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1 Agglutination reaction immunology Tutorial MLT402
PREPARE BY : 1) Saad Dahesh Ali Al-Amri 2) Salem Dahesh Ali Al-Amri 3) Saleh Al-Juhani Mr. Mohamed AL-Khatatneh

2 Agglutination Is the clumping of antibody–antigen complex.
Reaction occurs between insoluble antigen and appropriate antibody. The reaction will result in forming visible aggregates or agglutinate

3 Fig1: agglutination Rex.

4 Stages of agglutination reaction
Phase one Antibody reacts with single antigenic determinants on or close to particle surface. It is a rapid reaction.

5 Stages of agglutination reaction Phase one

6 Stages of agglutination reaction Secondary phase
A single antibody molecule binds to antigenic determinants on adjacent particles. The visible reaction occur under appropriate conditions

7 Stages of agglutination reaction Secondary phase

8 Factors affecting the agglutination reaction in vitro:
1. Antigen to antibody ratio: The ratio between antigen and antibody influences the detection of antigen-antibody complexes. Antigen or antibody excess make invisible reaction. Prozone phenomenon (antibody excess): There are too many antibodies. no agglutination appears (false-negative reactions). Zone of equivalence: Antibodies and antigens are present in an optimum ratio. This leads to cross-linkages between acells or particles, so agglutination appers (positive reaction)

9 Factors affecting the agglutination reaction in vitro. Cont :
Post-zone phenomenon (Antigen excess): There are too many antigens These false-negative reactions can be detected by repeating the test at a higher dilution of sample, which reduces the antigen or antibody concentration into the range that produces visible agglutination.


11 Factors affecting the agglutination reaction in vitro. Cont :
2. Number of Antigen Sites: The more antigen sites on a cell result in more cross-linkages between cells.  These cross-linkages result in more visible agglutination.

12 Factors affecting the agglutination reaction in vitro. Cont :
3. Size and Structure of the Antibody: Larger antibody causes more cross-linkages between different cells. The larger antibodies (IgM) can reach between more antigen sites on different cells and therefore causing stronger agglutination reactions.  4. Distance between cells: Centrifugation of the cells attempts to bring the cells closer together, so enhance agglutination.

13 Classification of agglutination reactions

14 1. Direct Agglutination The antigen is a natural part of the solid’s surface. at room temperature. May use centrifugation to bring antigen and antibody into closer proximity. Can be used to detect antigen or antibody Examples: ABO blood group typing Rh (D) Ag Bacterial antigens/antibodies RBC antigens/antibodies (hemagglutination)

15 2. Passive Agglutination (indirect)
Passive Agglutination is a very sensitive method for antibody detection. RBC, bacterial cells or inert particles such latex can be used as a carrier for antigens. This makes the reaction more visible. latex latex agg. RBC passive heamagg. If Antibody is attached to the particulate carrier called Reverse Passive Agglutination

16 Passive Agglutination. Con’t
Example: 1) Rheumatoid factor detection. 2) C-Reactive Protein detection (CRP)

17 Passive Agglutination
Antigens on a carrier molecule, such as latex, combine with patient’s sample for antibody detection.

18 Reverse Passive Agglutination
Antibody is bound to the carrier molecule, which is then mixed with patient’s sample to detect antigen. Uses include ID of bacteria, measuring hormone and drug levels.

19 Agglutination reaction
Glass slides Tubes Microtiter plates

20 Advantages of agglutination methods
ease of performance. speed of performance, usually requiring few minutes. high degree of sensitivity.

21 Disadvantages of agglutination methods
the reaction are only semiquantitative. the occurrence of the prozone phenomenon, in which agglutination is inhibited by extreme antibody.

