system
Notes on sample preparation: Once thawed, keep samples on ice.
Prepare dilutions just prior to the start of the assay and equilibrate to room
temperature before use.
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lmportant Considerations
Instruments and Software
The Bio-Plex Pro™ assays described in this manual are compatible with
all currently available Luminex-based life science research instruments.
Assays can be read and analyzed with either Bio-Plex Manager™ software
or Luminex xPONENT software (see the Run Assay section).
Assay Procedures
Please pay close attention to vortexing, shaking, and incubation times
and to Bio-Plex® reader PMT (RP1) setting, as these have been optimized
specifically for each assay panel.
Assay Quick Guide
Each assay kit comes complete with a printed Bio-Plex Pro™ Assay Quick Guide
(bulletin #10044281), which can be used to prepare and run a full 1 x 96-well
assay plate. Users can also download a copy at www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex.
Bead Regions and Multiplexing Compatibility
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n
B
ead regions for all analytes are listed in the Read Plate section
o not mix analytes between different Bio-Plex panels or reagent kits.
D
Resulting standard curves and sample values may be inaccurate. This
kit uses Bio-Plex Pro reagent kit III.
Detailed Instructions
The following pages provide detailed instructions for each step of the
assay procedure, including preparation, running the assay, and reading the
plate with Bio-Plex Manager™ and Luminex xPONENT software.
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1. Plan Plate Layout
Determine the total number of wells in the experiment using the Plate
Layout Template on page 34 or the Plate Formatting tab in
Bio-Plex Manager™. A suggested plate layout is shown in Figure 2,
with all conditions in duplicate.
1.Assign standards to columns 1 and 2, with the highest concentration
in row A and the lowest concentration in row H.
2.Assign the blank to wells A3 and A4. The blank should consist of your
chosen standard diluent HB. Note that Bio-Plex Manager automatically
subtracts the blank (B) MFI value from all other assay wells.
3.User-specified controls, as well as the controls supplied in premixed
kits, are assigned to wells in columns 3 and 4.
4. The remainder of the plate is available for samples.
5. Once the total number of wells is known, you can calculate the
required volumes of beads, detection antibody, and streptavidin-PE.
Use Tables 6–7, 9–10, and 11, respectively, or the Calculation
Worksheet on pages 35–36.
Legend
S
Standard
B
Blank
X
Samples
C
Controls
Fig. 2. Suggested plate layout. For detailed instructions on plate
formatting in Bio-Plex Manager, see the Read Plate section.
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2. Prepare Instrument
These directions are specific for the Bio-Plex® 100/200 reader. To prepare
either a Bio-Plex 3D or Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™ reader, consult their respective
user manuals.
Note: While the instrument is warming up, bring the 10x wash buffer,
assay buffer, and diluents to room temperature. Keep other items on ice
until needed. Also, begin to thaw frozen samples.
Start up and calibrate the Bio-Plex system with Bio-Plex Manager™
software prior to setting up the assay. The calibration kit should be run
daily or before each use of the instrument to standardize the fluorescent
signal. For instructions on using other xMAP system software packages,
contact Bio-Rad Technical Support.
The validation kit should be run monthly to ensure optimal performance of
fluidics and optics systems. Refer to either the software manual or online
Help for directions on how to conduct validation.
Start Up System (Bio-Plex 100, 200, or similar)
1.Empty the waste bottle and fill the sheath fluid bottle before starting
if high throughput fluidics (HTF) are not present. This will prevent
fluidics system backup and potential data loss.
2.Turn on the reader, XY platform, and HTF (if included). Allow the
system to warm up for 30 min (if not already done).
3.Select Start up
and follow the instructions. If the system is idle
for 4 hr without acquiring data, the lasers will automatically turn off.
To reset the 4-hr countdown, select Warm up
and wait for the
lasers/optics to reach operational temperature.
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Calibrate System
1.Select Calibrate
and confirm that the default values for CAL1
and CAL2 are the same as the values printed on the bottle of Bio-Plex
calibration beads. Use the Bio-Plex system low RP1 target value.
2. Select OK and follow the software prompts for step-by-step
instructions for CAL1 and CAL2 calibration.
Note: In Bio-Plex Manager version 6.1 and higher, startup, warm up,
and calibration can be performed together by selecting the Start up and
calibrate icon.
3. Prepare Wash Method
Bio-Plex Pro™ assays are compatible with both magnetic separation and
vacuum filtration methods. However, for best results, we recommend
performing the assays in a flat bottom plate with magnetic separation.
Table 3. Summary of compatible wash stations and plate types.
Wash Method
Wash Station
Assay Plate
Magnetic separation
Bio-Plex Pro Bio-Plex® handheld magnetic washer
Flat bottom plate
Setting Up the Bio-Plex Pro Wash Station
The wash station should be primed before use. For more information, refer
to the Bio-Plex Pro Wash Stations Quick Guide (bulletin #5826).
1.Install the appropriate plate carrier on the wash station.
2. Use the Prime procedure to prime channel 1 with 1x wash buffer.
Setting Up the Bio-Plex Handheld Magnetic Washer
Place an empty flat bottom plate on the magnetic washer by sliding
it under the retaining clips. Push the clips inward to secure the plate.
Make sure the plate is held securely. If needed, the clips can be adjusted
for height and tension. For detailed instructions, refer to the user guide
(bulletin #10023087).
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4. Preparing Buffer and Diluent
Prepare Wash Buffer
1.Bring the 10x stock solution to room temperature.
2.If crystals are present, ensure that they are completely dissolved.
Mix the 10x stock solution by inversion before preparing the 1x
wash buffer.
