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ELISA Antibody Pair

A. Solutions and Reagents

NOTE: Prepare solutions with reverse osmosis deionized (RODI) or equivalent grade water.

  1. 20X Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS): (#9808) To prepare 1 L 1X PBS: add 50 ml 20X PBS to 950 ml dH2O, mix.
  2. Wash Buffer: 1X PBS/0.05% Tween® 20, (20X PBST #9809).
  3. Blocking Buffer: 1X PBS/0.05% Tween® 20, 1% BSA.
  4. 1X Cell Lysis Buffer: 10X Cell Lysis Buffer (#9803): To prepare 10 ml of 1X Cell Lysis Buffer, add 1 ml of 10X Cell Lysis Buffer to 9 ml of dH2O, mix. Buffer can be stored at 4°C for short-term use (1–2 weeks).

    Recommended: Add 1 mM phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF) (#8553) immediately before use.

  5. Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA): (#9998).
  6. TMB Substrate: (#7004).
  7. STOP Solution: (#7002)

    NOTE: Reagents should be made fresh daily.

B. Preparing Cell Lysates

For adherent cells

  1. Aspirate media when the culture reaches 80–90% confluence. Treat cells by adding fresh media containing regulator for desired time.
  2. Remove media and rinse cells once with ice-cold 1X PBS.
  3. Remove PBS and add 0.5 ml ice-cold 1X Cell Lysis Buffer plus 1 mM PMSF to each plate (10 cm diameter) and incubate the plate on ice for 5 min.
  4. Scrape cells off the plate and transfer to an appropriate tube. Keep on ice.
  5. Sonicate lysates on ice.
  6. Microcentrifuge for 10 min (x14,000 rpm) at 4°C and transfer the supernatant to a new tube. The supernatant is the cell lysate. Store at -80°C in single-use aliquots.

For suspension cells

  1. Remove media by low speed centrifugation (~1,200 rpm) when the culture reaches 0.5–1.0 x 106 viable cells/ml. Treat cells by adding fresh media containing regulator for desired time.
  2. Collect cells by low speed centrifugation (~1,200 rpm) and wash once with 5–10 ml ice-cold 1X PBS.
  3. Cells harvested from 50 ml of growth media can be lysed in 2.0 ml of 1X cell lysis buffer plus 1 mM PMSF.
  4. Sonicate lysates on ice.
  5. Microcentrifuge for 10 min (x14,000 rpm) at 4°C and transfer the supernatant to a new tube. The supernatant is the cell lysate. Store at -80°C in single-use aliquots.

C. Coating Procedure

  1. Rinse microplate with 200 µl of dH2O, discard liquid. Blot on paper towel to make sure wells are dry.
  2. Dilute capture antibody 1:100 in 1X PBS. For a single 96 well plate, add 100 µl of capture antibody stock to 9.9 ml 1X PBS. Mix well and add 100 µl/well. Cover plate and incubate overnight at 4°C (17–20 hr).
  3. After overnight coating, gently uncover plate and wash wells:
    1. Discard plate contents into a receptacle.
    2. Wash four times with wash buffer, 200 µl each time per well. For each wash, strike plates on fresh paper towels hard enough to remove the residual solution in each well, but do not allow wells to completely dry at any time.
    3. Clean the underside of all wells with a lint-free tissue.
  4. Block plates. Add 150 µl of blocking buffer/well, cover plate, and incubate at 37°C for 2 hr.
  5. After blocking, wash plate (Section C, Step 3). Plate is ready to use.

D. Test Procedure

  1. Lysates can be used undiluted or diluted in blocking buffer. 100 µl of lysate is added per well. Cover plate and incubate at 37°C for 2 hr.
  2. Wash plate (Section C, Step 3).
  3. Dilute detection antibody 1:100 in blocking buffer. For a single 96 well plate, add 100 µl of detection antibody Stock to 9.9 ml of blocking buffer. Mix well and add 100 µl/well. Cover plate and incubate at 37°C for 1 hr.
  4. Wash plate (Section C, Step 3).
  5. Secondary antibody, either streptavidin anti-mouse or anti-rabbit-HRP, is diluted 1:1000 in blocking buffer. For a single 96 well plate, add 10 µl of secondary antibody stock to 9.99 ml of blocking buffer. Mix well and add 100 µl/well. Cover and incubate at 37°C for 30 min.
  6. Wash plate (Section C, Step 3).
  7. Add 100 µl of TMB substrate per well. Cover and incubate at 37°C for 10 min.
  8. Add 100 µl of STOP solution per well. Shake gently for a few seconds.
  9. Read plate on a microplate reader at absorbance 450 nm.
    1. Visual Determination: Read within 30 min after adding STOP solution.
    2. Spectrophotometric Determination: Wipe underside of wells with a lint-free tissue. Read absorbance at 450 nm within 30 min after adding STOP solution.

posted January 2008

revised Sepetember 2013

protocol id: 20

Product Includes Volume Cap Color
p53 Capture Ab (100X) 0.4 ml Pink
p53 Detection Ab (100X) 0.4 ml Blue
Anti-mouse IgG, HRP-linked Antibody 0.04 ml Yellow

Order Details

Custom Ordering Details: Product is assembled upon order to ensure maximum activity. United States: Please allow up to two weeks for your order to be processed and shipped. Outside of the United States: Please allow up to three weeks, depending on the country, for your order to be processed and shipped. When ordering five or more kits, please contact us for processing time and pricing at sales@cellsignal.com.

