MAb pairs to Interleukin-6: distinguish severity of inflammation and prognosis of COVID-19

17 Oct, 2021


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Various biomarkers, especially inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP), ferritin, fibrinogen, D-dimer and Interleukin 6 (IL-6) are associated with Covid-19 progression. And cytokine-mediated inflammation, also described as cytokine storm, plays an important role in severe cases of COVID-19 and is reported as a major cause of death.

IL-6 is produced by the stromal cells and is virtually present in all immune system cells in the lungs. Its secretion is stimulated by proinflammatory cytokines, especially interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα).

The implicated mechanism for COVID-19 cytokine-mediated inflammation relates to infection of the alveolar epithelial cells through the ACE2 receptor. The resulting acute inflammatory response activates macrophages as well as B and T lymphocytes that release pro-inflammatory cytokines directly promoting the ongoing inflammatory process. Under the stimulation of these inflammatory factors, a large number of inflammatory exudates and erythrocytes enter the alveoli, resulting in dyspnea, respiratory failure and death.

Baseline levels of human IL-6 in blood are known to be in the single pg/ml digits range and can increase up to thousands of pg/ml upon severe sepsis. Therefore, assays characterized by high sensitivity and a wide diagnostic window are needed for reliable determination of IL-6 in the bloodstream. See figure below.

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Figure 1. Linearity of dilution using new IL-6 MAb pairs

Dilution linearity of IL-6 from septic patient’s plasma was measured in sandwich CLIA with MAb pair L152-L137. Plasma IL-6 concentration was measured with Roche Cobas 6000 analyser. The LoD of the MAb pair L152-L137 is 0.5 pg/mL

IL-6 is deemed to be superior to CRP and other markers of inflammation in predicting respiratory failure in Covid-19 [1,2]. It is further considered to be the most important driver of immune dysregulation and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in Covid-19 [3,4,5,6].

We offer 7 new MAb pairs to IL-6 that are suitable for high sensitivity IL-6 assay development and a recombinant antigen suitable as a calibrator. The new antibodies have low cross-reactivity compared to other cognate interleukin human proteins, which results in high assay specificity. Our data sheets follow:

Cat. #2-IL6. Monoclonal anti-human Interleukin-6 (IL-6)

Cat. #8-hIL6. Recombinant human Interleukin-6 (IL-6).


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