Background: Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) has been identified as an inflammatory marker tightly correlated with the onset of atherosclerosis. Although several methodologies have been developed to detect Lp-PLA2, including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, Lp-PLA2 detection is still time- and resource-consuming with poor antiinterference ability and low sensitivity. Thus, it is urgent to explore new methodology for Lp-PLA2 detection.
Methods: In the current study, we evaluated the clinical performance of a modified Lp-PLA2 quantitative assay kit based on magnetic particle chemiluminescence, and analyzed the levels of Lp-PLA2 in atherosclerosis patients using this kit.
Results: Our results showed that the magnetic particle chemiluminescence method could effectively dissociate Lp-PLA2 from lipoprotein and finish the test within 20 minutes with high accuracy and good repeatability, as demonstrated by the results of linear measurement range, precision, and recovery rate. Furthermore, our preliminary data revealed that serum Lp-PLA2 levels were correlated to the presence and degree of atherosclerotic plaques. Conclusions: Lp-PLA2 could be helpful in diagnosing atherosclerosis.