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Be prepared for the EliSpot future and analyse your enzymatic assays and your multi-color FluoroSpot assays in the same innovative AID Reader.

Scanning and counting and analysing with only one software in just two minutes in the enzymatic mode. Fluorospot-count in just 6-7 minutes

  • Custom-made, software driven filter cube with 8 positions (7 & 1 type)
  • Enzymatic EliSpot assays with any substrat and any type of 96-well plate
  • FluoroSpot assays with a maximum of 21 different fluorescent dyes
  • Only one mouse-click from enzymatic to fluorescent scanning and vice versa
  • Prepared for Cy-3/FITC two-color analysis, other filter sets on demand
  • Sophisticated new imaging technology to detect single- and double-stained spots with 100% accuracy
  • Achieves the same sensitivity as with enzymatic based assays

FAQ on iSpot and FluoroSpot


Why Fluorescent EliSpot?

The EliSpot assay is known to be one of the most sensitive cellular immunoassays available, allowing the detection of cytokine producing T-cells even at the single cell level. So far, one limitation in EliSpot technology has been the lack to detect T-cells which simultaneously produce multiple cytokines.

To overcome this problem researches have begun to develop EliSpot assays based on fluorescent labeling. Detection of multiple cytokines secreting expressing lymphocytes such as double IFN-γ/IL-2 producing T-cells with this new EliSpot (FluoroSpot)-technology could provide additional and new informations regarding the clinical outcome in patients with various viral infections and other questions.

  • advanced TH1/TH2 analysis (e.g. IFN vs. IL-2 and IL-10)
  • more detailed analysis of T cell subpopulations
  • improved characterisation of shifted immune response in various infectious diseases
γ-IFN assay done with traditional enzymatic AID EliSpot Reader
γ-IFN assay done with fluorescent AID EliSpot Reader

IFN-γ assay done with traditional enzymatic (left) and with fluorescent-based EliSpot/FluoroSpot (right) and analysed with the AID EliSpot software. Sensitivity of both assays is the same, as the total number of spots in both wells is nearly identical.

Why AID iSpot?

AID has developed an unique EliSpot device capable to analyse Fluorospot as well as traditional enzymatic-based EliSpot assays.

  • Since commercially available validated FluoroSpot assays are on the market since summer 2008 but are still in its development, it is reasonable to use a hybrid-technolgy, which allows to interprete enzymatic- and fluorescent-based assays with only one device.
  • The new AID iSpot Reader is still as fast as the original AID Readers and completely interpretes a 96-well fluorescent plate within 6 7 minutes.
  • The AID iSpot Reader can switch between both approaches without hardware changes and without loss of sensitivity in the assay analysis.
  • The sophisticated new overlay-technology allows for detailed interpretation of double-expressing T-cells in every well. The adapted fluorescent interpretation software especially facilitates working with these subtypes of cells.
  • Multiple cytokine detection in one well with up to 7 narrow band fluorescent filter due to the custom-made 7&1 AID filter cube.
  • The AID iSpot reader comprises the same outstanding functionality, such as layout-generator, rule-compiler, various export possibilites etc, as the well known AID EliSpot Reader Systems.
image A, Cy-3
image B, FITC
overlapped image C
comparison matrix image D

Fluorescent-based two-color IFN-γ/Il-2-assay interpreted with the AID EliSpot software: The AID reader captures the Cy-3 / IL-2 signal (A) before capturing the FITC/IFN-γ  signal (B). The software overlays both images (C) and creates an artificial image highlighting the double-stained spots (D).

With the forward-looking AID technology Elispot researchers will soon be able to do real multi-color FluoroSpot assays as well. The AID iSpot is equipped with a 7&1 filter cube which theoretically allows analysis of a maximum of 21 different dyes in one well. Work is already in progress with three different dyes per well.


On the following pages you will find information on the AID Elispot Reader Systems and the Elispot assays developed and produced by AID.

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