Affinity Profiling Using the Peptide Microarray Technology: a Case Study
Tapia et al., Anal. Biochem. (2007) - PMID: 17288979
Product(s) used in this publication: Bioinformatics: Library Design, Data Mining & Evaluation
Little about the reliability of measurements obtained using synthetic peptide microarrays is known. We report results from a study on the quantitative reliability of microarrays manufactured by robot-supported immobilization of presynthesized peptides for different microarray platforms. Technological precision is assessed for inter- and intra-device readout comparisons. Correlations between measured signals and known dissociation constants using a phenomenological model derived from the mass action law are discussed. Special emphasis is on discussing the pitfalls of high-throughput affinity measurements. We show that the quantitative determination of binding affinities is prone to be biased toward a mean affinity of around 10(-7)M, while the classification of peptides into either "binders" or "nonbinders" provides very high prediction accuracy. The experimental requirements needed to obtain reliable binding affinity predictions are discussed.