Background: The SPINK1 molecular subtype is more common in African-American (AA) men with prostatic adenocarcinoma (PCa) than European Americans (EA). Studies have suggested that SPINK1 expression is associated with more aggressive disease. However, the size, follow-up, and racial diversity of prior patient cohorts have limited our understanding of SPINK1 expression in AA men. The objective was to determine the associations between SPINK1 subtype, race, and oncologic outcomes after radical prostatectomy (RP). Methods: A total of 186 AA and 206 EA men who underwent RP were matched according to pathologic grade. We examined SPINK1 status by immunohistochemistry on tissue microarrays using a genetically validated assay. Cox proportional hazard analyses assessed the association of SPINK1 status with oncologic outcomes in race-specific multivariate models. A second objective was to determine the correlation between CD3/CD8 T cell densities with SPINK1 status and race, using immunostaining and automated image analysis. Results: SPINK1-positive subtype was present in 25% (45/186) of AA and 15% (30/206) of EA men (p = 0.013). There were no differences in pathologic grade, pathologic stage, biochemical recurrence (BCR)-free survival, or metastasis-free survival between SPINK1-positive and SPINK1-negative tumors in the overall cohort or by race. In multivariate analyses, SPINK1 expression was not associated with BCR (AA: HR 0.99, 95% CI 0.56–1.75, p = 0.976; EA: HR 0.88, 95% CI 0.43–1.77, p = 0.720) or metastasis (AA: HR 0.79, 95% CI 0.25–2.49, p = 0.691; EA: HR 1.55, 95% CI 0.58–4.11, p = 0.381) in either AA or EA men. There were no significant differences in surrounding CD3/CD8 lymphocyte densities between SPINK1-positive and SPINK1-negative tumors in either race. Conclusions: SPINK1-positive subtype is more prevalent in AA than EA men with PCa. Contrary to previous studies, we found that SPINK1 protein expression was not associated with worse pathologic or oncologic outcomes after RP in either AA men or EA men.
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- Cancer Research