The Colorimetric Cell-Based ELISA Kit allows for the detection of various target proteins and the effects that certain stimulation conditions have on target protein expression in different cell lines. Qualitative determination of target protein concentration is achieved by an indirect ELISA format. In essence, the target protein is captured by target-specific primary (1st) antibodies while the HRP-conjugated secondary (2nd) antibodies bind the Fc region of the 1st antibody. Through this binding, the HRP enzyme conjugated to the 2nd antibody can catalyze a colorimetric reaction upon substrate addition. Due to the qualitative nature of the Cell-Based ELISA, multiple normalization methods are described:
1) a monoclonal antibody specific for human GAPDH is included to serve as an internal positive control in normalizing the target absorbance values.
2) Following the colorimetric measurement of HRP activity via substrate addition, the Crystal Violet whole-cell staining method is used to determine cell density. After staining, the results can be analyzed by normalizing the absorbance values to cell amounts, by which the plating difference can be adjusted.
3) If a phosphorylated target is being detected, an antibody against the non- phosphorylated counterpart will be provided for normalization purposes. The absorbance values obtained for the non-phosphorylated target can be used to normalize the absorbance values for the phosphorylated target.
MEK2 Colorimetric Cell-Based ELISA
The MEK2 Cell-Based ELISA Kit is a convenient, lysate-free, high throughput and sensitive assay kit that can monitor MEK2 protein expression profile in cells. The kit can be used for measuring the relative amounts of MEK2 in cultured cells as well as screening for the effects that various treatments, inhibitors (ie. siRNA or chemicals), or activators have on MEK2.
Note: Please remember to allow all solutions to warm up to room temperature prior to use.
1x TBS: 1x TBS is used to wash cells seeded on the plate. 1x TBS can be prepared by adding 1 volume of 10x TBS provided in the kit to 9 volumes of ddH2O.
Fixing Solution: This solution is NOT provided. Fixing Solution is used to fix cells after cell culture. It is prepared by adding formaldehyde to 1x TBS with light mixing. The 4% formaldehyde is used for adherent cells and 8% formaldehyde is used for suspension cells and loosely attached cells.
Quenching Buffer: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. Quenching Buffer is used to inactivate the endogenous peroxidase activity of the seeded cells.
Blocking Buffer: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. Blocking Buffer is used to block additional binding sites in each well.
Wash Buffer: This buffer is provided as a 10x solution. 1x Wash Buffer can be prepared by adding 1 volume of 10x Wash Buffer provided in the kit to 9 volumes of ddH2O.
100x Anti-MEK2 antibody: This antibody is a rabbit polyclonal antibody. This antibody was tested to be specific for the MEK2 protein. The supplied antibody is a 100x solution. Make 1:100 dilutions in Primary antibody Diluent prior to use. The diluted primary antibody can be stored at 4°C for up to two weeks.
100x Anti-GAPDH antibody: This antibody is a mouse monoclonal antibody. This antibody was tested to be specific for GAPDH. The supplied antibody is a 100x solution. Make 1:100 dilutions in Primary antibody Diluent prior to use. The diluted primary antibody can be stored at 4°C for up to two weeks.
HRP-Conjugated Anti-Rabbit IgG antibody: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. HRP-Conjugated Anti-Rabbit IgG antibody is used as the secondary antibody to detect the target-bound, primary rabbit antibodies.
HRP-Conjugated Anti-Mouse IgG antibody: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. HRP-Conjugated Anti-Mouse IgG antibody is used as the secondary antibody to detect the target-bound, primary mouse antibodies.
Primary antibody Diluent: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. Use this solution to dilute the provided antibodies.
Ready-to-Use Substrate: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. Ready-to-Use Substrate must be warmed to room temperature before use. Keep away from light as this solution is light-sensitive.
Stop Solution: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. Stop Solution must be handled with caution as it contains 2 N Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4) and is corrosive. Wear eye protection and gloves when handling.
Crystal Violet Solution: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. Crystal Violet is an intense stain used to stain cell nuclei. Avoid contact with skin and clothing.
SDS Solution: This solution is provided as ready-to-use. SDS is used to solubilize the Crystal Violet in preparation for cell staining. Store this solution at room temperature or warm up to room temperature if stored at 4°C.
Note: Please read the whole manual before performing the experiment.
1) Seed 200 µL of 20,000 adherent cells in culture medium in each well of a 96-well plate. The plates included in the kit are sterile and treated for cell culture. For suspension cells and loosely attached cells, coat the plates with 100 µL of 10 µg/mL Poly-L-Lysine (not included) to each well of a 96-well plate for 30 minutes at 37°C prior to adding cells.
