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Standardization of creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) mass assays: the use of recombinant CK-MB as a reference material.

Increased creatine kinase creatine kinase /cre·a·tine ki·nase/ (ki´nas) an enzyme that catalyzes the phosphorylation of creatine by ATP to form phosphocreatine.  (CK; [11] EC isoenzyme isoenzyme /iso·en·zyme/ (-en´zim) isozyme.

See isozyme.

 MB (CK-MB) is considered the benchmark for diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction acute myocardial infarction (·kyōōtˑ mī·ō·karˑ·dē·  (AMI) (1,2). A variety of methods are used to measure CK-MB, including electrophoresis, column chromatography column chromatography
A form of partition chromatography in which a liquid phase flows down a column packed with a solid phase.
, immunoinhibition/ immunoprecipitation, and immunoassays (1,3,4). Additionally, assay methods such as immunoinhibition and electrophoresis rely on CK-MB activity (U/L). In recent years, many new CK-MB immunoassays have become available. These methods are termed "mass" assays because they measure CK-MB in terms of protein concentration, i.e., [micro]g/L, using two-site immunoassay Immunoassay

An assay that quantifies antigen or antibody by immunochemical means. The antigen can be a relatively simple substance such as a drug, or a complex one such as a protein or a virus.
 technology based on anti-M subunit (anti-CK-M), anti-B subunit (anti-CK-B), or anti-MB-specific antibodies. CK-MB mass assays can be automated, are highly sensitive (detection limit <1 [micro]g/L) and specific, and have a rapid turnaround time (as low as 7 min), giving them characteristics that surpass any other technology or measurement of CK-MB (4). The characteristics of different CK-MB mass assays utilized for the correlation studies are displayed in Table 1.

Split patient sample correlation studies have shown that commercially available CK-MB immunoassays correlate well (r >0.98) but are biased from one another, which is reflected by differences in the slopes of comparative analyses. When Henderson et al. (5) monitored the analytical performance of total CK (~230 participants) and CK-MB (~160 participants), they reported a wide dispersion of results between different analyzers as well as among identical analyzers. A major reason for such between-method bias is the lack of a CK-MB mass standard. To address this issue, the CK-MB Mass Assay Standardization Subcommittee was formed in January 1992 by the AACC to "identify or develop a standard material using human CK-MB that can be used to reduce laboratory-to-laboratory variation in the accuracy of the CK-MB mass assays".

The goals of this committee were to identify and validate a source of CK-MB standard, to establish purification and protein determination protocols, and to investigate the effect that various matrices and CK-MB materials (liquid or lyophilized) have on standardizing CK-MB mass assays. With cooperation among manufacturers, it is hoped that this reference material will be used to standardize assay methods such that between-assay bias will be reduced or eliminated.

Materials and Methods


The cDNA sequences encoding CK-M and CK-B were cloned from a human cardiac cDNA library (6,7). The cDNA for each subunit was subcloned into different Escherichia coli Escherichia coli (ĕsh'ərĭk`ēə kō`lī), common bacterium that normally inhabits the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, but can cause infection in other parts of the body, especially the urinary tract.  expression vectors, and the plasmids were cotransformed into E. coli. A strain was shown to express active CK-MB isoenzyme in vivo. Recombinant human CK-MB2 (rCK-MB2) was purified according to a modification of the method of Chen et al. (8). Purified protein was concentrated by diafiltration, and its concentration was determined by its absorbance absorbance /ab·sor·bance/ (-sor´bans)
1. in analytical chemistry, a measure of the light that a solution does not transmit compared to a pure solution. Symbol .

 at 280 nm. For use as a standard material, rCK-MB2 is formulated with stabilizers, including a carrier protein, dispensed into vials, and lyophilized.


Native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 were analyzed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE SDS-PAGE

sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.
) to ascertain protein purity on 12% Tris-HCl ready gels (Bio-Rad). Gels were run on MiniProtein II systems (Bio-Rad) and stained with Coomassie blue.

AGAROSE GEL ELECTROPHORESIS Agarose gel electrophoresis is a method used in biochemistry and molecular biology to separate DNA, RNA, or protein molecules by size. This is achieved by moving negatively charged nucleic acid molecules through an agarose matrix with an electric field (electrophoresis).  

