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Protocol - Haptoglobin Level

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This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

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Publicly available

Description:

This protocol provides instructions for drawing, processing, and storing blood according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) methods. Because there are many comparable assays for measuring haptoglobin, the protocol also provides basic guidelines to aid comparability among different studies.

Protocol:

The following is a summary version of the full National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012 protocol.

Exclusion Criteria

Persons will be excluded from this component if they:

  • Report that they have hemophilia; or
  • Report that they have received cancer chemotherapy in the last 4 weeks

SP = Sample Person.

1. Do you have hemophilia?

1 [ ] Yes

2 [ ] No

7 [ ] Refused

9 [ ] Don’t Know

If the SP answers "Yes," the SP is excluded from the blood draw.

If SP answers "No" or "Don’t Know," blood is drawn from the SP.

2. Have you received cancer chemotherapy in the past four weeks or do you anticipate such therapy in the next four weeks?

1 [ ] Yes

2 [ ] No

7 [ ] Refused

9 [ ] Don’t Know

If the SP answers "Yes," the SP is excluded from the blood draw.

If SP answers "No" or "Don’t Know," blood is drawn from the SP.

Venipuncture Procedures

Editor’s Note: Please review chapter 4 of the Laboratory Procedures Manual from the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for a full description of phlebotomy procedures. This manual is posted [link[www.phenx.org/Portals/0/phenx-content/Supplements/SickleCell/WG1/DocumentsForReview/Documents_for_Additional_Information/2011-12_Laboratory_Procedures_Manual.pdf|here]], and is also available at the NHANES website: [link[www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhanes/nhanes_11_12/2011-12_Laboratory_Procedures_Manual.pdf|2011-2012 NHANES Laboratory Procedures Manual]].

Venipuncture should generally be performed using the median cubital, cephalic, or basilic veins in the left arm unless this arm is unsuitable. If the veins in the left arm are unsuitable, look for suitable veins on the right arm. If the veins in the antecubital space on both arms are not suitable, then look for veins in the forearm or dorsal side of the hand on the left arm/hand and then the right arm/hand.

Recording the Results of the Venipuncture Procedure

Immediately after completing the venipuncture, record the results of the blood draw, the reasons for a tube not being drawn according to the protocol, and any comments about the venipuncture.

Blood Processing

Please review chapter 8 of the Laboratory Procedures Manual from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012 for a full description of blood processing procedures: [link[www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhanes/nhanes_11_12/2011-12_Laboratory_Procedures_Manual.pdf|2011-2012 NHANES Laboratory Procedures Manual]].

  • Allow the blood to clot by setting aside for 30 to 45 minutes at room temperature. Do not clot for more than an hour.
  • Centrifuge the tube at room temperature to separate the serum and aliquot into an appropriate storage tube.
  • Determine if the serum is hemolyzed, turbid, lipemic, or icteric. If so, enter a comment to describe the serum.

Laboratory Assay for Haptoglobin

The Sickle Cell Disease Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal Working Group notes that there are a number of different assays and instruments that are appropriate to measure the concentration of haptoglobin. Once an assay is chosen for a particular study, the Working Group recommends that no changes in the protocol be made over the course of the study. To aid comparability, the Working Group recommends that the investigator record the make and manufacturer of equipment used and the repeatability and coefficients of variation for the assay.

Reference Ranges for Haptoglobin:

In normal individuals, haptoglobin levels range between 45 and 165 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). Levels lower than 45 mg/dL can indicate increased rate of red blood cell death.

Personnel and Training Required

Phlebotomist

Equipment Needs

Laboratory with the ability to perform the haptoglobin assay.

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Toddler, Child, Adolescent, Adult, Senior, Pregnancy

Specific Instructions:

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) instructions for drawing, processing and storing blood provide a standard methodology used successfully for many years to ensure comparable results across study sites. However, the Sickle Cell Disease Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal Working Group notes that certain aspects (e.g., exclusion criteria) of the NHANES protocol are study specific and might not be applicable to all types of studies (e.g., sickle cell disease). Investigators who want to include participants that have hemophilia or have received cancer chemotherapy in the last 4 weeks will need to implement special venipuncture procedures.

In general, haptoglobin levels can be combined with other indirect markers of hemolysis ([mlink[811200|Aspartate Aminotransferase Level]], [mlink[810600|Reticulocyte Count]], [mlink[811000|Lactate Dehydrogenase Level]], and [mlink[810900|Bilirubin Level]]) to derive a hemolytic component. However, in sickle cell disease patients, the haptoglobin level is likely to be undetectable. Accordingly, once a patient has been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, the Working Group does not recommend repeating haptoglobin measurements.

