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Effect of long-term storage on placental growth factor and fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 measurements in samples from pregnant women.
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PMID:  20230323     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of storage time on the stability of placental growth factor (PlGF) and fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) levels in frozen serum samples from pregnant women.
METHODS: This is a matched case-control study using fresh and stored serum samples collected at 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 months prior to the collection of the fresh samples and frozen at -80°C. Forty-eight samples from each of the seven time-groups were matched for non-smoking Chinese, maternal weight, singleton-term pregnancy without major obstetric complications and extracted for PlGF and sFlt-1 assays. Multivariate analysis was performed to assess residual effects of the case-matching procedure. ANOVA was used to assess the effects of storage time.
RESULTS: Multivariate analysis of the 336 samples indicated that log(10)PlGF was positively correlated with parity (p=0.014) and gestational age (p=0.029), while log(10)sFlt-1 was inversely correlated with parity (p=0.018). After correcting for the residual effect of gestation and parity, ANOVA showed no significant difference in PlGF and sFlt-1 levels between the fresh samples and all stored samples (p=0.410 and p=0.158, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: Serum PlGF and sFlt-1 levels are stable for at least 3 years when stored at -80°C. Parity is an independent factor of PlGF and sFlt-1 levels. PlGF levels are lower and sFlt-1 levels are higher in nulliparous women compared to multiparous.
Lai Wa Law; Daljit Singh Sahota; Lin Wai Chan; Min Chen; Tze Kin Lau; Tak Yeung Leung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-03-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1475-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fetal Medicine Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR.
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