CA 15-3

Immunoradiometric assay (RIA) for the determination of the cancer associated antigen MUC-1 (CA 15-3) in serum. For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.
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Catalog Number TK01121
Species Human
Design Radioimmunoassay (RIA) technique.
Standards 6 calibrators, lyophilized.
Controls 2 controls, lyophilized.
Sample Types Serum.
Sample Volume 20 μL / determination.
Assay Desc. 3 hours total incubation time.
Standard Range 0 / 2.86 - 331 U/mL
Sensitivity 0.33 U/mL
Other Names For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.
Storage 2 - 8°C
Postscript For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Intended use

This ELISA kit applies to the in vitro quantitative determination of CA 15-3 concentrations in serum, plasma and other biological fluids.

Test principle

This ELISA kit uses the Sandwich-ELISA principle. The micro ELISA plate provided in this kit has been pre-coated with an antigen specific to CA 15-3. Standards or samples are added to the micro ELISA plate wells and combined with the specific antigen. Then a biotinylated detection antigen specific for CA 15-3 and Avidin-Horseradish Peroxidase (HRP) conjugate are added successively to each micro plate well and incubated. Free components are washed away. The substrate solution is added to each well. Only those wells that contain CA 15-3, biotinylated detection antigen and Avidin-HRP conjugate will appear blue in color. The enzyme-substrate reaction is terminated by the addition of stop solution and the color turns yellow. The optical density (OD) is measured spectrophotometrically at a wavelength of 450 nm ± 2 nm. The OD value is proportional to the concentration of CA 15-3. You can calculate the concentration of CA 15-3 in the samples by comparing the OD of the samples to the standard curve.

Typical data

As the OD values of the standard curve may vary according to the conditions of the actual assay performance (e.g. operator, pipetting technique, washing technique or temperature effects), the operator should establish a standard curve for each test. Typical standard curve and data is provided below for reference only.


Intra-assay Precision (Precision within an assay):
3 samples with low, middle,high concentration of CA 15-3. And the sample of CA 15-3 were tested 30 times on one plate, respectively.
Inter-assay Precision (Precision between assays):
3 samples with low, middle,high concentration of CA 15-3. And the sample of CA 15-3 were tested on 3 different plates, 30 replicates in each plate.


Matrices listed below were spiked with certain level of CA 15-3 and the recovery rates were calculated by comparing the measured value to the expected amount of CA 15-3 in samples.

Matrix Recovery range (%) Average Recovery (%)
Serum (n=5) 90-103 98
EDTA plasma (n=5) 90-101 96
heparin plasma (n=5) 81-101 94


The linearity of the kit was assayed by testing samples spiked with appropriate concentration of CA 15-3 and their serial dilutions. The results were demonstrated by the percentage of calculated concentration to the expected.

    Serum (n=5) EDTA plasma (n=5) heparin plasma (n=5)
1:2 Range (%) 87-99 87-101 93-105
Average (%) 93 93 94
1:4 Range (%) 87-105 93-107 93-106
Average (%) 94 94 93
1:8 Range (%) 88-107 88-108 89-105
Average (%) 95 95 93
1:16 Range (%) 92-108 87-99 87-100
Average (%) 93 93 95


The stability of CA 15-3 is determined by the loss rate of activity. The loss rate of CA 15-3 is less than 5% within the expiration date under appropriate storage condition. To minimize extra influence on the performance, operation procedures and lab conditions, especially room temperature, air humidity, incubator temperature should be strictly controlled. It is also strongly suggested that the whole assay is performed by the same operator from the beginning to the end.

Item Specifications Storage
Micro ELISA Plate(Dismountable) 8 wells ×12 strips -20℃, 6 months
Reference Standard 2 vials
Concentrated Biotinylated Detection Ab (100×) 1 vial, 120 μL
Concentrated HRP Conjugate (100×) 1 vial, 120 μL -20℃(shading light), 6 months
Reference Standard & Sample Diluent 1 vial, 20 mL 4℃, 6 months
Biotinylated Detection Ab Diluent 1 vial, 14 mL
HRP Conjugate Diluent 1 vial, 14 mL
Concentrated Wash Buffer (25×) 1 vial, 30 mL
Substrate Reagent 1 vial, 10 mL 4℃(shading light)
Stop Solution 1 vial, 10 mL 4℃
Plate Sealer 5 pieces
Product Description 1 copy
Certificate of Analysis 1 copy

Other supplies required

Microplate reader with 450 nm wavelength filter
High-precision transfer pipette, EP tubes and disposable pipette tips
Incubator capable of maintaining 37℃
Deionized or distilled water
Absorbent paper
Loading slot for Wash Buffer

Assay procedure summary

1. Prepare all reagents, samples and standards;
2. Add 100µL standard or sample to each well. Incubate 1 hours at 37°C;
3. Aspirate and add 100µL prepared Detection Reagent A. Incubate 1 hour at 37°C;
4. Aspirate and wash 3 times;
5. Add 100µL prepared Detection Reagent B. Incubate 30 minutes at 37°C;
6. Aspirate and wash 5 times;
7. Add 90µL Substrate Solution. Incubate 10-20 minutes at 37°C;
8. Add 50µL Stop Solution. Read at 450nm immediately.

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