• Product name
    Human Insulin ELISA Kit
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  • Detection method
  • Sample type
    Cell culture supernatant, Serum, Plasma
  • Assay type
    Sandwich (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 duration
    Multiple 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.

    Get higher sensitivity in only 90 minutes with Human Insulin ELISA Kit (ab200011) from our SimpleStep ELISA® range.

  • Notes

    Optimization may be required with urine samples.

  • Tested applications
    Suitable for: Sandwich ELISAmore details
  • Platform


  • Storage instructions
    Store at -20°C. Please refer to protocols.
  • Components 1 x 96 tests
    20X Wash Buffer Concentrate 1 x 25ml
    500X HRP-Streptavidin Concentrate 1 x 200µl
    5X Assay Diluent B 1 x 15ml
    Assay Diluent A 1 x 30ml
    Biotinylated anti-Human Insulin (lyophilized) 2 vials
    Insulin Microplate (12 strips x 8 wells) 1 unit
    Recombinant Human Insulin Standard (lyophilized) 2 vials
    Stop Solution 1 x 8ml
    TMB One-Step Substrate Reagent 1 x 12ml
  • Research areas
  • Function
    Insulin 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 disease
    Defects 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 similarities
    Belongs to the insulin family.
  • Cellular localization
  • 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

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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 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.



This product has been referenced in:
  • Citro A  et al. Biofabrication of a vascularized islet organ for type 1 diabetes. Biomaterials 199:40-51 (2019). Read more (PubMed: 30735895) »
  • Xu Y  et al. Effects of citrate ester plasticizers and bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in the OECD 28-day repeated-dose toxicity test (OECD TG 407). Environ Res 172:675-683 (2019). Read more (PubMed: 30878739) »
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Customer reviews and Q&As

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1-3 of 3 Abreviews

We used the kit to detect insulin in normal WT mouse serum or plasma. We tested 1 to 25ul of serum or plasma per well but everything was BLQ. The standard curve however was beautiful so I believe this kit may work for other samples. In our case we switched to a more sensitive detection method.

Abcam user community

Verified customer

Submitted Oct 23 2018

Application to plasma samples from pigs

Good Excellent 5/5 (Ease of Use)
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

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

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