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[New Release Special Price] Mature BDNF ELISA KIT
USD 300.00 / 96 tests until Jan. 31st 2021



Which BDNF are you interested in?


BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is expressed as precursor BDNF (proBDNF), transferred to the secreting site, and processed to mature BDNF (mBDNF). ProBDNF has been discovered to have a different physiologic role from mBDNF. mBDNF induces long-term potentiation (LTP) via TrkB and enhances neurogenesis and development whereas proBDNF induces long-term depression (LTD) via low-affinity receptor p75NTR and promotes apoptosis. Therefore, BDNF studies require detection methods that are specific to each molecule.


Why is it difficult to specifically detect mBDNF?


Since mBDNF is truncated from proBDNF, it does not have unique amino acid sequences. To address this issue, we have developed Mature BDNF ELISA Kit Wako, using an antibody that specifically detects the N-terminus of mBDNF. This antibody has as low as about 10% cross-reactivity to proBDNF, enabling the detection of mBDNF with higher specificity and sensitivity than other commercially available kits.



Comparison with conventional kit

FUJIFILM Wako Company A Company B Company C
Cross-reactivity to proBDNF Approx. 10% Approx. 10% Approx. 15% Approx. 50%
Minimum concentration of assay range 4.1 pg/mL 62.5 pg/mL 15.6 pg/mL 15.0 pg/mL



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Specification Overview of Mature BDNF ELISA kit Wako

  • Standard curve range 4.1 - 1,000 pg/mL
    Specificity mBDNF*
    Sample Human serum and plasma**
    Sample volume Human serum:10 μL Human plasma:5 μL
    Assay time 4 hours
    Detection method Colorimetric method

    * Approximately 10% reaction to proBDNF
    ** This antibody can also detect mouse and rat BDNF.

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What is BDNF?

BDNF, a member of the neurotrophin family, is widely expressed in the brain from the developing stage to the maturing stage of the neurological system. Enhancing neuron survival and synapse formation are well-known functions of BDNF. As such, BDNF has been getting attention in the neuroscience community, as it is an important factor for the development and maintenance of neurological function.

BDNF has been also reported to be deeply involved in brain-derived disorders, including psychiatric disorders, and is expected to be a biomarker particularly in depression research. Studies have reported that serum BDNF levels in depression patients are lower than in healthy individuals. Moreover, as depression patients not taking antidepressants show a reduction in serum BDNF, quantitation of BDNF is a possible indicator for depression treatment. Recently, meta-analyses have also unveiled a reduction in serum BDNF levels in patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as well as depression.


Measurement of Serum mBDNF of Patients with Psychiatric Diseases

  • Healthy Control (n=6)
    No. Sex Age Assay value
    1 F 48 14.5
    2 F 50 22.8
    3 F 54 20
    4 F 47 18.5
    5 F 42 13.8
    6 F 60 19.1
  • Major depression (n=6)
    No. Sex Age Assay value
    1 F 66 15.7
    2 F 38 18.1
    3 F 43 10
    4 F 52 16.6
    5 F 41 22.3
    6 F 58 15.1
  • Bipolar disorder (n=4)
    No. Sex Age Assay value
    1 F 46 16.5
    2 F 52 20.9
    3 F 52 11.5
    4 F 52 11.5
  • Schizophrenia (n=4)
    No. Sex Age Assay value
    1 F 36 17.9
    2 F 53 23.0
    3 F 55 14.6
    4 F 51 10.8


Healthy Control Major depression Bipolar disorder Schizophrenia
18.1±3.41 16.3±4.02 15.1±4.53 16.6±5.17


We have examined mBDNF in serum collected from healthy individuals, and patients with major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. These results showed a trend that these patients had lower mBDNF levels than healthy individuals (It is not statistically significant).


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Quality Control

■Dilution linearity test


■Spike and recovery test in human serum and plasma

Sample Spike mBDNF
Assay value
Recovery volume
Sample Spike mBDNF
Assay value
Recovery volume
Human Serum 1 0 330 Human Plasma 1 0 156
100 423 93.0 93.0 100 252 96.0 96.0
250 581 251 100 250 407 251 100
500 817 487 97.4 500 661 505 101
Human Serum 2 0 56.6 Human Plasma 2 0 66.0
50 106 49.4 98.8 50 115 49.0 98.0
100 154 97.4 97.4 100 164 98.0 98.0
200 257 200 100 200 276 210 105
300 363 306 102 300 369 303 101


Kit Component

Antibody-coated Plate (96well) 1 Plate
Mature BDNF Standard 100 μL
Buffer 60 mL
Biotin-conjugated Antibody Solution 100 μL
Peroxidase-conjugated Streptavidin Solution 100 μL
TMB Solution 6 mL
Stop Solution 6 mL
Wash Solution (10×) 100 mL
Plate Seal 4 Sheets



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