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The use of a bovine plasma progesterone ELISA kit to measure progesterone in equine, ovine and canine plasmas
  1. PD Eckersall and
  2. MJ Harvey


A commerical kit designed to measure the concentration of progesterone in bovine plasma using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been assessed for measuring progesterone in the plasma of horses, sheep and dogs. Without validation, an immunoassay developed for progesterone in one species should not be used to measure progesterone in the plasma of other species. The kit was assessed by using the criteria of parallelism to a standard curve, the recovery of added progesterone, the correlation with an established radioimmunoassay and the detection of physiological change for each of the species tested. The ELISA kit proved to be acceptable for the analysis of progesterone in the plasma of each species, and in particular for the detection of the low concentrations found during the follicular phase and of the subsequent rise during the luteal phase of the oestrous cycle.

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