Estimation of kinetic rate constants from surface plasmon resonance experiments

Neil D. Evans, David Lowe, David Briggs, Robert Higgins, Andrew Bentall, Simon Ball, Daniel Mitchell, Daniel Zehnder, Michael J. Chappell

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In order to characterise antibody binding characteristics it is necessary to determine reaction constants from quantitative measurements of the process. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) provides convenient real-time measurement of the reaction that enables subsequent estimation of the reaction constants. Two models are considered that represent the binding reaction in the presence of transport effects. One of these models, the effective rate constant approximation, can be derived from the other applying a quasi-steady state assumption. Uniqueness of the reaction constants with respect to SPR measurements is considered via a structural identifiability analysis. It is shown that the effective rate constant model is unidentifiable, unless the analyte concentration is known, while the full model is structurally globally identifiable provided association and dissociation phases are considered. Both models provide comparable estimates for the unknown rate constants for a commercial anti-A monoclonal IgM experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUKACC International Conference on CONTROL 2010
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2010
EventUKACC International Conference on CONTROL 2010 - Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 7 2010Sep 10 2010

Publication series

NameIET Seminar Digest


ConferenceUKACC International Conference on CONTROL 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Binding affinity
  • Biomedical systems
  • Parameter estimation
  • Structural identifiability
  • Surface plasmon resonance
  • Surface-volume reactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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