Ricin Antigen Capture ELISA

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Detection of ricin toxin in biological samples by ELISA.

Test Category:
Ricinus communis
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Ricin poisoning

Whole blood – minimum 0.5 mL, powder, liquid, beans, plant material, food sample.

Collection Method:

Whole blood – EDTA tube; powder/liquid – submit in a sterile 2 mL o-ring microcentrifuge tube; food/beans/plant material – submit in an appropriately sized container with an o-ring.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Store samples refrigerated until shipped for testing. 

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

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Patient Criteria:

Confirmed ricin sample. 

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Bioforensics Assay Development and Diagnostics requisition including sender name, address and telephone number.  Patient name or identifier (referring lab #), date of birth, suspected exposure, test(s) requested, clinical history.  Type of specimen and date collected. 



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Ricin Antigen Capture ELISA is performed on samples suspected to contain purified ricin toxin or samples confirmed as positive by real-time PCR.

Turnaround Time:

4 calendar days for a preliminary result and 14 calendar days for a final result.

Phone: (204) 784-5928 or 1-877-212-6108
Fax: (204) 789-5009
  1. Maddaloni, M., Cooke, C., Wilkinson, R., Stout, A.V., Eng, L., Pincus, S.H. 2004. Immunological characteristics associated with the protective efficacy of antibodies to ricin. J Immunol 172, 6221-6228.
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