Performance characteristics of the Architect® brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) assay: A two site study

Shella K. Mongia, Sonia L. La'ulu, Fred S. Apple, Ranka Ler, Mary Ann M. Murakami, William L. Roberts

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Introduction: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is produced by the ventricles of the heart and is a biomarker for heart failure. Several commercial assays are now available. We evaluated the performance characteristics of the ARCHITECT® BNP assay. Methods: We evaluated the limit of blank, limit of detection, linearity and imprecision. Method comparison studies were performed with 3 other automated BNP assays including the ADVIA Centaur®, AxSYM®, and UniCel DxI® 800 methods. Results: The mean LOB and LOD of the Architect assay were 3.5 and 5.8 ng/L, respectively. Imprecision studies yielded within run CVs of 1.1 to 5.1% and total CVs of 2.3 to 5.3% using human plasma based multi-constituent controls at concentrations of 92, 500, and 3500 ng/L. The maximum deviation from the target recovery for dilution linearity was 9.6%. Concordance with other BNP assays at a 100 ng/l cutoff was 91 to 98% and κ statistics were 0.78 to 0.96. The mean difference between the Architect and Advia Centaur methods was positive. For the other methods, the mean difference with the Architect was negative. Conclusions: The Architect BNP assay shows good performance characteristics with total imprecision ≤ 5.3%. It agrees well with the Advia Centaur, AxSYM, and UniCel DxI BNP assays. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalClinica Chimica Acta
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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