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November 28, 2017 07:30 ET

A Comprehensive Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program: A VTG ELISA that Preserves the Fish

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 28, 2017) - In an upcoming webinar hosted by Xtalks on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11am EST (4pm GMT), industry expert Reinhard Moller, PhD, Sales and Marketing Manager at TECHOmedical AG, will describe the background associated with the development of this assay, how it can be used as a part of a comprehensive endocrine disruptor screening program and future directions utilizing fish mucus samples to measure related endpoint proteins.

Vitellogenin (VTG) in fish is an estrogen-induced yolk precursor protein mainly synthesized in the liver, prior to deposition in the maturing oocytes, where it is split into the yolk proteins lipovitellin 1, lipovitellin 2 and phosvitin. These proteins provide nourishment for developing embryos.

Due to its estrogen-dependent synthesis, vitellogenin is considered to be a hallmark "female protein". Since male and juvenile fish do not produce much estrogen, their vitellogenin levels are quite low,and non-physiological induction of vitellogenin in these fish is thought to indicate estrogen mediated endocrine disruption. Therefore, vitellogenin determination is one of the core endpoints in screening and testing for endocrine disrupting chemicals standardized in the OECD Guidelines for the testing of chemicals for estrogenic activity.

Historically, vitellogenin measurement has been limited to blood or whole body homogenate (WBH) samples - both of which are sample types that require invasive and destructive treatment of fish. Recent studies, however, have shown that vitellogenin can also be detected in the epidermal mucus of fish, though the VTG concentration there can be significantly lower compared to that in blood or WBH. Thus, suitable methods for mucus collection and vitellogenin determination in mucus are required.

The TECO Vitellogenin System is unique in that it includes a validated mucus collection set for gentle and effective mucus sampling adapted to a highly sensitive laboratory ELISA test. The assay offers the following advantages:

  • A simple, standardized sampling technique
  • A non-invasive and non-destructive sampling procedure
  • A defined sample matrix free of protease contamination from non-target tissues or lymphatic fluid
  • An optimal procedure for obtaining vitellogenin samples during field testing

For more information about this complimentary event visit: A Comprehensive Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program: A VTG ELISA that Preserves the Fish

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