We present the results of a study on performance of a reference material for alanine aminotransferase (ALT, EC 184.108.40.206) and the corresponding IFCC- approved method in an interlaboratory trial involving 13 laboratories. The ALT material was partly purified from pig heart (specific activity, 150 kU/g) and was essentially free of six potentially contaminating enzyme activities, including aspartate aminotransferase (EC 220.127.116.11). The partly purified ALT was lyophilized in a triethanolamine-buffered matrix, pH 6.4, containing bovine serum albumin and saccharose. Under these conditions, the predicted yearly loss of activity was 0.02% at 4 °C and <0.01% at -20 °C. The final blank-corrected results of the accepted set of data gave a mean (SD) of 128.5 (5.1) U/L. The among-laboratory SD was 4.6 U/L and the within-laboratory SD was 2.0 U/L. The certified ALT catalytic concentration in the reconstituted material was 129 U/L with a 0.95 confidence interval of ± 4 U/L.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1. Dec 1992|