Multicentre evaluation of commercial kit methods: plasminogen activator inhibitor activity

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In order to study the analytical performance of different commercial kits for determination of plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI) activity we distributed eight selected split samples to 11 European laboratories experienced with haemostasis testing. Three different laboratories were involved in the production of data from each of the commercial kits tested. A considerable variation of PAI activity results reported from the laboratories testing the same commercial kits was observed. The range of reported results could in individual samples exceed the median value indicating an interlaboratory variation of more than 100%. When we harmonized the results reported from different kits in different laboratories by means of an international standard from National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) we still observed that the results produced by some kits deviated systematically from results produced by other kits. Also, the harmonized results were used to estimate the overall coefficient of variation (CV) of PAI activity determined in various laboratories by different kits. We observed an inverse correlation between the PAI activity level and the CV with a CV of about 100% for low PAI activity levels and a CV of about 16% for high PAI activity levels. The high imprecision of the kits in the low concentration range of PAI activity indicates that unspecific factors in plasma may interfere with determination of active PAI. This was confirmed by the evaluation of the results from one of the plasma samples, which was PAI-1 depleted. The laboratories involved in the testing reported for this sample a mean value of 6.1 IU/ml.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

TidsskriftThrombosis and Haemostasis
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)852-857
StatusUdgivet - 15. nov. 1993


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