Multiplex Cytokine Assay

March 28, 2019

EP141 v1.0


Key Steps:

Other Required Materials:

Detect and measure secreted cytokines and chemokines from Emulate Organ-Chip effluent samples

  • Prepare all reagents, samples, and standards
  • Run the assay
  • Read the plate
  • U-PLEX® Biomarker Group 1 Human Assays (MSD® Cat No. K15067L)
  • MSD instrument (electrochemiluminescence detection technology)


Sample type

Organ-Chip effluent


See Protocol EP124 Effluent Sampling.

Recommended assay flow rate (Liver-Chip)

30 µL / h

U-PLEX assay design

Assay plates can be customized by the user based on endpoint of interest.

Measured cytokines in the Liver-Chip typically include:

TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, IP-10, and MCP-1.

Liver-Chip effluent dilution


No dilution: samples are loaded neat.

Note: the dilution may be different if using different cell types.

Run assay as described on supplier site

Note: The U-PLEX Biomarker Group 1 (hu) contains 74 cytokines and chemokines. Up to 10 assays from this assay group may be multiplexed on each plate for simultaneous quantification.

Sample concentration range (Liver-Chip)

  • TNF-α ~ 2-4 pg / mL
  • ​IP-10 ~ 1- 60 pg / mL 
  • MCP-1 ~ 2–1,500 pg / mL 
  • IL-6 ~ 0.5-130 pg / mL



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