Microsphere Peptide-Based Immunoassay for the Detection of Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin in Injection Preparations

Nathalie G.E. Smits*, Toine F.H. Bovee, Sidharam P. Pujari, Leendert A. van Ginkel, Michel W.F. Nielen, Bauke Albada

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The use of peptides in immunoassays can be favored over the use of the full protein when more cost effective or less toxic approaches are needed, or when access to the full protein is lacking. Due to restricted access to recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), a protein enhancing growth and lactating performances of livestock, which use has been banned in the EU, Canada and Australia (amongst others), we developed a peptide-based biorecognition assay on an imaging planar array analyzer. For this, we identified the rbST epitope that is responsible for binding to the rbST-targeting monoclonal antibody 4H12 (MAb 4H12) to be115 DLEEGILALMR125 . This linear peptide was synthesized and coupled to microspheres, after which it was tested in a biorecognition competitive inhibition assay format. We observed IC50 values of approximately 0.11 µg mL−1, which are lower than observed for the full rbST protein (IC50 = 0.20 µg mL−1 ). Importantly, there was no binding with the scrambled peptide. Preliminary results of directly coupled peptides in a microsphere biorecognition assay for detection of rbST are presented. Real-life applicability for detection of somatotropins (STs) in injection preparations of bovine-, porcine-and equine ST are shown. This newly developed immunoassay strongly supports future developments of peptide-based immunoassays to circumvent the limited access to the full protein.

Original languageEnglish
Article number138
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • Biorecognition
  • Epitope mapping
  • Peptide-based immunoassay
  • Recombinant bovine somatotropin
  • Suspension array


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