Table 1.

Summary of the original specimens handled by the repository, the temperatures at which specimens were maintained prior to processing or reception at the repository, samples obtained after processing, storage temperature of the final specimens, and the expected use of the specimens

Original materialTransport temperatureSample obtainedStorage temperatureExpected use of the specimen within the CVT
Clotted blood (8 mL)4°CSerumLN2 vapor phaseNutrients, DNA, immunologic and hormonal assay
Peripheral blood, ACD preserved (8 mL)4°CBuffy coat, RBC, whole blood, ascorbic acid added plasma, plasmaLN2 vapor phaseNutrients, DNA, immunologic and hormonal assay
Peripheral blood, EDTA preserved (4 mL)4°CPlasmaLN2 vapor phaseNutrients, immunologic and hormonal assay
Scope mouthwash4°COral cellsLN2 vapor phaseOral HPV DNA
Heparin-preserved blood (32 mL)20°CPeripheral blood mononuclear cells, plasmaLN2 vapor phaseCytokines and local immunity assays
Biopsy or LEEP20°CHistology slides and histologic blocksRoom temperatureDiagnostic, treatment, genetic and immunologic assays
Cervical cells preserved in PreservCyt solution20°CCytology slide, residual PreservCyt; 0.5 mL cervical cells aliquotRoom temperature LN2 vapor phaseHPV DNA, cervical cytologic and infection diagnosis; chlamydia and gonorrhea DNA tests
Self-collected cervical cellsLN2 vapor phaseNo processing needed prior to storageLN2 vapor phaseHPV DNA
Clinician-collected cervical cellsLN2 vapor phaseNo processing needed prior to storageLN2 vapor phaseHPV DNA/RNA
Cervical secretionsLN2 vapor phaseNo processing needed prior to storageLN2 vapor phaseCytokines and local immunity assays
Vulvar cellsLN2 vapor phaseNo processing needed prior to storageLN2 vapor phaseHPV DNA
Anal cellsLN2 vapor phaseNo processing needed prior to storageLN2 vapor phaseHPV DNA
  • Abbreviations: ACD, acid citrate dextrose; LEEP, loop electrosurgical excision procedure; LN2, liquid nitrogen.