3. To prepare 1x wash buffer, dilute 1 part 10x stock solution with
9 parts deionized water.
5. Prepare Standards and Controls
General Instructions
It is essential to prepare standards and quality controls (if included)
exactly as described in this section. Incorrect preparation may lead to
low signal or variable measurements from plate to plate
n
The product data sheet provided with the standards lists the most
concentrated point on the standard curve (S1). Enter this information
into Bio-Plex Manager™ software as instructed in section 9
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Using the Quality Controls (optional)
A single vial of control is provided with the premixed panels only. Their use
is intended for monitoring the day-to-day quality of assay results.
Selecting a Diluent for Standards and Controls
Refer to Table 4 for recommended diluents based on different sample types.
In order to meet the lot-specific control ranges provided on the product data
sheet, both the standards and controls should be reconstituted in Bio-Plex®
standard diluent HB. If reconstituting in a different diluent, users will need to
establish/validate their own control ranges or acceptance criteria.
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Table 4. Summary of recommended diluents for standards and controls.
Diluent for Standards
Sample Type
and Controls*
Add BSA
Serum and plasma
Standard diluent HB
None
Culture media, with serum
Culture medium
None
Culture media, serum-free
Culture medium To 0.5% final**
Lavage, sputum, other fluids
Sample diluent HB
To 0.5% final**
* If using diluents other than standard diluent HB, users must establish their own control ranges.
** At least 0.5% final BSA is recommended to stabilize analytes and reduce adsorption to labware.
Reconstitute Standards and Quality Controls
This procedure prepares enough standard to run each dilution in duplicate.
Note: The appearance of the lyophilized standards or control may vary
from a white pellet to clear crystals. Regardless of appearance, the vials
have passed QC specifications and perform accordingly.
1.Gently tap the vial containing the lyophilized standards on a solid
surface to ensure the pellet is at the bottom of the vial.
2.Reconstitute a single vial of standards with 781 µl of the appropriate
diluent.
Optional: at the same time, reconstitute the control vial with 250 µl of
the appropriate diluent as summarized in Table 4. The control does
not require further dilution.
3.Vortex the reconstituted standards and control at medium speed
for 5 sec, then incubate on ice for 30 min. It is important that
reconstitution of standards and control is started and ended at the
same time. Be consistent with this incubation time to ensure optimal
assay performance and reproducibility.
Prepare the Standard Dilution Series
The following procedure produces an eight-point standard curve with
a threefold dilution between each point. Pipet carefully using calibrated
pipets and use a new pipet tip for every volume transfer.
1.Label eight 1.5 ml polypropylene tubes S2 through S8 and Blank.
Alternatively, using Titertube® micro test tubes may prove to be more
convenient if a multichannel pipet will be used to load the plate.
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2. Add 150 µl of the appropriate diluent to tubes S2–S8 (Figure 3).
3. V
ortex reconstituted standards at medium speed for 5 sec before
removing any volume. Transfer 75 µl to the S2 tube containing the
chosen diluent. Vortex for 5 sec.
4.Use a new pipet tip to transfer 75 µl from the S2 tube to the S3 tube.
Vortex for 5 sec.
5. Continue with 1:3 (threefold) serial dilutions as shown in Figure 3.
6. Use reconstituted and diluted standards and controls immediately.
Do not freeze for future use.
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Reconstituted
Standard
S1
75 757575 7575
150 150 150 150150 150150150
Transfer Volume, µl
Diluent, µl
S2 S3S4S5S6S7S8
Blank
Fig. 3. Preparing a threefold dilution series with a single reconstituted standard.
Note: For samples with very low endogenous analytes, prepare one additional standard point
(S9) to extend the bottom end of the standard curve.
6. Prepare Samples
General guidelines for preparing different sample types are provided
here. For more information, consult publications listed in Bio-Rad bulletin
#5297, available for download at www.bio-rad.com, or contact Bio-Rad
Technical Support.
Once thawed, keep samples on ice. Prepare dilutions just prior to the
start of the assay and equilibrate to room temperature before use
n
Prepare sample dilutions in microcentrifuge tubes. Alternatively, if a
multichannel pipet will be used to load the plate, aliquot the required
volumes into Titertube® micro test tubes
n
Do not freeze diluted samples
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Table 5. Summary of recommended sample diluents and dilution factors.
Sample Type
Dilution Factor
Diluent
Serum and plasma
1:4 dilution Sample diluent HB
Fluids
1:4 dilution
Diluent + 0.5% BSA w/v
Serum and Plasma
Note: If using plasma, EDTA or citrate is preferred as an anticoagulant.
Heparin-treated plasma, while compatible with Bio-Plex Pro™ assays,
may absorb certain soluble proteins of interest. Avoid using hemolyzed
samples, as this may lead to false positive results.
1.Draw whole blood into collection tubes containing anticoagulant.
Invert tubes several times to mix.
2.For serum, allow blood to clot at room temperature for 30 to 45 min.
For plasma, proceed directly to the centrifugation steps.
3.Perform centrifugation at 1,000 x g for 15 min at 4°C and transfer the
serum or plasma to a clean polypropylene tube.
4.To completely remove platelets and precipitates, centrifuge again at
10,000 x g for 10 min at 4°C. Alternatively, filter the samples with a
0.8/0.2 μm dual filter to prevent clogging.
5.Dilute samples four–fold (1:4) by adding 1 volume of sample to
3 volumes of Bio-Plex® sample diluent HB (for example, 50 µl
sample + 150 µl sample diluent HB).