Agarose gel electrophoresis was used to verify CK isoenzyme purity via separation by overall protein charge. Native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 were applied to Universal Gel/8 agarose agarose

more highly purified form of agar with similar uses to agar and widely used in the separation of nucleic acid fragments.
 gels and electrophoresed according to the manufacturer's protocol (Chiron Diagnostics). Gels were stained for CK activity using the Creatine creatine /cre·a·tine/ (kre´ah-tin) an amino acid occurring in vertebrate tissues, particularly in muscle; phosphorylated creatine is an important storage form of high-energy phosphate.  Phosphokinase Isoenzymes kit (Sigma Diagnostics).

REVERSED-PHASE HPLC HPLC high-performance liquid chromatography.


high performance liquid chromatography.

HPLC High-performance liquid chromatography Lab instrumentation A highly sensitive analytic method in which analytes are placed

The purity and hydrophobic nature of native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 were analyzed by reversed-phase HPLC using triplicate 10-[micro]g sample injections on a 2.1 X 30 mm Brownlee RP-300 ([C.sub.5) column on a Hewlett Packard 1090 HPLC system with photodiode A light sensor (photodetector) that allows current to flow in one direction from one side to the other when it absorbs photons (light). The more light, the more the current. Used to detect light pulses in optical fibers and other light-sensitive applications, it works the opposite of a  array detection (Hewlett Packard). Proteins were eluted at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min, using a linear gradient of 0.8 g/L trifluoroacetic acid in acetonitrile acetonitrile /ac·e·to·ni·trile/ (as?e-to-ni´tril) a colorless liquid with an etherlike odor used as an extractant, solvent, and intermediate; ingestion or inhalation yields cyanide as a metabolic product.  and detected at 214 nm. Hewlett Packard Chemstation software was used to integrate the data.


The structural environments surrounding tryptophan tryptophan (trĭp`təfăn), organic compound, one of the 20 amino acids commonly found in animal proteins. Only the l-stereoisomer appears in mammalian protein.  residues in the proteins were assessed by measuring the intrinsic protein fluorescence of native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 at ambient temperature with a McPherson FL-750 spectrofluorescence detector (McPherson). Fluorescence excitation spectra were obtained by scanning the sample, 10 [micro]mol/L CK-MB, from 200 to 300 nm at an emission maxima of 320 nm. The respective fluorescence emission spectra were measured by scanning from 300 to 400 nm at an excitation maxima of 290 nm. The relative fluorescence intensity data for both native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 were imported into a graphics program and displayed in overlapping plots.


The protein-folding conformation con·for·ma·tion
One of the spatial arrangements of atoms in a molecule that can come about through free rotation of the atoms about a single chemical bond.
 of native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 was analyzed by measuring their circular dichroism at 25[degrees]C on a JASCO JASCO Japan-America Society of Central Ohio  J720 spectropolarimeter (Jasco). A far-ultraviolet circular dichroism spectrum was obtained by scanning 0.5 g/L samples from 178 to 260 nm with a 0.005-cm pathlength.


The dose-response of native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 added to serum was assessed using an IMx immunoanalyzer. A 5 g/L working stock solution of CK-MB was diluted into heat-inactivated newborn calf serum (Genzyme Diagnostics) to 0,3,10,30,100, and 300 [micro]g/L CK-MB. These samples were assayed in duplicate in separate IMx analytical runs using the same stored calibration curve. Their fluorescence reaction rates were plotted against standard dilution factors. The native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 response curves in the immunoassay were overlayed for comparison.


To assess the storage shelf-life of lyophilized rCK-MB2 at 2-8[degrees]C, accelerated stability studies were conducted by stressing vials of rCK-MB2 in isothermal i·so·ther·mal
Of, relating to, or indicating equal or constant temperatures.

isothermal, isothermic

having the same temperature.
 incubators set at 45, 37, and 30[degrees]C at staggered time intervals. For each temperature, stressed vials were reconstituted at the same time with Genzyme Diluent diluent /dil·u·ent/ (dil´oo-int)
1. causing dilution.

2. an agent that dilutes or renders less potent or irritant.

Serving to dilute.

 (Genzyme Diagnostics), diluted into assay range with heat-inactivated newborn calf serum (Genzyme Diagnostics), and assayed in duplicate in the same analytical run, using the IMx CK-MB mass assay. The percentages of recovery were determined relative to that of the value for non-stressed CK-MB stored at 2-8[degrees]C.

