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Minimum information about a protein affinity reagent (MIAPAR)


Konthur,  Zoltàn
Max Planck Society;


Krobitsch,  Sylvia
Neurodegenerative Disorders (Sylvia Krobitsch), Independent Junior Research Groups (OWL), Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Max Planck Society;

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Bourbeillon, J., Orchard, S., Benhar, I., Borrebaeck, C., de Daruvar, A., Dubel, S., et al. (2010). Minimum information about a protein affinity reagent (MIAPAR). Nature biotechnology, 28(7), 650-653. doi:10.1038/nbt0710-650.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-7AC6-2
We wish to alert your readers to MIAPAR, the minimum information about a protein affinity reagent. This is a proposal developed within the community as an important first step in formalizing standards in reporting the production and properties of protein binding reagents, such as antibodies, developed and sold for the identification and detection of specific proteins present in biological samples. It defines a checklist of required information, intended for use by producers of affinity reagents, quality-control laboratories, users and databases (Supplementary Table 1). We envision that both commercial and freely available affinity reagents, as well as published studies using these reagents, could include a MIAPAR-compliant document describing the product's properties with every available binding partner. This would enable the user or reader to make a fully informed evaluation of the validity of conclusions drawn using this reagent (Fig. 1).