6.Assay samples immediately or aliquot into single-use tubes and store
at –70°C. Avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
Cell Culture Supernatant
1. Collect supernatants by pelleting cells at 1,000 x g for 15 min at 4°C.
For cell lines cultured in serum-free culture media, collect samples and
add BSA as a carrier protein to a final concentration of at least 0.5%
to stabilize protein analytes and to prevent adsorption to labware.
2. Transfer to a clean polypropylene tube. If cellular debris or precipitates
are present, centrifuge again at 10,000 x g for 10 min at 4°C.
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3.We recommend testing undiluted samples first. If high levels of
analyte are expected, samples can be further diluted in culture
medium. Rarely would samples need to be diluted greater than 1:10.
4. Assay immediately or store samples in single-use aliquots at –70°C.
Avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
Cell Lysates
The Bio-Plex Pro™ cell signaling reagent kit (catalog #171-304006M) is
required for preparing lysates derived from cell culture and tissue samples.
Just before use, prepare an adequate volume of cell lysis buffer by adding
PMSF and cell lysis factor QG.
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Prepare 500 mM PMSF by dissolving 0.436 g PMSF in 5 ml DMSO.
(Store as aliquots at –20°C). Add PMSF to the cell lysis buffer at a final
concentration of 2 mM
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R
econstitute cell lysis factor QG to 100x with 250 μl of diH2O and vortex
to mix. Add the reconstituted factor to the cell lysis buffer to a final 1x
working concentration
Adherent Cells
1.Stop the treatment reaction by aspirating the culture medium and
quickly rinsing the cells with ice-cold cell signaling cell wash buffer
(bottle with the blue cap). The volume of buffer required is the same
as the volume of aspirated cell culture medium. Keep the cells on ice
during all steps when possible.
2.Completely remove the buffer before lysing the cells.
3.Immediately add the cell lysis buffer to the cells. The amount of lysing
solution needed depends on the cell density in the culture vessel (for
example, add 1.5–2 ml of lysis buffer to a 10 cm dish that is ~80%
confluent).
Note: It may be necessary to lyse the samples with different volumes of cell
lysis solution to obtain the specified protein concentration range.
4.Scrape the cells with a cell scraper, collect cell suspension into an
appropriately sized tube and gently rock for 20 min at 4°C.
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5.Perform either of the following to remove insoluble cellular particulates:
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entrifuge the cell lysate solution at 4,500 x g for 20 min at 4°C,
and then filter the lysate using a 0.45 μm syringe filter
If the lysate volume is not adequate for filtration, centrifuge the lysate
at 15,000 x g for 10 min at 4°C using a benchtop microcentrifuge
6. Collect the filtered lysate or supernatant after centrifugation.
7.Measure protein concentration using Bio-Rad’s DC™ protein assay
kit and if needed, adjust protein concentration with cell lysis buffer
containing PMSF and cell lysis factor QG.
8.The suggested working protein concentration range for these assays
is 200–900 μg/ml (10-45 µg per assay well).
9. Store the aliquoted lysates at –70°C until ready to use
Suspension Cells
1.Collect cell suspension and pellet the cells by spinning at 1,000 x g for
5 min at 4°C.
2.Aspirate off cell culture medium completely.
3.Wash by resuspending the cells with ice-cold cell wash buffer (bottle
with the blue cap).
4. Centrifuge the cells at 1,000 x g for 5 min at 4ºC.
5. Completely remove the buffer.
6.Immediately add the proper volume of cell lysis buffer and gently rock for
20 min at 4°C.
7.Remove insoluble cellular particulates as described in Adherent Cells step
5 above.
8. Follow Adherent Cells steps 6–9 above.
Tissue Samples
1.Cut the tissue into small pieces (~3 x 3 mm) for ease of handling and
blood removal. If necessary, wash the tissue with ice-cold cell wash
buffer (bottle with the blue cap) to completely remove all blood. Then
transfer the tissue to a 2 ml tissue grinder.
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2.Add an adequate volume of cell lysis solution and grind the tissue
sample on ice using approximately 20 strokes.
Note: It may be necessary to lyse the samples with different volumes of
cell lysis solution to obtain the specified protein concentration range.
3.Transfer the ground tissue to a clean microcentrifuge tube and freeze
sample at –70°C. Freezing and thawing samples helps increase cell
lysis effects.
4.Thaw the sample and sonicate on ice (for example, with a Sonifier
450: Duty Cycle = 40, Output = 1, Pulse Sonicating = 18x).
5. Remove insoluble cellular matter as in Adherent Cells step 5 above.
6. Follow Adherent Cells steps 6–9 above.
Lavage, Sputum, and Other Biological Fluid Samples
Keep all samples on ice until ready for use. The appropriate sample
dilution factor should be optimized by the user.
1.If required, dilute the sample in Bio-Plex sample diluent HB with BSA
added to a final concentration of 0.5%.
2.Centrifugation at 10,000 x g for 10 min at 4°C may be required to
clarify the sample.
7. Prepare Coupled Beads
1.Use Tables 6–7 or the Calculation Worksheet on pages 35–36 to
calculate the volume of coupled beads and assay buffer needed to
prepare a 1x stock.
2.Add the required volume of Bio-Plex® assay buffer to a 15 ml
polypropylene tube.
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3. Vortex the 10x stock of coupled beads at medium speed for
30 sec. Carefully open the cap and pipet any liquid trapped in the
cap back into the tube. This is important to ensure maximum bead
recovery. Do not centrifuge the vial; doing so will cause the
beads to pellet.
4.Dilute coupled beads to 1x by pipetting the required volume into the
15 ml tube. Vortex.
Each well of the assay requires 5 μl of the 10x stock adjusted to a
final volume of 50 μl in assay buffer.
