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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442257/cocaine-use-is-associated-with-a-higher-prevalence-of-elevated-st2-concentrations
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Xander M R van Wijk, Eric Vittinghoff, Alan H B Wu, Kara L Lynch, Elise D Riley
BACKGROUND: Cocaine is a well-known risk factor for acute cardiac events, but the effects in users outside of acute events are less clear. We investigated a possible association between cocaine use and the concentration of a novel biomarker for cardiac stress and heart failure, ST2. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted to compare ST2 concentrations by the presence of cocaine in patients presenting for care, but not cardiac care, at an urban safety net hospital...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438460/alternative-process-for-quantifying-na-and-k-electrolytes-in-plasma-with-high-paraprotein-concentration-using-an-automated-analyzer
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LETTER
V Platzer, B Hebraud, E Caussé
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 21, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434987/appraising-laboratory-quality-and-value-what-s-missing
#3
Paul L Epner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434986/the-emerging-landscape-of-scientific-publishing
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REVIEW
Clare Fiala, Eleftherios P Diamandis
We present emerging models of publishing which have grown from the phenomenon of open access, the changing role of peer review in the scientific process and the new position of the impact factor. We juxtapose the new models of paid review, eponymous review, no review, post publication review and light review with the classic model which has dominated for a century, detailing advantages, problems and examples of each model to provide a comprehensive overview of the changing landscape of scientific publishing...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434985/performance-specifications-in-extra-analytical-phase-of-laboratory-testing-sample-handling-and-transportation
#5
Martina Zaninotto, Adriano Tasinato, Gianni Vecchiato, Angelo Legnaro, Alessio Pinato, Mario Plebani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433611/preanalytical-variables-for-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-analysis-of-human-blood-specimens
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REVIEW
Gian Luca Salvagno, Elisa Danese, Giuseppe Lippi
The use of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for both diagnostics and research purposes is rapidly growing in clinical laboratories. As for more conventional areas of in vitro diagnostic testing, many preanalytical variables have an impact on these techniques and may hence jeopardize the quality of tests results. The leading preanalytical variables include patient preparation, the nature of the blood collection tubes and additives, interference from spurious hemolysis, sample handling and management, composition of blood tubes, contamination, as well as storage conditions...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433610/paraoxonases-and-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Jordi Camps, Simona Iftimie, Anabel García-Heredia, Antoni Castro, Jorge Joven
The paraoxonases (PON1, PON2 and PON3) are an enzyme family with a high structural homology. All of them have lactonase activity and degrade lipid peroxides in lipoproteins and cells. As such, they play a role in protection against oxidation and inflammation. Infectious diseases are often associated with oxidative stress and an inflammatory response. Infection and inflammation trigger a cascade of reactions in the host, known as the acute-phase response. This response is associated with dramatic changes in serum proteins and lipoproteins, including a decrease in serum PON1 activity...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433609/hb-moncloa-a-new-variant-of-haemoglobin-that-interferes-in-the-quantification-of-hb-a1c
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Torrejón María Josefa, Ortíz-Cabrera N Valentina, M Nieto Jorge, González Fernández Fernando-Ataúlfo, Villegas Ana, Martínez Rafael, Ropero Paloma
BACKGROUND: In most routine laboratories in Spain, the commonly used method for evaluating HbA1c is ion-exchange high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The presence of a variant of Hb may interfere with the quantification of HbA1c. AIMS: Here, we report a novel haemoglobin variant, named Hb Moncloa, which was found during a routine health check at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Moncloa (Madrid), Spain. METHODS AND RESULTS: Molecular characterization of β gene identified a novel transversion mutation [β80(EF4)Asn>Ser; HBB:c...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427918/endocan-is-a-stable-circulating-molecule-in-icu-patients
#9
