ENZYME TAGGED-ANTIGEN IMMUNODIAGNOSTIC ASSAY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$48,720.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
11099
Agency Tracking Number:
11099
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5 Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, 11205
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY, INC. (AMBI), WILL DEVELOP ENZYME-TAGGED ANTIGENS FOR USE AS PROBES IN A UNIQUE, COMPETITIVE IMMUNODIAGNOSTIC ASSAY SYSTEM. THE COMPETITIVE IMMUNOASSAY WILL BE FORMATTED IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE ANTIGEN IN THE TEST SAMPLE WILL COMPETE WITH THE ENZYME-TAGGED PROBE FOR BINDING TO AN IMMOBILIZED "UNIVERSAL" CAPTURE SYSTEM. THE DISPLACED ANTIGEN-ENZYME PROBE REMAINING IN SOLUTION WILL BE QUANTITATED BY ENZYMATICACTIVITY AND WILL BE DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO THE AMOUNT OF ANTIGEN IN THE TEST SAMPLE. ENZYME-TAGGED ANTIGENS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED VIA (1) RECOMBINANT DNA METHODOLOGY TO CREATE FUSION PROTEINS AND (2) CHEMICAL COUPLING. THE THERMOSTABLE INDICATOR ENZYME CHOSEN FOR THESE STUDIES, STAPHYLOCOCCAL NUCLEASE, CAN BE FORMATTED FOR ASSAY WITH FLUORESCENT, COLORED, AND RADIOACTIVE SUBSTRATES. THE RADIOACTIVE ASSAY IS EXTREMELY SENSITIVE: 100 FG NUCLEASE CAN BE DETECTED IN 30 MINUTES. THE INITIAL FOCUS WILL BE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF SPECIFIC TAGGED-ANTIGEN PROBES FOR THE DETECTION OF THE BACTERIAL EXTRACELLULAR TOXIN, TSST-1, RESPONSIBLE FOR TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME. IN THE LONGER TERM, OTHER EXTRACELLULAR BACTERIALTOXINS WILL BE TARGETED ALONG WITH VARIOUS PEPTIDE HORMONES. THE SYSTEM WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN A HOMOGENEOUS FORMAT THAT WILL NOT REQUIRE SEPARATION OR WASHING STEPS ANDWILL THEREFORE BE EASILY ADAPTABLE TO AUTOMATION.

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