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Assessment of the diagnostic performances of IgA heavy and light chain pairs in patients with IgA monoclonal gammopathy.
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PMID:  23041246     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: Preliminary results of the IgA Hevylite™ assay including the establishment of the 95% reference interval and assessment of the specificity and sensitivity in different populations, are reported. DESIGN AND METHODS: The concentrations of IgA heavy and light chains (HLC) enabling to determine an IgAκ /IgAλ ratio were quantified in 119 apparently healthy individuals to generate 95% reference intervals. The specificity of this assay was assessed in 48 patients with an isolated polyclonal IgA increase. In a retrospective analysis of 68 patients with a monoclonal component type IgA (MC-IgA) identified by serum immunofixation (IFE), IgA HLC ratio values were compared with known results for serum protein electrophoresis (SPE) and free light chain (FLC) ratios. RESULTS: The 95% reference range obtained in 119 controls (0.91-2.04) was close to that quoted by the manufacturer (0.80-2.04). Eight of the 48 patients (16.7%) with a polyclonal IgA increase had an IgA HLC ratio above the upper limit of the 95% reference interval. The IgA HLC ratio identified 65 (95.6%) among 68 patients with MC-IgA identified on the basis of IFE. For 34 of these patients (50%), MC-IgA was not detected by SPE due to its co-migration with alpha-2 or beta-globulins. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with serum IFE, the IgA HLC ratio has a sensitivity of 95.6%. Further studies are needed to assess the specificity of the IgA HLC ratio in patients with an isolated polyclonal increase of serum IgA.
Fleur Wolff; France Debaugnies; Laurence Rozen; Dominique Willems; Fabian Brohet; Jonathan Brauner; Patrick Stordeur
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical biochemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2933     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Biochem.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0133660     Medline TA:  Clin Biochem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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