Serum 99th centile values for two heart-type fatty acid binding protein assays.
ABSTRACT We have previously demonstrated that heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) is an independent prognostic marker for survival after acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This study aimed to define the 99th centile values for H-FABP as determined with two different assays, and to study the relationship with age, gender and renal function.
H-FABP was measured on redundant routine outpatient samples using the MARKIT-M (Dainippon) and the Evidence Investigator (Randox) assays.
Two hundred and forty-two subjects with Siemens Ultra-TnI value <0.045 microg/L (99th centile) were studied. In all, 174 subjects had estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) >60 mL/min. The 99th centile values for subjects with eGFR >60 mL/min for the Evidence Investigator H-FABP were 5.3 and 5.8 microg/L and for the MARKIT-M H-FABP were 8.3 and 9.1 microg/L in female and male subjects, respectively. There is an increase in H-FABP with age in subjects with normal renal function for both assays. Gender comparison showed no significant difference for either assay. Comparison of samples showed that subjects with eGFR <60 mL/min showed a median increase of 0.71 microg/L with Evidence Investigator assay and 1.09 microg/L with MARKIT-M assay compared with subjects with eGFR >60 mL/min. Calibration differences were confirmed by cross measurement of calibrators and recombinant H-FABP.
We have defined the 99th centile values for H-FABP in a population of primary and secondary care outpatients that can be used to risk stratify patients with ACS. We have confirmed that H-FABP increases with renal dysfunction and age, but have not confirmed the gender difference previously reported.
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ABSTRACT: Cardiac troponins have been the biomarkers of choice for the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) for over a decade. There has, however, been considerable interest over the last two decades for newer biomarkers that would bring added value to the measurement of troponin such as the provision of prognosis and assistance in the choice of therapeutic interventions. In this manuscript, we review the development of heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) in patients with ACS using the evidence-based laboratory medicine format.Phase I studies have established that H-FABP reference intervals and pre-analytical factors influencing H-FABP. Phase II studies have confirmed a) that H-FABP is elevated in patients with established myocardial infarction; b) that its serum concentration is related to the extent of infarction using survival as a surrogate; and c) that its use in chest pain patients can identify ACS patients and also provide prognostic information on survival. Furthermore, it is an independent prognostic marker for patients with suspected ACS who are troponin negative. Phase III studies involving randomised control trials for diagnosis and prognosis have not yet been performed and Phase IV studies await uptake of H-FABP in a routine service.The Clinical biochemist. Reviews / Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists 02/2012; 33(1):3-11.
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to establish the prognostic value of measuring heart fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (in particular, low- to intermediate-risk patients), in addition to troponin measured with the latest third-generation troponin assay. We have previously shown that H-FABP is a useful prognostic marker in patients with proven ACS. Patients (n = 1,080) consecutively admitted to the hospital with suspected ACS were recruited over 46 weeks. Siemens Advia Ultra-TnI (Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Newbury, United Kingdom) and Randox Evidence H-FABP (Randox Laboratories, Ltd., Co., Antrim, United Kingdom) were analyzed on samples collected 12 to 24 h from symptom onset. After exclusion of patients with ST-segment elevation and new left bundle branch block, 955 patients were included in the analysis. The primary outcome measure of death or readmission with myocardial infarction after a minimum follow-up period of 12 months (median 18 months) occurred in 96 of 955 patients (10.1%). The H-FABP concentration was an independent predictor of death or myocardial infarction, after multivariate adjustment. Patients with H-FABP concentrations >6.48 microg/l had significantly increased risk of adverse events (adjusted hazard ratio: 2.62, 95% confidence interval: 1.30 to 5.28, p = 0.007). Among troponin-negative patients (which constituted 79.2% of the cohort), the aforementioned cutoff of 6.48 microg/l identified patients at very high risk for adverse outcomes independent of patient age and serum creatinine. We have demonstrated that the prognostic value of elevated H-FABP is additive to troponin in low- and intermediate-risk patients with suspected ACS. Other studies suggest that our observations reflect the value of H-FABP as a marker of myocardial ischemia, even in the absence of frank necrosis.Journal of the American College of Cardiology 06/2010; 55(23):2590-8. · 14.09 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: During recent times, heart-type fatty acid binding protein (hFABP) has gained increasing credence as a promising cardiac biomarker. This is largely due to its rapid myocardial release and subsequent clearance kinetics, which are superior to those of myoglobin and offer an earlier diagnostic window than the troponins. Realization of its full diagnostic and prognostic potential is dependent on accessibility to robust hFABP-specific assays. Here we describe a rational strategy for generation and screening of hFABP-specific avian-derived recombinant antibodies. These antibodies were confirmed to be exquisitely specific for hFABP, with no cross-reactivity observed in a representative panel of the most homologous non-heart-type FABP isoforms. All of the antibodies tested exhibited single-figure nanomolar affinities, and their analytical potential was demonstrated in a simple inhibition enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) format that returned an impressive limit of quantitation (LOQ) value of 1.9 ng/ml. The cumulative results underline the potential value of these antibodies as enabling reagents for use in a variety of immunodiagnostic configurations.Analytical Biochemistry 12/2010; 407(2):165-71. · 2.58 Impact Factor