22 Limitations: The technique for shaking the tubes to detect agglutination is critical. Harsh shaking may cause weak agglutinates. Test should be performed regularly, Dispensing incorrect quantities of diluent or reagent or transferring more or less than the required amount of diluted serum will affect the outcome of this test . Reference : MLAB 1235 Immunology/Serology

23 False positive and false negative agglutination :
False positives w/ agglutination : contaminated glassware 2) overcentrifugation of cells 3) autoagglutination False negatives w/ agglutination : 1) improper condition for test: specimen not prop prepared 2) expired/improperly stored reagents 3) too much Ab or Ag

24 Materials required :

25 Procedure : Keep regent to take RT Mixing
Put one drop of serum with one drop of test reagent Rotate Observe agglutination .

26 Factors Affecting Agglutination
Class of Antibody. Charge of the Carrier Particle. Number of Antigenic Sites . Concentration Of Reaction . Environmental Factor. amna alotiby

No aggregates 1+ A few small aggregates just visible macroscopically; 2+ Medium-sized aggregates; 3+ Several large aggregates; 4+ One solid aggregate;

28 Rheumatoid Factor (RF) Testing by latex agglutination :

29 Introduction RF : Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting primarily the joints and tissues. For many years it has been known that several abnormal proteins circulate in the blood of patients with RA. These proteins, because disease, became known as rheumatoid factor (RF).

30 Principle RF test : Rheumatoid factor (RF) is an anti-antibody, which in- vitro, is detected by its ability to agglutinate latex particles (or red blood cells) coated with human IgG. RF in patient sample, if present, will attach to the IgG coating the latex particles. Agglutination of the latex particles is a positive result indicating the presence of RF.

31 Materials: 1. Rheumatoid factor test kit(s). 2. Patient and control serum specimens. 3. Timer 4. Other materials as directed by reagent product insert(s).

32 Procedure: See reagent product insert(s)

33 Interpretation &Expected Results :
Interpretation : Agglutination of latex particles is considered a positive reaction, indicating the presence of rheumatoid factor at detectable level.. Expected Results : Although the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based largely on clinical findings .

34 Limitations: 1). RF is not detected in all patients diagnosed with RA. 2) Some products may produce questionable results from hemolyzed, lipemic or contaminated specimens. 3) Avoid contamination of reagent or dropper.

35 ASO Latex Test Introduction : ASO Latex Test is a rapid latex agglutination test for the qualitative and semi-quantitative determination of antistreptolysinO antibodies (ASO) in serum.

36 PRINCIPLES : The ASO Latex Test is a stabilised buffered suspension of polystyrene latex particles that have been coated with Streptolysin O. When the latex reagent is mixed with a serum containing ASO, agglutination occurs. The sensitivity of the latex reagent will yield agglutination when the level of ASO is greater than 200 IU/ml, a level determined to be indicative of disease by epidemiological and clinical studies.

37 MATERIALS : 1. ASO Latex ( kit ) 2. ASO Positive Control 3. ASO Negative Control 4. Glass Reaction Slide. 5. Disposable wooden stick

38 PROCEDURE 1) Take test reagents and samples to room temperature.
2. Use pipette to take drop of sample into its identified circle of the slide. Retain each pipette for mixing. 3. drop of positive and negative control into its identified circle. 4. Mix the ASO latex reagent by gently shaking. Add one drop of reagent to each control and sample. 5. Using the wooden stirrer thoroughly mix each sample with reagent within the full area of the circle. Discard the disposable stirrer. 6. Wait two (2) minutes and observe for agglutination under a high light. 7. Record results.

39 RESULTS test sample is considered to contain ASO antibodies when agglutination is observed when compared to the result of the negative control.

Serum samples showing gross hemolysis, lipemia should not be used . The test reaction must be read immediately following the two (2) minute . Only serum specimens should be used. Do not use plasma samples as they could cause non-specific agglutination of the latex.

41 Reference : MLAB 1235 Immunology/Serology
agglutination-flash-cards/ . Rantz LD, DiCaprio JM, Randall E. Am .J. Med. Sci., 24, Halbert,SP. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 103, 1027:1051; 1963

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