The Importance of Research Antibody Specificity and Reproducibility During the SARS-CoV-2 Crisis


Posted by Srikanth S on May 6, 2020 3:38:00 PM

During this time of crisis, healthcare providers and researchers around the world are racing to develop SARS-CoV-2 testing methods. Testing strategies include PCR to diagnose active infection (by testing for the presence of viral genetic material) and the use of antibody test kits on blood (also known as serological tests), in order to track exposure and possible immunity in the population (1,2,3). With these diagnostic tools, the scientific community aims to get a better understanding of the scale and trajectory of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation, Reproducibility

Hallmarks of Validation - Complementary Strategies


Posted by Katie C on Apr 8, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Depending on the antigenic target being studied and the application being used, it may be advisable to employ complementary strategies during antibody validation. These approaches can provide vital information regarding antibody specificity or functionality and can be carefully tailored to the biological nature of the target as well as to the exacting requirements of the downstream assay.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Hallmarks of Validation - Heterologous Strategy


Posted by Katie C on Apr 1, 2020 3:00:00 AM

For antigenic targets where expression of the protein is very low or unknown, the use of recombinant proteins or exogenous expression in a surrogate cell line may be necessary for antibody validation. Although endogenous systems are preferred for their closer representation of in vivo conditions, heterologous strategy offers several advantages.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Hallmarks of Validation - Multiple Antibody Strategy


Posted by Katie C on Mar 18, 2020 3:00:00 AM

A multiple antibody strategy is a powerful approach to antibody validation. One of the most common methods to achieve this is to immunoprecipitate (IP) the target with one antibody and subsequently detect it by western blotting with another antibody against the same target. This provides confidence that both antibodies are binding the correct biomolecule.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Hallmarks of Validation - Orthogonal Strategy


Posted by Katie C on Mar 4, 2020 3:00:00 AM

An orthogonal strategy for antibody validation involves cross-referencing antibody-based results with data obtained using non-antibody-based methods. This approach is critical to verify existing antibody validation data and to identify any effects or artifacts that are directly related to the antibody in question. Providing an additional level of detail to support results generated by the other strategies outlined within this handbook, orthogonal validation often utilizes data which are available in the public domain.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Hallmarks of Validation - Ranged Strategy


Posted by Katie C on Feb 19, 2020 3:15:00 AM

While a binary approach is one of the more desirable ways to evaluate antibody specificity, binary models are not always readily available and can be time consuming or expensive to produce for the sole purpose of validating an antibody. Moreover, to assess the sensitivity of an antibody in the application and protocol being used, a complementary hallmark is required.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Hallmarks of Antibody Validation - Binary Strategy


Posted by Katie C on Jan 22, 2020 3:00:00 AM

A binary approach is one of the best ways to evaluate antibody specificity. By testing an antibody in biologically relevant positive and negative expression systems, it is possible to confirm that it  recognizes the target antigen in its native environment without cross-reacting with other biomolecules present in the sample.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Introduction to the Hallmarks of Antibody Validation


Posted by Chris S on Jan 15, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Antibodies are essential reagents that support all levels of scientific research. Used in a multitude of applications to identify, quantify, and isolate specific target biomolecules, they have recently become the focus of intense scrutiny for their contribution to the ongoing reproducibility crisis.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Antibody Validation

Behind the Antibodies - Interview with a Development Scientist


Posted by Chris S on Oct 16, 2019 3:15:00 AM

Have you ever wondered about the minds behind our antibodies? We talk a lot about validation, specificity, sensitivity, and reproducibility. All of that is very important, but that doesn't tell you much about who developed it.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Primary Antibodies, Antibody Validation

What makes an antibody monoclonal, polyclonal, or recombinant?


Posted by Anthony C on Jan 30, 2019 3:10:00 AM

When you’re shopping for antibodies, there are so many factors to consider. For example, will it work in my cell or tissue model? Has it been tested in the application I want to use? Sometimes it’s a struggle to find what you need because your options are limited, but in other instances there may be several reagents that seem like they could work in your experiment.

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Topics: Antibody Performance, Primary Antibodies, Antibody Validation

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