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PRL

Basics

Aliases:
This biomarker is also known as:
  • prolactin,

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Description…

There is increasing evidence that prolactin (PRL), a hormone/cytokine, plays a role in breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers via local production or accumulation. Elevated levels of serum PRL in ovarian and endometrial cancers have been reported, indicating a potential role for PRL in endometrial and ovarian carcinogenesis.

Attributes

QA State: Curated
Type: Protein
Short Name:

Datasets

There are no datasets associated with this biomarker.

Organs

The following organs have data associated with this biomarker…

Ovary

Attributes

Phase: Three
QA State: Curated

Overview

Elevated levels of serum PRL in ovarian and endometrial cancers have been reported, indicating a potential role for PRL in endometrial and ovarian carcinogenesis. Serum PRL levels are significantly elevated in women with a strong family history of ovarian cancer. There is evidence for dramatically increased expression of PRL receptor in ovarian and endometrial tumors as well as in endometrial hyperplasia, signifying the importance of PRL signaling in malignant and premalignant conditions. PRL mRNA has been shown to be expressed in ovarian and endometrial tumors, indicating the presence of an autocrine loop. PRL potently induces proliferation in several ovarian and endometrial cancer cell lines. Binding of PRL to its receptor is followed by rapid phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2, mitogen-activated protein kinase/ERK kinase 1, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3, CREB, ATF-2, and p53 and activation of 37 transcription factors in ovarian and endometrial carcinoma cells. PRL also activates Ras oncogene in these cells.

Performance Comment

Of the 28 ovarian cancer biomarkers tested in prediagnostic specimens, from the PLCO, CA125 remains the single best biomarker for ovarian cancer and has its strongest signal within six months of diagnosis. PRL alone was not a strong predictor.

Studies

This biomarker is currently being annotated or is under review. You must be logged in or do not have permission to view any additional information. Contact Heather Kincaid at heather.kincaid@jpl.nasa.gov if you should have access to this biomarker.

News

The final report of the 2013 Cancer Biomarkers Bioinformatics Workshop is now available.

Announcement 06/26/2014


Please click here to register for the 9th EDRN Scientific Workshop from September 8-10, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting registration page also has agendas and hotel reservation information.
Announcement 06/05/2014


Funding Opportunity Available

Both RFAs for Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Screen-Detected Lesions have been published.

RFA-CA-14-010.html

and

RFA-CA-14-011.html