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Microarray Techniques For More Rapid Protein Quantification: Use Of Single Spot Multiplex Analysis And A Vibration Reaction Unit.
Published 2006 · Medicine, Chemistry
Protein microarray technology is a powerful, popular tool for the high-throughput analysis of protein interactions. One important use for protein microarray technology is protein quantification by immunoassay, which was originally based on enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods. Recently, new research and diagnostic applications have created a need for a rapid and easily applied high-throughput protein quantification method. Here, we introduce several novel techniques that address these needs. Our improved protein microarray-based sandwich immunoassay techniques allow researchers to: (1) control the size and shape of protein spots on the microarray using a perforated seal; (2) analyze two proteins within a single spot, thus increasing the number of tests run on a single microarray without increasing the number of protein spots; (3) improve the efficiency and speed of the Ag-Ab interaction through vibratory reagent convection, which increased the signal intensity by more than two-fold and decreased the reaction time from 30 to 10 min. These new techniques will facilitate rapid immunoassays for diagnostic purposes and other research areas utilizing protein microarray analysis, such as investigations of ligand-receptor or protein-small molecule interactions.