The rate constant for the loss of CK-MB mass at each incubation temperature was determined by linear regression Linear regression

A statistical technique for fitting a straight line to a set of data points.
 analysis of the time plot data using a graphical program. An Arrhenius plot was constructed using the logarithm logarithm (lŏg`ərĭthəm) [Gr.,=relation number], number associated with a positive number, being the power to which a third number, called the base, must be raised in order to obtain the given positive number.  of the rate constants against the inverse of incubation temperature in degrees Kelvin. From the Arrhenius plot, the rate constant for the loss of rCK-MB mass at 8[degrees]C can be extrapolated by linear regression analysis and used to calculate the time for rCK-MB mass to decrease 10% at 8[degrees]C (9).


The reconstituted or opened vial stability for rCK-MB2 was performed by reconstituting two vials with Genzyme CK-MB Diluent (Genzyme Diagnostics), storing them at 2-8[degrees]C, and removing aliquots from these vials at different time intervals for assay in duplicate, using an IMx immunoanalyzer. The reconstituted product stability of rCK-MB2 at 2-8[degrees]C was measured by the decrease in CK-MB mass to 90% of its day 0 value.


Lyophilized rCK-MB2 was stored at 4 and -20[degrees]C. At each selected time point over a period of ~500 days, rCK-MB2 was reconstituted in aca Plus sample diluent, and its mass was measured using the aca Plus immunoanalyzer. A 10% loss of CK-MB mass in vials stored at 4[degrees]C relative to that stored at -20[degrees]C was used as the stability criterion.


The standardization process followed in this study was divided into four phases. It is of note that all CK-MB immunoassays were compared to IMx because of its availability in all of the participating laboratories and not because it was considered the reference method.


CK-MB candidates. Four different forms of CK-MB were considered for the development of a CK-MB standard: human heart CK-MB, hybrid CK-MB, rCK-MB2 (tissue isoform), and rCK-MB1 (serum isoform, missing the C-terminal lysine lysine (lī`sēn), organic compound, one of the 20 amino acids commonly found in animal proteins. Only the l-stereoisomer appears in mammalian protein.  on the M subunit). The hybrid CK-MB, prepared by reassociation of the respective M and B subunits of denatured CK-MM and CK-BB, was obtained from Aalto Scientific. Different recombinant CK-MB forms were provided by Dr. M. Benjamin Perryman (University of Colorado University of Colorado may refer to:
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (flagship campus)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
  • University of Colorado system
 Health Science Center, Denver, CO) (10). In addition, during the later stage of evaluation (phase 3), lyophilized rCK-MB2 was provided by Genzyme Diagnostics.

Purification of CK-MB. Human heart CK-MB, rCK-MB2, and rCK-MB1 were purified using anti-CK-MB monoclonal antibody immunoaffinity chromatography according to established procedures (11). The final preparations of CK-MB were stored at -20[degrees]C in 20 mmol/L Tris-HCl, pH 7.2 containing 500 mL/L glycerol glycerol, glycerin, glycerine, or 1,2,3-propanetriol (prō`pāntrī'ŏl), CH2OHCHOHCH2OH, colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting, syrupy liquid. . The purity of all CK-MB preparations was assessed by SDS-PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis.

Determination of CK-MB concentration. From the protein sequence of CK-MB, one can determine that the B subunit of CK contains 4 tryptophan, 9 tyrosine, and 2 cystine cystine: see cysteine.  amino acid amino acid (əmē`nō), any one of a class of simple organic compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and in certain cases sulfur. These compounds are the building blocks of proteins.  residues, whereas the M subunit of CK contains 4 tryptophan, 10 tyrosine, and 2 cystine amino acid residues (6,10). Based on this amino acid content, the molar absorptivity of CK-MB was estimated as 0.82 L/cm-mol (absorbance of 1 g/L solution of CK-MB at 280 nm using 1-cm pathlength) (12).


The concentration of the purified CK-MB was determined spectrophotometrically on a Model 8450A Spectrophotometer spectrophotometer, instrument for measuring and comparing the intensities of common spectral lines in the spectra of two different sources of light. See photometry; spectroscope; spectrum.  (Hewlett Packard).

