J Cancer 2016; 7(8):1002-1009. doi:10.7150/jca.14645

Research Paper

Glypican-1 as a Biomarker for Prostate Cancer: Isolation and Characterization

Quach Truong, Irene O. Justiniano, Aline L. Nocon, Julie T. Soon, Sandra Wissmueller, Douglas H. Campbell, Bradley J. Walsh

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Truong Q, Justiniano IO, Nocon AL, Soon JT, Wissmueller S, Campbell DH, Walsh BJ. Glypican-1 as a Biomarker for Prostate Cancer: Isolation and Characterization. J Cancer 2016; 7(8):1002-1009. doi:10.7150/jca.14645. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v07p1002.htm

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Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed male visceral cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Standard tests such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement have poor specificity (33%) resulting in a high number of false positive reports. Consequently there is a need for new biomarkers to address this problem. The MIL-38 antibody was first described nearly thirty years ago, however, until now, the identification of the target antigen remained elusive. By a series of molecular techniques and mass spectrometry, the MIL-38 antigen was identified to be the highly glycosylated proteoglycan Glypican-1 (GPC-1). This protein is present in two forms; a membrane bound core protein of 55-60 kDa and secreted soluble forms of 40 kDa and 52 kDa. GPC-1 identification was confirmed by immuno-precipitation, western blots and ELISA. An ELISA platform is currently being developed to assess the levels of GPC-1 in normal, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer patients to determine whether secreted GPC-1 may represent a clinically relevant biomarker for prostate cancer diagnosis.

Keywords: Prostate Cancer, Glypican 1, Proteoglycan, Theranostic