Comparison of antibody elution techniques by enzyme-linked antiglobulin test

Paul Michael Ness, J. L. Salamon, P. M. Ness

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The enzyme-linked antiglobulin test was used to determine the percentage of antibody removed from sensitized red cells by five elution methods: Rubin ether, xylene, digitonin-acid, glycine, and heat. Antibodies examined in the study included anti-D, -c, -E, and -K. With two examples of anti-D, more antibody was eluted by the Rubin ether method (45.5% average) than by xylene (38%) or the digitonin acid method (35%) (p <0.05); the glycine (8%) and heat method (15%) were less efficient. With one example of anti-E and one example of anti-c, more antibody was eluted by the ether method. The percentage of anti-K recovery, however, was greater with the digitonin acid method (45%) than with the ether (30%). We found the enzyme-linked antiglobulin test method useful in the quantitative evaluation of elution procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1983


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Hematology

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