Quantitative analysis of species specificity of two anti-parvalbumin antibodies for detecting southern hemisphere fish species demonstrating strong phylogenetic association

Ji Liang, Chui Choo Tan, Steve L. Taylor, Joseph L. Baumert, Andreas L. Lopata, N. Alice Lee

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This study aimed to develop a novel approach to determine the correlation between the parvalbumin (PAV) contents and their corresponding immunoreactivity (detectability) in southern hemisphere fish species. The immuno-detected PAV contents of the test fish species were estimated by a quantitative SDS-PAGE. A quantitative Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA) was formatted to assess relative immunoreactivity of PAV. Sixteen species (forty-three percent) displayed a positive correlation with the anti-cod PAV polyclonal antibody, but no correlation with the anti-carp PAV monoclonal antibody. There was a strong phylogenetic association of the PAV immunoreactivity. Species from the order of Perciformes showed strong binding with both antibodies; whereas species from Salmoniformes, Ophidiiformes, Scombriformes, Scorpaeniformes, and Tetraodontiformes showed weak or no binding. This approach showed for the first time a statistical correlation between the PAV content and the immunoreactivity and allowed to rank the relative species/order specificity of the two antibodies for the southern hemisphere fish PAV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-596
Number of pages9
JournalFood Chemistry
StatePublished - Dec 15 2017



  • Anti-carp parvalbumin antibody
  • Anti-cod parvalbumin antibody
  • Order specificity
  • Parvalbumin
  • Southern hemisphere fish
  • Species specificity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Food Science

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