A simple method for estimating equilibrium constants for serum testosterone binding resulting in an optimal free testosterone index for use in elderly men.
SourceClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 43, 6, (2005), pp. 613-6
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Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
SubjectIGMD 6: Hormonal regulation; ONCOL 3: Translational research; ONCOL 5: Aetiology, screening and detection; UMCN 5.2: Endocrinology and reproduction
An algorithm was developed to evaluate equilibrium constants for testosterone (Te) and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) or albumin from serum free testosterone (FTe) measurements performed in a panel of 30 healthy elderly men by means of a near-reference method, i.e., symmetric dialysis (affinity constants: SHBG-Te, 1.13 x 10(9) L/mol; albumin-Te, 4.4 x 10(4) L/mol). Using these estimates, a free testosterone index (FTeI) was calculated from total Te and SHBG concentrations in a further 35 elderly men. This FTeI perfectly matches with actually measured free testosterone concentrations by symmetric dialysis in this second group, with a mean ratio index/measurement of 0.998+/-0.016 (SEM). The efficacy of the algorithm, which represents a simple alternative to previous cumbersome methods for estimation of equilibrium constants, is thereby demonstrated.
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