A new sensitive immunosorbent radioassay for the detection of circulating antibodies to polypeptide hormones and proteins

Scand J Clin Lab Invest. 1984 Oct;44(6):487-93. doi: 10.3109/00365518409083601.


A solid-phase immunosorbent radioassay for the detection of circulating antibodies to protein hormones is described. The assay is based on the binding of the homologous 125I-labelled antigen to the antibodies which are then bound to anti-IgG antibodies covalently coupled to Sepharose. It can easily be applied as a complement to any radioimmunoassay for the detection of circulating antibodies to the ligand measured. The assay system avoids falsely elevated values due to interference of high serum concentrations of the antigen. The assay was applied to measure antibodies to FSH, LH, TSH, GH, prolactin, insulin and thyroglobulin (Tg). Among patients with chronic thyroiditis Tg antibodies were found in 100% of the sera. In diffuse toxic goitre 73% of the patients had detectable Tg antibodies. Insulin antibodies were present in 82% of the sera from patients with insulin treated diabetes. No antibodies were found against the other protein hormones tested.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies / analysis*
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone / immunology
  • Growth Hormone / immunology
  • Hormones / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Insulin Antibodies / analysis
  • Luteinizing Hormone / immunology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptides / immunology*
  • Prolactin / immunology
  • Proteins / immunology*
  • Radioimmunoassay / methods*
  • Thyroglobulin / immunology
  • Thyrotropin / immunology


  • Antibodies
  • Hormones
  • Insulin Antibodies
  • Peptides
  • Proteins
  • Prolactin
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • Thyrotropin
  • Growth Hormone
  • Thyroglobulin