Author(s): Slater M, Danieletto S, Barden JA
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Abstract In the current study, expression of the apoptotic calcium channel receptor P2X(7) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were studied in biopsy cores from 174 patients as well as 20 radical prostatectomy cases. In clinical biopsies, we have previously demonstrated that P2X(1 )and P2X(2) calcium channel receptors are absent from normal prostate epithelium that does not progress to prostate cancer within 5 years. In cases that did progress to prostate cancer however, P2X(1 )and P2X(2) labeling was observed in a stage-specific manner first in the nucleus, then the cytoplasm and finally on the apical epithelium, as prostate cancer developed. These markers were present up to 5 years before cancer was detectable by the usual morphological criteria (Gleason grading) as determined by H and E staining. In the current study, the apoptotic calcium channel receptor P2X(7) yielded similar results to that of P2X(1) and P2X(2). Using radical prostatectomy tissue sections as well as biopsies, these changes in calcium channel metabolism were noted throughout the prostate, indicating a field effect. This finding suggests that the presence of a prostate tumor could be detected without the need for direct sampling of tumor tissue, leading to detection of false negative cases missed by H or E stain. The reliability of PSA levels as a prognostic indicator has been questioned in recent years. In the current study, PSA levels were correlated with the P2X(7) labeling results. All patients who exhibited no P2X(7) labeling had a prostatic serum antigen (PSA) level of <2. Patients who exhibited stage-specific P2X(7) expression, and who later developed obvious prostate cancer as diagnosed by H and E stain, all had a PSA > 2. This finding suggests that increasing PSA may be an accurate indicator of cancer development.
This article was published in J Mol Histol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology