Background: In the diagnosis of atopic diseases, allergen detection is a crucial step. Multiple allergen simultaneous test-chemiluminescent assay (MAST-CLA) is a simple and noninvasive method for in vitro screening of allergen-specific IgE antibodies. Methods: The Korean Inhalant Panel test on 20 patients and Food Panel test on 19 patients were performed using the conventional manual MAST-CLA kit and the new automated MAST-CLA method (automated AP720S system for the Optigen Assay; Hitachi Chemical Diagnostics, Inc., USA) simultaneously. The results were evaluated for positive reactivity and concordance. Results: The results of inhalant panel gave a relatively higher class level result than the food panel. The 8 patients out of 20 (40%) of the inhalation panel, and 9 patients out of 18 (47.4%) of the food panel showed 100% concordance between the 2 systems. Eighteen patients (90%) of the Inhalation Panel and sixteen patients (84.2%) of the Food Panel showed more than 91% concordance. Conclusions: These results suggest that the MAST-CLA assay using the new, automated AP720S analyzer performs well, showing a high concordance rate with conventional MAST-CLA. Compared to manual MAST-CLA, the automated AP720S system has a shorter assay time and uses a smaller serum volume (500 μl) along with other conveniences.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical