|Effect of storage time on the urine protein: creatinine ratio in alkaline ovine urine.|
Athanasiou LV, Katsoulos PD, Spanou VM, Pazarakioti AT, Katsogiannou EG, Iliadi I, Baka R, Polizopoulou ZS.
Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation : official publication of the American Association o. 2021; (): 10406387211031517
The urine protein:creatinine (UPC) ratio is considered the reference method to assess proteinuria. Its diagnostic value in ovine medicine needs further elucidation. In population monitoring and/or for research purposes, it is convenient to collect many samples simultaneously and store them for later analysis. However, analyte stability data are required to ensure reliable results. We used 15 of 90 urine samples collected from sheep to assess the effect of storage time on the UPC ratio. After centrifugation, the supernatant of each sample was divided into 6 aliquots. Urine protein and creatinine concentrations were determined immediately in one aliquot using the pyrogallol red and a modified Jaffe method, respectively. The other aliquots were stored at -18 degrees C. Based on the absence of active sediment, alkaline urine pH, and UPC ratio >/= 0.2, we included 15 samples in our study. The UPC ratio was determined in the stored aliquots 2, 7, 14, 21, and 60 d after collection. The data were analyzed with univariate ANOVA. No significant difference was observed in the urinary concentrations of protein, creatinine, and the UPC ratio (0.8 +/- 0.84 in conventional units and 0.09 +/- 0.095 in SI units) among different times (p > 0.05). The UPC ratio remained stable for 2 mo in ovine urine samples stored at -18 degrees C.