Identification of evidence-based biospecimen quality-control tools: A report of the international society for biological and environmental repositories (ISBER) biospecimen science working group

Fotini Betsou, Elaine Gunter, Judith Clements, Yvonne De Souza, Katrina A B Goddard, Fiorella Guadagni, Wusheng Yan, Amy Skubitz, Stella Somiari, Trina Yeadon, Rodrigo Chuaqui

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Control of biospecimen quality that is linked to processing is one of the goals of biospecimen science. Consensus is lacking, however, regarding optimal sample quality-control (QC) tools (ie, markers and assays). The aim of this review was to identify QC tools, both for fluid and solid-tissue samples, based on a comprehensive and critical literature review. The most readily applicable tools are those with a known threshold for the preanalytical variation and a known reference range for the QC analyte. Only a few meaningful markers were identified that meet these criteria, such as CD40L for assessing serum exposure at high temperatures and VEGF for assessing serum freeze-thawing. To fully assess biospecimen quality, multiple QC markers are needed. Here we present the most promising biospecimen QC tools that were identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Molecular Diagnostics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


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