PAMY - Performance: Amylase, Pancreatic, Serum

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Test Name

Test ID: PAMY    
Amylase, Pancreatic, Serum

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

After the inhibition of salivary amylase with a combination of 2 monoclonal antibodies, pancreatic alpha-amylase activity is assayed by a coupled kinetic colorimetric procedure which gives rise to 415 nm absorption proportional to the paranitrophenol released by the action of alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase.


In this procedure, the first incubation step results in the inhibition of human salivary alpha-amylase by 2 monoclonal antibodies which do not affect pancreatic alpha-amylase. After a second incubation with the substrate (G7)-p-nitrophenyl (G1)-alpha-D-maltohepatoside, the activity of pancreatic alpha-amylase is measured. The alpha-amylase cleaves the substrate into fragments G2, G3, and G4. Further fragment hydrolysis by alpha-glucosidase yields p-nitrophenol and glucose. Enzyme activity is determined by the rate of increase of absorbance at 415 nm. Chromophore production is equimolar.


The simplified reaction is as follows:


5 ET-G7PNP + 5 H20 -------> 2 ET-G5 + 2 G2PNP + 2 ET-G4

                                                    + 2-G3PNP + ET-G3 + G4 PNP


2 G2PNP + 2 G3PNP + 14 H20 --------->5 PNP + 14G


Abbreviations:   ET  = ethylidene

                        G   = glucose

                        PNP = p-nitrophenol


(Tietz NW, Burlina A, Gerhardt W, et al: Multicenter evaluation of a specific pancreatic isoamylase assay based on a double monoclonal-antibody technique. Clin Chem 1988;34:2096-2102)

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Monday through Friday

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1 day (not reported on Saturday or Sunday)

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4 days

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7 days

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