UNIT 11.2 Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA)
Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
How to Cite
Hornbeck, P., Winston, S. E. and Fuller, S. A. 2001. Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA). Current Protocols in Molecular Biology. 15:I:11.2:11.2.1–11.2.22.
- Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
- Published Print: JUL 1991
This unit describes six different ELISA systems for the detection of specific antibodies, soluble antigens, or cell-surface antigens. In all six systems, soluble reactants are removed from solution after specifically binding to solid-phase reactants. In the first four protocols, solid-phase reactants are prepared by adsorbing an antigen or antibody onto plastic microtiter plates; in the next two protocols, the solid-phase reactants are cell-associated molecules. In all protocols, the solid-phase reagents are incubated with secondary or tertiary reactants covalently coupled to an enzyme. Unbound conjugates are washed out and a chromogenic or fluorogenic substrate is added. As the substrate is hydrolyzed by the bound enzyme conjugate, a colored or fluorescent product is generated. Finally, the product is detected visually or with a microtiter plate reader. The amount of product generated is proportional to the amount of analysate in the test mixture. Support protocols are provided for optimizing the different ELISAs and preparing lysates for use as test antigen from bacterial cultures containing expressed protein.