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Type: Journal article
Title: Prevention of false positive binding during immunofluorescence of Staphylococcus aureus infected tissue biopsies
Author: Tan, N.W.
Tran, H.
Roscioli, E.
Wormald, P.J.
Vreugde, S.
Citation: Journal of Immunological Methods, 2012; 384(1-2):111-117
Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0022-1759
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Neil C.-W. Tan, Hai Tran, Eugene Roscioli, Peter John Wormald, Sarah Vreugde
Abstract: Immunofluorescence is a fundamental tool used to analyse tissue and cell samples with a wide variety of available antibodies targeting specific proteins or molecules. Staphylococcal surface protein A is used both in clinical, research and industrial settings for its ability to bind mammalian immunoglobulin G. Spurious binding between protein A and IgG antibodies can lead to false-positive fluorescence and misleading results. Here we demonstrate this occurring in formalin-fixed patient samples that harbour Staphylococcus aureus infection, and characterise methods to overcome this issue. Specifically the use of F(ab') fragment antibodies or blocking with human IgG is shown to prevent antibody-protein A interaction in formalin-fixed S. aureus smears, biopsies obtained from infected patients, and experimentally infected tissue samples.
Keywords: Staphylococcus aureus; Immunofluorescence; IgG; F(ab′)
Rights: Crown copyright © 2012
RMID: 0020121807
DOI: 10.1016/j.jim.2012.07.015
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