Anti-PSA (Prostate specific antigen) clone HAM18 stands out among more than 1,000 commercially available PSA antibodies because of its documented high specificity and sensitivity for recognition of prostatic cancer. Although PSA is solely expressed in prostatic epithelial cells, studies utilizing various different other antibodies have described PSA expression in 9%-60% of breast cancers 1-8, in 55% of malignant melanomas 7, 3%-9% of male breast cancers 8, 9, 3 of 3 acinar pancreatic cancers 10, various salivary gland carcinomas (including 6 of 11 pleomorphic adenomas, 1 of 6 mucoepidermoid carcinomas, and 1 of 2 adenocarcinomas not otherwise specified) 11-13. Multiple case reports have also described PSA expression in at least 4 cases of paraurethral adenocarcinoma 14-18 and in a urinary bladder cancer 19. Moreover PSA expression was described to occur in normal salivary glands, 60% of salivary gland adenomas, and in normal pancreatic epithelium 12. Using Anti-PSA clone HAM18, PSA positivity was not seen in any of these normal and neoplastic tissues.
The validation of Anti-PSA clone HAM18 on more than 20,000 cancers using the protocol recommended by Oncodianova at an antibody dilution of 1:800 enabled a precise documentation of the sensitivity and specificity of this antibody. The key figures on the performance of the HAM18 Anti-PSA antibody are as follows.
|Prostate Cancer Subset||Samples analyzed (n)||PSA positive (n)||Sensitivity at 1:800 (1:100) dilution|
|Recurrent prostate cancer after therapy (Gleason ≥8)||392||387||99.72%|
|Small cell carcinoma of the prostate||13||1||7.69%|
|Tumor type||Samples analyzed (n)||PSA positive (n)||Specificity at 1:800 dilution|
|Squamous cell carcinoma, extraprostatic||319||0||100%|
|Small cell carcinoma,
|Other extraprostatic carcinomas||1,603||0||100%|
*Weak extraprostatic PSA positivity was seen in 1 of 30 endometroid ovarian cancers
The use of highly validated antibodies is highly recommended for certified and accredited pathology laboratories.
In diagnostic routine, PSA (HAM18) immunohistochemistry can be used in the following applications:
- Carcinoma of unknown origin: Proof or rule out origin from prostatic cancer.
- Bladder tumor of male patients without unequivocal urothelial precursor lesion suggesting urothelial origin: Rule out origin from a prostate cancer.
- Advanced high-grade prostate cancer with rather low (or unknown) serum PSA levels: Low PSA expression in poorly differentiated cancer suggest that serum PSA levels may “underestimate” total tumor mass of the patient.
Reference for clone HAM18:
Bonk S et al. Prognostic and diagnostic role of PSA immunohistochemistry: A tissue microarray study on 21,000 normal and cancerous tissues. Oncotarget 2019 (10): 5439-5453. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.27145
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