Antibody validation

Department of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.
BioTechniques (Impact Factor: 2.95). 03/2010; 48(3):197-209. DOI: 10.2144/000113382
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Antibodies are among the most frequently used tools in basic science research and in clinical assays, but there are no universally accepted guidelines or standardized methods for determining the validity of these reagents. Furthermore, for commercially available antibodies, it is clear that what is on the label does not necessarily correspond to what is in the tube. To validate an antibody, it must be shown to be specific, selective, and reproducible in the context for which it is to be used. In this review, we highlight the common pitfalls when working with antibodies, common practices for validating antibodies, and levels of commercial antibody validation for seven vendors. Finally, we share our algorithm for antibody validation for immunohistochemistry and quantitative immunofluorescence.

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    • "The central role of antibodies for the characterization of histone PTMs in chromatin research makes the quality and reliability of these reagents a very important scientific issue. In general, antibodies are very powerful and important reagents in biomolecular research, but the validation of commercial antibodies is not always sufficiently rigorous (Bordeaux et al. 2010). This is particularly important in the chromatin field, where specific recognition and discrimination of subtle epitopes defined only by the presence of distinct PTMs is required. "
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