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Quantification of Hordeins by ELISA: the correct standard makes a magnitude of difference.

Tanner GJ, Blundell MJ, Colgrave ML, Howitt CA - PLoS ONE (2013)

Bottom Line: A simple alcohol-dithiothreitol extraction protocol successfully extracts the majority of hordeins from barley flour and malt.In practice it is not feasible to isolate a representative hordein standard from each test food.MS quantification is undertaken using peptides that are specific and unique enabling the quantification of individual hordein isoforms.

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Affiliation: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Plant Industry, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

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Background: Coeliacs require a life-long gluten-free diet supported by accurate measurement of gluten (hordein) in gluten-free food. The gluten-free food industry, with a value in excess of $6 billion in 2011, currently depends on two ELISA protocols calibrated against standards that may not be representative of the sample being assayed.

Aim: The factors affecting the accuracy of ELISA analysis of hordeins in beer were examined.

Results: A simple alcohol-dithiothreitol extraction protocol successfully extracts the majority of hordeins from barley flour and malt. Primary hordein standards were purified by FPLC. ELISA detected different classes of purified hordeins with vastly different sensitivity. The dissociation constant (Kd) for a given ELISA reaction with different hordeins varied by three orders of magnitude. The Kd of the same hordein determined by ELISA using different antibodies varied by up to two orders of magnitude. The choice of either ELISA kit or hordein standard may bias the results and confound interpretation.

Conclusions: Accurate determination of hordein requires that the hordein standard used to calibrate the ELISA reaction be identical in composition to the hordeins present in the test substance. In practice it is not feasible to isolate a representative hordein standard from each test food. We suggest that mass spectrometry is more reliable than ELISA, as ELISA enumerates only the concentration of particular amino-acid epitopes which may vary between different hordeins and may not be related to the absolute hordein concentration. MS quantification is undertaken using peptides that are specific and unique enabling the quantification of individual hordein isoforms.

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Response of ELISA Systems sandwich assay to purified total hordeins are shown.
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pone-0056456-g013: Response of ELISA Systems sandwich assay to purified total hordeins are shown.

Mentions: At low concentrations of the total hordeins, the standard curves produced with the ELISA Systems kit approximate straight lines with individual R2 values >0.9 when plotted on a linear axis. The difference in sensitivity is reflected in the increased slopes of the ULG 2.0 and RisØ 1508 standard curves compared to the slope of the standard curves of the B-hordein rich lines, RisØ 56 and Sloop (Fig. 13). These standard curves correspond to total hordein preparations from the test grains and may be used to calculate accurately the hordein content of flour, and to approximate the hordein content of beers produced from these malted grains (Table 2).


Quantification of Hordeins by ELISA: the correct standard makes a magnitude of difference.

Tanner GJ, Blundell MJ, Colgrave ML, Howitt CA - PLoS ONE (2013)

Response of ELISA Systems sandwich assay to purified total hordeins are shown.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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pone-0056456-g013: Response of ELISA Systems sandwich assay to purified total hordeins are shown.
Mentions: At low concentrations of the total hordeins, the standard curves produced with the ELISA Systems kit approximate straight lines with individual R2 values >0.9 when plotted on a linear axis. The difference in sensitivity is reflected in the increased slopes of the ULG 2.0 and RisØ 1508 standard curves compared to the slope of the standard curves of the B-hordein rich lines, RisØ 56 and Sloop (Fig. 13). These standard curves correspond to total hordein preparations from the test grains and may be used to calculate accurately the hordein content of flour, and to approximate the hordein content of beers produced from these malted grains (Table 2).

Bottom Line: A simple alcohol-dithiothreitol extraction protocol successfully extracts the majority of hordeins from barley flour and malt.In practice it is not feasible to isolate a representative hordein standard from each test food.MS quantification is undertaken using peptides that are specific and unique enabling the quantification of individual hordein isoforms.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Plant Industry, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

ABSTRACT

Background: Coeliacs require a life-long gluten-free diet supported by accurate measurement of gluten (hordein) in gluten-free food. The gluten-free food industry, with a value in excess of $6 billion in 2011, currently depends on two ELISA protocols calibrated against standards that may not be representative of the sample being assayed.

Aim: The factors affecting the accuracy of ELISA analysis of hordeins in beer were examined.

Results: A simple alcohol-dithiothreitol extraction protocol successfully extracts the majority of hordeins from barley flour and malt. Primary hordein standards were purified by FPLC. ELISA detected different classes of purified hordeins with vastly different sensitivity. The dissociation constant (Kd) for a given ELISA reaction with different hordeins varied by three orders of magnitude. The Kd of the same hordein determined by ELISA using different antibodies varied by up to two orders of magnitude. The choice of either ELISA kit or hordein standard may bias the results and confound interpretation.

Conclusions: Accurate determination of hordein requires that the hordein standard used to calibrate the ELISA reaction be identical in composition to the hordeins present in the test substance. In practice it is not feasible to isolate a representative hordein standard from each test food. We suggest that mass spectrometry is more reliable than ELISA, as ELISA enumerates only the concentration of particular amino-acid epitopes which may vary between different hordeins and may not be related to the absolute hordein concentration. MS quantification is undertaken using peptides that are specific and unique enabling the quantification of individual hordein isoforms.

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Related in: MedlinePlus