PTEN loss in biopsy tissue predicts poor clinical outcomes in prostate cancer

Prabhakar Mithal, Emma Allott, Leah Gerber, Julia Reid, William Welbourn, Eliso Tikishvili, Jimmy Park, Adib Younus, Zaina Sangale, Jerry S Lanchbury, Steven Stone, Stephen J Freedland

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OBJECTIVES: To determine whether PTEN status in prostate biopsy represents a predictor of intermediate and long-term oncological outcomes after radical prostatectomy, and whether PTEN status predicts response to androgen deprivation therapy.

METHODS: In a retrospective analysis of 77 men treated by radical prostatectomy who underwent diagnostic biopsy between 1992-2006, biopsy samples were stained for PTEN expression by the PREZEON assay with >10% staining reported as positive. Cox proportional hazards and log-rank models were used to assess the correlation between PTEN loss and clinical outcomes.

RESULTS: During a median follow-up period after radical prostatectomy of 8.8 years, 39 men (51%) developed biochemical recurrence, four (5%) had castration-resistant prostate cancer, two (3%) had metastasis and two (3%) died from prostate cancer. PTEN loss was not significantly associated with biochemical recurrence (hazard ratio 2.1, 95% confidence interval 0.9-5.1, P = 0.10), but significantly predicted increased risk of castration-resistant prostate cancer, metastasis and prostate cancer-specific mortality (all log-rank, P < 0.0001), and time from androgen deprivation therapy to castration-resistant prostate cancer (log-rank, P = 0.003). No patient without PTEN loss developed metastases or died from prostate cancer.

CONCLUSIONS: PTEN loss at the time of biopsy seems to predict time to development of metastasis, prostate cancer-specific mortality and, for the first time, castration-resistant prostate cancer and response to androgen deprivation therapy after radical prostatectomy. If confirmed by larger studies, this would support the use of PTEN loss as an early marker of aggressive prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209-14
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • Biomarkers, Tumor/analysis
  • Biopsy/methods
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • North Carolina/epidemiology
  • PTEN Phosphohydrolase/analysis
  • Prognosis
  • Prostatic Neoplasms/diagnosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Rate/trends
  • Time Factors

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