The 16p13.3 (PDPK1) Genomic Gain in Prostate Cancer: A Potential Role in Disease Progression
Choucair KA, Guérard KP, Ejdelman J, Chevalier S, Yoshimoto M, Scarlata E, Fazli L, Sircar K, Squire JA, Brimo F, Cunha IW, Aprikian A, Gleave M, Lapointe J. Transl Oncol. 2012 Dec;5(6):453-60. Epub 2012 Dec 1.


Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



Prostate cancer (PCa) is a leading cause of cancer death, and distinguishing aggressive from indolent tumors is a major challenge. Identification and characterization of genomic alterations associated with advanced disease can provide new markers of progression and better therapeutic approaches.


We performed fluorescence in situ hybridization to detect the copy number gain of chromosome 16p13.3 in 75 PCa samples including 10 lymph node (LN) metastases and their matched primary tumors, 9 samples of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), and 46 additional primary PCa specimens with clinicopathologic parameters.


We detected the gain in 5 of 10 LN metastases and 3 of 5 matched primary tumors, 3 of 9 CRPC samples, and 9 of 46 (20%) primary tumors where the 16p13.3 alteration was associated with high Gleason score and elevated preoperative prostate-specific antigen levels. The level of 16p13.3 gain was higher in LN metastasis and CRPC specimens compared to primary PCa. Chromosome mapping revealed the gain spans PDPK1 encoding the 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase-1 (PDK1). Knockdown of PDK1 in three PCa cell lines reduced migration without affecting growth and re-expressing PDK1 rescued motility.


Our findings support a prognostic value of the 16p13.3 gain and a role of PDK1 in PCa progression through migration.