Haptoglobin levels are a useful indicator of hemolysis because serum concentrations decrease when hemoglobin is released from red cells. However, the Working Group notes that haptoglobin levels can be altered by other factors. For example, haptoglobin levels will be increased with acute inflammation and decreased with liver dysfunction. Haptoglobin levels can also be reduced due to genetic variation. A number of medications may also increase or decrease haptoglobins

Determining haptoglobin levels via a serum sample is preferred. However, the Working Group acknowledges that collection of blood samples for the measurement of analytes requires a general determination of whether to use serum or plasma for the assay and also a determination of the type of collection tube to be obtained. For example, if serum is to be used, a determination needs to be made as to whether red top or serum gel separator collection tubes are used. While comparable values are obtained for many analytes from either serum or plasma, there may be situations where differences are more pronounced and serum- or plasma-specific norms will be needed for references. The NHANES protocol presented here uses red top/serum separator tubes. At times it may be possible to collect both, but other considerations such as participant burden may be the deciding factor. It is important to match assay type with sample type. Some automated devices may preclude the use of serum, for example, while others may be optimized for it. Investigators should choose methods of collection that match the methods of analysis. This will best be done by communicating with the laboratory where the proposed assays will be performed. They will become an important partner with you in ensuring that there is compatibility from collection to assays to interpretation and reporting of levels and results.

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

July 30, 2015

Definition

A bioassay to measure haptoglobin, which is produced by the liver and transports hemoglobin to the liver for recycling.

Purpose

Low levels of haptoglobin are an indirect marker of hemolysis.

Selection Rationale

The Sickle Cell Disease Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal Working Group selected the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012 protocol as the best standardized methodology for blood collection, processing, and storage.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Hematology Haptoglobin Level Laboratory value4922114CDE Browser

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2011). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Questionnaire, Laboratory Procedures Manual. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Laboratory Guide - Lexicomp Online, 2015

General References

MedlinePlus: [link[www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003634.htm|www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003634.htm]]

Nouraie, M., Lee, J. S., Zhang, Y., Kanias, T., Zhao, X., Xiong, Z., Oriss, T. B., Zeng, Q., Kato, G. J., Gibbs, J. S., Hildesheim, M. E., Sachdev, V., Barst, R. J., Machado, R. F., Hassell, K. L., Little, J. A., Schraufnagel, D. E., Krishnamurti, L., Novelli, E., Girgis, R. E., Morris, C.R., Rosenzweig, E. B., Badesch, D. B., Lanzkron, S., Castro, O. L., Goldsmith, J. C., Gordeuk, V. R., Galdwin, M. T., & Walk-PHASST Investigators and Patients. (2013). The relationship between the severity of hemolysis, clinical manifestations and risk of death in 415 patients with sickle cell anemia in the US and Europe. Haematologica, 98(3), 464-472.

Potoka, K. P., & Gladwin, M. T. (2015). Vasculopathy and pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell disease. American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 308, L314-L324.

Reiter, C.D., Wang, X., Tanus-Santos, J.E., Hogg, N., Cannon, R.O. 3rd, Schechter, A.N., & Gladwin, M.T. (2002). Cell-free hemoglobin limits nitric oxide bioavailability in sickle-cell disease. Nature Medicine, 8(12), 138301389.

Sachdev, V., Kato, G. J., Gibbs, J. S., Barst, R. J., Machado, R. F., Nouraie, M., Hassell, K. L., Little, J. A., Schraufnagel, D. E., Krishnamurti, L., Novelli, E. M., Girgis, R. E., Morris, C. R., Rosenzweig, E. B., Badesch, D. B., Lanzkron, S., Castro, O. L., Taylor, J. G. 6th, Hannoush, H., Goldsmith, J. C., Gladwin, M. T., Gordeuk, V. R., & Walk-PHASST Investigators. (2011). Echocardiographic markers of elevated pulmonary pressure and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction are associated with exercise intolerance in adults and adolescents with homozygous sickle cell anemia in the United States and United Kingdom. Circulation, 124(13), 1452-1460.

Protocol ID:

810801

Variables:

Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX810801_Haptoglobin_HemophiliaPX810801010000Do you have hemophilia?4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Chemotheraphy_4weeksPX810801020000Have you received cancer chemotherapy in the past four weeks or do you anticipate such therapy in the next four weeks?4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Blood_Draw_ResultsPX810801030000Record the results of the blood draw.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Blood_DrawTube_DeviationPX810801040000Record reasons for a tube not being drawn according to the protocol.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Venipuncture_CommentsPX810801050000Record any comments about the venipuncture.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Serum_DeterminationPX810801060000Determine if the serum is hemolyzed, turbid, lipemic, or icteric.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Serum_DescriptionPX810801070000If serum is hemolyzed, turbid, lipemic, or iteric, then describe.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_AmountPX810801080000Haptoglobin level4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Equipment_MakePX810801090000Make of the equipment used to perform the haptoglobin assay.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Equipment_ManufacturerPX810801100000Manufacturer of the equipment used to perform the haptoglobin assay.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Assay_RepeatabilityPX810801110000Repeatability of the haptoglobin assay.4N/A
PX810801_Haptoglobin_Coefficients_Variation_AssayPX810801120000Coefficients of variation of the haptoglobin assay.4N/A