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Keywords:

  • midregional proadrenomedullin;
  • adrenomedullin;
  • MR-proADM;
  • ADM;
  • enzyme immunoassay;
  • clinical application

Adrenomedullin (ADM) is a 52-amino acid peptide with a variety of physiologic functions such as immunomodulating activity, direct bactericidal activity, maintenance of renal homeostasis, and vasodilatory activity. Midregional proADM (MR-proADM) is derived from a larger 185-amino acid precursor peptide, prepro-adrenomedulin (preproADM), by posttranslational processing. It is suggested to be co-synthesized with ADM in equimolar amounts and has the advantages over ADM in having a longer half-life, no bioactivity, and no binding to protein. Therefore, MR-proADM serves as a surrogate for ADM secretion. In this study, we attempted to develop an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for quantifying MR-proADM-like immunoreactive substance (IS), which is applicable for monitoring plasma MR-proADM levels. By using β-d-galactosidase-labeled preproADM(83-94) as a marker antigen, anti-rabbit IgG-coated immunoplate as a bound/free separator, and 4-methylumbelliferyl-β-d-galactopyranoside as a fluorogenic substrate, a sensitive and specific EIA was developed for the quantification of MR-proADM-IS in human plasma. The lower limit of quantification was 0.032 pmol/well, and the steep competitive inhibition EIA calibration curve obtained was linear between 0.16 and 10 nmol/L. By using human plasma samples containing 0.2 and 2.0 nmol/L of MR-proADM, the interassay coefficients of variation (reproducibility) were 10.78% and 8.83%, respectively, and intraassay coefficients were 3.91% and 7.81%. Plasma MR-proADM-IS level was significantly higher in patients with chronic renal failure (1.39 ± 0.50 nmol/L) compared with healthy subjects (0.19 ± 0.07 nmol/L). These results suggest that our EIA may be useful to evaluate plasma MR-proADM levels as a biomarker in various clinical settings. Copyright © 2012 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.