PMID: 58944Jan 1, 1976

What can be measured with RAST?

Journal of Immunological Methods
P BongrandJ Charpin


A theoretical study of the basic principles involved in Radioallergosorbent test (RAST) showed that: 1) When a given serum is tested, the significance of the numerical value obtained with RAST depends upon the serum assayed and the allergosorbent preparation, in a rather unpredictable way. Three factors can be measured: a) The percentage of specific IgE antibodies among all allergen-specific antibodies; b) The specific IgE antibody level; c) The product of the specific IgE antibody level and its affinity constant. 2) Simple graphical techniques allow a straightforward determination of all these factors if four dilutions of each serum are assayed at the same time. The results are expressed in two constant parameters (arbitrary IgE unit and allergosorbent capacity). It is concluded that these theoretical calculations may give a fair account of a lack of correlation between specific IgE antibody levels (as assayed with RAST) and several clinical and biological parameters. Furthermore, they provide a simple procedure which makes such tedious manipulations as specific IgE antibody purification quite necessary.


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