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Clin Biochem. 2012 Jun;45(9):694-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2012.02.027. Epub 2012 Mar 9.

The effects of freeze-thaw on β-trace protein and β2-microglobulin assays after long-term sample storage.

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the effect of a freeze-thaw cycle on β-trace protein (βTP) and β2-microglobulin (β2M).

DESIGN AND METHODS:

We compared βTP and β2M concentrations before and after a single freeze-thaw cycle in long-term stored samples from 172 participants of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III).

RESULTS:

Measurements of βTP and β2M before and after freeze-thaw were highly correlated with Spearman's coefficients of 0.90 and 0.99, respectively. Serum concentrations of βTP were slightly lower after freeze-thaw (-0.05 mg/L, P=0.006). Measurements of β2M did not differ before and after freeze-thaw (P=0.35).

CONCLUSIONS:

βTP and β2M measurements were robust to a single freeze-thaw cycle, although β2M appeared more stable than βTP. These results have implications for future studies of these biomarkers.

Copyright © 2012 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
22425605
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PMCID:
PMC3575740
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