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New insights on critical reagent optimization for antidrug antibody assays


Critical reagents (CRs) are pivotal components of ligand binding assays [1,2]. They include, but are not limited to, peptides, recombinant proteins and capture/detection antibodies [2]. CRs can be conjugated with other molecules to allow purification or detection for a biochemical assay. Electrochemiluminescence (ECL)-based assays have become attractive due to their elevated sensitivity, dynamic range and simplicity [3]. A common approach for detection of antidrug antibodies (ADAs) relies on ECL chemistry. In a common bridging assay format, biotinylated antibodies bind to a streptavidin-coated plate and are used to capture the ADAs present in a biological matrix. Subsequently, a sulfo-tagged-antibody is used to indirectly detect this protein complex.

Different conjugation chemistries are used to crosslink small molecules to aminoacids [4]. Among them, N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) esters are highly reactive groups which became very popular for the conjugation of biotin and sulfo-tag to primary amines, such as endogenous lysines [5,6].

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