Molecular markers could aid PSA, biopsy Gleason sum and clinical stage in providing accurate information about prostate cancer (CaP) progression. HYAL-1 hyaluronidase and hyaluronic acid (HA) staining in prostatectomy specimens predicts biochemical recurrence. We examined whether HA and HYAL-1 staining in biopsy specimens predicts biochemical recurrence and correlates with the staining in matched prostatectomy specimens.
Materials and Methods
Biopsy and prostatectomy specimens were obtained from patients with clinically localized CaP (n = 61; mean follow-up = 103.1 months) from multiple centers; Gr. 1: patients with biochemical recurrence (n = 23); Gr. 2: patients without recurrence (n = 38). A biotinylated HA-binding protein and an anti-HYAL-1 antibody were used for HA and HYAL-1 staining. The staining was graded between 0 – 300 depending upon staining intensity and the area.
HYAL-1 and HA were expressed in tumor cells and stroma, respectively. In biopsy specimens, HYAL-1 and HA expression was higher in Gr.1 (203.9 and 182.1) when compared to Gr. 2 (48.8 and 87.0; P < 0.0001). In univariate analysis, HA, HYAL-1, biopsy Gleason and PSA significantly predicted biochemical recurrence (P < 0.001). In multivariate analysis only HYAL-1 staining was an independent predictor of recurrence (P < 0.001; accuracy: 81.8%). In prostatectomy specimens only HYAL-1 staining correlated with the staining in biopsy specimens (Spearman ρ= 0.72; P = 0.0002), and predicted biochemical recurrence.
This is the first report that demonstrates that in biopsy specimens HYAL-1 staining is an independent predictor of biochemical recurrence and may be useful in selecting treatment.
Keywords: Prostate cancer, Hyaluronic acid, Hyaluronidase, HYAL-1, Prognostic Markers, biopsy specimens