Validation of antibodies for tissue based immunoassays
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
In situ protein detection in human tissues using antibodies reveals the cellular protein localization, and affinity-based proteomic studies can help to discover proteins involved in the development of diseases. However, antibodies often suffer from cross-reactivity, and the lack of positive and negative tissue controls for uncharacterized proteins complicates the mapping of the proteome. The aim of this thesis is thus to improve the methodology for validating antibodies used for immunostaining on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues.
Two of the papers include comparisons between mRNA-expression and immunostaining of corresponding protein. In paper I, ISH and IHC staining patterns were compared on consecutive TMA-slides. The study of well-characterized genes showed that ISH could be used for validation of antibodies. ISH was further used for antibody evaluation, and could validate four out of nine antibodies showing potentially interesting staining patterns. In paper III, transcriptomic data generated by RNA-sequencing were used to identify tissue specific expression in lymphohematopoietic tissues. An increased expression in one or more of these tissues compared to other tissue types was seen for 693 genes, and these were further compared to the staining patterns of corresponding proteins in tissues.
Antibody labeling is necessary for many immunoassays. In paper II, two techniques for antibody-biotinylation were compared, aiming to find a stringent labeling method for antibodies used for immunostaining on TMAs. The ZBPA-method, binding specifically to Fc-part of antibodies, was found to be superior to the Lightning Link-biotinylation kit targeting amine groups, since labeling of amine groups on stabilizing proteins in the antibody buffer causes unspecific staining.
The localization of the estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) in human normal and cancer tissues was studied in paper IV. Thorough evaluation of 13 antibodies using positive and negative control cell lines showed that only one antibody, PPZ0506, is specific for ERβ in all three immunoassays used. Contradictory to previously published data, tissue profiling using PPZ0506 showed that ERβ is expressed in a limited number of normal and cancer tissues.
In conclusion, the present investigations present tools for validation of antibodies used for large-scale studies of protein expression in tissues.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. , 45 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1109
Antibody validation, Conjugation, Estrogen receptor-beta, IHC, ISH, Lymphohematopoietic tissues, Proteomic, RNAseq, TMA, Transcriptomic
Medical and Health Sciences Biological Sciences
Research subject Pathology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251344ISBN: 978-91-554-9258-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-251344DiVA: diva2:806808
2015-06-13, Fåhreussalen, Rudbecklaboratoriet, hus C5, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 12:30 (English)
Taussig, Mike, Dr
Asplund, Anna, DocentPontén, Fredrik, ProfessorWester, Kenneth, Docent
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