The glycomics of prostate cancer: updates in the field

Prostate cancer (PCa) is a life-threatening disease affecting millions of men. The current best PCa biomarker (level of prostate-specific antigen in serum) lacks specificity for PCa diagnostics and this is why novel PCa biomarkers in addition to the conventional ones based on biomolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins need to be identified. Areas covered: This review details the potential of glycans-based biomarkers to become diagnostic, prognostic, predictive and therapeutic PCa biomarkers with a brief description of the innovative approaches applied to glycan analysis to date. Finally, the review covers the possibility to use exosomes as a rich source of glycans for future innovative and advanced diagnostics of PCa. The review covers updates in the field since 2016. Expert commentary: The summary provided in this review paper suggests that glycan-based biomarkers can offer high-assay accuracy not only for diagnostic purposes but also for monitoring/surveillance of the PCa disease.

Expert review of proteomics. 2018 Nov 18 [Epub ahead of print]

Jan Tkac, Tomas Bertok, Michal Hires, Eduard Jane, Lenka Lorencova, Peter Kasak

a Slovak Academy of Sciences , Institute of Chemistry , Dubravska cesta 9, 845 38 Bratislava , Slovakia., c Center for Advanced Materials , Qatar University , Doha 2713 , Qatar.

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