USER MANUAL SUPPLEMENT:

USER MANUAL SUPPLEMENT:
Assay Solution for Invitrogen Mouse IL-6 Antibody Pair
(Invitrogen Catalog Number CMC0063)
An ELISA for mouse IL-6 using reagents from LIFE Technologies (Invitrogen, Catalog
Number CMC0063) has been successfully transferred from a conventional 96-well ELISA
format to the Optimiser™ microplate platform to achieve the following key performance
benefits.
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Sample Volume:
Assay time:
Assay reagents:
5 µl
Total assay time ≈ 2 hours (≈ 2.5 hour savings)
60%-80% saving on antibody use
25-50 assays for the cost of 10
Sensitivity/Range: 2x improvement (15.6 – 1000 pg/ml)
 Potential to increase sensitivity to ≈ 0.8 pg/ml
 Potential to achieve > 2-log dynamic range: 15.6 ~ 3800 pg/ml
Intended Use:
This User Manual Supplement is intended to be used in conjunction with Invitrogen’s
Technical Data Sheet for the Mouse IL-6 Antibody Pair (Catalog Number CMC0063)
employed in this Optimiser™-based ELISA procedure. Please refer to the vendor’s
instructions for material storage, preparation, and concentration information.
The procedure described in this User Manual Supplement is intended as a starting
reference for the investigator using the vendor’s assay reagents with the Optimiser™
microplate system. Siloam has optimized this procedure using OptiBlock™ as blocking
solution, as reagent diluent, and as the media to reconstitute the protein standard.
Siloam has not evaluated this procedure for its applicability for analysis of tissue culture
supernatants, serum, or plasma samples. Use of this assay for the analysis of tissue
culture supernatant, serum, plasma, or other sample types may require further
optimization of some assay parameters by the investigator (for example, standard curve
and sample diluents) to achieve desired results.
It is expected that investigators following this assay procedure are familiar with the
Optimiser™ microplate system. If you have not used the Optimiser™ microplate before,
please order the Evaluation kit (Catalog# OPV-IL6) which provides a comprehensive
overview to the Optimiser™ microplate system. The Evaluation Kit guides the user
through correct pipetting procedures for Optimiser™ microplates and contains all
necessary materials and instructions for completing an illustrative human IL-6 assay.
Investigators are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with the Optimiser™ microplate
system before completing the procedure described in this document.
Please contact Siloam’s tech support (techsupport@siloambio.com) for any questions
regarding this procedure.
FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY
Not for Use in Diagnostic Procedures
MATERIALS:
Assay Reagents:
1
Material
Function
Vendor
Catalogue
Number
Storage
Anti-Mouse IL-6
Anti-Mouse IL-6 Biotin
Recombinant Mouse IL-6
2
Streptavidin-HRP
Capture Ab
Detection Ab
Standard
Streptavidin-HRP
Invitrogen
CMC0063
Per TDS
Optimiser™ Materials:
Material
3
Optimiser™ plate (with holder)
OptiMax™ buffer reagent pack (with substrate)
Streptavidin-HRP for Optimiser™
Other Material & Equipment:
Materials
Polypropylene centrifuge tubes, 1.5 – 2 mL,
snap-cap
Pipet tips
KimWipes
Test tube rack
Reagent reservoirs (v-bottom)
96-well polypropylene v-bottom plate
Product Number
OPH-10
OMR-10-J
OMR-HRP
Storage
Room temp
0
2–8 C
0
2–8 C
Equipment
Fluorescence plate reader
Vortex mixer
Single channel pipettor(s)
Multichannel pipettor
1
Refer to the respective Technical Data Sheets (TDS) for storage, concentration and other relevant
information.
2
DO NOT use SAv-HRP from assay reagent vendor. Use of OMR-HRP is strongly recommended.
3
Optimiser™ plates and corresponding OptiMax™ buffer reagents are also available in 2-plate and
50-plate configuration.
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REAGENT PREPARATION:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Working concentrations of all materials should be prepared before beginning the procedure.
Capture antibody working solution:
a. Refer to the vendor’s TDS for the protein concentration of the stock capture antibody
solution.
b. Prepare the capture antibody working solution by diluting the stock capture antibody to 5
µg/mL in OptiBind™-J.
Lyophilized Standard:
a. Reconstitute the lyophilized protein standard with OptiBlock™. Refer to the vendor’s TDS
for further directions, the concentration of the reconstituted standard, and storage
conditions.
