Key Features and Values

– Same sample type can be used across all assays to simplify inclusion into routine serology work-up
– Ready to use reagents reduces hands-on time for assay preparation
– Long shelf life cost-effective solution by reducing wastage due to expired kits
– Suitable for inclusion on automated plate systems simplifies scale-up of test volume
– Supported by a complete panel of assays for supporting treatment monitoring of several forms of cancer

Product Description

A direct solid phase enzyme immunoassay for the quantitative determination of Total Prostatic Specific Antigen (tPSA) in human serum or plasma. tPSA is intended for laboratory use only.

Scientific Description
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is a serine protease with chymotrypsin-like activity1,2.  The protein is a single chain glycoprotein with a molecular weight of 28.4 kDa3.  The name PSA derives from the observation that PSA is a specific antigen of the prostrate and it is not found in other tissues.
PSA is found in benign, malignant and metastatic prostate cancer.  Since prostate cancer is the second most prevalent form of male malignancy, the detection of elevated PSA levels plays an important role in the early diagnosis. Due to increased sensitivity, serum PSA levels are more useful than prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in the diagnosis and management of patients4.

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Code: DKO057
Clinical Area:
Incubation: 30+15 min
Sensitivity: N/A
Specificity: N/A
Classification: RUO
Number of Tests: 96
Sample Type: Serum/Plasma
Sample Volume: 25 µL
Assay Range: 5 - 100 ng/mL