5.Protect the beads from light with aluminum foil. Equilibrate to room
temperature prior to use.
Note: To minimize volume loss, use a 200–300 μl capacity pipet to remove
beads from the 10x stock tube. If necessary, perform the volume transfer in
two steps. Do not use a 1,000 μl capacity pipet and/or wide bore pipet tip.
Preparing 1x coupled beads from 10x stock (includes 20% excess volume)
Table 6. Premixed panel or one singleplex assay.
# of Wells
10x Beads, µl Assay Buffer, µl Total Volume, µl
96
575
5,175
5,750
48
288
2,587
2,875
Table 7. Mixing singleplex assays.
Singleplex #1
Singleplex #2
# of Wells
10x Beads, µl
10x Beads, µl
Assay Buffer, µl Total Volume, µl
96
575575 4,600 5,750
48
288288 2,300 2,876
8. Run Assay
Considerations
Bring all assay components and samples to room temperature
before use
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Use calibrated pipets and pipet carefully, avoiding bubbles
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Pay close attention to vortexing, shaking, and incubation instructions.
Deviation from the protocol may result in low assay signal and
assay variability
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Assay incubations are carried out on a shaker at 850 ± 50 rpm at room
temperature (RT). Cover the plate with sealing tape and protect from
light with aluminum foil
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Table 8. Summary of wash options and protocols. After each assay step, select the
appropriate Bio-Plex Pro™ wash station program or perform the appropriate manual wash
step as summarized below.
Bio-Plex Pro Wash Station
Handheld Magnet or
Vacuum Manifold
Assay Step
Magnetic Program
Manual Wash Steps
Add beads to plate
MAG x2
2 x 100 μl
Sample incubation
Detection Ab incubation
SA-PE incubation
MAG x3
3 x 100 μl
Add Coupled Beads, Samples, Standards, Blank,
and Controls
1. Cover unused wells of the assay plate with sealing tape.
2. Vortex the diluted (1x) beads for 30 sec at medium speed. Pour into
a reagent reservoir and transfer 50 µl to each well of the assay plate.
Tip: A multichannel pipet is highly recommended for ease of use
and efficiency.
3.Wash the plate two times with 100 µl Bio-Plex® wash buffer per
well, using the wash method of choice.
4.Vortex the diluted samples, standards, blank, and controls at medium
speed for 5 sec. Transfer 50 µl of each to the appropriate well of the
assay plate, changing the pipet tip after every volume transfer.
5. C
over plate with a new sheet of sealing tape and protect from light
with aluminum foil. Incubate on shaker at 850 ± 50 rpm for 1 hr at RT.
Note: Be consistent with this incubation time and shaker setting for
optimal assay performance and reproducibility.
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Prepare and Add Detection Antibodies
1. While the samples are incubating use Tables 9 and 10 or the
Calculation Worksheet on pages 35–36 to calculate the volume
of detection antibodies and Bio-Plex detection antibody diluent
HB needed to prepare a 1x stock. Detection antibodies should be
prepared 10 min before use.
2. Add the required volume of Bio-Plex detection antibody diluent HB to
a 5 ml polypropylene tube.
3. Vortex the 10x stock of detection antibodies for 15–20 sec at
medium speed, then perform a 30 sec spin to collect the entire
volume at the bottom of the tube.
4. Dilute detection antibodies to 1x by pipetting the required volume into
the 5 ml tube. Vortex.
Each well of the assay requires 2.5 μl of the 10x stock adjusted to a
final volume of 25 μl in detection antibody diluent HB.
Preparing 1x detection antibodies from 10x stock (includes 25% excess volume)
Table 9. Premixed panel or one singleplex assay.
# of Wells
10x Detection
Antibodies, µl Detection Antibody
Diluent, µl
96
300
2,700
3,000
48
150
1,350
1,500
Total Volume, µl
Table 10. Mixing singleplex assays.
Singleplex #1
Singleplex #2
# of Wells
10x Detection
Antibodies, µl
10x DetectionAntibody
Antibodies, µl
Diluent, µl
Total Volume, µl
Detection
96
300 3002,400 3,000
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150 1501,200 1,500
5.After incubating the beads, samples, standards, blank, and controls,
slowly remove and discard the sealing tape.
6. Wash the plate three times with 100 µl wash buffer per well.
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7. V
ortex the diluted (1x) detection antibodies at medium speed for
5 sec. Transfer into a reagent reservoir and dispense 25 µl to each
well of the assay plate using a multichannel pipet.
8.Cover plate with a new sheet of sealing tape and protect from light with
aluminum foil. Incubate on shaker at 850 ± 50 rpm for 30 min at RT.
Prepare and Add Streptavidin-PE (SA-PE)
1.While detection antibodies are incubating, use Table 11 or the
Calculation Worksheet on pages 35–36 to calculate the volume of
SA-PE and assay buffer needed to prepare a 1x stock. SA-PE should
be prepared 10 min before use.
2. Add the required volume of assay buffer to a 15 ml polypropylene tube.
3.Vortex the 100x stock of SA-PE for 5 sec at medium speed. Perform
a 30 sec spin to collect the entire volume at the bottom of the tube.
4.Dilute SA-PE to 1x by pipetting the required volume into the 15 ml
tube. Vortex and protect from light until ready to use.
Each well of the assay requires 0.5 μl of the 100x stock adjusted to a
final volume of 50 μl in assay buffer.
Table 11. Preparing 1x SA-PE from 100x stock (includes 25% excess volume).
# of Wells
100x SA-PE, µl
Assay Buffer, µl
Total Volume, µl
96
60
5,940
6,000
30
2,970
3,000
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5.After detection antibody incubation, slowly remove and discard
the sealing tape.
