Comparison of an Enzyme Immunoassay Versus Mass Spectrometry-based Assay for the Quantitative Determination of the Procollagen Type I N-terminal Propeptide in Rat Serum

Monika Dzieciatkowska, Marci Copeland, Jinsam You, Jean Pierre Wery, Mu Wang

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Traditionally, antibody-based assays, such as enzyme immunoassay (EIA), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)and radioimmunoassay (RIA), are the primary tool for the targeted quantification of a specific protein. An antibody-based assay can berun at high-throughput and has extraordinary sensitivity and specificity. In the cases where antibody-based assays exist, the processof validating biomarker candidates can be relatively straightforward. However, the antibody-based approach is limited by the lack ofavailability of antibodies with high specificity. The development of a high quality antibody-based assays can be costly, time-consumingand a resource-intensive effort. Another disadvantage of antibody-based assays is that they often do not discriminate closely relatedisoforms. While the antibody development is central to the success of antibody-based platform, mass spectrometry (MS) providesalternative and complementary approach to existing antibody-based assays. The MS-based assays are becoming very popular forquantitative candidates proteins detection in a complex biological mixture.In the present paper, an in-house developed mass spectrometry (MS)-based assay was compared to a commercially available EIA inreproducibility, measurement accuracy, and dynamic range using rat procollagen type-I N-terminal propeptide (P1NP) as a model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalProteomics Insights
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Immunoassay
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Procollagen type-I N-terminal propeptide
  • Selected-reaction-monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

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