Submitted to: American Society for Microbiology Branch Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 18, 2004
Publication Date: October 22, 2004
Citation: Mcnulty, S.T., Klesius, P.H. 2004. Development of an indirect enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay using a monoclonal antibody to identify channel catfish (ictalurus punctatus) fillets. American Society for Microbiology Branch Meeting. Technical Abstract: The deceptive marketing of imported basa Pangasius bocourti (Sauvage) fillets as catfish fillets has resulted in serious economic losses to the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, industry in the U.S. The similar appearance of channel catfish and basa fillets, caused a need for a rapid method to differentiate uncooked, cooked, or marinated channel catfish fillets from basa fillets and other seafood products. A monoclonal antibody (MAb) specific for a 36.8 kDa channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) fillet protein was produced and characterized by an indirect enzyme-linked immunoabsorbant assay (ELISA) and western blotting. This MAb was used to develop an indirect ELISA specific for a unique channel catfish fillet protein. To develop the sensitive ELISA for identification of channel catfish fillets, MAb 1A10 was used as the detection antibody. Using this ELISA, 100% of raw and cooked channel catfish fillets were correctly identified and differentiated from other seafood products in a single blind study. These results show that the indirect ELISA using MAbs specific for a unique channel catfish fillet protein is a rapid and sensitive method for the identification of raw and cooked channel catfish fillets.