A sensitive and specific quantitation method for determination of serum cardiac myosin binding protein-C by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay

Diederik W.D. Kuster, David Barefield, Suresh Govindan, Sakthivel Sadayappan

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Biomarkers are becoming increasingly more important in clinical decision-making, as well as basic science. Diagnosing myocardial infarction (MI) is largely driven by detecting cardiac-specific proteins in patients' serum or plasma as an indicator of myocardial injury. Having recently shown that cardiac myosin binding protein-C (cMyBP-C) is detectable in the serum after MI, we have proposed it as a potential biomarker for MI. Biomarkers are typically detected by traditional sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. However, this technique requires a large sample volume, has a small dynamic range, and can measure only one protein at a time. Here we show a multiplex immunoassay in which three cardiac proteins can be measured simultaneously with high sensitivity. Measuring cMyBP-C in uniplex or together with creatine kinase MB and cardiac troponin I showed comparable sensitivity. This technique uses the Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) method of multiplexing in a 96-well plate combined with electrochemiluminescence for detection. While only small sample volumes are required, high sensitivity and a large dynamic range are achieved. Using this technique, we measured cMyBP-C, creatine kinase MB, and cardiac troponin I levels in serum samples from 16 subjects with MI and compared the results with 16 control subjects. We were able to detect all three markers in these samples and found all three biomarkers to be increased after MI. This technique is, therefore, suitable for the sensitive detection of cardiac biomarkers in serum samples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50786
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number78
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2013


  • Assay
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cardiac myosin binding protein-C
  • Cardiac troponin I
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cellular biology
  • Creatine kinase MB
  • Electrochemiluminescence
  • Genetics
  • Heart diseases
  • Immunoassay
  • Issue 78
  • Medicine
  • Molecular biology
  • Multiplex biomarkers
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Myocardial ischemia

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