Gaudet Alexandre, Chenevier-Gobeaux Camille, Parmentier Erika, Delobel Jean-Edouard, Dubucquoi Sylvain, Mathieu Daniel, Lassalle Philippe, De Freitas Caires Nathalie
BACKGROUND: Endocan is a lung endothelial cell secreted proteoglycan, possessing multiple physiological roles and potential therapeutic and diagnostic utility as biomarker in pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Endocan synthesis and secretion can be induced by proinflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α, but can also be subject of proteolytic degradation causing preanalytical variation. METHODS: We investigated the stability of endocan in conventional serum, plasma, anticoagulated whole blood, as well as whole blood and plasma stabilized with protease inhibitors...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427917/application-of-the-isoniazid-assay-in-dried-blood-spots-using-the-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#10
Kyunghoon Lee, Sun-Hee Jun, Moon-Suk Choi, Sang Hoon Song, Jong Sun Park, Jae Ho Lee, Kyoung Un Park, Junghan Song
OBJECTIVES: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs is important for proper treatment of TB. Dried blood spots (DBSs) are widely used for TDM because of their several advantages. Rifampicin and pyrazinamide assays with DBSs have already been developed. However, isoniazid (INH) assay for capillary DBSs have not been reported because of INH instability. We developed an ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for measuring INH concentrations in venous and capillary DBSs...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412284/effects-of-preanalytical-factors-on-hemoglobin-measurement-a-comparison-of-two-hemocue%C3%A2-point-of-care-analyzers
#11
Ralph D Whitehead, Ming Zhang, Maya R Sternberg, Rosemary L Schleicher, Bakary Drammeh, Carine Mapango, Christine M Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND: In field studies, hemoglobin (Hb) is often measured using a battery-operated, portable HemoCue® hemoglobinometer. METHODS: We compared the performance of 2 HemoCue® models (Hb-201+ and Hb-301) and investigated effects of preanalytical factors on Hb results by simulating unfavorable field conditions. RESULTS: The Hb-301 produced 2.6% higher results compared to the Hb-201+. Hb had to be measured within 1min of filling the Hb-301 cuvette to avoid artificially elevated concentrations (1...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412283/complement-factor-c4-activation-in-patients-with-hereditary-angioedema
#12
Anne Aabom, Anette Bygum, Claus Koch
OBJECTIVES: Low complement factor C4 is usually considered a valuable screening tool for patients with the potentially life-threatening Hereditary Angioedema with C1-inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency (C1-INH-HAE). However, there are patients with C1-INH-HAE presenting with normal C4 levels. This means, that C1-INH-HAE may potentially be overlooked, if screening is performed only by measurement of C4. It has been suggested that measurement of C4 activation products is better suited to avoid false negative results...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410851/paediatric-laboratory-medicine-some-reflections-on-the-sub-specialty
#13
V L Grey, T P Loh, M Metz, T Lang, M Hersberger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 11, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396248/age-and-gender-specific-reference-intervals-for-lysosomal-enzymes-in-dried-blood-spot-samples-a-study-in-indian-population
#14
Manjunath Supriya, Tanima De, Rita Christopher
OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to establish age and gender-specific reference values for the activities of lysosomal enzymes (acid α-galactosidase [GLA], acid β-glucocerebrosidase [GBA], acid α-glucosidase [GAA], acid sphingomyelinase [ASM] and galactocerebrosidase [GALC]) in dried blood spots (DBS) of Indian population. DESIGN AND METHODS: A total of 3797 healthy Indian subjects (1456 females and 2341 males) aged from 2days to 60years were selected for the study...
April 7, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392226/the-relationship-of-plasma-creatinine-as-egfr-and-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-and-nt-probnp-concentrations-in-a-hospital-and-community-outpatient-population
#15
Julia M Potter, Aaron J Simpson, Jennifer Kerrigan, Emma Southcott, Marie M Salib, Gus Koerbin, Peter E Hickman
OBJECTIVES: While persons with overt renal failure have a well-described rise in troponin and NT-proBNP, it is less well described what the relationship is between cardiac markers and persons with impaired renal function, not requiring dialysis. DESIGN & METHODS: We have collected ALL samples referred to our pathology practice over a 24h period and measured hs-cTnI, hs-cTnT, NT-proBNP, calculated the eGFR, and related our measurements to clinical outcomes. RESULTS: For both men and women, for all of hs-cTnI, hs-cTnT and NT-proBNP, there was a graded response, as renal function worsened, the concentration of the cardiac marker increased...
