COVID-19 Neutralising Ab Rapid Test
Learn how the test works
COVID-19 Neutralising Ab Rapid Test is a CE certified rapid device for the qualitative detection of IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein in whole blood, serum or plasma specimens. For professional in-vitro use only.
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Principle of the Test
The target analyte of this test, which is the RBD portion of SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, is recognised on the one hand by a specific antigen and, on the other, by a specific antibody (IgG) in the Test line region. During the test, the anti-SARS-CoV-2 Spike/RBD IgG antibodies react with the nanoparticles present in the test buffer. Subsequently, the mixture chromatographically migrates by capillarity to the top of the test strip membrane, interacting with the Test line region resulting in the appearance of a coloured line, if the sample contains anti-SARS-CoV-2 Spike/RBD IgG antibodies. If these antibodies are not present in the specimen, no coloured line will appear in the Test line region, indicating a negative result. As a procedural control, a coloured line will always appear in the Control (C) line region, indicating that the test has been properly performed and that all the components have worked as intended.
COVID-19 Neutralising Ab Rapid Test is addressed to healthcare professionals with the aim to check the immune response of those who have been vaccinated or those who have previously contracted the disease:
- high Sensitivity and Specificity standards, when compared to an ELISA test
- safe and accurate results in only 10 minutes
- easy to use and to read.
Why searching for neutralising antibodies?
One of the most important proteins involved in the virus infection process is the Spike protein, which covers the whole virus' surface. This is divided in two portions: the first one contains a region known as RBD (Receptor Binding Domain), that allows the virus to bind to the host cell by adhering to the ACE2 receptor; while the second one allows the virus to enter the cell in a following phase.
This evidence allows to assume that an antibody capable of inhibiting the interaction between the Spike protein and the ACE2 receptor would potentially prevent coronavirus infection and the associated disease. For this reason, among the different classes of antibodies produced, the G-type (IgG) anti-SARS-CoV-2 Spike/RBD are called "neutralising antibodies". Consequently, the Spike protein (or portions of it) has been used as an immunological target in the development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.
Similarly, since serological tests are able to detect the body's immune response to a virus infection, those detecting IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 Spike/RBD IgG can show whether antibodies involved in the process of neutralising the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease have been produced.
A study is underway to evaluate the use of COVID-19 Neutralising Ab Rapid Test in the determination of post-vaccination seroconversion. In the two main studies, it has been possible to test the device 7, 14, 21, 28 and 35 days after the first Pfizer BioNTech vaccination (the second is carried out on 21 days after the first one). This allowed us to study the seroconversion rate also between the two inoculations and not only after the final one. The average result amounts to 98.3% (95% C.I.: 95.6%-99.3%).
|Vaccine Type||Seroconversion Rate||Location|
|Pfizer BioNTech Cominarty||234||98.3% (95% C.I.: 95.6%-99.3%)||Cancer National Institute Oncology Department and Haematology Department, IRCCS Policlinico San Martino, Istituto Mario Negri|
Post-vaccine seroconversion evaluations are also ongoing on other vaccines, please refer to Table 1, above, for an update of the results.
How does the Test work?
A) Collect the blood sample:
1. Whole blood (fingerstick and venous sampling): fill the blood collecting pipette and transfer 20Î¼L of whole blood sample into the sample well of the test cassette. Alternatively, it is possible to collect the sample using a laboratory micropipette.
2. Serum and plasma: Transfer 10Î¼L of sample to the sample well with a laboratory micropipette.
B) Apply two drops of diluent to the sample well, approximately 80Î¼L.Wait 10 minutes and then read the results. The results are valid for up to 15 minutes after adding the diluent.
Positive Result: Two coloured lines appear, one in the Control Line region (C) and another line in the Test line region (T). This result means that the test has identified the presence of IgG against SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein. The colour intensity of the control and test lines may vary depending on the concentration of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein present in the sample. Therefore, any colour shade in the T region must be considered as positive.
Negative Result: No line appears in the Test line region (T). The test did not detect the presence of IgG against SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein in the sample. IgG is either not present or is present in very low concentrations not detectable by this diagnostic device.
COVID-19 Neutralising Ab Rapid Test is not conclusive for the diagnosis of ongoing infection, as the absence of antibodies does not exclude the possibility of an early-stage infection.
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