Analyze Heavy/Light Chain Isotype with Hevylite® assays

Empowering clinicians with cutting-edge immunoglobulin insights

What is this test?

What are Hevylite assays?

The six Hevylite assays are fully automated for the quantification of individual heavy + light chain isotypes in serum: IgGκ, IgGλ, IgAκ, IgAλ, IgMκ, and IgMλ.

Hevylite assays can identify plasma cell clonality by calculating the heavy + light chain (HLC) ratio.

Hevylite assays uniquely measure both the involved and uninvolved immunoglobulin. 

Measuring the uninvolved heavy and light chain (HLC), can provide additional information not available with standard paraprotein assessments such as serum protein electrophoresis (SPE), capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), serum immunofixation electrophoresis (sIFE), and total immunoglobulins.

These assays are exclusively available on the Optilite® Analyser

Optimizing management of Multiple Myeloma

  • Quantitative estimation without subjective interpretation
  • Quantifies both involved and uninvolved immunoglobulin 
  • Can aid in the identification of plasma cell clonality through calculation of the heavy + light chain (HLC) ratio
  • Sensitive tests for monitoring previously diagnosed IgG κ&λ and IgA κ&λ Multiple Myeloma patients
  • Acknowledged by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) as an assay useful in patients with oligo-secretory disease, and can overcome limitations associated with monitoring β-migrating monoclonal IgA by electrophoresis
  • Achieve greater clarity when measuring IgG κ&λ or IgA κ&λ monoclonal proteins and overcome the laboratory challenges of electrophoresis


When monitoring IgG κ&λ and IgA κ&λ Multiple Myeloma patients, Hevylite assays can provide the following additional information:
  • HLC-matched pair suppression can provide an indication of immunoglobulin response
  • Highly sensitive Hevylite assays can measure beyond complete response
  • Identifies extremely low levels of disease
  • Early detection of relapse, remission, or progression in Multiple Myeloma
  • Recognises clonal change

Only IgG and IgA κ&λ Hevylite assays are indicated for monitoring Multiple Myeloma patients

When monitoring IgG κ&λ and IgA κ&λ Multiple Myeloma patients, Hevylite assays can provide the following additional information:
  • Hevylite assays are useful for monitoring monoclonal gammopathies such as Multiple Myeloma and oligo-secretory Multiple Myeloma
  • These assays can detect monoclonality even when total immunoglobulin levels are within the normal range
  • Hevylite assays may identify plasma cell clonality
  • An abnormal κ/λ (IgG, IgA or IgM) ratio with suppression of the uninvolved immunoglobulin may provide valuable information about a patient's immunoglobulin response

Overcome challenges seen with conventional methods

Only available on the Optilite Analyser, optimized Hevylite assays quantitatively measure involved and uninvolved heavy and light chain isotypes

Overcomes electrophoresis challenges such as co-migration, broad-migration, non-linearity, dye saturation, multiple peaks, and precipitation

Identifies HLC isotypes unlike conventional electrophoretic methods

  Hevylite SPE IFE
Quantification of monocolonal protein* ✔️ ✔️
Avoids subjective interpretation ✔️
Accurate measurements below 10 g/L ✔️
Quantification of uninvolved HLC (unique immunosuppression data) ✔️
Comparison Information 
  • Provides greater sensitivity than electrophoretic methods
  • Overcomes challenges such as co-migration, non-linearity and dye saturation
  • Optimizes workflow through automation, reducing hands on time
  • Avoids subjective interpretation of gels by providing quantitative numerical results
  • May reduce the number of tests needed, especially for IgA monoclonal proteins

* Through quantification of heavy and light chain isotypes

Better Management, Better Care

A proposed algorithm for optimal management of Multiple Myeloma using Freelite® and Hevylite assays

  • M-protein quantification on SPE and urine protein electrophoresis (UPE) can be challenging to quantify <10g/L
  • In addition to the recommended IMWG workflow, alongside the use of Freelite assays to monitor Multiple Myeloma patients of all isotypes, previously diagnosed IgG κ&λ and IgA κ&λ can be additionally monitored with Hevylite assays. This may capture early relapse, clonal change, and progression of Multiple Myeloma


Freelite and Hevylite assays
The optimal combination for the management of monoclonal gammopathy patients
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Hevylite assays provide additional information not available with total immunoglobulin testing, for a more complete picture
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