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This is a single plex assay kit manufactured by Linco Research to be used for the quantitative determination of Adiponectin (ACRP30, AdipoQ, apM1 or GBP28) in mouse serum, plasma, fat tissue/cell extracts or culture media samples. Serum and plasma samples need 1:5000 dilution, but the dilution of tissue/cell extracts and media samples may vary.

This kit is for research purposes only.


A. Antibody-Immobilized Beads

The following bead is supplied as requested:

#81-Mouse Adiponectin beads

Quantity: 0.2 ml antibody-immobilized beads per bottle


B. Mouse Adipokine Standard Cocktail

1 vial containing mouse Adipokine Standard Cocktail, lyophilized

Quantity: 1 vial

C. Mouse Adipokine Controls

Control I – 1 vial containing Adipokine Cocktail, lyophilized

Control II – 1 vial containing Adipokine Cocktail, lyophilized

Quantity: 1 vial each Control

D. Mouse Adiponectin Detection Antibody

1 bottle containing biotinylated detection antibody in Assay Buffer

Quantity: 5.5 ml/bottle

E. Streptavidin-Phycoerythrin

1 bottle containing Streptavidin-Phycoerythrin in Assay Buffer

Quantity: 5.5 ml/bottle

F. Assay Buffer

PBS with 0.08% Sodium Azide, 0.05% Tween 20, Protease Inhibitor and 1% BSA,

pH 6.8

Quantity: 2 bottles; 30 ml/bottle

G. 10X Wash Buffer

1:10 dilution required with deionized water to give 10 mM PBS with 0.05% Proclin, and 0.05% Tween 20, pH 7.4

Quantity: 30 ml/bottle

H. Mixing Bottle

Quantity: 1 Bottle

I. Microtiter Filter Plate

Quantity: 1- 96 Well Filtration Plate

J. Plate Sealers

Quantity: 2 Plate Sealers


Recommended storage for kit components is 2 - 8°C. See individual vials for long-term storage recommendations.

Once the standards and controls have been reconstituted, transfer contents into polypropylene vials. DO NOT STORE RECONSTITUTED STANDARDS OR CONTROLS IN GLASS VIALS. For long-term storage, freeze reconstituted standards and controls at £ -20°C. Avoid multiple (>2) freeze thaw cycles.

DO NOT FREEZE Antibody-Immobilized Beads, Detection Antibody, and Streptavidin-Phycoerythrin.


Sodium Azide has been added to some reagents as a preservative. Although the concentrations are low, sodium azide may react with lead and copper plumbing to form highly explosive metal azides. On disposal, flush with a large volume of water to prevent azide build up.


A. Reagents

Luminex Sheath Fluid (Luminex Catalogue #40-50000)

B. Instrumentation/Materials

1. Adjustable Pipettes with Tips capable of delivering 10 m l to 1000 m l

2. Multichannel Pipettes capable of delivering 10 m l to 200 m l

3. Reagent Reservoirs

4. Polypropylene Microfuge Tubes

5. Aluminum Foil

6. Absorbent Pads

7. Laboratory Vortex

8. Sonicator (Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner Model #B200 or equivalent)

9. Titer Plate Shaker (Lab-Line Instruments, Model #4625, or equivalent)

10. Vacuum Filtration Unit (Millipore Vacuum Manifold Catalogue #MAVMO960R, or equivalent)

11. Luminex Instrument


A. 10 m l per well diluted serum, plasma or cell culture supernatant or extract can be used. The sample dilution of fat tissue/cell extracts and culture media may vary. 1:5000 dilution in Assay Buffer is recommended for serum or plasma.

Recommended Dilution Method (1:5000)

1. Add 5 m l serum or plasma to 495 m l Assay Buffer for a 1:100 dilution.

2. Add 5 m l of 1:100 diluted sample to 245 m l Assay Buffer for a final dilution of 1:5000.

B. Preparation of Tissue Culture Supernatant:

Centrifuge the sample to remove debris and assay immediately or aliquot and store samples at £ -20șC. Avoid multiple (>2) freeze/thaw cycles. Tissue Culture Supernatant may require a dilution with the appropriate medium prior to assay.

C. Preparation of Serum Samples:

After collecting blood samples, allow the blood to clot for at least 30 minutes before centrifugation for 10 minutes at 1000 xg. Remove serum and assay immediately or aliquot and store samples at £ -20șC. Avoid multiple (>2) freeze/thaw cycles. Use Assay Buffer to dilute serum samples prior to assay. (See Section VI, A)

D. Preparation of Plasma Samples:

Plasma collection using EDTA as an anticoagulant is recommended. After collecting blood samples, invert tube several times to mix. Centrifuge for 10 minutes at 1000 xg within 30 minutes of blood collection. Remove plasma and assay immediately or aliquot and store samples at £ -20șC. Avoid multiple (>2) freeze/thaw cycles. Use Assay Buffer to dilute plasma samples prior to assay. It is recommended to centrifuge samples again at 3000 xg for five minutes prior to assay setup. (See Section VI, A)

E. Avoid using samples with gross hemolysis or lipemia.

F. Care must be taken when using heparin as an anticoagulant, since an excess will provide falsely high values.

Use no more than 10 IU heparin per ml of blood collected.


