• Sandwich ELISA;
  • Fluorescence;
  • Interleukin-12 p70;
  • Mouse


Interleukin-12 (IL-12) p70 is an important cytokine secreted by antigen-presenting cells in response to antigenic stimulation; it is a heterodimer of p35 and p40 subunits. Here, we report a new, highly sensitive, and reliable method that employs fluorometric sandwich ELISA for quantification of the mouse IL-12 (moIL-12) p70 protein. Our method could quantify moIL-12 p70 in the range of approximately 0.5 to 500 pg/ml. In the assay, no signals were produced by the moIL-12 p40 monomer, homodimer [(p40)2], or mouse IL-23 even up to a concentration of 500 pg/ml; this ensures that our assay has a high specificity for moIL-12 p70. To demonstrate that our method can determine natural moIL-12 in real physiological/pathological samples, we monitored the moIL-12 p70 secretion from peritoneal exudative cells after lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation. IL-12 p70 secretion as early as 3 h after LPS stimulation was reliably detected due to the high sensitivity of the method.