6.Wash the plate three times with 100 µl of wash buffer per well.
7. Vortex the diluted (1x) SA-PE at medium speed for 5 sec. Pour
into a reagent reservoir and transfer 50 µl to each well using a
multichannel pipet.
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8.Cover plate with a new sheet of sealing tape and protect from light with
aluminum foil. Incubate on shaker at 850 ± 50 rpm for 10 min at RT.
9. After the streptavidin-PE incubation step, slowly remove and discard
the sealing tape.
10. Wash the plate three times with 100 µl of wash buffer per well.
11.To resuspend beads for plate reading, add 125 µl assay buffer to
each well. Cover the plate with a new sheet of sealing tape. Shake
at room temperature at 850 ± 50 rpm for 30 sec, slowly remove
and discard the sealing tape. Ensure that the plate cover has been
removed before placing the plate on the reader.
Table 12. Read the plate using the appropriate instrument settings.
Instrument
RP1 (PMT)
DD Gates
Bead Events
Bio-Plex 100, 200*
Low 5,000 (low), 25,000 (high) 50
Bio-Plex 3D*
Standard
Select MagPlex beads 50
Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™
N/A, use default instrument settings
* Or similar Luminex-based system.
9. Read Plate
Bio-Plex Manager™ software is recommended for all Bio-Plex Pro™ assay
data acquisition and analysis. Instructions for Luminex xPONENT software
are also included. For instructions using other xMAP system software
packages, contact Bio-Rad Technical Support or your regional Bio-Rad
field applications specialist.
Prepare Protocol in Bio-Plex Manager Software
Version 6.0 and Higher
The protocol should be prepared in advance so that the plate is read as
soon as the experiment is complete.
A protocol file specifies the analytes in the assay, the plate wells to be
read, sample information, the values of standards and controls, and
instrument settings.
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Bio-Plex Manager software versions 6.0 and higher contain protocols for
most Bio-Plex® assays. Choose from available protocols or create a new
protocol. To create a new protocol, select File, then New from the main
menu. Locate and follow the steps under Protocol Settings.
1.Click Describe Protocol and enter information about the assay
(optional).
2.Click Select Analytes and create a new panel. Visually confirm the
selected analytes and proceed to step 3.
a.
Click Add Panel
in the Select Analytes toolbar. Enter a new
panel name. Select Bio-Plex Pro Assay Magnetic from the
assay dropdown list. If using Bio-Plex Manager version 5.0 or lower,
select MagPlex from the assay dropdown list.
b.
Click Add. Enter the bead region number and name for the first
analyte. Click Add Continue to repeat for each analyte in the
assay. Refer to the bead regions in parentheses ( ) listed on the
peel-off label provided with the standards.
For reference, bead regions are shown in Table 13.
c.
Click Add when the last analyte has been added and click OK to
save the new panel.
d.Highlight analytes from the Available list (left) and move to the
Selected list (right) using the Add button. To move all analytes at
once, simply click Add All.
e.If some of the analytes need to be removed from the Selected
list, highlight them and select Remove. If desired, it is possible to
rename the panel by clicking Rename Panel and entering a new
panel name.
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Table 13. Bead regions for the human inflammation panel.
Target
Bead
Region
Target
Bead
Region
Target
Bead
Region
APRIL/TNFSF13
42
IL-11
39
LIGHT/TNFSF14
51
BAFF/TNFSF13B
37
IL-12 (p40)
28
MMP-1
43
sCD30/TNFRSF8
53
IL-12 (p70)
75
MMP-2
26
sCD163
46
IL-19
29
MMP-3
45
Chitinase 3-like 1
72
IL-20
30
Osteocalcin
65
gp130/sIL-6Rß
14
IL-22
18
Osteopontin (OPN)
77
IFN-a2
20
IL-26
22
Pentraxin-3
48
IFN-ß
44
IL-27 (p28)
13
sTNF-R1
73
IFN-g
21
IL-28A/IFN-l2
66
sTNF-R2
67
IL-2
38
IL-29/IFN-l1
33
TSLP
52
IL-6Ra
19
IL-32
35
TWEAK/TNFSF12
62
IL-8
54
IL-34
15
IL-10
56
IL-35
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Note: Do not use preset panels found in Bio-Plex Manager software
version 5.0 or earlier, as the bead regions are not up to date.
3.Click Format Plate and format the plate according to the plate layout
created in section 1 (Plan Plate Layout). To modify the plate layout,
follow the steps below (see Figure 4).
a. Select the Plate Formatting tab.
b.Select the standards icon S and drag the cursor over all the
wells that contain standards. Repeat this process for
Blanks B , Controls C , and Samples X . Note that
Bio-Plex Manager automatically subtracts the blank MFI
value from all other assay wells.
4. Click Enter Standards Info in the Protocol Settings bar.
a.Enter the highest concentration of each analyte in the top row
(labeled S1) of the table. S1 concentration information is included
with each vial of standards.
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Fig. 4. Plate formatting.
b. Enter a dilution factor of 3 and click Calculate. The concentrations
for each standard point will be populated for all analytes in the table.
c. Optional: enter the lot number of the vial of standards into the
Standard Lot box and click Save.
5.Click Enter Controls Info.
a.For user-specified controls, select an analyte from the dropdown
menu, then enter a description and concentration. Repeat for
each additional analyte in the assay.
b.
For the quality controls supplied with the premixed panel
only, format the appropriate wells as controls, enter descriptions
but leave the concentrations blank. Alternatively, the quality
controls can be formatted as samples with clear descriptions
such as “quality control.” In any case, the expected control
ranges provided are not entered into Bio-Plex Manager
software version 6.1 and earlier.
