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Antigen-capture Electrochemiluminescent Assay for Determining Rabies Vaccine Potency

CDC researchers developed a more efficient method of assessing rabies vaccine potency using an antigen-capture electrochemiluminescent (ECL) assay. This assay utilizes SULFO-NHS-Ester labeled murine monoclonal antibodies to quantify glycoprotein concentration, which is an indicator of vaccine potency. Currently, the potency of rabies vaccines is determined by the effective-dose (ED50) mouse study evaluation method, which is more than 50 years old. The labor-intensive ED50 evaluation method has high operating costs, extensive biosafety requirements, and requires the sacrifice of a large number of animals. CDC researchers have addressed these issues by developing a competitive in vitro antigen-capture assay that is rapid, highly robust, reproducible, flexible and much less expensive to implement than the traditional ED50-mouse study evaluation.
Abstract: 
CDC researchers developed a more efficient method of assessing rabies vaccine potency using an antigen-capture electrochemiluminescent (ECL) assay. This assay utilizes SULFO-NHS-Ester labeled murine monoclonal antibodies to quantify glycoprotein concentration, which is an indicator of vaccine potency. Currently, the potency of rabies vaccines is determined by the effective-dose (ED50) mouse study evaluation method, which is more than 50 years old. The labor-intensive ED50 evaluation method has high operating costs, extensive biosafety requirements, and requires the sacrifice of a large number of animals. CDC researchers have addressed these issues by developing a competitive in vitro antigen-capture assay that is rapid, highly robust, reproducible, flexible and much less expensive to implement than the traditional ED50-mouse study evaluation.
Benefits: 
Efficient vaccine evaluation -Highly robust, reproducible and flexible -Easily standardized for consistent, universal usage and assurance of batch-to-batch vaccine homogeneity -In vitro assay may replace the 50 year old ED50 mouse procedure
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Inventors: 
Todd Smith
Patent Number: 
61/713,130 PCT Application No. PCT/US2013/064911 U
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
E-180-2013/0
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