ADDITIONAL REAGENTS NEEDED
A. BD™ ELISPOT Streptavidin Horseradish Peroxidase (Cat. No. 557630) is recommended.
B. Coating Buffer (1X Phosphate Buffered Saline [PBS]): 8 g NaCl; 0.2 g KCl; 1.44 g Na2HPO4-7H2O, 0.24 g KH2PO4; dissolved in H2O to a final volume of 1 liter. Adjust pH to 7.2, sterile-filter (0.2 µm-sized pore filter) and store at 4°C.
C. Blocking Solution: complete tissue culture medium (e.g. RPMI 1640 containing 10% Fetal Bovine Serum [FBS] and 1% Penicillin-Streptomycin.L-Glutamine [Gibco-BRL No. 10378-016]).
D. Wash Buffer I: 1X PBS containing 0.05% Tween-20 (0.5 mL Tween-20 per 1 L PBS).
E. Wash Buffer II: 1X PBS
F. Dilution Buffer: 1X PBS containing 10% FBS.
G. BD™ ELISPOT AEC Substrate Set (Cat. No. 551951) is recommended. Alternatively, Prepare as follows:
1. Prepare AEC (3-Amino-9-ethyl-carbazole; Sigma A-5754) stock solution: mix 100 mg AEC in 10 mL DMF (N,NDimethylformamide; Sigma D-4551). Caution: dispense DMF in fume hood. Store solution in glassware.
2. Prepare 0.1 M Acetate Solution: add 148 mL of 0.2 M acetic acid/glacial acidic acid to 352 mL of 0.2 M sodium acetate. Adjust volume to 1 L DI water; adjust pH to 5.0.
3. For Final Substrate Solution, add 333.3 µL of AEC stock solution to 10 mL 0.1 M Acetate Solution. Filter through 0.45 µm filter. Add 5 µL of H 202 (30%) and use immediately.
NOTE: Use ELISPOT plates and reagents under aseptic conditions (e.g., using a laminar flow hood or biosafety cabinet) for Steps 1-7. Solutions noted with an asterisk (*) are not included and are described in the Additional Reagents Needed section.
1. Dilute capture antibody in Coating Buffer* (see Certificate of Analysis for antibody dilution information). Add 100 µl of diluted antibody solution to each well of an ELISPOT plate; Millipore plate, Cat. No. S2EM004M99 is recommended.
2. Store plates at 4°C overnight.
3. Discard Coating Antibody. Wash wells 1X with 200 µL/well Blocking Solution*.
4. Add 200 µL/well Blocking Solution and incubate for 2 hr at room temperature.
5. Discard Blocking Solution. Prepare mitogen or antigen, diluted in complete tissue culture medium (e.g., RPMI 1640 with FBS, Pen/Strep, and L-glutamine). Add 100 µL/well to ELISPOT plate.
6. Prepare cell suspensions at different densities, (e.g., 1 X 10e5/mL - 2 X 10e6 cells/mL) Add 100 µL/well of each cell suspension to ELISPOT plate wells.
7. Replace ELISPOT plate lid. Incubate ELISPOT plate at 37°C, 5% CO2 and 99% humidity. The duration of the incubation time can be varied (e.g., 2 hr to 24 hr) depending on the nature of the stimulatory cell culture system.
Specific activation conditions and incubation times will vary, depending on cell type, kinetics, and cytokine of interest. Please see Certificate of Analysis provided with each ELISPOT Pair for assay conditions of suggested positive controls.
Note: After step 7, aseptic conditions are no longer needed.
8. Aspirate cell suspension. Wash wells 2X with deionized (DI) water. Allow wells to soak for 3-5 min at each wash step.
9. Wash wells 3X with 200 µL/well Wash Buffer I*. Discard Wash Buffer.
10. Dilute Detection Antibody in Dilution Buffer* (see Certificate of Analysis for antibody dilution information). Add 100 µL per well.
11. Replace lid and incubate for 2 hr at room temperature.
12. Discard Detection Antibody solution. Wash wells 3X with 200 µL/well Wash Buffer I*.
13. Dilute Streptavidin-Horseradish Peroxidase (HRP) in Dilution Buffer. (BD™ ELISPOT Streptavidin-HRP, Cat. No. 557630 is recommended). Add 100 µL/well diluted Streptavidin-HRP.
14. Replace lid; incubate for 1 hr at room temperature.
15. Discard Streptavidin-HRP solution. Wash wells 4X with 200 µL/well Wash Buffer I*.
16. Wash wells 2X with 200 µL/well Wash Buffer II*.
17. Add 100 µL of Final Substrate Solution (AEC)* to each well. Monitor spot development from 5 - 60 min.
18. Stop substrate reaction by washing wells with DI water.
19. Air-dry plate for 2 hr - overnight at room temperature in the dark, until the plate is completely dry. Store plate in the dark, prior to analysis.
20. Enumerate spots manually using a dissecting microscope or automatically using an ELISPOT Analyzer.