Objective: The objective of this study is to examine the influence of storage time at -20°C on the concentration of albumin, γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (γ-GT), N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase (NAG), α(1)-microglobulin (A1M) and creatinine in a large sample of healthy children.
Material and methods: The New England Children's Amalgam Trial followed 534 children, aged 6-10 at baseline, for 5 years, with annual urine collections. Urine samples were analysed for creatinine, albumin, γ-GT, NAG and A1M concentrations. Repeated measures analysis of covariance was used to model the effect of storage time on these concentrations.
Results: The γ-GT concentration decreased significantly with storage time at -20°C. There was also a limited decrease in NAG. Albumin, A1M and creatinine concentrations did not appear to be affected by storage time at -20°C.
Conclusions: If it is necessary to interpret results from samples stored for a long time at -20°C, it is advisable to account for storage time in statistical models.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00065988.