To obtain reliable and reproducible results, the operator should carefully read this entire manual and fully understand all aspects of each assay step before attempting to run the assay.

A. The Antibody-Immobilized Beads are light sensitive, so the assay plate containing beads must be covered with aluminum foil during all incubation steps.

B. The bottom of the Microtiter Filter Plate should not be in contact with any absorbent material during assay set-up or incubation times. Set the plate on a plate cover or any other plate holder to raise the plate from the surface.

C. After the wash steps, dry the bottom of the Microtiter Filter Plate by using paper towels or absorbent pads to prevent any leakage due to capillary action.

D. Keep the vacuum suction on the plate as low as possible. It is recommended to have a vacuum setting that will remove 200 ml of buffer in ≥ 5 seconds (equivalent to < 100 mmHg).

E. The standards prepared by serial dilution must be used within 1 hour of preparation. Discard any unused standards except the 50 ng/ml stock standard which may be stored at £ -20° C for 1 month and at £ -80° C for greater than one month.

F. Any unused mixed Antibody-Immobilized Beads may be stored in the bead mix bottle at 2-8° C for up to one month.

G. During the preparation of the standard curve, make certain to vortex the higher concentration well before making the next dilution. Use a fresh tip with each dilution.

H. If the plate cannot be read on the same day as the assay was finished, do the final bead suspension in 100 ml Sheath Fluid, seal the plate, cover with aluminum foil, and store at 2-8° C for up to 24 hours. Prior to reading, agitate the plate on the plate shaker at room temperature for 10 minutes.

I. The titer plate shaker should be set at a speed to provide maximum agitation without splashing of liquid outside the wells. For the recommended plate shaker, this would be a setting of 5-7 which is approximately 500-800 rpm in a 0.3 cm orbit.

J. Ensure the needle probe is clean. This may be achieved by sonication and/or alcohol flushes. Adjust probe height to the Lincoplex Filter Plate prior to reading an assay.

K. For cell culture supernatants or tissue extraction, use the culture or extraction medium as matrix in blank, standard curve and controls. If samples are diluted in Assay Buffer, use the Assay Buffer as matrix.


A. Preparation of Mouse Adipokine Standard Cocktail

Open lyophilized Standard vial carefully. Reconstitute the Mouse Adipokine Standard Cocktail with 250 μl deionized water into the glass vial to give a 50,000 pg/ml concentration of Standard stock. Invert the vial a few times and let it sit for 5 minutes. Transfer the standard to a microfuge tube labeled with 50,000 pg/ml Standard. After votexing, perform 4 times serial dilution as follows:

Label six polypropylene microfuge tubes 12,500, 3,125, 781.3, 195.3, 48.8, 12.2. Add 150 ul of Assay Buffer to each of the six tubes. Add 50 ml of the 50,000 (pg/ml) standard to the "12,500" tube, mix well and transfer 50 ml of the "12,500" standard to the "3,125" tube, mix well and transfer 50 ml of the "3,125" standard to the "781.3" tube, mix well and transfer 50 μl of the “781.3" standard to "195.3" tube, mix well and transfer 50 ml of the "195.3" pg/mlstandard to the "48.8" tube, mix well and transfer 50 ml of the "48.8" pg/mlstandard to the "12.2" tube. The 0 standard (Background) will be Assay Buffer.

Standard Concentration

Volume of Assay Buffer to Add

Volume of Standard to Add




150 μl

50 ml of 50,000


150 μl

50 ml of 12,500 pg/m


150 μl

50 ml of 3,125


150 μl

50 ml of 781.3


150 μl

50 ml of 195.3


150 μl

50 ml of 48.8

3.2 (Optional)

150 μl

50 ml of 12.2

B. Preparation of Controls

Reconstitute Mouse Adipokine Control I and Mouse Adipokine Control II with 250 mL deionized water. Allow the vials to set for about 5 minutes, invert the vials several times to mix and vortex. Transfer the controls into microfuge tubes.

C. Preparation of Wash Buffer

Bring the 10X Wash Buffer to room temperature and mix to bring all salts into solution. Dilute 30 ml of 10X Wash Buffer with 270 ml deionized water. Store unused portions at 2-8° C for up to one month.

