Evaluation of the stability of Ostertagia ostertagi ...
|Title||Evaluation of the stability of Ostertagia ostertagi ELISA microtitre plates over time using cow milk samples|
|Author(s)||F. Sithole, I. Dohoo, R. Markham, J. Sanchez, H. Stryhn, G. Keefe|
|Abstract||The objective of this study was to assess the stability of ELISA plates prepared with one of three blocking agents and used with one of two conjugates at various time intervals after preparation of the plates. Two of the blocking agents used were commercially available: one termed stabilgaurd (stab) and one manufactured by SVANOVA Biotek AB Inc. (svan). The third blocking agent used was bovine serum albumin (bsa). A polyclonal rabbit anti-bovine IgG (poly) and an anti-bovine IgG monoclonal (mono) conjugate were used. Eighteen composite individual cow milk samples collected late in lactation (200-400 days in milk) were used in this study. An indirect microtitre plate ELISA that used the Ostertagia ostertagi antigen was used to quantify antibodies against the parasite, present in the milk samples. Each of six blocking agent/conjugate combinations (called systems) were used to test 18 milk sub-samples at 1, 4 and 24 weeks after blocking the plates. Plates blocked with stab and svan were kept at room temperature and an additional set were incubated at 37 degrees C so as to mimic long term storage (about 1 year) and tested only once at 4 weeks. Those blocked with bsa were frozen at -20 degrees C. Concordance correlation coefficients (CCC) and reproducibility were used to assess the agreement between test results conducted on the same milk sample at the various test-times using a particular system. Generally, there was good agreement between tests conducted at different times for all systems. However, the svan-mono and bsa-poly systems had the best agreement with overall CCC values of 96% and 93%, respectively. The svan-poly system had the lowest CCC of 75%. The CCC and reproducibility ranked the systems in a similar way. The high CCC between tests done using plates kept at room temperature and ones incubated at 37 degrees C, suggested that plates would be stable up to a year after blocking. The storage of plates blocked with svan and stab agents under room temperature, makes them more convenient to use and transport relative to bsa-blocked plates that have to be frozen.|
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