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Reviewer: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 22 May 2012, last major update May 2012
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● PCA3 prostate cancer antigen 3
● Prostate-specific, non-protein-coding RNA, measured in urine (Int Braz J Urol 2010;36:665); useful as a true prostate cancer specific biomarker (J Urol 2012;187:795)
● Not affected by chronic prostatis (Prostate 2012;72:549)

Uses by pathologists

● May be useful to predict risk of prostate cancer for patients with (Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 2012;15:100) or without prior biopsy (World J Urol 2012;30:251)
● Age adjustment of PCA3 score may be useful (World J Urol 2011 Aug 30 [Epub ahead of print])
● Clinical algorithm specifying biopsy if PSA 10+ ng/ml; biopsy if PSA <10 ng/ml only if detectable PCA3 or TMPRSS2:ERG in post-DRE urine (Urol Oncol 2011 May 19 [Epub ahead of print])

Micro images

In situ hybridization

Positive staining - disease

● RNA is expressed by most prostate cancers and HGPIN (Mod Pathol 2007;20:1121)

Negative staining

● Normal prostate glands, excelt those near neoplastic glands may be positive

End of Stains > PCA3

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