April 6, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390779/total-laboratory-automation-do-stat-tests-still-matter
#16
REVIEW
Alberto Dolci, Davide Giavarina, Sara Pasqualetti, Dominika Szőke, Mauro Panteghini
During the past decades the healthcare systems have rapidly changed and today hospital care is primarily advocated for critical patients and acute treatments, for which laboratory test results are crucial and need to be always reported in predictably short turnaround time (TAT). Laboratories in the hospital setting can face this challenge by changing their organization from a compartmentalized laboratory department toward a decision making-based laboratory department. This requires the implementation of a core laboratory, that exploits total laboratory automation (TLA) using technological innovation in analytical platforms, track systems and information technology, including middleware, and a number of satellite specialized laboratory sections cooperating with care teams for specific medical conditions...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389235/dna-methylated-alleles-of-the-phenylalanine-hydroxylase-promoter-remodeled-at-elevated-phenylalanine-levels-in-newborns-with-hyperphenylalaninemia
#17
Chike Bellarmine Item, Somayeh Farhadi, Andrea Schanzer, Susanne Greber-Platzer
OBJECTIVES: Although high phenylalanine (phe) exposure has been shown to influence the DNA methylation status of leukocytes in hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA), the potential of DNA methylation changes as a biomarker of pretreatment high phe exposure in diet free newborns with HPA has not been explored. We therefore investigated the DNA methylation pattern of the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene promoter at different phe levels, and the possibility of DNA methylation pattern changes being a biomarker of high phe exposure in diet free newborns with HPA...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377153/clinical-performance-of-cardiac-troponin-i-a-comparison-between-the-poct-aqt90-flex-and-the-dimension-vista-analyzer-in-an-emergency-setting
#18
Monica Maria Mion, Giada Bragato, Alessandra Casarotti, Chiara Cosma, Stefania Vigolo, Gianna Vettore, Franco Tosato, Martina Zaninotto, Mario Plebani
BACKGROUND: Cardiac troponin [cTn (I or T)] is the preferred biomarker for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction (MI). AIM: We studied the analytical performance of the POCT AQT90 FLEX cTnI assay and its diagnostic accuracy, in comparison to the Dimension Vista cTnI method, in patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with suspect of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: 786 consecutive patients were enrolled. cTnI was measured at admission to the ED and about 3 and 6 hours later...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372954/stability-of-serum-plasma-and-urine-osmolality-in-different-storage-conditions-relevance-of-temperature-and-centrifugation
#19
Macià Sureda-Vives, Daniel Morell-Garcia, Ana Rubio-Alaejos, Laura Valiña, Juan Robles, Josep Miquel Bauça
BACKGROUND: Osmolality reflects the concentration of all dissolved particles in a body fluid, and its measurement is routinely performed in clinical laboratories for the differential diagnosis of disorders related with the hydrolytic balance regulation, the renal function and in small-molecule poisonings. The aim of the study was to assess the stability of serum, plasma and urine osmolality through time and under different common storage conditions, including delayed centrifugation. METHODS: Blood and urine samples were collected, and classified into different groups according to several preanalytical variables: serum or plasma lithium-heparin tubes; spun or unspun; stored at room temperature (RT), at 4°C or frozen at -21°C...
March 31, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366823/redox-status-of-serum-apolipoprotein-e-and-its-impact-on-hdl-cholesterol-levels
#20
Kazuyoshi Yamauchi, Yuka Ebihara, Yasushi Kawakami
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is closely involved in the pathogenesis of apoE-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular disease. The redox modulation of cysteine-thiols in a protein is involved in various pathophysiological regulations; however, that of apoE has not been studied in detail. Herein, we devised an analytical method to determine the redox status of serum apoE and assessed its relation to serum cholesterol levels and apoE phenotype. METHODS: The present method was based on a band shift assay, using a photocleavable maleimide-conjugated polyethylene glycol...
March 30, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
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