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QuicKey Human TGF-α(Transforming Growth Factor Alpha) ELISA Kit

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Price:   $390
Cat Number:  E-TSEL-H0027
Lead Time:   7~10 days

Reactivity:  Human

Detection Range:  31.25~2000 pg/mL

Sensitivity:  7.54 pg/mL

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Assay type Sandwich-ELISA
Format 96T/48T
Assay time 2.5 h
Reactivity Human
Detection method Colormetric
Colormetric 31.25-2000 pg/mL
Sensitivity 7.54 pg/mL
Sample volume 50μL/well
Sample type serum, plasma
Specificity This kit recognizes Human TGF-α in samples. No significant cross-reactivity or interference between Human TGF-α and analogues was observed.
Reproducibility Both intra-CV and inter-CV are < 10%.
Application This ELISA kit applies to the in vitro quantitative determination of Human TGF-α concentrations in serum, plasma. Please consult technical support for the applicability if other biological fluids need to be tested.

Test principle

This ELISA kit uses the Sandwich-ELISA principle. The micro ELISA plate provided in this kit has been pre-coated with an antibody specific to Human TGF-α. Samples (or Standards) and biotinylated detection antibody specific for Human TGF-α are added to the micro ELISA plate wells. Human TGF-α would combine with the specific antibody. Then 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 Human TGF-α, biotinylated detection antibody 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 ± 2 nm. The OD value is proportional to the concentration of Human TGF-α. You can calculate the concentration of Human TGF-α in the samples by comparing the OD of the samples to the standard curve.

Kit components & Storage

An unopened kit can be stored at 2-8℃ for six months. After test, the unused wells and reagents should be stored according to the table below. (The specific components might be slightly different in delivered kits, please refer to the manual for more information.)

Item Specifications Storage conditions after test
Micro ELISA Plate (Dismountable) 96T: 8 wells ×12 strips
48T: 8 wells ×6 strips
2-8℃, 1 month
Reference Standard 96T: 2 vials
48T: 1 vial
Discard unused reconstituted standard and dilutions
Reference Standard & Sample Diluent 1 vial, 20 mL 2-8℃
Biotinylated Detection Ab Working Solution 1 vial, 6 mL
HRP Conjugate Diluent 1 vial, 14 mL
Concentrated Wash Buffer (25×) 1 vial, 30 mL
Concentrated HRP Conjugate (100×) 96T: 1 vial, 120 μL
48T: 1 vial, 60 μL
2-8℃ (Protect from light)
Substrate Reagent 1 vial, 10 mL
Stop Solution 1 vial, 10 mL 2-8℃
Plate Sealer 5 pieces
Product Description 1 copy
Certificate of Analysis 1 copy

Note: All reagent bottle caps must be tightened to prevent evaporation and microbial pollution. The volume of reagents in partial shipments is a little more than the volume marked on the label, please use accurate measuring equipment instead of directly pouring into the vial(s).

Other supplies required

1. Microplate reader with 450nm wavelength filter

2. High-precision transfer pipette, EP tubes and disposable pipette tips

3. Incubator capable of maintaining 37℃

4. Deionized or distilled water

5. Absorbent paper

6. Loading slot for Wash Buffer

Technical Data

Sample values


Typical Standard Curve

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.

Concentration(pg/mL) 2000 1000 500 250 125 62.5 31.25 0
OD 2.439 1.655 1.111 0.761 0.46 0.281 0.175 0.077
Corrected OD 2.362 1.578 1.034 0.684 0.383 0.204 0.098 -


Intra-assay Precision (Precision within an assay): 3 samples with low, mid range and high level Human TGF-α were tested 20 times on one plate, respectively.

Inter-assay Precision (Precision between assays): 3 samples with low, mid range and high level Human TGF-α were tested on 3 different plates, 20 replicates in each plate.

Intra-assay Precision Inter-assay Precision
Sample 1 2 3 1 2 3
n 20 20 20 20 20 20
Mean(pg/mL) 88.62 231.38 839.43 89.90 213.36 948.10
Standard deviation 5.01 10.92 42.31 5.30 9.64 45.03
CV (%) 5.65 4.72 5.04 5.90 4.52 4.75


The recovery of Human TGF-α spiked at three different levels in samples throughout the range of the assay was evaluated in various matrices.

Sample Type Range (%) Average Recovery (%)
Serum(n=8) 101-110 105
EDTA plasma(n=8) 91-100 95


Samples were spiked with high concentrations of Human TGF-α and diluted with Reference Standard & Sample Diluent to produce samples with values within the range of the assay.

Serum(n=4) EDTA plasma (n=4)
1:2 Range (%) 85-97 95-108
Average (%) 91 100
1:4 Range (%) 90-98 84-98
Average (%) 93 91
1:8 Range (%) 98-109 89-98
Average (%) 101 95
1:16 Range (%) 88-97 90-106
Average (%) 92 98

Target information


Transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-α) is a 50 amino acid protein encoded by the gene TGFA and it shares structural homology with Epidermal growth factor(EGF). As a member of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) family, TGF-α is a mitogenic polypeptide and becomes activated when binding to receptors capable of protein kinase activity for cellular signaling[1]. Although TGF-α is most often associated with its proliferation, differentiation, and transformation-promoting effects, it is also involved in angiogenesis, bone resorption, cell metabolism, cell migration and wound healing. Further, TGF-α has been implicated not only in myriad forms of cancer, but also in several neurodegenerative disorders[2].
1. Mead J E, Fausto N. Transforming growth factor alpha may be a physiological regulator of liver regeneration by means of an autocrine mechanism[J]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1989, 86(5): 1558-1562.
2. Junier M P. What role (s) for TGFα in the central nervous system?[J]. Progress in neurobiology, 2000, 62(5): 443-473.

Research area

Database Links

SwissProt P01135 Human
Entrez Gene 7039 Human





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Assay procedures

1. Add 50μL standard or sample to the wells, immediately add 50μL Biotinylated Detection Ab working solution to each well. Incubate for 90 min at 37°C
2. Aspirate and wash the plate for 3 times
3. Add 100μL HRP conjugate working solution. Incubate for 30 min at 37°C. Aspirate and wash the plate for 5 times
4. Add 90μL Substrate Reagent. Incubate for 15 min at 37°C
5. Add 50μL Stop Solution
6. Read the plate at 450nm immediately. Calculation of the results
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