Emeritus Prof E J Thompson PhD MD DSc FRCPath FRCP is a noted pathologist, researcher, physician and professor emeritus in the Department of Neuroimmunology at the Institute of Neurology, University College London and a clinician at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in England. Dr. Thompson and his associates pioneered the work to develop the “gold standard” method for detecting oligoclonal banding in cerebral spinal fluid using IEF and immunoblot. This technique, along with other clinical data, has enabled confirmation of the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis on a wide International scale.
The SPIFE IgG IEF kit is intended for the identification of IgG-specific oligoclonal banding in serum and CSF using isoelectric focusing and immunoblotting. This technique is considered the “Gold Standard” method for the determination of intrathecal IgG synthesis in the clinical diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. -
When there is a restricted humoral immune response, oligoclonal bands can be detected in the CSF. The concentration of individual bands may be as low as 2% of the total CSF IgG but can be seen against the background of polyclonal IgG present through filtration from the blood. Due to this filtration, it is important to rule out oligoclonal IgG from the blood by running parallel serum samples against CSF samples. The presence of oligoclonal banding in CSF but not in serum is considered indicative of MS. With IEF, oligoclonal banding may be detected while the total CSF IgG concentration is still within the reference range. Isoelectric focusing is considered twice as sensitive as the IgG index and gives superior resolution over standard electrophoresis.
- Simple procedure
- Performed on unconcentrated CSF
- Single-antibody IgG immunodetection
- Most sensitive procedure for humoral immune responses
|3389||SPIFE IgG IEF Kit||10 x 5/8 profiles per gel*|
|3385||SPIFE IgG IEF-20 Kit||10 x 10 profiles per gel|
Kits include: Anode Solution, Cathode Solution, Blocking Agent, Acetate Buffer Concentrate, Chromogen, IgG IEF Antibody, Transfer Membranes, Blotters, Wicks, Sample Templates.
* Precut sample wells accommodate 5 profiles per gel; alternate template procedure allows 8 profiles per gel.
Additional Equipment Needed: SPIFE IgG IEF Electrodes (2/pkg) (Cat. No. 3383).