[Cytometry] CBA vs ELISA

Theolis Bessa theolis.bessa at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 12:03:23 EST 2010

Dear Monica,

I haven't worked with CBA for mouse samples, but for human samples it is
true that the results obtained with ELISA do not correspond to those
obtained with CBA. For some cytokines the results may be higher, for other
cytokines lower. I advise you to check the curves that were performed, in
case you make the analysis using the Excel worksheet provided by BD. I often
have better curves if I perform the analysis of MFI manually for each bead
population and use a statistics software to calculate the curve (GraphPad
Prism). Hope it helps,


On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Monica Spadafora Ferreira <
mospadafora at butantan.gov.br> wrote:

> Hi,
> I would like to know if someone has compared the use of CBA  and ELISA for
> mouse
> cytokine detection in culture supernatant or serum samples.
> I think that CBA technology is very practice, much faster and easy to
> perform, but recently I
> compared the results obtained with IL-17A using the CBA Th1, Th2 and Th17
> kit with the
> ELISA for IL-17A from BioLegend and obtained higher levels using ELISA with
> the same
> supernatants. There is one question that I do not know if it could
> interefere, we defrost the
> samples and tested by ELISA and froze the samples at -80C and performed the
> CBA one
> week later after defrosting the samples again.
> Does anyone has experience on that or any suggestion?
> Thanks
> --
> Monica Spadafora Ferreira
> Scientist Researcher
> Butantan Institute
> Sao Paulo
> Brasil
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