• Product nameHuman Insulin ELISA Kit
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  • Detection methodColorimetric
  • Tests
    1 x 96 well plate
  • Sample type
    Cell culture supernatant, Serum, Plasma
  • Assay typeSandwich (quantitative)
  • Sensitivity
    < 4 µlU/ml
  • Range
    4.69 µlU/ml - 300 µlU/ml
  • Recovery

    89 %

    Sample specific recovery
    Sample type Average % Range
    Cell culture supernatant 76.16 68% - 88%
    Serum 91.4 83% - 102%
    Plasma 99.03 73% - 128%

  • Assay durationMultiple steps standard assay
  • Species reactivity
    Reacts with: Mouse, Rat, Human, Pig
    Predicted to work with: Cow
  • Product overview

    Abcam’s Human Insulin ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) kit is an in vitro enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the quantitative measurement of Human Insulin and Proinsulin in serum, plasma, cell culture supernatants.

    This assay employs an antibody specific for Human Insulin coated on a 96-well plate. Standards and samples are pipetted into the wells and Insulin present in a sample is bound to the wells by the immobilized antibody. The wells are washed and biotinylated anti-Human Insulin antibody is added. After washing away unbound biotinylated antibody, HRP-conjugated streptavidin is pipetted to the wells. The wells are again washed, a TMB substrate solution is added to the wells and color develops in proportion to the amount of Insulin bound. The Stop Solution changes the color from blue to yellow, and the intensity of the color is measured at 450 nm.

    This kit detects both insulin and proinsulin.


    Use Abcam's SimpleStep Insulin ELISA (ab200011) for sensitive and specific results in just 90 minutes.

  • Notes

    Optimization may be required with urine samples.

  • Tested applicationsSuitable for: Sandwich ELISAmore details
  • PlatformMicroplate


  • FunctionInsulin decreases blood glucose concentration. It increases cell permeability to monosaccharides, amino acids and fatty acids. It accelerates glycolysis, the pentose phosphate cycle, and glycogen synthesis in liver.
  • Involvement in diseaseDefects in INS are the cause of familial hyperproinsulinemia (FHPRI) [MIM:176730].
    Defects in INS are a cause of diabetes mellitus insulin-dependent type 2 (IDDM2) [MIM:125852]. IDDM2 is a multifactorial disorder of glucose homeostasis that is characterized by susceptibility to ketoacidosis in the absence of insulin therapy. Clinical fetaures are polydipsia, polyphagia and polyuria which result from hyperglycemia-induced osmotic diuresis and secondary thirst. These derangements result in long-term complications that affect the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.
    Defects in INS are a cause of diabetes mellitus permanent neonatal (PNDM) [MIM:606176]. PNDM is a rare form of diabetes distinct from childhood-onset autoimmune diabetes mellitus type 1. It is characterized by insulin-requiring hyperglycemia that is diagnosed within the first months of life. Permanent neonatal diabetes requires lifelong therapy.
    Defects in INS are a cause of maturity-onset diabetes of the young type 10 (MODY10) [MIM:613370]. MODY10 is a form of diabetes that is characterized by an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance, onset in childhood or early adulthood (usually before 25 years of age), a primary defect in insulin secretion and frequent insulin-independence at the beginning of the disease.
  • Sequence similaritiesBelongs to the insulin family.
  • Cellular localizationSecreted.
  • Information by UniProt
  • Alternative names
    • IDDM2
    • ILPR
    • ins
    • Insulin
    • Insulin A chain
    • Insulin B chain
    • IRDN
    • MODY10
    • Preproinsulin
    • Proinsulin
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  • Database links


Our Abpromise guarantee covers the use of ab100578 in the following tested applications.

The application notes include recommended starting dilutions; optimal dilutions/concentrations should be determined by the end user.

Application Abreviews Notes
Sandwich ELISA Use at an assay dependent concentration.

Human Insulin ELISA Kit images

  • Human Insulin measured in cell culture supernatants showing quantity (µIU) per mL of tested sample. Samples diluted 1-2 fold.

  • Human Insulin measured in biological fluids showing quantity (µIU) per mL of tested sample. Samples diluted 1-6 fold.

  • Human Insulin standard curve: mean of duplicates (+/- SD), performed in Diluent A

  • Representative Standard Curve using ab100578.

  • Representative Standard Curve using ab100578.


References for Human Insulin ELISA Kit (ab100578)

This product has been referenced in:
  • Alburquerque-Béjar JJ  et al. Combination therapy with remote ischaemic conditioning and insulin or exenatide enhances infarct size limitation in pigs. Cardiovasc Res 107:246-54 (2015). Read more (PubMed: 26045476) »
  • Youcef G  et al. Simultaneous characterization of metabolic, cardiac, vascular and renal phenotypes of lean and obese SHHF rats. PLoS One 9:e96452 (2014). Read more (PubMed: 24831821) »

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Thank you very much for your interest in ab100578. To our knowledge, ab100578 has not been tested in non-human primate. Therefore, I can offer a discount off a future purchase if you buy ab100578 now, test it in non-human primate and submit feedbac...

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I am happy to confirm that Heparin, EDTA and Citrate treated plasma samples were all tested with this kit and are all suitable. This is covered by our AbPromise guarantee.

Application to plasma samples from pigs

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Plasma samples from pigs 3-4 months old (25-30 kg body weight) were obtained after overnight fasting.

Assay procedure was performed according to manufacturer instructions. However, standard curve (duplicates) was modified due to the low concentrations observed in fasted pigs. Standard concentrations were 100, 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25, 3.125 and 1.5625 microIU/mL, prepared by a 1:3 dilution of the first standard provided with the product, and consecutive 1:2 dilutions thereafter.

Plasma samples were added to each well by duplicate (100 microL) as suggested by the manufacturer instructions, with no dilution. All remaining steps were performed in accordance with manufacturer instrucitions, with no modificatons. Readings were performed at 450 nm.

Results were as follows:
Control animals: 6.63, 3.65, 1.10 and 4.67 microIU/mL (mean: 4.01±1.15 microIU/mL)
Treatment A: 54.95, 9.29, 8.77, 5.10 microIU/mL (mean: 19.53±11.84).

Mr. Antonio Rodriguez Sinovas

Verified customer

Submitted Oct 28 2014

We do not have data for camel samples tested with the human insulin ELISA, ab100578. However, insulin is well-conserved between the two species, so it is possible the ELISA will detect camel insulin.

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Thanks for your enquiry.

The kit can be used within 1 year if the entire kit is stored unopened at -20 degrees C. After opening, please refer to the protocol booklet for component-specific storage instructions.

The general sample information for the Insulin Human ELISA Kit (ab100578) is a suggested dilution of normal serum/plasma: 2-10 fold (page 10 of the Protocol Booklet).
We however recommend testing different dilutions such as 1:2, 1:5, 1:10 to determ...

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This kit initially intended to detect human Insulin, successfully detect also rat Insulin in serum samples.

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Verified customer

Submitted Jul 05 2013

The antibodies used in this kit will recognize Insulin and Proinsulin. From the information which I have been able to gather on SwissProt regarding insulin (http://www.uniprot.org/uniprot/P01308) the insulin precuror is composed of a signal peptide, ...

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Les anticorps utilisés dans le kit ELISA ab100578 sont les anticorps ab8304 comme anticorps de capture et ab20756 comme anticorps de détection. Ces deux anticorps sont testés et garantis chez le rat. Le kit lui-même...

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Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, the epitopes for the antibodies in this kit have not been mapped, so we do not have any information about which chains are being detected. An International Unit (IU) is a measure of biological activity where ...

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