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High Throughput Multiplex Serological Testing in Microbiology

Version 1 : Received: 30 October 2018 / Approved: 1 November 2018 / Online: 1 November 2018 (18:02:59 CET)

How to cite: Blomberg, J. High Throughput Multiplex Serological Testing in Microbiology. Preprints 2018, 2018100760. Blomberg, J. High Throughput Multiplex Serological Testing in Microbiology. Preprints 2018, 2018100760.


High throughput multiplex serological systems enable the small developer to set up tests at small cost, for microbes for which there are no commercial tests, and for aspects which have not been addressed by them. An example is testing for Zika and Tick Borne Encephalitis virus antibodies, where antigenic cross-reactions make diagnosis problematic. Our technique variant, Suspension Multiplex Immunoassay (SMIA) allows many samples to be tested for antibodies to many antigens in a short time. Computational compensation for cross-reactions is possible if a SMIA panel contains most of the potentially cross-reacting antigens. Using antibody avidity and pattern of reactivity to whole virus and nonstructural protein, antibodies due to vaccination and infection, respectively, as well as probable degree of protection, can be determined with high throughput. These multiplex techniques hold great promise for future diagnostic development. Theoretically, even large scale serological monitoring, like blood donor pathogen testing, could be done inexpensively and rationally with multiplex serology developed in house. However, the quality control demands are steep and in most cases out of scope for a single laboratory. There remain however a number of clinical applications where in house multiplex serology can be performed with adequate quality control under high throughput conditions.


Multiplex serology, serosurveillance, vaccine monitoring, emerging diseases, clinical microbiology


Biology and Life Sciences, Virology

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