Lyophilized and liquid forms of human heart native CK-MB, rCK-MB1, rCK-MB2, and hybrid CK-MB were evaluated in different matrices, which yielded equivalent recovery results in immunoassays. Lyophilized rCK-MB2 was selected for use in all subsequent studies because of its long-term stability and ease of shipping and handling.


an instrument for dilating a tubular structure or for determining the caliber of such a structure.

Matrix selection. Three different potential sample matrices were evaluated: an unprocessed CK-MB-free human serum pool, stripped serum, and a synthetic matrix (50 mmol/L phosphate buffer containing 50 g/L bovine serum albumin serum albumin
See seralbumin.
 and 0.15 mol/L NaCl, pH 7.4). The stripped human serum was prepared by mixing a human serum pool with a blend of anion- plus cation-exchange resin cation-exchange resin
An insoluble organic polymer having negatively charged radicals attached to it that can attract and hold cations in a surrounding solution.
 to extract residual CK. Some other serum components may have been removed unintentionally during this process. The stripped human serum was donated by Dade Behring (Glasgow, DE). Manufacturers' sample diluents were subsequently evaluated as the study progressed.



Formulation. To optimize the formulation of a standard for use in all CK-MB mass assays, a screening experiment was designed in which the four sources of CK-MB and the three matrices were evaluated. In this study, formulations containing 0, 10, or 100 [micro]g/L of human heart CK-MB, hybrid CK-MB, rCK-MB1, or rCK-MB2 were prepared in three matrices. These samples were shipped to nine participating manufacturers of CK-MB mass assays. At each manufacturer's site, each vial was hydrated with 2 mL of deionized water, and the CK-MB masses of the reconstituted candidate standards were determined on their respective immunoassay systems.

Manufacturers' correlation study: protocol I. Purified, lyophilized human heart CK-MB candidate standards (0, 10, and 100 [micro]g/L) prepared in stripped human serum were assayed on each immunoassay analyzer and later used to correct original calibration curves via regression analysis In statistics, a mathematical method of modeling the relationships among three or more variables. It is used to predict the value of one variable given the values of the others. For example, a model might estimate sales based on age and gender. . Additionally, 69 patient samples were analyzed for CK-MB mass. For these studies, the following seven immunoassay systems were used: ACS (Asynchronous Communications Server) See network access server. :180 (Chiron Diagnostics), Stratus II (Dade-Behring Diagnostics; analysis performed at the Glasgow, DE site), Tandem-E (Hybritech), OPUS Plus (Dade Behring; analysis performed at the Glasgow, DE site), aca Plus (Dade Behring; analysis performed at the Wilmington, DE site), AIA-600 (TOSOH), and IMx (Abbott Diagnostics). Assays were conducted according to respective manufacturers' specifications.

Manufacturers' correlation study: protocol II. In an alternative approach for the standardization of CK-MB mass assays, the manufacturers of these assays were provided 20 patient sample pools (not used in the study described above) and purified human heart CK-MB from which each participating manufacturer prepared CK-MB candidate standards at 0, 10, 50, 100, and 200 [micro]/L in their sample diluent. The standards and the samples were analyzed in duplicate in their respective immunoassay systems. The slope bias of these methods against IMx was determined by linear regression analysis.

For the different calibrator matrices, CK-MB recovery (data not shown) varied over a wide range as follows: stripped human serum (60-100%), human serum (23-60%), and synthetic medium (29-88%). Although stripped human serum produced the highest CK-MB recovery, the utilization of this matrix for reconstitution of CK-MB reference material only slightly reduced the slope range from [+ or -] 59% to [+ or -] 38% (Fig. 1). The slight reduction in between-manufacturer bias achieved with candidate standards made with stripped human serum is probably attributable to the variable effect of this matrix in different immunoassays. After dilution of human heart CK-MB reference material using the manufacturers, sample diluents, the range of slopes for the patient correlation plots was reduced from [+ or -] 31% to [+ or -] 15% (Fig. 2).

Because all CK-MB isoforms were recovered similarly in different matrices and native human CK-MB preparations are difficult to obtain and prone to batch-to-batch variability, rCK-MB2 is proposed as a reference material.

