Prostate-specific membrane antigen as a marker of pancreatic cancer cells

Med Oncol. 2014 Mar;31(3):857. doi: 10.1007/s12032-014-0857-z. Epub 2014 Jan 30.


The aim of this study was to identify the expression of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) and analyze the correlation between PSMA with clinical characteristics in patients with pancreatic cancer. The expression of PSMA protein and mRNA was detected by immunohistochemistry and real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction in pancreatic cancer tissues, pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia or normal pancreatic tissues, respectively. And clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients were investigated. PSMA was expressed in pancreatic cancer cells, both in protein and mRNA levels. Moreover, the PSMA levels were associated with the prognosis of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. The overall survival time of pancreatic cancer patients with high expression of PSMA was significantly shorter than that of the low ones. Moreover, the PSMA levels were correlated with clinicopathological features including the histological grade and pathological tumor-node-metastasis stage. PSMA is involved in the carcinogenesis of pancreatic cancer, and it might serve as a potential therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / genetics
  • Adenocarcinoma / metabolism*
  • Adenocarcinoma / mortality
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary
  • Antigens, Surface / genetics
  • Antigens, Surface / metabolism*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal / metabolism*
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal / secondary
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II / genetics
  • Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Grading
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / genetics
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Survival Rate


  • Antigens, Surface
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • RNA, Messenger
  • FOLH1 protein, human
  • Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II

Supplementary concepts

  • Pancreatic Carcinoma