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Analytical evaluation of the Dade Behring Dimension RxL automated N-Terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) method and comparison with the Roche Elecsys 2010

Francesca Di Serio1 / Vincenzo Ruggieri2 / Lucia Varraso3 / Rosalisa De Sario4 / Angela Mastrorilli5 / Nicola Pansini6







Corresponding author: Francesca Di Serio, Via Cardinale Mimmi 16, 70124 Bari, Italy Phone: +39-080-5592629, Fax: +39-080-5592124,

Citation Information: Clinical Chemical Laboratory Medicine. Volume 43, Issue 11, Pages 1263–1273, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2005.217, November 2005

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July 6, 2005
August 16, 2005


Methods to quantify B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal-propeptide (NT-proBNP) in plasma or serum samples are well established. We assessed the analytical performance of the Dimension RxL NT-proBNP method (Dade-Behring). Evaluation of different sample types was carried out. Controls and heparin plasma pools were used to determine the detection limit, precision, and linearity. Sample stability and the effect of interfering substances on the NT-proBNP concentrations were evaluated. Agreement between Dimension RxL and Elecsys 2010 (Roche Diagnostics) NT-proBNP methods was assessed. The influence of age and sex on NT-proBNP concentrations was evaluated in healthy subjects. Heparin plasma should be the matrix of choice. The detection limit was 2.0 ng/L. The total imprecision was 2.6–3.6% for concentrations from 231 to 9471 ng/L; mean NT-proBNP concentrations of 21 and 15 ng/L were associated with coefficients of variation of 9.9% and 14.7%, respectively. The method was linear up to 32,650 ng/L. There was no effect of temperature, freeze-thaw cycles and interfering substances. A bias was detected when Dimension RxL and Elecsys 2010 NT-proBNP methods were compared. Age and sex were significantly and independently related to NT-proBNP concentrations. The Dimension RxL NT-proBNP method, like the Elecsys 2010, is suitable for routine use in the diagnosis of heart failure.

Keywords: brain natriuretic peptide (BNP); heart failure; natriuretic peptides; N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP)

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