Microbiome signatures in prostate cancer

Carcinogenesis. 2019 Jul 6;40(6):749-764. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgz008.


We have established a microbiome signature for prostate cancer using an array-based metagenomic and capture-sequencing approach. A diverse microbiome signature (viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic) was observed in the prostate cancer samples compared with benign prostate hyperplasia controls. Hierarchical clustering analysis identified three distinct prostate cancer-specific microbiome signatures. The three signatures correlated with different grades, stages and scores of the cancer. Thus, microbiome signature analysis potentially provides clinical diagnosis and outcome predictions. The array data were validated by PCR and targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS). Specific NGS data suggested that certain viral genomic sequences were inserted into the host somatic chromosomes of the prostate cancer samples. A randomly selected group of these was validated by direct PCR and sequencing. In addition, PCR validation of Helicobacter showed that Helicobacter cagA sequences integrated within specific chromosomes of prostate tumor cells. The viral and Helicobacter integrations are predicted to affect the expression of several cellular genes associated with oncogenic processes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomes, Human
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Helicobacter / isolation & purification
  • Herpesvirus 8, Human / genetics
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microbiota*
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Papillomaviridae / genetics
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / microbiology*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / virology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Virus Integration