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Diagnosis of bladder cancer and prediction of survival by urinary metabolomics

Xing Jin, Seok Joong Yun, Pildu Jeong, Isaac Yi Kim, Wun-Jae Kim and Sunghyouk Park _

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:1635-1645. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.1744

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Xing Jin1,#, Seok Joong Yun2,#, Pildu Jeong2, Isaac Yi Kim3, Wun-Jae Kim2,*, Sunghyouk Park1,*

1 College of Pharmacy, Natural Product Research Institute, Seoul National University, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-724, Korea

2 Department of Urology, College of Medicine and Institute for Tumor Research, Chungbuk National University, 52 Naesudong-ro, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju, Chungbuk, 361-711, Korea

3 Section of Urologic Oncology, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.


Sunghyouk Park, Wun-Jae Kim,email: [email protected], email:

Keywords: bladder cancer, metabolomics, LC-MS, diagnosis, multivariate analysis

Received: September 23, 2013 Accepted: December 9, 2014 Published: December 10, 2014


Bladder cancer (BC) is a common cancer but diagnostic modalities, such as cystoscopy and urinary cytology, have limitations. Here, high-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-QTOFMS) was used to profile urine metabolites of 138 patients with BC and 121 control subjects (69 healthy people and 52 patients with hematuria due to non-malignant disease). Multivariate statistical analysis revealed that the cancer group could be clearly distinguished from the control groups on the basis of their metabolomic profiles, even when the hematuric control group was included. Patients with muscle-invasive BC could also be distinguished from patients with non-muscle-invasive BC on the basis of their metabolomic profiles. Successive analyses identified 12 differential metabolites that contributed to the distinction between the BC and control groups, and many of them turned out to be involved in glycolysis and betaoxidation. The association of these metabolites with cancer was corroborated by microarray results showing that carnitine transferase and pyruvate dehydrogenase complex expressions are significantly altered in cancer groups. In terms of clinical applicability, the differentiation model diagnosed BC with a sensitivity and specificity of 91.3% and 92.5%, respectively, and comparable results were obtained by receiver operating characteristic analysis (AUC = 0.937). Multivariate regression also suggested that the metabolic profile correlates with cancer-specific survival time. The excellent performance and simplicity of this metabolomics-based approach suggests that it has the potential to augment or even replace the current modalities for BC diagnosis.

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