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Torna all'elenco Contributi in rivista anno 2002

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Titolo: Plasma leptin measurements in epidemiological investigation: comparison of two commonly used assays and estimate of regression dilution bias.

Anno di pubblicazione: 2002

Autori: R Iacone, O Russo, P Russo, A Venezia, V Varriale, P Strazzullo

Affiliazioni autori: Dept. of Clin. and Exp. Medicine, Federico II Univ. Medical School, Naples, Italy Dept. Biochem. Med. Biotechnologies, Federico II Univ. Medical School, Naples, Italy Institute of Food Sciences, National Research Council, Avellino, Italy

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Lingua: inglese

Abstract: Background and Aim: As leptin is the object of intensive clinical research, we compared the radio-immunological assay (RIA) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) commercially available for measuring its plasma concentration in humans (Study 1), and sought to determine the power of a single plasma leptin measurement to characterise adequately a subject within a population on the basis of its intra- and inter-individual variations (Study 2). Methods and Results: Study 1 - Plasma leptin concentrations were determined by means of RIA and ELISA in a sample of 80 males. The measurements obtained using the t\vo methods were closely correlated (r=0.942), but the bias of the means was 21.1ą73.5% (MąSD, p<0.001) and indicated that the two assays were not in agreement with each other. As expected, there were strong statistical associations between plasma leptin and a number of anthropometric indices, but the slopes of the regression of leptin concentration was significantly steeper when measured by ELISA. Study 2 - ELISA was used to measure plasma leptin concentrations in three different samples obtained from 12 males and 12 females at two-week intervals. The inter-individual variation in plasma leptin was much greater than its intra-individual variation (the ratio of intra- to inter-individual variance=0.05 and 0.04 in males and females, respectively), thus suggesting that a single fasting measurement is sufficient to characterise an individual's plasma leptin level within a population. Conclusions: ELISA is at least as effective as RIA in measuring plasma leptin, and is fully suitable for epidemiological investigations. A single measurement made in the morning and under fasting conditions is sufficient to characterise an individual within a population.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 71

Pagine a: 79


NMCD. Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases Medikal Press.
Paese di pubblicazione: Italia
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0939-4753

Numero volume: 12

Referee: Sė: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: PubMed [12189906]

Parole chiave:

  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; Human plasma leptin measurement
  • Intra- and inter-individual variability
  • Method comparison
  • Radio-immunoassay

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