DETERMINATION OF THE CONCENTRATIONS OF THE STEROIDS ESTRADIOL, PROGESTERONE AND TESTOSTERONE IN BOVINE SERA - COMPARISON OF COMMERCIAL DISSOCIATION ENHANCED LANTHANIDE FLUORESCENCE IMMUNOASSAY KITS WITH CONVENTIONAL RADIO AND ENZYME IMMUNOASSAYS

Christopher Elliott, Joan Francis, H.D. Shortt, Derek McCaughey

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Abstract

The performance of three conventional enzyme and radioimmunoassays routinely used to detect residues of anabolic steroids in cattle sera were compared with dissociation enhanced lanthanide fluorescence immunoassay (DELFIA) kits designed for the hospital market. Slight modifications to the kit reagents were required for the analysis of bovine sera. Owing to the large sample volumes used in conventional assays, detection limits were generally better than those obtained with DELFIA kits, however, assay reproducibility was enhanced using the DELFIA technology. Comparison of sera obtained from cattle implanted with anabolic steroids revealed a good correlation between alternate methods (r(2) from 0.91 to 0.97). The DELFIA kits offer a faster method for measuring estradiol, progesterone and testosterone with adequate sensitivity and in a safer environment than that encountered using radioimmunoassays.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1827-1830
Number of pages4
JournalAnalyst
Volume120
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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