Cuban neonatal screening of phenylketonuria using an ultramicro-fluorometric test.
ABSTRACT Guthrie's bacterial inhibition assay was used in Cuba, since 1983. A decentralized program for the newborn screening of hyperphenylalaninemias started in the year 2000 using an ultramicro-fluorometric test (UMTEST PKU).
A simple and rapid ultramicro-fluorometric test based on McCaman and Robin's method has been designed, developed and applied for the measurement of Phe in dried blood spots on filter paper.
The UMTEST PKU exhibited an acceptable precision and accuracy. Samples of 27528 newborns on filter paper Schleicher & Schuell 903 (S&S 903) from the National neonatal screening program were collected and analyzed, and the mean Phe concentration was 66.5 micromol/l. Our assay showed high Pearson and concordance correlations with 2 commercially available kits. A total of 521923 Cuban newborns were studied from the year 2000 to 2007 using the UMTEST PKU. Elevated blood phenylalanine levels were found in 1764 infants (0.34%) and no false negative were noted. Ten cases were diagnosed with phenylketonuria, all of them with an initial phenylalanine concentration over 360 micromol/l.
The analytical performance characteristics of our assay and its use in the National program have demonstrated its suitability for the neonatal screening of PKU.
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ABSTRACT: To describe a simple, rapid, quantitative ultramicrotest (UMTEST) based on the fluorometric method introduced by Fujimura et al. adapted to an Ultra Micro Analytic System (SUMA) for the detection of total galactose (GAL) in dried blood specimens. The assay uses 3 mm discs of dried blood on Whatman 903 filter paper and small volumes of each reagent. A methanol/acetone/water solution is used for deproteination, and a specially designed 96-well polystyrene opaque ultramicroplates, with a maximum capacity of 30 μL per well, are used for the reading. The UMTEST GAL is completed in 2 h, with measuring range of 0.28-3.92 mmol/L. The intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation were 2.3%-8.9% and 6.8%-11.1%, respectively, depending on the total GAL concentrations. Percentage recovery ranged from 97.7% to 103%. Limit of detection and limit of quantitation were 0.06 and 0.16 mmol/L, respectively. The mean GAL concentration, in 2510 dried blood samples from the National Neonatal Screening Program was 0.23 mmol/L. Our assay showed high concordance correlations with the commercially available ICN Immuno-Chem™ GAL-MW EA kit. The analytical performance characteristics of this assay is suitable for mass newborn screening of galactosemia in Cuba.Journal of Perinatal Medicine 01/2011; 39(1):77-81. · 1.95 Impact Factor