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The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a reliable and relatively low-cost method for measuring soluble ligands such as antibodies and proteins in biological samples. For analysis of specific antibodies in serum, a capture antigen is immobilized onto a solid polystyrene surface from which it can capture the antibodies. The captured antibodies are subsequently detected using a secondary antibody conjugated to an enzyme. Detection is accomplished by addition of a colorimetric substrate, and the readout is absorbance (optical density). Here, we provide a detailed standardized ELISA protocol for the quantification of antibodies against malaria antigens.

Original publication





Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)

Publication Date





83 - 90


KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research-Coast, Kilifi, Kenya.


Humans, Malaria, Antibodies, Antigens, Antimalarials, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay