Antibodies are ubiquitously deployed on in vitro diagnostic (IVD) platforms for detecting a panoply of analytes indicative of environmental and food contamination, residue adulteration and both veterinary and medical diagnostics. In the clinical realm, rapid and accurate determination of disease status is paramount. The significance of immunodiagnostic performance cannot be overemphasized and in many cases reliable diagnosis informs medical intervention which can mean the difference between patient recovery and demise. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single biggest cause of adult mortality in the western world and principal burden on the healthcare services. Although the troponin (Tn) family, in particular troponin I (TnI), are regarded as the gold standard for diagnosis of myocardial damage, over the last decade much research has focused on the identification of alternative cardiac biomarker molecules that can either supplant or complement TnI metrics to add value to cardiac risk stratification criteria. In particular, markers that appear earlier than TnI in the pathophyisiology of cardiac disease are highly sought after. The subject of this addendum represents part of a broader challenge to deliver novel rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostics to provide a chip-based multi-plexed platform for more comprehensive profiling of cardiac status with additive diagnostic and prognostic value. Specifically, it outlines proof-of-concept direct myeloperoxidase (MPO) detection, demonstrates the benefits of using recombinant antibodies in POC diagnostics and describes optimized strategies for generation of superior candidate antibody panels.
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