Pu•MA System ELISA: Mouse Interferon-β


Mouse IFN-β (Interferon-beta), also known as Fibroblast IFN, is a cytokine part of the type 1 interferon family that plays a major role in the innate immune response. IFN-β and its family of type 1 interferons are released early in the innate immune response as part of the first line of defense. IFN-β will bind to the IFNα/β receptor to activate genes encoded for various immunomodulatory molecules via the JAK-STAT pathway. It is also involved in the regulation of cell differentiation, cell growth, and apoptosis. IFN-β is produced by fibroblasts, dendritic cells, macrophages, and endothelial cells. Given its robust ability to modulate the immune response, IFN-β is widely used as a treatment for autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Assay Overview

The workflow for the Pu•MA System cytokine immunoassay is shown in Figure 1. All assay reagents are prepared in advance and then loaded into Pu•MA System flowchips using single or 8-channel pipettes. The wells are conveniently located on standard 384 multiwell plate spacings. The flowchips are now ready to be loaded into the Pu•MA System for “hands-off” processing. The ELISA steps are automatically performed by the system using pre-loaded protocols. Once the assay is complete, absorbance results are read on your Plate Reader.

Pu•MA System Complete Workflow: 2-3 hours “hands-off”

Figure 1. Schematic Pu•MA System assay workflow.

The adaption of existing ELISA kits and/or antibody pairs is straightforward with the Pu•MA System. Assay buffers optimized for the Pu•MA System flowchips are provided for sample and antibody dilutions. Blocking solutions and wash buffers are also provided. The IFN-β assays are adapted from PBL Assay Science reagents (p/n 22400-1, 32400-1) and Abcam reagent (p/n ab205718). The reagents required for the assay are shown in the table.

Assay Procedure

Assay reagents were prepared according to the dilutions shown in the Table using Pu•MA Assay Buffer (PAB). IFN-β standards were reconstituted according to instruction provided by PBL Assay Science. A 1:2 serial dilution series of Mouse IFN-β Standard was prepared starting at 100 pg/well using PAB. 20 μl of each reagent was added to the appropriate wells (see Fig 3) except for the Stop Solution where 10 μl was dispensed. Four replicates were run per concentration. The flowchips were loaded into a Pu•MA System and processed using the IFN-β Assay Protocol. Plates were read within 5 min of completion on an absorbance plate reader at 450nm (Tecan Spectrafluor Plus).

Name Reagent Source
Capture Ab Mouse IFN-β Antibody (20μg/ml) PBL
Block Pu•MA Blocking Buffer PFI
Sample Mouse IFN-β Standard PBL
1°Ab Mouse IFN-β Primary
Antibody (0.5μg/ml)
2°Ab IgG-HRP (0.13μg/ml) AB
Wash Pu•MA Wash Buffer PFI
Substrate FAST Substrate PFI
Stop Pu•MA Stop Solution PFI

Pu•MA System Mouse IFN-β Standard Curve

Figure 2. Response of Cytokine Standards for ELISA run on Pu•MA System. ELISA antibody pairs and standards were obtained from BioLegend. Absorbance was read at 450 nm. OD values shown are background subtracted.

How It Works

The Pu•MA Flowchip and System uses established antibody pairs to perform an automated ELISA. All assay reagents are loaded into reservoirs and then moved one at a time through the “Assay Channel” by the Pu•MA System. Preloaded protocols execute all fluid transfer and incubation steps The system incorporates patented valve-less fluidic switching (VLFS) to precisely control fluid movement in a flowchip. Use of microfluidics reduces
both incubation times and reagent volumes.

Reagent Loading Setup

  • Low sample/reagent usage: < 20 μl/well)
  • Enhanced kinetics: Faster Assay Results
  • Effi cient fl uid removal: Less Wash Required

Figure 3. Pu•MA Flowchip reagent loading setup.

Microfluidic Assay Workflow

PuMA System


  • Compact benchtop system
  • Easy top-loading of flowchips
  • Precision pneumatic control


PuMa Software

  • Touchscreen-driven interface
  • Preloaded assay protocols
  • Simple Select and Run operation

Reagents & Flowchips

Reagents and Flowchips

  • Validated immunoassays
  • Open platform for existing Ab pairs
  • Works with standard pipettors & tips