• Analytical sensitivity 0.17ng/mL
  • 5hr total incubation time
  • Intra-assay precision ≤ 7%, Inter-assay precision ≤ 9%
  • 100µL sample
  • Optional extraction procedure applicable
  • Alternative Sample Treatment available for samples of <100µl available volume

The Immunodiagnostic Systems Limited Corticosterone HS (High Sensitivity) EIA kit is a competitive enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for the quantitative determination of corticosterone in serum or plasma. The method incorporates a sample heat treatment step to inactivate binding proteins.

Corticosterone (4-pregnen-11, 21-diol-3, 20-dione) is secreted by the adrenal cortices and is the major glucocorticoid found in birds, reptiles, amphibians, rats, mice, as well as other species.

The level of corticosterone can be used as an index of adrenal function. Response can be observed from ACTH release (causing secretion) and by dexamethasone or hypophysectomy (causing suppression).

Stress also plays a very important part in the circulating corticosterone levels causing rapid increases under stressful situations including temperature change, experimental stimuli, or unusual routine.

The Corticosterone HS (High Sensitivity) EIA kit is a competitive enzyme immunoassay utilising a polyclonal corticosterone antibody coated onto the inner surface of polystyrene microtitre wells. Heat treated calibrators, controls and samples are incubated with enzyme (horseradish peroxidase) labelled corticosterone in the antibody coated wells for 4 hours at room temperature.

The wells are washed and colour is developed using a chromogenic substrate (TMB). The absorbance of the stopped reaction mixtures is read in a microplate plate reader, colour intensity developed being inversely proportional to the concentration of corticosterone.