RB712 and RB713 antibodies recognize the Spargel protein by ELISA


  • Philippe Hammel
  • Daniela Ungureanu




Recombinant antibody, ELISA, RB712, RB713


The recombinant antibodies RB712 and RB713 detect by ELISA the Drosophila melanogaster Spargel protein (or GCH) fused to a GST protein.


Drosophila melanogaster Spargel protein (UniProt #Q8IPM1) is involved in mitochondria biogenesis. Spargel is a homolog of PGC-1α, a human protein involved in Parkinson disease (Merzetti and Staveley 2015). Here we describe the ability of two recombinant antibodies (RB712 and RB713) to detect a GST-fused Spargel protein by ELISA.

Materials & Methods

Antibodies: ABCD_RB712 and ABCD_RB713 antibodies (ABCD nomenclature, http://web.expasy.org/abcd/) were produced by the Geneva Antibody Facility (http://unige.ch/medecine/antibodies/) as mini-antibodies with the antigen-binding scFv fused to a rabbit IgG Fc (MRB712 and MRB713). HEK293 suspension cells (growing in HEK TF medium, Xell #861-0001, supplemented with 0.1% Pluronic F68, Sigma #P1300) were transiently transfected with the vectors coding for each scFv-Fc. Supernatants (~20 - 100 mg/l) were collected after 5 days.

Antigen: The antibodies were originally raised against a GST protein fused to the RNA recognition motif (RRM, amino acids 916 to 999) of Drosophila melanogaster Spargel protein. This chimeric GST-Spargel was used as antigen for ELISA detection. GST was used as negative control.

Protocol: The whole procedure was carried out at room temperature. Bacterial lysates containing GST proteins were incubated in a glutathione-coated 96-well plate (Pierce #15240) for 30 min. Each well was rinsed three times with 100 μl of washing buffer (PBS + 0.5% (w/v) BSA + 0.05% (w/v) Tween20), then incubated for 1 hour with 50 µl of RRB antibody-containing supernatant diluted in washing buffer (Fig. 1). After rinsing 3 times (100 µl washing buffer), wells were incubated with horseradish peroxidase-coupled goat anti-rabbit IgG (Bio-Rad #170-6516, dilution 1:1000, 50 μl per well) for 30 min. After 3 rinses, Tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) substrate (Sigma #T5569) was added (50 μl per well). The reaction was stopped by the addition of 25 μl of 2 M H2SO4. The absorbance (OD) was measured at 450 nm, and the absorbance at 570 nm was subtracted.


Antibodies RRB712 and RRB713 bound in a concentration-dependent manner to the GST-Spargel antigen, but not to the GST negative control (Fig. 1).

Figure 1. Specific binding of RRB antibodies to the target GST-Spargel protein, but not to GST (shown only for MRB712; MRB713 background curve is superimposed), as detected by ELISA.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


Merzetti, Eric M., and Brian E. Staveley. 2015. “Spargel, the PGC-1α Homologue, in Models of Parkinson Disease in Drosophila Melanogaster.” BMC Neuroscience 16 (1): 70. PMID: 26502946.






How to Cite

Hammel P, Ungureanu D. RB712 and RB713 antibodies recognize the Spargel protein by ELISA. Antib. Rep. [Internet]. 2022 Nov. 15 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];5(2):e998. Available from: https://oap.unige.ch/journals/abrep/article/view/998