PHASE 3. PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES OF rCK-MB2 After phases 1 and 2 were completed, lyophilized rCK-MB2 was evaluated as a CK-MB reference standard. To validate its similarity to native human heart CK-MB, this material was analyzed in structural, immunological, and stability studies and compared to native CK-MB obtained from either BioProcessing, Inc., or provided by Dr. Jack Ladenson (Washington University, St. Louis, MO) (11).

rCK-MB2 was expressed and purified from E. coli. The purified rCK-MB2 has an apparent molecular mass similar to native heart CK-MB, as shown by SDS-PAGE analysis (Fig. 3). The purity and structural similarity of rCK-MB2 to native heart CK-MB was further demonstrated by agarose gel electrophoresis (Fig. 4) and reversed-phase HPLC (Fig. 5) analyses.


The intrinsic protein fluorescence spectra for native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 also are similar (Fig. 6). Circular dichroism studies of the native and recombinant CK-MB proteins revealed no distinguishable secondary structure (data not shown).

The immunoreactivity responses of native heart CK-MB and rCK-MB2 were examined using the IMx CK-MB mass assay, which showed that both proteins have similar immunoreactivity (Fig. 7).

Different studies were performed to evaluate the stability of rCK-MB2. In accelerated stability studies (Fig. 8), the percentages of recovery were determined relative to the value for CK-MB stored at 2-8[degrees]C. The rate constant for the loss of rCK-MB mass at 8[degrees]C was extrapolated by linear regression analysis from the Arrhenius plot and used to calculate the time for rCK-MB mass to decrease 10% at 8[degrees]C. Studies of lyophilized rCK-MB2 showed that the refrigerated product shelf-life was 19 years (Fig. 9). The reconstituted product stability of rCK-MB2 at 2-8[degrees]C was at least 21 days as measured by the decrease in CK-MB mass to 90% of its day 0 value (Fig. 10). The shelf-life of rCK-MB2 at 4[degrees]C, as determined relative to its mass at -20[degrees]C, was 555 days (data not shown).


Each of the participating manufacturers was provided lyophilized rCK-MB2 and its diluent and 50 patient sample pools. Manufacturers reconstituted the rCK-MB2, prepared rCK-MB2 candidate standards at 0, 10, 50, 100, and 200 [micro]g/L in their respective sample diluents, and determined the CK-MB mass values of the rCK-MB2 candidate standards and 50 samples. Data were analyzed for between-manufacturer bias by assessing patient sample correlation plots.


A final correlation study was performed to evaluate the lyophilized rCK-MB2 on different CK-MB mass assays. As shown in Fig. 11, before using rCK-MB2 to establish the calibration curves for different CK-MB immunoassays, the range of slopes was [+ or -] 40%. This slope range was reduced to [+ or -] 13% after rCK-MB2 was used to establish the calibration curves for the immunoassays.


This study showed that a lyophilized rCK-MB material is suitable for use as a reference material for standardization of CK-MB mass assays. This is important for reducing method-related bias of CK-MB mass assays.

Initially, the catalytic activity of CK in serum or plasma was measured to evaluate the diagnosis of AMI and to rule out cardiac necrosis. Recently, Gella et al. (13) described the preparation of lyophilized CK-MB purified from human heart for use as a reference material for CK-MB catalytic concentration measurements. Upon reconstitution, the catalytic concentration of the reference CK-MB material was reported to be ~67 U/L when measured at 30[degrees]C by the recommended method of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (13).


CK-MB mass assays were developed to improve both the analytical and clinical sensitivity and specificity for measuring CK-MB compared with the enzymatic assay. These mass assays utilize monoclonal anti-CK-MB antibody in conjunction with anti-M or anti-B antibodies to accurately measure small changes in CK-MB concentrations during the early hours following AMI (Table 1). Despite the fact that CK-MB expression is not limited to cardiac tissue and that its diagnostic accuracy is low (~50%) at 3 h after AMI, CK-MB is still regarded as the benchmark for diagnosis of AMI. In the Chest Pain Evaluation Center environment, Gibler et al. (14) examined the utility of assaying CK-MB mass in a strategy that included sampling at presentation and subsequently after 3, 6, and 9 h in >1000 low-risk nondiagnostic electrocardiogram patients. Although these patients were at low myocardial infarction risk, this study documented a sensitivity of 100% and specificity of 98.3% for myocardial infarction diagnosis in this population of chest pain patients (14).



