Simultaneous amplification of multiple immunofluorescence signals via cyclic staining of target molecules using mutually cross-adsorbed antibodies

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Amplification of immunofluorescence (IF) signals is becoming increasingly critical in cancer research and neuroscience. Recently, we put forward a new signal amplification technique, which we termed fluorescent signal amplification via cyclic staining of target molecules (FRACTAL). FRACTAL amplifies IF signals by repeatedly labeling target proteins with a pair of secondary antibodies that bind to each other. However, simultaneous amplification of multiple IF signals via FRACTAL has not yet been demonstrated because of cross-reactivity between the secondary antibodies. In this study, we show that mutual cross-adsorption between antibodies can eliminate all forms of cross-reactions between them, enabling simultaneous amplification of multiple IF signals. First, we show that a typical cross-adsorption process-in which an antibody binds to proteins with potential cross-reactivity with the antibody-cannot eliminate cross-reactions between antibodies in FRACTAL. Next, we show that all secondary antibodies used in FRACTAL need to be mutually cross-adsorbed to eliminate all forms of cross-reactivity, and then we demonstrate simultaneous amplification of multiple IF signals using these antibodies. Finally, we show that multiplexed FRACTAL can be applied to expansion microscopy to achieve higher fluorescence intensities after expansion. Multiplexed FRACTAL is a highly versatile tool for standard laboratories, as it amplifies multiple IF signals without the need for custom antibodies.
Publisher
NATURE PORTFOLIO
Issue Date
2022-05
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v.12, no.1

ISSN
2045-2322
DOI
10.1038/s41598-022-12808-y
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/296821
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MS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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