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6.Click Enter Sample Info and enter sample information and the
appropriate dilution factor.
7. Click Run Protocol and confirm that the assay settings are correct.
a.Refer to Table 12 for the recommended RP1 (PMT) setting.
Protocols using alternative PMT settings should be validated by
the end user.
b.Confirm that data acquisition is set to 50 beads per region.
In Advanced Settings, confirm that the bead map is set to
100 region, the sample size is set to 50 µl, and the doublet
discriminator (DD) gates are set to 5,000 (Low) and 25,000 (High).
In Bio-Plex Manager software versions 4.0, 4.1, 4.1.1, and 5.0,
check Override Gates and set the DD gate values as indicated.
Select Start, name and save the .rbx file, and begin data
acquisition. The Run Protocol pop-up screen will appear. Click
Eject/Retract to eject the plate carrier.
Acquire Data
1.Shake the assay plate at 850 ± 50 rpm for 30 sec and visually
inspect the plate to ensure that the assay wells are filled with buffer.
Slowly remove the sealing tape and any plate cover before placing
the plate on the plate carrier.
2.Click Run Protocol and on the pop-up screen select Load Plate
and click OK to start acquiring data.
3.Use the Wash Between Plates
command after every plate run
to reduce the possibility of clogging the instrument.
4.If acquiring data from more than one plate, empty the waste bottle and
refill the sheath bottle after each plate (if HTF are not present). Select
Wash Between Plates and follow the instructions. Then repeat the
Prepare Protocol and Acquire Data instructions.
5.When data acquisition is complete, select Shut Down
follow the instructions.
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and
Reacquire Data
It is possible to acquire data from a well or plate a second time using the
Rerun/Recovery mode located below Start in the Run Protocol step.
Any previous data will be overwritten.
1. Check the wells from which data will be reacquired.
2.Aspirate the buffer with the wash method of choice, but do not
perform the wash step.
3.Add 100 µl of assay buffer to each well. Cover the plate with a new
sheet of sealing tape. Shake the plate at 850 ± 50 rpm for 30 sec.
Slowly remove the sealing tape before placing the plate on the
plate reader.
4.Repeat the Acquire Data steps to reacquire data. The data acquired
should be similar to those acquired initially; however, the acquisition
time will be extended because the wells have fewer beads.
Data Analysis
Controls
If the quality controls were run in the assay plate, open the results (.rbx) file,
click on Report Table, and locate the control wells. Visually compare the
observed concentrations of the control in the Report Table against the lotspecific control ranges shown in the product data sheet.
Note: Expected control ranges are provided for reference and should be
used as general guidelines. Actual results may vary for some operators.
If the controls do not fall within the expected ranges, please refer to the
troubleshooting section for possible causes and solutions.
Removing Outliers
Outliers are identified as standard data points that do not meet accuracy
or precision requirements and should be considered invalid when
performing curve fitting. As such, they should be removed to generate a
more realistic and accurate standard curve. This may result in an extended
assay working range and allow quantitation of samples that might
otherwise be considered out of range.
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Removing Outliers
Outliers are identified as standard data points that do not meet accuracy
or precision requirements and should be considered invalid when
performing curve fitting. As such, they should be removed to generate a
more realistic and accurate standard curve. This may result in an extended
assay working range and allow quantitation of samples that might
otherwise be considered out of range.
In Bio-Plex Manager software version 6.0 and higher, outliers can be
automatically removed by selecting the Optimize button in the Standard
Curve window. In Bio-Plex Manager software 5.0 and earlier versions,
outliers also can be manually selected in the Report Table. Visit online Help
to learn more about the standard curve optimizer feature and how outliers
are determined.
Previous Versions of Bio-Plex Manager Software
For instructions on using previous versions of Bio-Plex Manager software,
please contact Bio-Rad Technical Support.
Luminex xPONENT Software
Although guidelines are provided here, consult the xPONENT software
manual for more details. Perform a system initialization with Luminex’s
calibration and performance verification kit, as directed by Luminex. Select
Batches to set up the protocol and follow the information under Settings.
Note: The instrument settings described below apply to Luminex
100/200 and FLEXMAP 3D or Bio-Plex® 3D instruments. For the
Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™ reader, use the default instrument settings.
1.Select MagPlex as the bead type for magnetic beads, which
automatically sets the DD gates.
2. Volume = 50 µl.
3.Refer to Table 12 to select the appropriate PMT setting for
your instrument.
4. Plate name: 96-well plate.
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5. Analysis type: Quantitative, 5PL Curve Fit.
6. Number of standards: 8.
Select Analytes to set up the panel.
1. Enter pg/ml in the Units field.
2. Enter 50 in the Count field.
3. Select the bead region and enter the analyte name.
4. Click Apply all for Units and Count.
Select Stds and Ctrls.
1. Enter standard concentrations, lot number, dilution factor, and other
information as applicable.
After the assay is complete, select Results, then select Saved Batches.
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Troubleshooting Guide
This troubleshooting guide addresses problems that may be encountered
with Bio-Plex Pro™ assays. If you experience any of the problems listed
below, review the possible causes and solutions provided. Poor assay
performance may also be due to the Bio-Plex® suspension array reader.
To eliminate this possibility, use the validation kit to determine whether the
array reader is functioning properly.
Possible Causes
High Inter-Assay CV Standards and controls were not
reconstituted consistently between
assays
Possible Solutions
Reconstituted standards, controls,
and diluted samples were not
stored properly
Reconstituted standards and diluted
samples should be prepared on ice
as instructed. Prior to plating, the
reconstituted standards and diluted
samples should be equilibrated to
room temperature.
