Application of a bridging ELISA for detection of anti-erythropoietin binding antibodies and a cell-based bioassay for neutralizing antibodies in human sera

Sug Kyun Shin, Sung Kyu Ha, Kang Wook Lee, Tae Hyun Yoo, Sung Ro Yun, Se Hee Yoon, Sung Jo Kim, Soo Kyeong Lee, Tae Hwe Heo

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Although erythropoietin (EPO)-related pure red-cell aplasia (PRCA) is a rare disorder, attention still needs to be paid because underline mechanism of EPO immunogenicity is various and controversial. Among several assay systems for screening of anti-EPO binding antibodies (Abs), we adopted and setup the bridging ELISA using streptavidin-coated plate. To test their neutralizing activities, cell-based neutralizing (NT) bioassay was setup. When we analyzed serum samples by using these two assays, we found two positive results in the two samples. In the sample 1, 411.9. ng/ml of anti-EPO Abs were found and neutralizing activity of 36.2% at 1:5 serum dilution was detected. In the sample 2, 40.5. ng/ml of anti-EPO Abs were found and neutralizing activity of 96.7% was detected. Our results indicate that the higher anti-EPO antibody (Ab) level in a serum does not always lead to the stronger neutralizing activity. This report gives crucial consideration to the needs of establishing clear criteria to link various assay parameters with the onset of PRCA and its progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Spectroscopy
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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