There are multiple forms of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase in prostate cancer cells and normal prostate tissue

Daniel E. Epner, Donald S. Coffey

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We analyzed glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) expression in normal and malignant human prostate tissues, normal rat prostate, and Dunning R-3327 rat prostate cancer cell lines. We detected multiple forms of GAPDH in Dunning cell lines by two-dimensional protein electrophoresis and Western analysis. Five forms of GAPDH that differed by isoelectric point were detected for each of the two metastatic Dunning cell lines, while four or fewer forms were detected for Dunning cell lines with low metastatic ability. We also detected multiple forms of GAPDH in normal and malignant human prostate specimens by two dimensional protein electrophoresis and immunohistochemical analysis. GAPDH was undetectable in normal human prostate secretory epithelium by immunohistochemistry, but was abundant in nuclei of normal basal cells and stromal cells. In human prostate cancer specimens, there was a rough correlation between cytoplasmic staining for GAPDH and tumor grade, but GAPDH staining was extremely heterogeneous. GAPDH was abundant in nuclei of some high-grade human prostate tumors. Both of the human prostate cancer bone metastases analyzed with immunohistochemistry had markedly elevated cytoplasmic GAPDH expression. We conclude that multiple forms of GAPDH may play diverse roles in normal prostate tissue and in prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-378
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2 1996



  • glyceraldehydephosphate dehydrogenase
  • immunohistochemistry
  • prostatic neoplasms
  • two-dimensional gel electrophoresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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