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Serum Adipokines as Predictors for the Outcome of Prostate Biopsies at Early Stage Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Authors Ahmad AE, Mohammed A, Bhindi B, Richard PO, Fadaak K, Leão R, Finelli A, Fleshner NE, Kulkarni GS

Received 6 August 2019

Accepted for publication 26 October 2019

Published 29 November 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 10043—10050


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Eileen O'Reilly

Ardalan E Ahmad,1 Aza Mohammed,2 Bimal Bhindi,1,3 Patrick O Richard,4 Kamel Fadaak,5 Ricardo Leão,6 Antonio Finelli,1 Neil E Fleshner,1 Girish S Kulkarni1

1Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Department of Urology, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton, UK; 3Southern Alberta Institute of Urology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 4Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Centre de Recherche du CHUS, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; 5Department of Urology, King Fahd Hospital of the University, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia; 6CUF Department of Urology, Hospital De Braga, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Correspondence: Girish S Kulkarni
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, 610 University Ave, 3-130, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9, Canada
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Purpose: Elevated adipokines in patients with obesity and metabolic syndrome have been linked to increased risk of prostate cancer (PCa). The association between select serum adipokines and the outcome of prostate biopsies alone and in combination with clinical parameters at different early stages of PCa was investigated.
Patients and methods: Clinical data and serum adipokines were retrieved from three retrospective cohorts representing men at different points in PCa detection: 1. Subjects with no prior biopsies (n=1061), 2. subjects with a prior negative biopsy (REDUCE trial, control arm) (n=1209), 3. subjects with low-risk PCa on active surveillance (AS) (n=154). Adipokines were chosen based on an unpublished pilot study and included: Resistin, Tumor Necrosis Factor-α, Interleukin-6, Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1, Hepatocyte Growth Factor, and Nerve Growth Factor. The primary outcome was the absence of PCa on biopsy and the secondary outcome was diagnosis of low-risk PCa fitting the criteria for continuing AS. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess the association of adipokines and negative and/or low-risk PCa at prostate biopsy.
Results: In men with no prior prostate biopsy or with prior negative biopsy, adipokines were not predictors of prostate biopsy outcomes on multivariable regression analysis controlling for known clinical variables. In the AS cohort, MCP-1 and Resistin were significant predictors of biopsy outcome on multivariable analysis (OR 0.20, 95% CI: 0.05–0.85, p= 0.03 & OR 0.30, 95% CI: 0.10 −0.86, p= 0.03).
Conclusion: Our findings do not support a strong role for adipokines for predicting the outcome of prostate biopsies at any early stage in PCa diagnosis.

Keywords: adipokines, biopsy outcomes, prostate biopsy, early prostate cancer

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