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Clinical Biochemistry

Gabriel Lima-Oliveira, Dorothy M Adcock, Gian Luca Salvagno, Emmanuel J Favaloro, Giuseppe Lippi
OBJECTIVE: Thus study was aimed to investigate whether the mixing technique could influence the results of routine and specialized clotting tests on post-thawed specimens. METHODS: The sample population consisted of 13 healthy volunteers. Venous blood was collected by evacuated system into three 3.5mL tubes containing 0.109mmol/L buffered sodium citrate. The three blood tubes of each subject were pooled immediately after collection inside a Falcon 15mL tube, then mixed by 6 gentle end-over-end inversions, and centrifuged at 1500g for 15min...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Raffick A R Bowen, Dorothy Adcock
Blood collection tubes (BCTs) are an often under-recognized variable in the preanalytical phase of clinical laboratory testing. Unfortunately, even the best-designed and manufactured BCTs may not work well in all clinical settings. Clinical laboratories, in collaboration with healthcare providers, should carefully evaluate BCTs prior to putting them into clinical use to determine their limitations and ensure that patients are not placed at risk because of inaccuracies due to poor tube performance. Selection of the best BCTs can be achieved through comparing advertising materials, reviewing the literature, observing the device at a scientific meeting, receiving a demonstration, evaluating the device under simulated conditions, or testing the device with patient samples...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Mario Plebani
The last 50years have seen substantial changes in the landscape of laboratory medicine: its role in modern medicine is in evolution and the quality of laboratory services is changing. The need to control and improve quality in clinical laboratories has grown hand in hand with the growth in technological developments leading to an impressive reduction of analytical errors over time. An essential cause of this impressive improvement has been the introduction and monitoring of quality indicators (QIs) such as the analytical performance specifications (in particular bias and imprecision) based on well-established goals...
October 16, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
E G Butkowski, H A Al-Aubaidy, H F Jelinek
PURPOSE: The role of homocysteine (Hcy) and associated oxidative stress processes in the metabolic syndrome (MetS) continuum has not been explored extensively. Changes in Hcy and associated oxidative stress in relation to the number of metabolic syndrome factors present are explored in this study. METHOD: Participants (n=266) attending a rural diabetes screening clinic had their medical history recorded as well as body mass index, Hcy, glucose, cholesterol, glutathione (GSH), and 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) measured...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Kei Nakajima, Kaname Suwa
BACKGROUND: Numerous etiologies are implicated in the complications of diabetes. A link between diabetes and the predisposition to certain cancers, including colon cancer, has been established during the last decade. However, the relationship between fecal occult blood test (FOBT), a screening method used principally for detection of colon cancer, and diabetes has not been explored. METHODS: We investigated the association of positive FOBT with HbA1c of 5.70-6.49% (prediabetes) and HbA1c of ≥6...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Markus A Thaler, Andreas Bietenbeck, Christoph Schulz, Peter B Luppa
OBJECTIVES: Lipoprotein electrophoresis is the gold standard for the detection of chylous ascites and pleural effusions. It is, however, not suitable as a front-line test and not widely available. Most clinicians must rely solely on the quantitative determination of lipids. The aim of this work was to establish lipid cut-off values for the presence of chylomicrons in pleural and peritoneal fluid. DESIGN AND METHODS: Triglyceride and cholesterol levels from 113 peritoneal and 154 pleural fluid samples investigated for chylomicrons via lipoprotein electrophoresis were considered...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Chike Bellarmine Item, Sharmane Escueta, Andrea Schanzer, Somayeh Farhadi, Thomas Metz, Maximilian Zeyda, Dorothea Möslinger, Susanne Greber-Platzer, Vassiliki Konstantopoulou