D. Preparation of Antibody-Immobilized Beads

Sonicate the antibody-bead bottle for 30 seconds, vortex for 1 minute. Add 0.15 ml from the antibody bead bottle to the Mixing Bottle and bring final volume to 3 ml with Assay BufferHENDO-65K. Vortex well. Unused portions may be stored at 2-8° C for up to one month.


Prior to beginning this assay, it is imperative to read this protocol completely and to thoroughly understand the Technical Guidelines outlined in Section VII.

1. Diagram placement of Standards, 0 (Background) 12.2, 48.8, 195.3, 781.3, 3,125, 12,500, 50,000, Control I and II, and samples on Well Map Worksheet in a vertical configuration. (Note: the instrument will only read the 96-well plate vertically). It is recommended to run the assay in duplicate.

2. Block the filter plate by pipetting 200 ”L of Assay Buffer into each well of the microtiter plate. Seal and mix on a plate shaker for 10 minutes at room temperature (20-25° C).

3. Remove Assay Buffer by vacuum. (NOTE: DO NOT INVERT PLATES) and dry the bottom of the plate by using paper towels.

4. Add 10 ”L of Assay Buffer to the 0 Standard (Background).

5. Add 10 ”L of Assay Buffer to the Sample wells.

6. Add 10 ”L of each Standard or Control into the appropriate wells.

7. Add 10 ”L of appropriate matrix diluent to the Background, Standard, and Control wells when it is required. When assaying tissue/cell culture supernatent samples, use similiar but adiponectin-free medium. When measuring 1:5000 diluted serum or plasma sample, use Assay Buffer.

8. Add 10 ”L of Sample into the appropriate wells.

9. Vortex Bead Bottle and add 25 ”L of Mixed Beads to each well. (Note: during addition of Mixed Beads, shake bead mix intermittently to avoid settling)

10. Seal, cover with aluminum foil, and incubate with agitation on a plate shaker overnight (16-18 hours) at 2-8oC. After overnight incubation, it is important to allow the plate and reagents to warm to room temperature (20-25° C) before continuing with the assay.

11. Gently remove fluid by vacuum.

12. Wash plate 3 times with 200 ”L/well of Wash Buffer, removing Wash Buffer by vacuum filtration between each wash. Dry the bottom of the plate by using paper towels.

13. Add 50 ”L of Detection Antibody Cocktail into each well. (Note: allow the Detection Antibody to warm to room temperature, 20-25° C, prior to addition).

14. Seal, cover with aluminum foil, and incubate with agitation on a plate shaker for 30 minutes at room temperature. DO NOT VACUUM AFTER INCUBATION.

15. Add 50 m L Streptavidin-Phycoerythrin (SAPE) to each well containing the 50 m L of Detection Antibody Cocktail. (Note: allow the SAPE to warm to room temperature prior to addition.)

16. Seal, cover with aluminum foil, and incubate with agitation on a plate shaker for 30 minutes at room temperature.

17. Gently remove all contents by vacuum.

18. Wash plate 3 times with 200 ”L/well Wash Buffer, removing Wash Buffer by vacuum filtration between each wash. Wipe any excess buffer on the bottom of plate with a tissue.

19. Add 100 ”L of Sheath Fluid to all wells. Cover with aluminum foil and resuspend the beads on a plate shaker for 5 minutes.

20. Read plate on Luminex Instrument.

21. Save and evaluate the median data using a 5-parameter or spline fit data reduction.


Select the following equipment settings:

Events: 50, per bead
Sample Size: 50 ml
Bead Set: 81 for Adiponectin
**Gate (for IS System): 8,000 to 15,000
**Gate (for 1.7 System): 8,091 to 13,011

**These specifications are for the Luminex100 or Luminex200 with software v. 1.7 or IS. Luminex instruments with other software (e.g. Masterplex, Starstation, LiquiChip, Bioplex, LABScan100) would need to follow instrument instructions for gate settings and additional specifications.


The ranges for each analyte in Quality Control I and II are provided on the card insert or can be located at the Linco Research website


A. Accuracy

Recovery in buffer sample: 104%

B. Precision

Inter-assay variation: 4.8 %

Intra-asssay variation: 9.1 %

C. Cross-reactivity

The antibody pair used in this assay is specific to mouse adiponectin and does not significantly cross-react with human adiponectin, globular domain of mouse adiponectin, and other cytokine or hormones.


Mouse Adipokine Standard Cocktail                                               LMA-8071

Mouse Adipokine Quality Control I and II                                       LMA-6071

Mouse Adiponectin Detection Antibody                                          LMAK-1071-ADPN

Streptavidin–Phycoerythrin                                                              L-SAPE8

Assay Buffer, 2 bottles                                                                    LE-ABGLP

Set of two 96-Well Filter Plates with sealers                                    L-PLATE

10X Wash Buffer                                                                            L-WB

81-Mouse Adiponectin Beads                                                        MA-ADPN