Detection of aggressive prostate cancer associated glycoproteins in urine using glycoproteomics and mass spectrometry

Xingwang Jia, Jing Chen, Shisheng Sun, Weiming Yang, Shuang Yang, Punit Shah, Naseruddin Hoti, Bob Veltri, Hui Zhang

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Clinical management of prostate cancer remains a significant challenge due to the lack of available tests for guiding treatment decisions. The blood prostate-specific antigen test has facilitated early detection and intervention of prostate cancer. However, blood prostate-specific antigen levels are less effective in distinguishing aggressive from indolent prostate cancers and other benign prostatic diseases. Thus, the development of novel approaches specific for prostate cancer that can differentiate aggressive from indolent disease remains an urgent medical need. In the current study, we evaluated urine specimens from prostate cancer patients using LC-MS/MS, with the aim of identifying effective urinary prostate cancer biomarkers. Glycoproteins from urine samples of prostate cancer patients with different Gleason scores were characterized via solid phase extraction of N-linked glycosite-containing peptides and LC-MS/MS. A total of 2923 unique glycosite-containing peptides were identified. Glycoproteomic comparison on urine and tissues from aggressive and non-aggressive prostate cancers as well as sera from prostate cancer patients revealed that the majority of AG prostate cancer associated glycoproteins were more readily detected in patient's urine than serum samples. Our data collectively indicate that urine provides a potential source for biomarker testing in patients with AG prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2989-2996
Number of pages8
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Aggressive
  • Glycoprotein
  • Glycoproteomics
  • Prostate cancer
  • Urine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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