Mouse Sonic Hedgehog/Shh N-Terminus Quantikine ELISA Kit

  • Assay Type
    Solid Phase Sandwich ELISA
  • Format
    96-well strip plate
  • Assay Length
    4.5 hours
  • Sensitivity
    2.37 pg/mL
  • Assay Range
    7.81 - 500 pg/mL (Cell Culture Supernates, Serum, Heparin Plasma,)
  • Specificity
    Natural and recombinant mouse Shh-N. This kit also recognizes low levels of Shh-N in rat serum.
  • Cross-reactivity
    < 0.5% cross-reactivity observed with available related molecules.< 50% cross-species reactivity observed with species tested.
  • Interference
    No significant interference observed with available related molecules.
Product Summary
The Quantikine Mouse Sonic Hedgehog N-Terminus Immunoassay is a 4.5 hour solid phase ELISA designed to measure Shh-N in cell culture supernates, serum, and plasma. It contains recombinant mouse Shh-N and antibodies raised against the recombinant factor. This immunoassay has been shown to quantitate the recombinant factor accurately. Results obtained using natural mouse Shh-N showed dose-response curves that were parallel to the standard curves obtained using the recombinant Quantikine kit standards. These results indicate that this kit can be used to determine relative mass values for natural mouse Shh-N.

Intra-Assay Precision (Precision within an assay) Three samples of known concentration were tested on one plate to assess intra-assay precision.
Inter-Assay Precision (Precision between assays Three samples of known concentration were tested in separate assays to assess inter-assay precision.
Cell Culture Supernates, Serum, Heparin Plasma
Intra-Assay Precision Inter-Assay Precision
Standard Deviation1.081.3110.62.282.969.21


The recovery of mouse Shh-N spiked to levels throughout the range of the assay in various matrices was evaluated.

Sample Type Average % Recovery Range %
Cell Culture Samples (n=6) 101 96-109
Heparin Plasma (n=4) 97 86-108
Serum (n=4) 98 86-109
To assess the linearity of the assay, samples containing and/or spiked with high concentrations of mouse Shh-N were serially diluted with Calibrator Diluent to produce samples with values within the dynamic range of the assay.
Mouse Sonic Hedgehog/Shh N-Terminus Quantikine ELISA Kit
Preparation and Storage
  • Stability & Storage
    Store the unopened product at 2 - 8° C. Do not use past expiration date.
Background: Sonic Hedgehog/Shh

Human Shh cDNA encodes a 462 amino acid (aa) residue (45 kDa) precursor protein with a 23 aa signal peptide. An autocatalytic cleavage reaction yields a 19 kDa (residues 24 - 197) amino-terminal fragment (Shh-N), and a 25 kDa (residues 198 - 462) carboxy-terminal domain (Shh-C). The N-terminal domain retains all known signaling capabilities, while the C-terminal domain is responsible for the intramolecular processing, acting as a cholesterol transferase that covalently transfers the cholesterol molecule to the C-terminus of Shh-N. When Shh is expressed in insect or mammalian cells, a palmitoyl group is also attached to the N-terminal cysteine of Shh-N via an amide linkage. Although the binding affinity to their receptors is not changed, lipid-modified Shh-N proteins are more potent than the unmodified proteins in cell-based assays. Other hydrophobic modifications to unmodified Shh-N, including the substitution of the N-terminal cysteine residue with two hydrophobic isoleucine residues, can also increase Shh-N potency. At the cell surface, Shh-N activity is mediated by a multicomponent receptor complex involving the 12-pass transmembrane protein, Patched (Ptc) which binds Shh with high affinity and Smoothened (Smo), a signaling seven transmembrane G-protein coupled receptor. In the absence of Shh, Ptc represses Smo activity. The binding of Shh to Ptc releases the basal repression of Smo by Ptc. Shh is expressed in key embryonic tissues such as the Hensen’s node, the zone of polarizing activity in the posterior limb bud, the notochord, and the floor plate of the neural tube. Shh is involved in regulating the patterning of the developing central nervous system, somite, and limb. Shh plays an important role in the development of particular tissues such as whisker, hair, foregut, tooth and bone. Studies suggest that Shh is involved in regulating stem cell fates of neural and hematopoeitic lineages, and that aberrant Shh signaling is implicated in basal cell carcinomas and other diseases.

    • Alternate Names
      Shh; HHG1; HHG-1; HLP3; HPE3; MCOPCB5sonic hedgehog (Drosophila) homolog; SMMCIsonic hedgehog homolog (Drosophila); sonic hedgehog; sonic hedgehog homolog; sonic hedgehog protein; TPT; TPTPS;
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    Assay Procedure
    Refer to the product for complete assay procedure.

    Bring all reagents and samples to room temperature before use. It is recommended that all samples, standards, and controls be assayed in duplicate.
    1.   Prepare all reagents, standard dilutions, and samples as directed in the product insert.
    2.   Remove excess microplate strips from the plate frame, return them to the foil pouch containing the desiccant pack, and reseal.

    3. 50 µL Assay Diluent
    4.   Add 50 µL of Assay Diluent to each well.

    5. 50 µL Standard, Control, or Sample
    6.   Add 50 µL of Standard, Control, or sample to each well. Cover with a plate sealer, and incubate at room temperature for 2 hours.
    7.   Aspirate each well and wash, repeating the process 4 times for a total of 5 washes.

    8. 100 µL Conjugate
    9.   Add 100 µL of Conjugate to each well. Cover with a new plate sealer, and incubate at room temperature for 2 hours.
    10.   Aspirate and wash 5 times.

    11. 100 µL Substrate Solution
    12.   Add 100 µL Substrate Solution to each well. Incubate at room temperature for 30 minutes. PROTECT FROM LIGHT.

    13. 100 µL Stop Solution
    14.   Add 100 µL of Stop Solution to each well. Read at 450 nm within 30 minutes. Set wavelength correction to 540 nm or 570 nm.


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