Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 391, Issue 5, pp 1499–1507 | Cite as

Fluorescence polarization immunoassays and related methods for simple, high-throughput screening of small molecules

  • David S. Smith
  • Sergei A. EreminEmail author


Fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA) is a homogeneous (without separation) competitive immunoassay method based on the increase in fluorescence polarization (FP) of fluorescent-labeled small antigens when bound by specific antibody. The minimum detectable quantity of FPIAs with fluorescein label (about 0.1 ng analyte) is comparable with chromatography and ELISA methods, although this may be limited by sample matrix interference. Because of its simplicity and speed, FPIA is readily automated and therefore suitable for high-throughput screening (HTS) in a variety of application areas. Systems that involve binding of ligands to receptor proteins are also susceptible to analysis by analogous FP methods employing fluorescent-labeled ligand and HTS applications have been developed, notably for use in candidate drug screening.


Fluorescence polarization immunoassay Fluorescence polarization High-throughput screening Food safety monitoring Environmental monitoring 



We acknowledge the support of the Russia-Flandria project 05-03-34828 “Strategy for express detection of mycotoxins in food products” and NATO grant CBP.NR.CLG.982651 “New strategy for biodetection of explosive nitro-chemicals in environmental samples”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MicroPharm Ltd, 51-53 Bartholomew CloseSt. Bartholomew’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Division of Chemical Enzymology, Faculty of ChemistryM.V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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