OBJECTIVES: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is characterized by a high phenylalanine (phe) in plasma and oxidative stress. However, the monitoring of oxidative stress in newborns with PKU using the activity levels of antioxidant enzymes is not optimal. We investigated the possibility of monitoring an increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production using DNA methylation changes of an oxidative stress response element in the promoter region of an enzymatic antioxidant gene. DESIGN AND METHODS: Using DNA extracted from blood leukocytes, the cytosine phosphodiester bond guanine positions of an overlapping CCAAT box/metal response element (CGATTGGCTG) of the glutathione peroxidase 3 promoter activated by oxidative stimuli and expressed in plasma were analysed for methylation changes in 20 newborns with hyperphenylalaninemia and 20 healthy controls...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Robin Satanovskij, Alhaddad Bader, Matthias Block, Victor Herbst, Wolfgang Schlumberger, Tobias Haack, Wolfgang Andreas Nockher, Uwe Heemann, Lutz Renders, Christoph Schmaderer, Susanne Angermann, Ming Wen, Thomas Meitinger, Jürgen Scherberich, Dominik Steubl
BACKGROUND: Uromodulin-associated Autosomal Dominant Tubulointerstitial Kidney Disease (ADTKD-UMOD) belongs to a group of autosomal dominant inherited diseases caused by mutations in the UMOD gene, which codes for uromodulin, a protein exclusively expressed in renal tubular cells of the ascending limb of the loop of Henle. The diagnosis is hampered by non-specific clinical, laboratory and histological findings. In this study, we evaluated serum uromodulin as diagnostic marker for ADTKD-UMOD in a family with a novel mutation in UMOD...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Stefan Palme, Robert H Christenson, Saeed A Jortani, Richard E Ostlund, Ruediger Kolm, Guido Kopal, Ruediger P Laubender
OBJECTIVE: The multifunctional cytokine IL-13 is thought to play a central role in Type 2 inflammation in asthma. Serum periostin has been explored as a candidate biomarker for evaluating IL-13 activity in the airway. We describe the technical performance characteristics of a novel, fully automated immunoassay for the determination of periostin in serum. DESIGN AND METHODS: Limit of blank [LoB], limit of detection [LoD] and limit of quantitation [LoQ], linearity, precision and reproducibility across sites and lots were evaluated according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines...
October 8, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Tianyi Xia, Shouhong Gao, Chang Shu, Yan Wen, Yunlei Yun, Xia Tao, Wansheng Chen, Feng Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate potential interferences of two pre-analytical variables, the storage time and the vacutainer tube, on the quantification of 20 amino acids using a UHPLC-MS/MS method. DESIGN AND METHODS: Blood samples from 25 apparently healthy subjects were collected into duplicate sets of EDTA-2K, EDTA-3K, coagulation, heparin and citrate tubes, and stored in capped vacutainer tubes at 4°C for 6h, 12h and 24h before sample analysis. A UHPLC-MS/MS method was established for simultaneous quantification of 20 amino acids...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Giovanni Lombardi, Silvia Perego, Veronica Sansoni, Giuseppe Banfi
MicroRNAs are endogenous non-coding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression by specifically binding the target mRNA and by consequently inducing its degradation. miRNAs can be released into the circulation where they remain stable and they can be measured. Their changes reflect individual biologic adaptation to exposures to specific environmental conditions. As such, measurement of circulating microRNAs represents an opportunity to evaluate biologic changes associated with interventions such as exercise and diet...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Tom Fiers, Caroline Dielen, Sara Somers, Jean-Marc Kaufman, Jan Gerris
INTRODUCTION: Controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation for in vitro fertilization or intra cytoplasmatic sperm injection necessitates close monitoring using ultrasound and estradiol measurements. Monitoring is also important to prevent or limit the severity of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, an iatrogenic and potentially life-threatening complication. Self-operated endovaginal telemonitoring has been shown to offer an attractive and less costly alternative to classic consultation and saliva estradiol measurements could be a stress-free and practical alternative to serial blood determinations...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Kazunori Murata, Samuel I McCash, Brittany Carroll, Alexander M Lesokhin, Hani Hassoun, Nikoletta Lendvai, Neha S Korde, Sham Mailankody, Heather J Landau, Guenther Koehne, David J Chung, Sergio A Giralt, Lakshmi V Ramanathan, Ola Landgren
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the effect of three humanized IgG κ monoclonal antibodies (daratumumab, isatuximab, and elotuzumab) on the interpretation of results generated by protein electrophoresis, immunofixation, free light chain, and heavy/light chain assays performed on human serum. METHODS: Healthy volunteer serum and serum from multiple myeloma patients were supplemented with clinically relevant concentrations of each of the three monoclonal antibodies. These specimens then underwent analysis via serum protein electrophoresis, immunofixation, serum free light chain quantification, heavy/light chain quantification, total IgG, and total protein...
