Exosome Antibodies, Arrays and ELISA Kits Detect and quantitate isolated exosomes


Track and Quantitate Exosomes with Antibodies and ELISAs

Exosomes are small membrane vesicles secreted by most cell types in vivo and in vitro. Exosomes are found in cell culture media, blood, urine, amniotic fluid, malignant ascite fluids and contain distinct subsets of microRNAs and proteins depending upon the tissue from which they are secreted. SBI’s ExoELISA kits are designed for fast and quantitative analysis of three well-characterized exosomal protein markers: CD63, CD9, CD81 or Hsp70.
The exosome antibody kits (cat#s EXOABxxx) allow for the confirmation of exosome recoveries by Western blots. SBI has also built an Exo-Check™ Exosome Antibody Array (cat# EXORAY) that allows you to to detect 8 known exosome markers and a GM130 cis-Golgi marker to monitor any cellular contamination simultaneously in your exosome isolations. The ExoELISA kits (cat# EXOEL) enable the specific quantitation of CD63, CD9 or CD81 positive exosome microvesicles. The exosome antibodies, antibody arrays and ExoELISA kits are fully compatible with exosomes isolated by SBI’s ExoQuick or ExoQuick-TC as well as ultracentrifugation methods.

Exosome antibodies for Western blot analysis

For Western blotting analysis, we recommend resuspending the exosome pellet in 1XRIPA buffer with the appropriate protease inhibitor cocktail. SBI offers individual antibodies for CD63, CD9, CD81 and Hsp70 as well as a Western blot sampler kit (Catalog# EXOAB-KIT-1) which includes four exosomal marker antibodies: CD63, CD9, CD81, HSP70 (rabbit anti-human) and also includes a goat anti-Rabbit IgG HRP conjugated secondary antibody specifically tested for use in exosomal protein analysis. The primary antibodies are used at a 1:1,000 dilution and the HRP secondary antibody at 1:20,000 dilution.

Exosome Marker Protein Analysis


Catalog #
# Blots (5ml)
Hsp70 EXOAB-Hsp70A-1
All Four EXOAB-KIT-1


Exo-Check™ exosome antibody arrays

The Exo-Check antibody array has 12 pre-printed spots and features 8 antibodies for known exosome markers (CD63, CD81, ALIX, FLOT1, ICAM1, EpCam, ANXA5 and TSG101) and a GM130 cis-Golgi marker to monitor any cellular contamination in your exosome isolations. The array is compatible with ultracentrifugation and ExoQuick methods. The positive control spot is derived from human serum exosome proteins and are printed directly onto the membrane. Your exosome preparations are lysed and then incubated with the array for the pre-printed antibodies to capture their respective exosome proteins. The GM130 antibody spot on each array is included to help identify and cellular contamination in your exosome preparations. The kits come complete with a secondary detection mixture conjugated to HRP. The arrays are semi-quantitative and can be used to evaluate relative abundance of certain exosome protein markers from a set of given samples. The orientation of the Array is identified as using the upper left hand corner that is notched.

Sample data
The positive control signals should provide a bright signal and this will indicate that all of the detection reagents are working properly. The various exosome antibody spots will provide signals of varying degree, depending upon the source of the isolated exosomes. The Blank spot should not have any signal and this serves as a background control. The GM130 control is to evaluate cellular contamination (if any) in your exosome preparations. The data below are from 300 ug of exosome proteins isolated using ExoQuick-TC from human HT1080 lung sarcoma cell line media.


Information about the exosome protein targets
The table below shows each of the exosome proteins that can be detected on the array along with a link to the ExoCart protein database.



Gene Name

Exocarta Link/Comments

Positive Positive control for HRP detection
GM130 cis-Golgi matrix protein Monitor cellular contamination in exosome preps
FLOT1 Flotillin 1 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=10211
ICAM1 Intercellular adhesion molecule 1 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=3383
ALIX PDCD6IP, Programmed cell death 6 interacting protein, AIP1/DRIP4/HP95 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=10015
CD81 IGSF8, Immunoglobulin superfamily, member 8 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=93185
CD63 CD63, LAMP-3 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=967
EpCAM Epithelial cell adhesion molecule http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=4072
ANXA5 Annexin A5 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=308
TSG101 Tumor susceptibility gene 101 http://exocarta.org/gene_summary?gene_id=7251
BLANK No antibody loaded to test for background


Quantitate Exosomes by ELISA

The ExoELISA kit is designed as a direct Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA). The exosome particles and their proteins are directly immobilized onto the wells of the microtiter plate. After binding, wells are coated with a block agent to prevent non-specific binding of the detection antibody. The detection (primary) antibody is added to the wells for binding to specific antigen (e.g. CD63) protein on the exosomes.

Choose from 3 different primary antibody detection formats:

  • CD63 ExoELISA, catalog# EXOEL-CD63A-1
  • CD9 ExoELISA, catalog# EXOEL-CD9A-1
  • CD81 ExoELISA, catalog# EXOEL-CD81A-1



A Horseradish Peroxidase enzyme (HRP) linked secondary antibody (goat anti-rabbit) is used for signal amplification and to increase assay sensitivity. A colorimetric substrate (Extra-sensitive TMB) is used for the assay read-out. The accumulation of the colored product is proportional to the specific antigen present in each well. The results are quantitated by a microtiter plate reader at 450 nm absorbance and calibrated by the exosome standards provided in the kit. The exosome standards are provided in number of exosome particles as determined by NanoSight Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis. The ExoELISA kits are compatible with exosomes isolated by ExoQuick, ExoQuick-TC or by ultracentrifugation techniques.

Online Resources

  • Exosome Antibody and ELISA Kits User Manual (PDF)
  • Exocarta online database of exosome proteins and RNAs

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