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Scand J Clin Lab Invest. 2000 Jul;60(4):247-51.

Stability of YKL-40 concentration in blood samples.

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Division for Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen. hogdall@dadlnet.dk

Abstract

The stability of YKL-40, a mammalian member of the family of 18 glycosylhydrolases, in blood samples handled under different temperatures and different time intervals before centrifugation was studied in paired serum and plasma samples from 25 healthy premenopausal Danish women. Significant elevations of YKL-40 were found in 8 paired serum samples left on the clot for more than 3 h at room temperature compared to paired serum samples left on the clot for 3 h or less. Significant elevations of YKL-40 were found in 8 paired plasma (EDTA) samples left on the blood cells for more than 8 h at room temperature compared to paired plasma (EDTA) samples left on the blood cells for 8 h or less. No elevations were found in YKL-40 levels in serum samples left on the clot at 4 degrees C for 24 h or in plasma (EDTA) samples left on the blood cells for 72 h before centrifugation. Significantly lower concentrations of YKL-40 were measured in plasma (EDTA) compared with paired serum samples with a serum/plasma ratio of 1.4 in samples left on the clot or on blood cells at 4 degrees C for up to 24 h. Repetitive freezing and thawing had no significant effect on the measured YKL-40 concentrations. In conclusion, we have shown that YKL-40 is very dependent on the handling procedures. All the blood samples must be processed into plasma (EDTA) within 8 h at room temperature or into serum in less than 3 h at room temperature. If this is not possible, the blood samples must be stored at 4 degrees C until processed.

PMID:
10943594
DOI:
10.1080/00365510050184886
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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