Standard Curve:
a. Prepare standard 1 by diluting the reconstituted standard to 1000 pg/mL in OptiBlock™
(OB).
b. Dispense 200 µL of standard 1 to well A1 of the polypropylene 96-well v-bottom plate.
c. Dispense 100 µL of OptiBlock™ to each of the 7 wells immediately below well A1.
d. Prepare serial two-fold dilutions of the standard by successive 100 µL transfers through
well G1. Change pipet tips after each transfer and mix the well contents 8-10 times by
gently aspirating and dispensing the well contents. Do not transfer standard to well H1.
Well H1 will serve as the assay blank (0 pg/mL).
1
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
5.
6.
7.
200 µL Std 1
A
100 µL OB
100 µL OB
100 µL OB
100 µL OB
100 µL OB
100 µL OB
100 µL OB
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
1
Std 1
Std 2
Std 3
Std 4
Std 5
Std 6
Std 7
Blank
Detection antibody:
a. Refer to the vendor’s TDS for the protein concentration of the stock detection antibody
solution.
b. Prepare the detection antibody working solution by diluting the stock detection antibody
material to 0.2 µg/mL in OptiBlock™.
Horseradish-Peroxidase-Labeled Streptavidin (SAv-HRP):
a. Refer to the vendor’s TDS or vial label for the dilution factor required to prepare the SAvHRP working solution.
b. Prepare the SAv-HRP working solution by diluting the stock material appropriately in
OptiBlock™.
OptiGlow™ working solution:
a. Prepare the OptiGlow™ substrate working solution by combining OptiGlow™- A,
OptiGlow™- B, and OptiGlow™- C in proportions of 50:50:1 parts, respectively.
b. Note: Prepare the working substrate solution no more than 30 minutes before reading the
plate.
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Use of OptiBlock™:
This method was developed using Siloam Biosciences’ OptiBlock™ not only as blocking agent
following the coating of the microfluidic reaction chamber with capture antibody but also as diluent
for the standards, detection antibody, and SAv-HRP. The intent in developing this method was to
demonstrate the ease of transitioning Invitrogen’s Mouse IL-6 Antibody Pair from their intended use
in conventional ELISAs to an Optimiser™-based ELISA format. Use of this method for the analysis
of tissue culture supernatant, serum, plasma, or other sample types may require further
optimization of some assay parameters by the investigator to achieve desired results; for
example, standard curve and sample diluents.
Siloam Biosciences has developed OptiMax™ Standard Diluent for use in the analysis of cell culture
supernatants. This product has been incorporated in Siloam Biosciences’ commercially available
OptiMax™ ELISA Kits.
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DISPENSING MATERIALS TO THE OPTIMISER™ PLATE:
1.
Optimiser™ assembly: Assemble the
Optimiser™ plate, pad, and holder as
illustrated.
a. Position the holder on the lab
bench with the Optimiser™ logo
facing the user.
b. The absorbent pad must be
positioned with the plasticcovered surface facing the holder.
c. Position the pad and plate on the
holder surface and push down
firmly until the plate snaps into
position.
2.
Reverse pipetting: Introduction of bubbles to the Optimiser™ wells will compromise method
performance by occluding the microchannel. To avoid introducing bubbles, always use the
reverse pipetting technique when delivering materials to an Optimiser™ well.
a. Beginning with the pipettor’s operating button in the ready position, depress the
operating button to the second stop (See figure in step c below).
b. Immerse the pipet tip in the liquid to be transferred. Aspirate the liquid by releasing the
operating button returning it to the ready position.
c. Dispense the liquid to the Optimiser™ well by depressing the operating button to the first
stop. Ensure that the pipet tip is touching the well surface as the liquid is dispensed.
Ready Position
First Stop
Pipetting Step
1
2
3
4
Second Stop
3.
Transferring reagents, standards, and samples to the Optimiser™ plate: Due to the short
incubation times, it is critical that antibodies, standards, samples, SAv-HRP, and substrate are
transferred from their source to the Optimiser™ wells quickly (< 1 minute) but accurately. To
accomplish this:
a. First, dispense the materials to a polypropylene 96-well v-bottom plate.
b. Then, using a multichannel pipettor, transfer the materials from the polypropylene vbottom plate to the Optimiser™ wells as illustrated in the figure on the next page.
Optimiser Washes:
Optimiser™-based ELISAs use a unique “flush” step rather than the traditional, and laborious,
“wash” step used in conventional ELISAs. To flush, the user simply dispenses OptiWash™ into the
Optimiser™ well. The wash buffer “flushes” the used reagent/sample from the microchannel into
an absorbent pad beneath the plate. The Optimiser™ “flush” is equally effective as the traditional
washes.