Bottom of filter plate not dry
Dry the bottom of the filter plate with
absorbent paper towel (preferably
lint-free) to prevent cross-well
contamination.
Incubate the reconstituted
standards for 30 min on ice. Always
be consistent with the incubation
time and temperature.
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Possible Causes
Possible Solutions
High Intra-Assay CV
Improper pipetting technique
Pipet carefully when adding
standards, controls, samples,
detection antibodies, and
streptavidin-PE, especially when
using a multichannel pipet. Use a
calibrated pipet. Change pipet tip
after every volume transfer.
Reagents and assay components
not equilibrated to room
temperature prior to pipetting
All reagents and assay components
should be equilibrated to room
temperature prior to pipetting.
Contamination with wash buffer
during wash steps
During the wash steps, be careful
not to splash wash buffer from one
well to another. Be sure that the
wells are filtered completely and that
no residual volume remains. Ensure
that the microplate shaker setting is
not too high. Reduce the microplate
shaker speed to minimize splashing.
Slow pipetting of samples and
reagents across the plate
Sample pipetting across the entire
plate should take less than 4 min.
Reagent pipetting across the entire
plate should take less than 1 min.
Bio-Plex wash station:
insufficient washing due to
clogged pins
Clean dispensing pins with the thicker
of the two cleaning needles provided
with washer. Perform regular rinses to
minimize salt buildup.
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Possible Causes
Low Bead Count
Miscalculation of bead dilution
Possible Solutions
Beads clumped in multiplex
bead stock tube
Vortex for 30 sec at medium speed
before aliquoting beads.
Vacuum on for too long when
aspirating buffer from wells
Assay plate not shaken enough
during incubation steps and prior
to reading
Reader is clogged
Do not apply vacuum to the filter
plate for longer than 10 sec after the
buffer is completely drained from
each well.
Incorrect needle height of the
reader
Adjust the needle height to coincide
with the plate type provided in the kit.
Check your calculations and be
careful to add the correct volumes.
Shake the plate at 850 ± 50 rpm
during incubation steps and for
30 sec immediately before reading
the plate.
Refer to the troubleshooting guide
in the Bio-Plex System Hardware
Instruction Manual (bulletin
#10005042).
Low Signal or Poor Sensitivity
Standards reconstituted incorrectly Follow the standard preparation
instructions carefully.
Detection antibody or streptavidin-PE diluted incorrectly
Check your calculations and be
careful to add the correct volumes.
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Possible Causes
Possible Solutions
Incorrect buffer was used
(for example, assay buffer
used to dilute standards)
Use standard diluent HB or diluent similar
to final sample matrix to dilute standards.
Accidentally spiked blank
wells
Do not add any antigens to the
blank wells.
Detection antibodies or
streptavidin-PE incubated
too long
Follow the procedure incubation
time precisely.
High Background Signal
Poor Recovery
Expired Bio-Plex reagents
were used
Check that reagents have not expired. Use
new or nonexpired components.
Incorrect amounts of
components were added
Check your calculations and be careful to
add the correct volumes.
Microplate shaker set to an
incorrect speed
Check the microplate shaker speed and
use the recommended setting. Setting the
speed too high may cause splashing and
contamination. Use the recommended
plate shaker. Setting the speed too low may
cause low assay signal and false plateau or
high end saturation of standard curves.
High end saturation of the
standard curve
Make sure that correct shaker speed and
incubation times are used. Remove S1
from data analysis if needed.
Quality controls do not fall
within expected ranges
Make sure that the controls are
reconstituted at the same time as standards
and in the same diuent (standard diluent
HB). Incubate for precisely 30 min.
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Possible Causes
Possible Solutions
Poor Recovery
Improper pipetting
technique
Pipet carefully when adding standards, samples,
detection antibodies, and streptavidin-PE, especially
when using a multichannel pipet. Use a calibrated
pipet. Change pipet tip after every volume transfer.
Impact of Sample Matrix
Negative MFI values in
samples or standards
If samples contain little or no analyte, negative
values observed may be due to statistical variation.
If assay drift is suspected, retest the samples
by positioning them next to the standards. If
contamination of standards is suspected, check
the standard replicate value and be careful when
adding samples to the wells. Matrix effects could
also produce negative sample values.
Bio-Plex Manager™ software automatically
subtracts the Blank (B) MFI value from all
other assay wells. While this has no impact on
observed concentrations of samples within the
assay working range, it may result in a negative
MFI value if the Blank’s MFI value is greater than
either the standard or the sample value. If this
is undesirable, then reformat the blank wells
as Sample (X) or Control (C) in the protocol or
results file.
Poor precision in
serum and
plasma sample
measurements
Check if any interfering components, additives,
or gel from separators were introduced into the
samples. Avoid using hemolyzed and heavily
lipemic samples. Remove visible particulate in
samples by centrifugation. Avoid multiple freezethaw cycles of samples.
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Plate Layout Template
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Calculation Worksheet
If using either a premixed panel or one singleplex assay, follow
these directions.
