Concordance of creatine kinase-MB activity and mass

P. R. Eisenberg, D. Shaw, C. Schaab, A. S. Jaffe

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The recent availability of monoclonal antibodies that are highly specific for creatine kinase (CK; EC MB isoenzyme should allow for the development of rapid, sensitive, and specific assays of CK-MB mass and activity. However, the relationship between the mass concentration of CK-MB and its activity in plasma has previously been thought by some to be variable. To determine the extent to which discrepancies of potential clinical significance might arise between measurements of activity and mass in plasma, we compared CK-MB activity and concentration in 1298 samples obtained from 226 patients admitted to the cardiac-care unit. CK-MB activity concentration was determined with an immunoadsorption assay, and mass concentration was measured by an automated 'sandwich' assay (Magic Lite; Ciba Corning Diagnostics). Both of these assays are based on specific monoclonal antibodies for CK-MB. Values obtained with these assays correlated well (r = 0.94). Normal and abnormal values with the two assays were concordant in 96% of the samples. In all but three instances, differences occurred late after myocardial infarction and were characterized by minimal increases as determined by one method vs values at the upper limit of normal as determined with the other. Thus, measurements of CK-MB mass and activity concentrations in plasma with assays based on these specific monoclonal antibodies are comparable for the detection or exclusion of acute myocardial infarction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-443
Number of pages4
JournalClinical chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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