September 21, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Michael P Cornes
Clinical laboratory medicine is involved in the vast majority of patient care pathways. It has been estimated that pathology results inform 60-70% of critical patient care decisions. The primary goal of the laboratory is to produce precise and accurate results which reflect the true situation in vivo. It is not surprising that interference occurs in laboratory analysis given the complexity of some of the assays used to perform them. Interference is defined as "the effect of a substance upon any step in the determination of the concentration or catalytic activity of the metabolite"...
September 20, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Ola Hammarsten, Elvar Theodorsson, Christian Bjurman, Max Petzold
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction is more likely if the heart damage biomarker cardiac troponin T (cTnT) is elevated in a blood sample, indicating that cardiac damage has occurred. No method allows the clinician to estimate the risk of myocardial infarction at a specific cTnT level in a given patient. METHODS: Predictive value among lookalikes (PAL) uses pre-test prevalence, sensitivity and specificity at adjacent cTnT limits based on percentiles. PAL is the pre-test prevalence-adjusted probability of disease between two adjacent cTnT limits...
September 13, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Othoniel Hugo Aragon-Martinez, Mario Alberto Isiordia-Espinoza, Othir Galicia, Saray Aranda Romo, Alejandro Gómez Gómez, Silvia Romano-Moreno, Flavio Martinez-Morales
OBJECTIVES: Levofloxacin monitoring is recommended to obtain clinical cure and low incidence of antimicrobial resistance. During the monitoring procedure, levofloxacin should be measured in plasma samples and several assays are reported for this purpose. However, those methods do not have all of the characteristics for an accessible and reliable drug monitoring. For this reason, we develop a method that has all of the essential characteristics for levofloxacin monitoring. DESIGN AND METHODS: The procedure of validation was done in terms of Food and Drug Administration guidelines...
September 13, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
S A Paul Chubb, Elizabeth Byrnes, Laurens Manning, Jonathan Golledge, Peter R Ebeling, Leon Flicker, Bu B Yeap, Samuel D Vasikaran
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September 13, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Gordon A Begg, Gregory Y H Lip, Sven Plein, Muzahir H Tayebjee
INTRODUCTION: External direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is an established treatment for AF but is associated with procedural risk and high AF recurrence rates. Cardiac fibrosis has been associated with AF, and circulating biomarkers have been suggested as a method of its assessment, but which biomarkers are suitable is yet to be determined. This study examines the differences between levels of procollagen type III N terminal peptide (PIIINP), type I collagen carboxyl telopeptide (ICTP), galectin-3 (gal-3) and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) in DCCV patients, and disease-and-age-matched controls...
September 10, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Felix C K Wong, Kun Sun, Peiyong Jiang, Yvonne K Y Cheng, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to compare the concentrations, size profiles and major tissue contributors of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma and in serum. DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirteen pregnant women in the third trimester were recruited for this study. We collected EDTA-plasma and serum samples using various collection tubes. We determined their cfDNA concentrations and fetal cfDNA fractions using a zinc-finger X (ZFX)/zinc-finger Y (ZFY) droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ZFX/ZFY ddPCR) assay...
September 9, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Jorge Andrés Carvajal, Fernando Andrés Ferrer, Francisca Isabel Araya, Ana María Delpiano
INTRODUCTION: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is synthesized by human fetal membranes, both the amnion and chorion. This locally produced BNP inhibits the contraction of the human myometrium, contributing to the maintenance of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy. Reference values for NT-proBNP concentrations in amniotic fluid at different gestational ages have not been completely defined. We aimed to investigate the range of fetal NT-proBNP values in amniotic fluid in normal pregnancy between 17 and 41weeks of gestation...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
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