Develop your own monoclonal or polyclonal antibody
Antibodies, or immunoglobulins, are produced by B lymphocytes during the adaptive immune response. Following secretion, they bind with an extremely high degree of specificity to the foreign antigen which stimulated their production. This functions to protect the host from harm by, for example, marking invading pathogens for destruction or preventing viruses from attaching to host cell receptors. Their highly specialised binding makes antibodies a hugely powerful research tool, and they have been used for decades in a wide variety of immunodetection techniques including Western blotting, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry (IHC), flow cytometry, ELISA and lateral flow assays to name just a few.
You should consider whether a monoclonal or a polyclonal antibody will be more suitable for your experiment. Monoclonal antibodies recognise a single antigenic epitope, and are often preferred since an unlimited antibody supply can be guaranteed. Polyclonal antibodies afford signal amplification since these preparations consist of a population of antibodies which recognise multiple epitopes, however they can be subject to lot to lot variability.
At BIOZOL you have the opportunity to develop your monoclonal or polyclonal antibody together with our experienced partners.
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