2) Incubate the cells for overnight at 37°C, 5% CO2.
3) Treat the cells as desired.
4) Remove the cell culture medium and rinse with 200 µL of 1x TBS, twice.
5) Fix the cells by incubating with 100 µL of Fixing Solution for 20 minutes at room temperature. The 4% formaldehyde is used for adherent cells and 8% formaldehyde is used for suspension cells and loosely attached cells. During the incubation, the plates should be sealed with Parafilm. Note: Fixing Solution is volatile. Wear appropriate personal protection equipment (mask, gloves and glasses) when using this chemical.
6) Remove the Fixing Solution and wash the plate 3 times with 200 µL 1x Wash Buffer for five minutes each time with gentle shaking on the orbital shaker. The plate can be stored at 4°C for a week. Note: For all wash steps, tap the plate gently on absorbent papers to remove the solution completely.
7) Add 100 µL Quenching Buffer and incubate for 20 minutes at room temperature.
8) Wash the plate 3 times with 1x Wash Buffer for 5 minutes at a time, with gentle shaking on the shaker.
9) Add 200 µL of Blocking Buffer and incubate for 1 hour at room temperature. 10) Wash 3 times with 200 µL of 1x Wash Buffer for 5 minutes at a time, with gentle shaking on the shaker.
11) Add 50 µL of 1x primary antibodies (Anti-MEK2 antibody and/or Anti-GAPDH antibody) to the corresponding wells, cover with Parafilm and incubate for 16 hours (overnight) at 4°C. If the target expression is known to be high, incubate for 2 hours at room temperature with gentle shaking on the shaker.
12) Wash 3 times with 200 µL of 1x Wash Buffer for 5 minutes at a time, with gentle shaking on the shaker.
13) Add 50 µL of 1x secondary antibodies (HRP-Conjugated Anti- Rabbit IgG antibody and/or HRP-Conjugated Anti-Mouse IgG antibody) to corresponding wells and incubate for 1.5 hours at room temperature with gentle shaking on the shaker. Note: Add HRP-Conjugated Anti-Rabbit IgG antibody to the wells incubated with Anti-MEK2 (rabbit, polyclonal) and add HRP-Conjugated Anti- Mouse IgG antibody to the wells incubated with Anti-GAPDH antibody (mouse, monoclonal).
14) Wash 3 times with 200 µL of 1x Wash Buffer for 5 minutes at a time, with gentle shaking on the shaker.
15) Add 50 µL of Ready-to-Use Substrate to each well and incubate for 30 minutes at room temperature in the dark with gentle shaking on the shaker. Note: Ready-to-Use Substrate is a light-sensitive reagent. Keep away from light.
16) Add 50 µL of Stop Solution to each well and read OD at 450 nm immediately using the microplate reader. Optional: Crystal Violet Cell Staining Crystal Violet binds to cell nuclei and gives absorbance readings proportional to cell counts at 595 nm.
17) After finishing reading the absorbance at 450 nm, wash the plate twice with 200 µL of Wash Buffer and twice with 200 µL of 1x TBS for 5 minutes each. Tap the plates on paper towel to remove the excess liquid. Let plate air dry for 5 minutes at room temperature.
18) Add 50 µL of Crystal Violet Solution to each well, incubate for 30 minutes at room temperature on the shaker. Note: Crystal Violet is an intense stain. Avoid contact with skin and clothing.
19) Flick the plate to remove Crystal Violet Solution, rinse the plate by filling the wells with running tap water, and wash the plate with 200 µL of 1x TBS 3 times, 5 minutes each with gently shaking on the shaker.
20) Add 100 µL of SDS Solution into each well and incubate on the shaker at room temperature for 1 hour.
21) Read absorbance at 595 nm with microplate reader. If absorbance is too high, the solubilized Crystal Violet Solution can be diluted 10 times with H2O on a separate 96-well plate.
This ELISA kit is intended for research purposes only, NOT for diagnostic or clinical procedures of any kind.
Materials included in this kit should NOT be used past the expiration date on the kit label.
Reagents or substrates included in this kit should NOT be mixed or substituted with reagents or substrates from any other kits.
Variations in pipetting technique, washing technique, operator laboratory technique, kit age, incubation time or temperature may cause differences in binding affinity of the materials provided.
The assay is designed to eliminate interference and background by other cellular macromolecules or factors present within any biological samples. However, the possibility of background noise cannot be fully excluded until all factors have been tested using the assay kit.