Procalcitonin (PCT)

PCT is the prohormone of the hormone calcitonin, but PCT and calcitonin are distinct proteins. Calcitonin is exclusively produced by C-cells of the thyroid gland in response to hormonal stimuli, whereas PCT can be produced by several cell types and many organs in response to pro-inflammatory stimuli, in particular by bacterial products.

MultiPlex PCR

Many infections are present with similar signs and symptoms. However, today’s targeted infectious disease diagnostics are limited to testing only the most common pathogens associated with a clinical syndrome.

Biotin Interference with Immunoassays

Biotin is a coenzyme and a B vitamin that occurs naturally in many foods. Wheat germ, whole-grain cereals, whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy products, peanuts, soya nuts, Swiss chard, salmon, and chicken are all sources of biotin.