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Test ID: FACT    
F-Actin Ab, IgG, S

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

The method used to detect antibodies directed against F-Actin is enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Prediluted controls and diluted patient sera are added to separate wells, allowing any actin antibodies present to bind to the antigen. Unbound sample is washed away and an enzyme labeled anti-human IgG is added to each well. A second incubation allows the enzyme labeled anti-human IgG to bind to any patient antibodies, which have become attached to the microwells and any unbound conjugate is removed by another wash step. The bound conjugate is visualized with 3,3’,5,5’ tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) substrate which gives a blue reaction product, the intensity of which is proportional to a concentration of autoantibody in the sample. Sulfuric acid is added to each well to stop the reaction. This produces a yellow endpoint color, which is read at 450 nm. Testing is performed on the Triturus instrument by Grifols.(Package insert: ELISA Kits, INOVA Diagnostics, San Diego CA)

Supplemental Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information

No

Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Thursday; Evening

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

1 day

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

7 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

21 days

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester