Specialist Assay Service

The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health incorporates a specialist assay service to researchers and clinicians at the Little France University QMRI site under the guidance of Dr Forbes Howie.

With over thirty years of experience working in diagnostic laboratories.  Dr Howie is able to give expert advice on sample collection, volumes required for analysis, quality control and interpretation of the results.

Types of samples analysed

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Human, sheep, mouse and rat serum, urine and saliva have been routinely analysed, also homogenised tissue or cell culture media measurements are possible for some tests.

Tests Available

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This is not a complete list but serves as examples. Please enquire if there is a method described in the literature you are interested in, it may well be able to be adapted for automation.

Reproductive Hormones:

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Gonadotrophins (LH and FSH) and steroids (P4, T4, E1, E2, E3)

Kidney Function:

Serum: Urea and Creatinine, Urine: Urea, Creatinine, Albumin, Calcium and Phosphate.

Liver Function:

Bilirubin, ALT, AST, ALP and Albumin

Cardiovascular Parameters:

Creatine Kinase, Triglyceride, Cholesterol, Non-Esterified Fatty Acids, various lipoproteins, and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

Others:

Total Protein, Serum T4 and T3, Cell Myeloperoxidase, Lactate dehydrogenase, Amylase.

If there is a commercial ELISA available for your analyte of interest, the assay lab should be able to perform it.

Project costs:

can be estimated with the service operating on a cost recovery basis.  There is £5 handling charge for each sample.  Test charges start at 50p per test.