Pro-Gastrin Releasing Peptide: A New Serum Marker for Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma

Kiseli M., Caglar G. S. , Yarci Gursoy A., Tasci T., Candar T., Akincioglu E., ...More

Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, vol.83, no.6, pp.540-545, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000488854
  • Journal Name: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.540-545
  • Keywords: Pro-gastrin releasing peptide, Endometrial cancer, Adenocarcinoma, Tumor marker, Cancer, HUMAN UTERUS, PROGRP, EXPRESSION, RECEPTORS, CANCER, GRP


© 2018 S. Karger AG, Basel.Background: Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) is thought to play a role in the metastatic process of various malignancies. The more stable precursor of GRP, pro-GRP (ProGRP), has been shown to be secreted by neuroendocrine tumors. This study was designed to assess the validity of ProGRP as a diagnostic marker in endometrioid adenocarcinomas (EAs) of the endometrium. Methods: Thirty-seven patients with a diagnosis of EA, 23 patients with endometrial hyperplasia, and 32 age-matched controls with normal endometrial histology were recruited for this study. Serum ProGRP and cancer antigen 125 (CA125) values were compared between groups. Results: Median serum ProGRP levels were significantly higher in the cancer group compared to corresponding levels in both the hyperplasia and control groups (p = 0.008 and p < 0.001 respectively; endometrial cancer: 27.5 pg/mL; hyperplasia: 16.1 pg/mL; controls: 12.9 pg/mL). Age and endometrial thickness were positively correlated with ProGRP levels (r = 0.322, p = 0.006 and r = 0.269, p = 0.023, respectively). Receiver Operating Characteristic curve analyses for EA revealed a threshold of 20.81 pg/mL, with a sensitivity of 60.7% and specificity of 81.4%, positive predictive value of 68% and negative predictive value of 76.1%. Conclusion: Significantly higher ProGRP levels were observed in patients with EA than in controls. Serum ProGRP has good diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for EA.