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Immunoassays - laboratory technique using the binding between an antigen and its
homologous antibody to identify and quantify the specific antigen or antibody in
a sample
Immunoassays are based on the reaction of an analyte or antigen (Ag) with a
selective antibody (Ab) to give a product (Ag–Ab) that can be measured. The
reactants are in a state of equilibrium that is characterized by the law of mass action.
Immunoassay is clearly not the best analytical method for all analytes in all
However, immunoassay technology is important for the analyst because it
complements the classical methods, thus providing a confirmatory method for many
compounds and the only reasonable analytical choice for others
ELISA – Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent
Primary screen of biological samples for drugs
Forensic Urine Drug Testing
Human Performance Testing
RIA – Radio-ImmunoAssay
Postmortem Investigation
EMIT – Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay
Used for high throughput analyses
Uses less volume of sample
FRET – Fluorescent Resonance Energy
FPIA – Fluorescent Polarized ImmunoAssay
KIMS – Kinetic Interaction of Microparticles
in Solution
CEDIA – Cloned Enzyme Donor
Lateral Flow Immunoassays
• An immunoassay is a test that uses antibody and antigen complexes to generate
a measurable result, or in other words a test that utilizes immunocomplexing
when antibodies and antigen are brought together. [*Note: an antibody (antigen
complex) is also called an immuno-complex)]
• Immuno is an immune response that causes the body to generate antibodies.
• Immunoassays utilize one or more select antibodies to detect analytes of
interests, which can be those that are naturally present in the body (thyroid
hormone0, those that the body produces but not typically present (cancer), or
those that do no naturally occur in the body (abused drug).
• When a specific binding of an antibody to an antigen occurs, you are able to
detect the analytes present.
Especially used for detection of drugs in blood and urine.
Antibodies that react with drugs are produced in animals such as rabbits by
combining the drug with a protein and injecting this combination into an
Drug protein complex acts as an antigen producing antibodies within the
Recovered blood serum contains antibodies specific or nearly specific to the
A particular serum is added to a urine or blood sample designed to interact with
a specific drug such as opiates, cannabanoids, amphetamines, Etc.
Very useful in detecting a variety of diseases (all detections are done in a lab) such as:
• Infections (infectious diseases)
• Autoimmune diseases
• Cardiovascular diseases
Very useful in detecting the presence of drugs
Very useful for handling a large amount of specimens that have to be quickly tested daily
because of the required urinary test needed from people for certain jobs or careers they want
to get into
Testing labs have access to many prepared sera from the animals that are injected with any of
the different types of drugs
The serum that is added to the urine specimen is unique and made to interact with cocaine,
opiates, amphetamines, methadone, etc.
• Less sensitive than other tests
• In some cases, negative results do not exclude the presence of a
• Are not great for individual testing, more practical for testing a
large group of people
• Some types of Immunoassays such as ELISA (Enzyme Linked
ImmunoSorbent Assay) are expensive and can give a false positive
Can be used for pregnancy tests
• The pregnancy test detects the human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone
produced by the fertilized egg.
Can detect drugs from athletes’ blood
The test will contain the specific antigen for detection.
Detect heart disease by measuring levels of CK-MB.
Rheumatoid Factor - tests for the presence of autoimmune antibodies. (For patients
with rheumatoid arthritis.)
West Nile Virus - tests for antibodies that a person made in response to an infection
with that virus
Antibodies made in response to a vaccination to assure that the vaccination were
1) What is an immunoassay?
2) How does it work?
3) What is it’s ability to detect disease a strength or weakness?
4) What is the fact that it is less sensitive a strength or
5) A baseball player is suspected of using steroids. How can
we use the test to determine if this assumption is true or
It is a laboratory technique using the binding between an antigen and its
homologous antibody to identify and quantify the specific antigen or
antibody in a sample.
Immunoassays utilize one or more select antibodies to detect analytes of
interests by observing whether a specific binding of an antibody to an
antigen occurs.
To verify whether the baseball player is using or not, you can test his
urine. If the antibodies react with the antigens of the drug than you can
claim that he is using.
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