An enzyme immunoassay for the quantitative in vitro diagnostic measurement of active free cortisol (hydrocortisone and hydroxycorticosterone) in saliva. Measurements of cortisol are used in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the adrenal gland.
The DRG Salivary Cortisol ELISA Kit is a solid phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), based on the principle of competitive binding. The microtiter wells are coated with a monoclonal (mouse) antibody directed towards an antigenic site on the cortisol molecule. Endogenous cortisol of a patient sample competes with a cortisol-horseradish peroxidase conjugate for binding to the coated antibody. After incubation the unbound conjugate is washed off. The amount of bound peroxidase conjugate is inversely proportional to the concentration of cortisol in the sample. After addition of the substrate solution, the intensity of color developed is inversely proportional to the concentration of cortisol in the patient sample.