The field of biochemical markers of cardiac injury is in a dynamic state, in which assays for novel markers and current markers such as cardiac troponin I and cardiac troponin T continue to be developed to enhance the diagnosis of AMI (15). However, progress in the development of several different biochemical assays for new AMI markers has led to several analytical and interpretative issues, particularly those pertaining to comparisons with different CK-MB immunoassays. Therefore, it was deemed essential by the AACC to establish rigorous criteria for standardizing CK-MB mass assays. To accomplish this task, the AACC established a subcommittee to identify and develop a standard CK-MB material to reduce method-related variations in the analytic accuracy of CK-MB mass assays.



To demonstrate the similarity in composition among CK-MB mass assays, the characteristics of 12 commercially available CK-MB immunoassays are displayed in Table 1. All of these assays use an anti-CK-MB monoclonal antibody as either the capture or detection antibody with the exception of the Hybritech Tandem-E assay, which utilizes anti-CK-B (capture) and anti-CK-M (detection) monoclonal antibodies. Ten of the remaining 11 assays use the "Conan" CK-MB antibody (11). The Chiron AC5:180 CK-MB Mark I mass assay uses antibodies developed by the manufacturer. In contrast, the methods listed in Table 1 use various labels and detection schemes. A detailed description of these assays has been reported previously (1, 4).

The CK-MB standardization process was conducted in four phases: (a) identification of a CK-MB candidate reference material, (b) determination of an optimum assay matrix, (c) validation of the biochemical characteristics of the identified reference material, and (d) testing the selected material on different CK-MB mass assays.

Although four different forms of CK-MB were examined, the results indicate that rCK-MB2 is the most suitable as a reference material because it can be easily prepared in large, homogeneous quantities compared with the other CK-MB forms. Lyophilized rCK-MB2 was favored over that in a liquid format because of its stability and ease of handling. Furthermore, validation experiments in this study have shown that rCK-MB2 has physicochemical characteristics similar to, if not equivalent to, CK-MB purified from human heart (11).


Examination of three different assay matrices revealed that stripped human serum showed the best recovery. However, utilization of this matrix to reconstitute re·con·sti·tute  
tr.v. re·con·sti·tut·ed, re·con·sti·tut·ing, re·con·sti·tutes
1. To provide with a new structure: The parks commission has been reconstituted.

 CK-MB material did not produce a significant reduction in method bias, which may be related to different manufacturers' assay response to this matrix. Further experiments demonstrated that the use of each respective manufacturer's sample diluent to reconstitute a CK-MB reference material substantially reduced method bias to [+ or -] 15% (Fig. 2).

The findings of this study show that lyophilized rCK-MB2 can be used as a reference material for standardizing CK-MB mass assays. The systematic bias between the CK-MB methods was reduced from [+ or -] 40% to [+ or -] 13% with the use of rCK-MB2. Manufacturers should use this material to adjust their CK-MB mass assay calibration curves so that method-related bias is minimized or eliminated for this important AMI diagnostic tool.

The next steps of this process include (a) production and purification of large quantities of rCK-MB2, and (b) performance of studies necessary to gain acceptance of lyophilized rCK-MB2 as a worldwide CK-MB standard. Finally, this study may serve as a model for other future standardization activities of new cardiac markers, such as troponin I and myoglobin myoglobin (mī'əglō`bĭn), protein molecule isolated from the cells of vertebrate skeletal muscle that is both a structural and functional relative of hemoglobin, the oxygen-transport protein of the blood of higher animals. . In particular, standardization of biochemical markers of cardiac injury will be essential to achieve cost-effectiveness of diagnostic testing of AML AML - A Manufacturing Language  

We thank Marcella Holdridge (Genzyme Diagnostics) for technical assistance. We thank the participants from various diagnostic immunoassay manufacturers for collecting data for the patient sample correlation studies. Finally, we acknowledge the diligence of Jean Rhame in working with the AACC CK-MB Mass Assay Standardization Subcommittee and in assisting with the assembly of this article.


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ROBERT H. CHRISTENSON, [1,2] * ([dagger]) HEMANT VAIDYA, [3] * ([double dagger]) YVONNE LANDT, [4] * ROGER S. BAUER, [5] * SOL F. GREEN, [6] FRED A. APPLE, [7] * ANN JACOB, [8] * GERALD R. MAGNESON, [9] SUMITRA NAG 1. NAG - Numerical Algorithms Group.
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, [9] ALAN H.B. Wu, [10] * and HASSAN M.E. AZZAZY [2]

Departments of [1] Pathology and [2] Medical and Research Technology, University of Maryland University of Maryland can refer to:
  • University of Maryland, College Park, a research-extensive and flagship university; when the term "University of Maryland" is used without any qualification, it generally refers to this school
 School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201.