Product Description

CST's PathScan® Total p53 Sandwich ELISA Antibody Pair is offered as an economical alternative to our PathScan® Total p53 Sandwich ELISA Kit #7370. Capture and Detection antibodies (100X stocks) and HRP-conjugated secondary antibody (1000X stock) are supplied. Sufficient reagents are supplied for 4 x 96 well ELISAs. The p53 Capture Antibody is coated in PBS overnight in a 96 well microplate. After blocking, cell lysates are added followed by a p53 Detection Antibody and anti-Mouse IgG, HRP conjugated antibody. HRP substrate, TMB, is added for color development. The magnitude of the absorbance for this developed color is proportional to the quantity of total p53 protein.

Antibodies in kit are custom formulations specific to kit.


Product Usage Information

Storage: Capture and detection antibodies are stored at 4°C. HRP-linked secondary reagent is stored at -20°C.

Specificity / Sensitivity

For Antibody Pair specificity and sensitivity, please refer to the corresponding PathScan® Sandwich ELISA Kit. Note: This antibody pair detects proteins from the indicated species, as determined through in-house testing, but may also detect homologous proteins from other species.


Species Reactivity: Human

The p53 tumor suppressor protein plays a major role in cellular response to DNA damage and other genomic aberrations. Activation of p53 can lead to either cell cycle arrest and DNA repair or apoptosis (1). p53 is phosphorylated at multiple sites in vivo and by several different protein kinases in vitro (2,3). DNA damage induces phosphorylation of p53 at Ser15 and Ser20 and leads to a reduced interaction between p53 and its negative regulator, the oncoprotein MDM2 (4). MDM2 inhibits p53 accumulation by targeting it for ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation (5,6). p53 can be phosphorylated by ATM, ATR, and DNA-PK at Ser15 and Ser37. Phosphorylation impairs the ability of MDM2 to bind p53, promoting both the accumulation and activation of p53 in response to DNA damage (4,7). Chk2 and Chk1 can phosphorylate p53 at Ser20, enhancing its tetramerization, stability, and activity (8,9). p53 is phosphorylated at Ser392 in vivo (10,11) and by CAK in vitro (11). Phosphorylation of p53 at Ser392 is increased in human tumors (12) and has been reported to influence the growth suppressor function, DNA binding, and transcriptional activation of p53 (10,13,14). p53 is phosphorylated at Ser6 and Ser9 by CK1δ and CK1ε both in vitro and in vivo (13,15). Phosphorylation of p53 at Ser46 regulates the ability of p53 to induce apoptosis (16). Acetylation of p53 is mediated by p300 and CBP acetyltransferases. Inhibition of deacetylation suppressing MDM2 from recruiting HDAC1 complex by p19 (ARF) stabilizes p53. Acetylation appears to play a positive role in the accumulation of p53 protein in stress response (17). Following DNA damage, human p53 becomes acetylated at Lys382 (Lys379 in mouse) in vivo to enhance p53-DNA binding (18). Deacetylation of p53 occurs through interaction with the SIRT1 protein, a deacetylase that may be involved in cellular aging and the DNA damage response (19).


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2.  Levine, A.J. (1997) Cell 88, 323-31.

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4.  Milczarek, G.J. et al. (1997) Life Sci. 60, 1-11.

5.  Shieh, S.Y. et al. (1997) Cell 91, 325-334.

6.  Honda, R. et al. (1997) FEBS Lett. 420, 25-27.

7.  Tibbetts, R.S. et al. (1999) Genes Dev. 13, 152-157.

8.  Shieh, S.Y. et al. (1999) EMBO J. 18, 1815-1823.

9.  Hirao, A. et al. (2000) Science 287, 1824-1827.

10.  Hao, M. et al. (1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271, 29380-29385.

11.  Lu, H. et al. (1997) Mol. Cell. Biol. 17, 5923-5934.

12.  Ullrich, S.J. et al. (1993) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 90, 5954-5958.

13.  Kohn, K.W. (1999) Mol. Biol. Cell 10, 2703-2734.

14.  Lohrum, M. and Scheidtmann, K.H. (1996) Oncogene 13, 2527-2539.

15.  Sakaguchi, K. et al. (1998) Genes Dev 12, 2831-41.

16.  Knippschild, U. et al. (1997) Oncogene 15, 1727-1736.

17.  Oda, K. et al. (2000) Cell 102, 849-862.

18.  Ito, A. et al. (2001) EMBO J. 20, 1331-1340.

19.  Solomon, J.M. et al. (2006) Mol. Cell. Biol. 26, 28-38.


Entrez-Gene Id 7157
Swiss-Prot Acc. P04637

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