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This biomarker is also known as:
  • 40-kDa keratin intermediate filament,
  • CK19,
  • K19,
  • K1CS,
  • Cytokeratin 19,
  • keratin, type I cytoskeletal 19,
  • keratin, type I, 40-kd,
  • MGC15366,
  • Keratin-19,
  • cytokeratin 19,
  • CK-19,
  • Cytokeratin-19,
  • keratin 19,

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KRT19, a member of the keratin family which exists as a heterotetramer of two type I and two type II keratins, is involved in the organization of myofibers. Together with KRT8, KRT19 helps to link the contractile apparatus to dystrophin at the costameres of striated muscle. KRT18 is expressed in a defined zone of basal keratinocytes in the deep outer root sheath of hair follicles. It is also observed in sweat gland and mammary gland ductal and secretory cells, bile ducts, gastrointestinal tract, bladder urothelium, oral epithelia, esophagus, ectocervical epithelium (at protein level). It is expressed in epidermal basal cells and in nipple epidermis. It is also evident in a subset of vascular wall cells in both the veins and artery of human umbilical cord, and in umbilical cord vascular smooth muscle, as well as in muscle fibers accumulating in the costameres of myoplasm at the sarcolemma in structures that contain dystrophin and spectrin.


QA State: Curated
Type: Protein
Short Name:
HGNC Name: KRT19


There are no datasets associated with this biomarker.


The following organs have data associated with this biomarker…



Phase: Two
QA State: Curated


KRT19 (keratin 19) has been shown to be a helpful biomarker in differentiating procarcinoma from squamous cell carcinoma when screened as part of a panel including keratin 7 (KRT7), keratin 19 and nestin (NES). An assay composed of KRT19, KRT8, and KRT18 has been used to detect, measure, and evaluate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of healthy and metastatic patients.

Performance Comment

Despite many promising new markers for ovarian cancer, CA125 remains the single best biomarker in the phase II and phase III specimens tested in this study.



Phase: One
QA State: Under Review


Performance Comment


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New Funding Opportunity: Biomarker Development Laboratories for the Early Detection Network: Applications Due May 23

Update: Pre-application webinar information now available.

The National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention has released a new funding opportunity to solicit organ-specific applications for Biomarker Developmental Laboratories (BDLs), one of the four scientific units of the recently funded Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). The EDRN is a national infrastructure funded to discover, develop, and validate biomarkers for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of early cancer. BDLs are responsible for the discovery, development, characterization, and testing of new, or the refinement of existing, biomarkers and biomarker assays for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of cancers.

The existing BDLs are primarily focused on ovary and gastrointestinal cancers. The proposed BDLs (to be supported under this funding opportunity) should be focused on one or more of the following cancers: breast, prostate and other genitourinary organs, or lung. In addition, cancers with rapidly rising incidence rates, e.g., endometrial, hepatocellular, kidney, thyroid, oropharyngeal cancers, and/or cancers with unique etiology, e.g., mesothelioma, will be considered.

The newly funded units of the Early Detection Research Network will be announced later in April. Successful applicants have already been notified. Those researchers who were not successful during the last round of applications are encouraged to apply to this opportunity.