Plan the plate layout and enter the number of wells to be used in the assay:_______
1
1. Determine the volume of 1x coupled beads needed.
a. Each well requires 50 µl of coupled beads (1x): _______ x 50 µl = _______ µl
12
b. Include 20% excess to ensure enough volume: _______ µl x 0.20 = _______ µl
23
c. Total volume of 1x coupled beads: _______ µl + _______ µl = _______ µl
234
d. Volume of 10x coupled beads required: _______ µl/10 = _______ µl
45
e. Volume of assay buffer required: _______ µl – _______ µl = _______ µl
45 6
2. Determine the volume of 1x detection antibody needed.
a. Each well requires 25 µl detection antibodies (1x): ______ x 25 µl = _______ µl
17
b. Include 25% excess to ensure enough volume: _______ µl x 0.25 = _______ µl
78
c. Total volume of 1x detection antibodies: _______ µl + _______ µl = _______ µl
78 9
d. Volume of 10x detection antibodies required: _______ µl/10 = _______ µl
910
e. Volume of detection antibody diluent required: _____ µl – _____ µl = _____ µl
9 1011
3. Determine the volume of 1x streptavidin-PE needed.
a. Each well requires 50 µl streptavidin-PE (1x): _______ x 50 µl = _______ µl
112
b. Include 25% excess to ensure enough volume: _______ µl x 0.25 = _______ µl
1213
c. Total volume of 1x streptavidin-PE: ______ µl + ______ µl = ______ µl
121314
d. Volume of 100x streptavidin-PE required: _______ µl/100 = _______ µl
1415
e. Volume of assay buffer required: _______ µl – _______ µl = _______ µl
14 1516
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If mixing singleplex assays, follow these directions.
Enter the number of wells to be used in the assay:_______
1
1. Determine the volume of 1x coupled beads needed.
a. Each well requires 50 µl coupled beads (1x): _______ x 50 µl = _______ µl
12
b. Include 20% excess to ensure enough volume: _______ µl x 0.20 = _______ µl
23
c. Total volume of 1x coupled beads: _______ µl + _______ µl = _______ µl
2 34
d. Enter the number of singleplex sets (or analytes) that will be multiplexed: _______
5
e. Volume of 10x coupled beads required from each stock tube:
_______ µl/10 = _______ µl
46
f. Total volume of combined bead stocks: _______ x _______ µl = _______ µl
56 7
g. Volume of assay buffer required: _______ µl – _______ µl = _______ µl
47 8
2. Determine the volume of 1x detection antibody needed.
a. Each well requires 25 µl detection antibodies (1x): _______ x 25 µl = _______ µl
19
b. Include 25% excess to ensure enough volume: _______ µl x 0.25 = _______ µl
910
c. Total volume of 1x detection antibodies: _______ µl + _______ µl = _______ µl
9
1011
d. Enter the number of singleplex sets (or analytes) that will be multiplexed: _______
5
e. Volume of 10x detection antibodies required from each stock tube:
_______ µl/10 = _______ µl
1112
f. Total volume of combined detection antibody stock: _____ µl x _____ = _____ µl
12 513
g. Volume of detection antibody diluent HB required: ____ µl – ____ µl = ____µl
111314
3. Determine the volume of 1x streptavidin-PE needed.
a. Each well requires 50 µl streptavidin-PE (1x): _______ x 50 µl = _______ µl
115
b. Include 25% excess to ensure enough volume: _______ µl x 0.25 = _______ µl
1516
c. Total volume of 1x streptavidin-PE: ______ µl + ______ µl = _______ µl
1516 17
d. Volume of 100x streptavidin-PE required: _______ µl/100 = _______ µl
1718
e. Volume of assay buffer required: _______ µl – _______ µl = _______ µl
171819
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Safety Considerations
Eye protection and gloves are recommended when using these products.
Consult the MSDS for additional information. Bio-Plex Pro™ assays
contain components of animal origin. This material should be handled as
if capable of transmitting infectious agents. Use universal precautions.
These components should be handled at Biosafety Level 2 containment
as defined by the U.S. government publication, Biosafety in Microbiological
and Biomedical Laboratories (Centers for Disease Control 1999).
Legal Notices
Acrodisc and Supor are trademarks of Pall Corporation. MagPlex,
xMAP, xPONENT, FLEXMAP 3D, MAGPIX, and Luminex are trademarks
of Luminex Corporation. Barnstead, Lab-Line, and Microtiter are
trademarks of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Sonifier is a trademark of
Branson Ultrasonics Corporation.
The Bio-Plex® suspension array system includes fluorescently labeled
microspheres and instrumentation licensed to Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
by the Luminex Corporation.
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Ordering Information
Detailed ordering information can be found at www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex.
Catalog #
171-AL001M
Premixed Multiplex Assay Panel
Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation Panel 1, 37-plex
171-AL002M
Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation Panel 1, 24-plex
171-AL003M
Bio-Plex Pro Human Treg Cytokine Panel, 12-plex
Singleplex Set
Various
Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation Singleplex Sets, 1 x 96-well
(requires reagent kit III and inflammation panel 1 37-plex standard to run an assay)
Individual Components and Accessories
171-304090M
171-DL0001
171-DL0050 Bio-Plex Pro Reagent Kit III with Flat Bottom Plate, 1 x 96-well
Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation Panel 1, 37-plex standard, pkg of 1 vial
Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation Panel 1, 37-plex standard, pkg of 50 vials
Bio-Plex Express Assays (You Mix)
Fast and economical custom assay service using the Bio-Plex Assay
Builder (www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex/assaybuilder) to select analytes
and plate type of interest. Assays are supplied as individual sets of
coupled beads and detection antibodies in the all-in-one kit format.
Quality controls are not included in Express kits.
Bio-Plex® x-Plex™ Assays (We mix)
Premium custom assay service using the Bio-Plex Assay Builder
(www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex/assaybuilder) to select analytes of
interests. These are custom blended and QC tested multiplex all-in-one
kits. Controls are not included in x-Plex kits.
Other Components and Accessories
Bio-Plex software, wash buffer, Bio-Plex Pro flat bottom plates, and
streptavidin-PE are also available individually.
Go to www.bio-rad.com/bio-plex for additional information.
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