Identification of extracellular δ-catenin accumulation for prostate cancer detection

Authors

  • Qun Lu,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    2. Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 27858.
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  • Jiao Zhang,

    1. Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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  • Ron Allison,

    1. Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    2. Department of Radiation Oncology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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  • Hiram Gay,

    1. Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    2. Department of Radiation Oncology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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  • Wan-Xi Yang,

    1. The Sperm Laboratory, Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  • Neil A. Bhowmick,

    1. Department of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
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  • Gloria Frelix,

    1. Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    2. Department of Radiation Oncology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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  • Scott Shappell,

    1. Department of Pathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
    Current affiliation:
    1. Avero Diagnostics; Dallas, TX.
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  • Yan-Hua Chen

    1. Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, and early detection is essential to reduce mortality and increase survival. δ-Catenin is a unique β-catenin superfamily protein primarily expressed in the brain but is upregulated in human prostatic adenocarcinomas. Despite its close correlation with the disease, it is unclear whether δ-catenin presents the potential in prostate cancer screening because it is an intracellular protein. In this study, we investigated the hypothesis of δ-catenin accumulation in the urine of prostate cancer patients and its potential pathways of excretion into extracellular milieu.

METHODS

Prostate cancer cell cultures, human tissue biopsies, and voided urines were characterized to determine extracellular δ-catenin accumulation and co-isolation with exosomes/prostasomes.

RESULTS

We identified δ-catenin in culture media and in the stroma of human prostate cancer tissues. In PC-3 cells in culture, δ-catenin was partially co-localized and co-isolated with raft-associated membrane protein caveolin-1 and glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein CD59, suggesting its potential excretion into extracellular milieu through exosome/prostasome associated pathways. Interference with endocytic pathway using wortmannin did not block prostasome excretion, but δ-catenin overexpression promoted the extracellular accumulation of caveolin-1. δ-Catenin, caveolin-1, and CD59 were all detected in cell-free human voided urine prostasomes. δ-Catenin immunoreactivity was significantly increased in the urine of prostate cancer patients (P < 0.0005).

CONCLUSIONS

This study demonstrated, for the first time, the extracellular accumulation of δ-catenin in urine supporting its potential utility for non-invasive prostate cancer detection. Prostate 69:411–418, 2009. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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