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  • Arbor Assays LLC was formed in July 2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan by three scientists who collectively have over 50 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, analyzing and shipping FDA regulated and life science and clinical products worldwide. Two of the founders have worked at Abbott Labs Diagnostics Division, Kallestad Diagnostics, Sanofi Diagnostics, R&D Systems, and in 1992 founded Assay Designs, Inc. “ Our philosophy is to build the highest quality detection and immunoassay products for clinically important biomolecules. ”Assay Designs is a company that has grown from 2 part-time employees to be a major worldwide supplier of immunoassay and detection kits.

    Arbor Assays’ company philosophy is to build the highest quality detection and immunoassay products for clinically important biomolecules. Our primary customer focus is both pharmaceutical and clinical scientists. We build robust immunoassay and enzyme activity kits to quantitate biomolecules in biological matrices. We delight in taking on the most technically challenging assays there are to develop. The thrill of building a kit that makes someone's job easier or allows someone to measure something no one else has been able to is what drives us. And we are driven!
  • Arbor Assays

    Primary Product Categories

    • DetectX® Kits
    • Inhibitors and Activators
    • AbX® Antibodies and Affinity Resins
    • Detection Systems
    • Components and Ancillary Reagents
  • Supersensitive and Easy Measurement of GSH


    Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide (gamma-L-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine) that is found in all mammalian tissues and is especially concentrated in the liver (1-10 mM). Along with its known function combating oxidative stress, GSH is also important for the detoxification of xenobiotics and metabolites, the regulation of cell growth and cell death, the regulation of the nitric oxide cycle, the storage of cysteine, the maintenance of redox potential and the modulation of immune function.

    GSH is synthesized in the cytosol in two ATP-dependent steps. The first step is the unusual coupling of the gamma-carboxylic acid of glutamic acid to cysteine by the enzyme gamma-glutamylcysteine synthase to form gamma-glutamylcysteine. This is followed by the addition of glycine to the C-terminus of gamma-glutamylcysteine via the enzyme GSH synthetase to form GSH. The formation of gamma-glutamylcysteine is the rate-limiting reaction in GSH synthesis and is feedback inhibited by GSH itself, a mechanism responsible for the regulation of cellular GSH concentration. Because the unusual bond formed through the gamma-carboxyl group of glutamate can only be hydrolyzed by one enzyme, gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase, which is present only on the external surfaces of certain cells; GSH is highly resistant to intracellular degradation.

    Glutathione exists in both the thiol-reduced (GSH) form and the disulfide-oxidized (GSSG) form. In the reduced state, the thiol group of cysteine is able to donate an electron to other molecules. The electron donation can affect the receiving molecule in varying ways including neutralizing reactive oxygen species, or maintaining cysteine in proteins in their reduced forms. When donating an electron, glutathione itself becomes reactive and readily reacts with another reactive glutathione to form GSSG. GSH can be regenerated from GSSG by the enzyme glutathione reductase. Although over 90% of glutathione exists in the GSH form, a true assessment of total glutathione concentration requires the measurement of both GSH and GSSG. The ratio of GSH to GSSG can be changed by a number of factors including disease state or oxidative stressors.

    The Arbor Assays DetectX Glutathione Colorimetric Detection Kits (K006-H1) offers a quantitative method capable of measuring GSH in a variety of samples using a colorimetric substrate that yields a highly colored product. Free GSH concentration in the sample is calculated from the difference between two separate measurements – the total GSH measurement and a measurement of the GSH generated from GSSG. The kit reagents are stable at 4°C and sufficient for one 96-well plate. Sensitivity is less than 65 nM of GSH.

    The Arbor Assays DetectX Glutathione Fluorescent Detection Kits (K006-F) offer a supersensitive method for measuring GSH in a variety of samples using ThioStar®. In this method Free and Total GSH are measured in the same well, with only one sample required for both results. Kit reagents are stable at 4°C and available as either one 96-well plate, five 96-well plates, or two 384 well plates. Sensitivity is less than 50 nM for both Free and Total GSH.


    • Superior 4°C Liquid Stability
    • Compatible with Multiple Sample Types: Lysates, WB, RBCs. Serum, Plasma, Urine and Tissue
    • Sensitivity <50 nM for both Free and Total GSH (Fluorescent Kit) <65 nM (Colorimetric Kit)

    Available Kits

    Product Catalog #
    Glutathione Colorimetric Detection Kit (4 plate) K006-H1
    Glutathione Fluorescent Detection Kit (1x96 well plate) K006-F1
  • DNA Damage EIA Kit


    The DetectX® DNA Damage Immunoassay Kit is designed to quantitatively measure DNA and RNA oxidized guanosine species. The assay detects all three oxidized guanine species; 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine from DNA, 8-hydroxyguanosine from RNA and 8-hydroxyguanine from DNA or RNA. These species may be present in serum, plasma, saliva, urine, dried fecal samples, and tissue culture media samples.

    An 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) stock solution is provided to generate a standard curve for the assay and all samples should be read off the standard curve. Standards or diluted samples are pipetted into a clear microtiter plate coated with an antibody to capture rabbit antibodies. An 8-hydroxyguanosine conjugate is added to the standards and samples in the wells. The binding reaction is initiated by the addition of a peroxidase-labeled mouse monoclonal antibody to 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine to each well. After a 2 hour incubation the plate is washed and substrate added. The substrate reacts with the peroxidase labeled antibody that has reacted with the bound conjugate. After a short incubation, the reaction is stopped and the intensity of the generated color is detected in a microtiter plate reader capable of measuring 450nm wavelength. The concentration of the 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine in the sample is calculated, after making suitable correction for the dilution of the sample, using software available with most plate readers.


    • USE - Measure Oxidized Guanine molecules
    • SAMPLE - Serum, Plasma, Saliva, Urine, Fecal Extracts and TCM
    • SAMPLES/KIT - 38 or 230 in Duplicate
    • STABILITY - Liquid 4˚C Stable Reagents
    • SENSITIVITY - Measure 51 pg/mL in 2.5 Hours

    Available Kits

    Product Catalog #
    DNA Damage EIA Kit, 1 Plate K059-H1
    DNA Damage EIA Kit, 5 Plate K059-H5

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