Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) patients have increased 7- and 8-dehydrocholesterol (DHC) concentrations. Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with selected ion monitoring we investigated whether storage time (24 h, 7 and 30 days, and 22 months at room temperature or at 4°C) affected DHC concentrations in whole blood spots (WBSs) from SLOS patients and normal controls. Our results suggest that WBS sterol analysis can be used for SLOS screening and possibly related inborn errors of sterol metabolism with a 100% sensitivity and specificity on specimens stored for up to 30 days, either at room temperature or 4°C. After 22 months of storage at both temperature SLOS samples can be indistinguishable from control samples. Therefore, great caution should be used to exclude SLOS by sterol analysis of WBSs stored for a long time.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
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