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1
2
3
A
Std 1
B
Std 2
C
Std 3
D
Std 4
E
Std 5
F
Std 6
G
Std 7
H
Blank
Samp
1
Samp
2
Samp
3
Samp
4
Samp
5
Samp
6
Samp
7
Samp
8
Samp
9
Samp
10
Samp
11
Samp
12
Samp
13
Samp
14
Samp
15
Samp
16
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
↑ Polypropylene v-bottom plate containing diluted standards,
samples, and blank.
← 5 µL of standard, sample, and blank are
transferred from individual wells of
polypropylene v-bottom plate to duplicate cells
of the Optimiser™ plate.
1
2
3
4
5
6
A
Std 1;
Sample #1
Sample #9
B
Std 2;
Sample #2
Sample #10
C
Std 3;
Sample #3
Sample #11
D
E
Std 4;
Sample #4
Sample #12
Std 5;
Sample #5
Sample #13
F
Std 6;
Sample # 6
Sample #14
G
Std 7;
Sample #7
Sample #15
H
Blank
(0 pg/mL)
Sample #8
Sample #16
7
8
9
10
11
Shaded cells not used in this assay
↑ Optimiser™ plate to which standards,
samples, and blank will be dispensed
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PROCEDURE:
a
1. (___) Assemble the Optimiser™ plate, pad, and holder as described earlier.
2. (___) Dispense 5 µL of the working capture antibody solution to the appropriate
number of wells in the Optimiser™ plate. Incubate 10 minutes at room
temperature (RT).
3. (___) Following the incubation, dispense 5 µL OptiWash™ to each well. Incubate
10 minutes at RT.
4. (___) Following the wash step, dispense 5 µL OptiBlock™ to each well. Incubate
10 minutes at RT.
5. (___) Following the block step, dispense 5 µL standard or sample to each well.
Incubate 20 minutes at RT.
6. (___) Following the sample incubation, dispense 5 µL OptiWash™ to each well.
Incubate 10 minutes at RT.
7. (___) Following the wash step, dispense 5 µL of the detection antibody working
solution to each well. Incubate 10 minutes at RT.
8. (___) Following the detection antibody step, dispense 5 µL OptiWash™ to each
well. Incubate 10 minutes at RT.
9. (___) Following the wash step, dispense 5 µL of the SAv-HRP working solution to
each well. Incubate 10 minutes at RT.
10. (___) Following the SAv-HRP incubation, dispense 30 µL OptiWash™ to each well.
Incubate 10 minutes at RT.
11. (___) Immediately following step 10, dispense 30 µL OptiWash™ to each well (for
a second 30 µL wash). Incubate 10 minutes at RT.
12. (___) Dispense 10 µL OptiGlow™ working solution to each well. Incubate 15
minutes at RT.
a. (___) Observe the plate periodically during this incubation. When the
substrate solution has drained from all wells, first remove the plate from
the holder and then remove the pad from the plate.
b. (___) Wipe the bottom of the plate thoroughly with a KimWipe™ or
similar laboratory tissue.
13. (___) Read the plate using an excitation wavelength of 528/20 nm and an
emission wavelength of 590/35 nm.
a
(___) This space is provided as a simple way of documenting the completion of each
step.
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Calculations:
1. Calculate the mean background signal (RFU).
2. Subtract the mean background signal from the individual standard and sample
values.
3. Calculate the mean background-adjusted signal for each standard and sample.
4. Prepare a standard curve by plotting the concentration of the standard on the xaxis and the background- adjusted signal on the y-axis using a 4-parameter curve
fit.
5. Interpolate the sample concentrations from the standard curve. Calculate the
final concentration after applying the sample dilution factor if applicable.
Typical Data:
The standard curve illustrated below was generated using the method, reagents, and
equipment specified in this procedure.
7000
Optimiser™-Based ELISA for Mouse IL-6
Bkg-Adjusted RFU
6000
5000
4000
3000
2000
1000
0
0
200
400
600
Mouse IL-6 (pg/mL)
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800
1000
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Additional technical assistance is available under the Technical Support tab on the
Siloam Biosciences web site (http://www.siloambio.com/).
 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
 Using Optimiser™ Immunoassay Microplate Video
 Optimiser™ User’s Guide
 Reader Settings
 Quick Reference Guide
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Application Notes
Two additional videos appear under the Technology tab of the web site.
 Optimiser™ Principles of Operation
 Running an Assay with Optimiser™
DOC ID: ETS-1-MS-0012-A1
QuantaRed™ substrate is supplied by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
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