[3] Dade Behring, West Sacramento, CA 95691.

[4] Department of Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110.

[5] Dade Behring, Glasgow, DE 19714.

[6] Becton Dickinson Vacutainer Systems, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

[7] Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Hennepin County Medical Center Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is a Level I trauma center based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the county seat of Hennepin County. The primary 422-bed facility is located on five city blocks across the street from the Hubert H. , Minneapolis, MN 55415.

[8] Chiron Diagnostics, Inc., East Walpole, MA 02032.

[9] Genzyme Diagnostics, Cambridge, MA 02139.

[10] Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT 06102.

[11] Nonstandard non·stan·dard  
1. Varying from or not adhering to the standard: nonstandard lengths of board.

 abbreviations: CK, creatine kinase; CK-MB, CK-MM, and CK-BB, isoenzymes MB, MM, and BB of CK, respectively; AMI, acute myocardial infarction; CK-M and CK-B, M and B subunits of CK, respectively; rCK-MB2, recombinant CK-MB2 (tissue isoform); SDS-PAGE, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; and rCK-MB1, recombinant CK-MB1 (serum isoform, missing the C-terminal lysine on the M subunit).

* Members of the AACC CK-MB Mass Assay Standardization Subcommit tee.

([double dagger]) Chairperson of the AACC CK-MB Mass Assay Standardization Subcommittee.

([dagger]) Address correspondence to this author at: Clinical Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Fax 410-328-5880; e-mail

Received March 31, 1999; accepted June 21, 1999.
Table 1. Characteristics of various CK-MB mass immunoassays.

Analyzer                  Capture antibody         Detection antibody

Abbott AxSYM              Anti-CK-MB               Anti-CK-MM (a)
Abbott IMx                Anti-CK-MB               Anti-CK-MM (a)
Bayer Immuno 1            Anti-CK-MB               Anti-CK-MB
Beckman Access            Anti-CK-BB               Anti-CK-MB
Dade Behring Opus Plus    Anti-CK-MB               Anti-CK-MM (a)
Chiron ACS:180 (b)        Anti-CK-BB               Anti-CK-MB
Dade Behring Stratus II   Anti-CK-MB               Anti-CK-BB
Dade Behring aca Plus     Anti-CK-B                Anti-CK-MB
Hybritech Tandem-E (c)    Anti-CK-B                Anti-CK-M
Ortho VitroS:ECI          Anti-CK-BB               Anti-CK-MB
Roche Elecsys             Anti-CK-MB               Anti-CK-MB
TOSOH AIA 600             Anti-CK-BB               Anti-CK-MB

Analyzer                  Label                    Detection scheme

Abbott AxSYM              Alkaline phosphatase     Fluorescence
Abbott IMx                Alkaline phosphatase     Fluorescence
Bayer Immuno 1            Alkaline phosphatase     Absorbance
Beckman Access            Alkaline phosphatase     Chemiluminescence
Dade Behring Opus Plus    Alkaline phosphatase     Fluorescence
Chiron ACS:180 (b)        Acridinium ester         Chemiluminescence
Dade Behring Stratus II   Alkaline phosphatase     Fluorescence
Dade Behring aca Plus     [beta]-Galactosidase     Fluorescence
Hybritech Tandem-E (c)    Alkaline phosphatase     Absorbance
Ortho VitroS:ECI          Horseradish peroxidase   Luminescence
Roche Elecsys             Ruthenium complex        Chemiluminescence
TOSOH AIA 600             Alkaline phosphatase     Fluorescence

(a) Goat polyclonal antibodies. All other antibodies are murine
monoclonal antibodies.

(b) Except for Chiron ACS:180, all anti-CK-MB antibodies are Conan

(c) Tandem-E is no longer manufactured.
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Title Annotation:Enzymes and Protein Markers
Author:Christenson, Robert H.; Vaidya, Hemant; Landt, Yvonne; Bauer, Roger S.; Green, Sol F.; Apple, Fred A
Publication:Clinical Chemistry
Date:Sep 1, 1999
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