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Articles by U Landegren
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  L Zhu , H Koistinen , U Landegren and U. H. Stenman

Background: Prostate specific antigen (PSA)–1-protease inhibitor complex (PSA-API) is a minor form of PSA in serum. It may be useful for prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis, but its specific detection is hampered by nonspecific background. To avoid this, we developed an immunoassay for PSA-API based on proximity ligation.

Methods: We used a monoclonal antibody (mAb) to total PSA (tPSA) to capture PSA, while using another anti-tPSA mAb together with an anti-API mAb as probes. We measured PSA-API by quantification of amplified DNA strands conjugated to the probes. We measured serum PSA-API in 84 controls and 55 men with PCa who had PSA concentrations of 4.0–10 µg/L.

Results: The detection limit of the assay was 6.6 ng/L. The proportion of PSA-API to tPSA (%PSA-API) tended to be lower in men with PCa (2.8%) than without cancer (3.3%) but was not statistically significant (P = 0.363). When used alone, %PSA-API [area under the curve (AUC) 0.546] did not improve detection of PCa, whereas %fPSA (AUC 0.710) and the sum of %fPSA and %PSA-API (AUC 0.723) did. At 90% diagnostic sensitivity, the diagnostic specificity for cancer was not significantly better for %fPSA + %PSA-API than for %fPSA alone (36% vs 30%).

Conclusions: Proximity ligation eliminated nonspecific background, enabling accurate measurement of PSA-API in serum specimens with moderately increased tPSA. The combined use of %PSA-API and %fPSA provided a modest improvement for PCa detection, but based on the current study cohort, it is uncertain whether the improvement has clinical utility. .

  A Zieba , C Wahlby , F Hjelm , L Jordan , J Berg , U Landegren and K. Pardali

Background: The in situ proximity ligation assay (PLA) allows a protein or protein complex to be represented as an amplifiable DNA molecule. Recognition is mediated by proximity probes consisting of antibodies coupled with oligonucleotides. Upon dual binding of the proximity probes, the oligonucleotides direct the formation of a circular DNA molecule, which is then amplified by rolling-circle replication. The localized concatemeric product is then detected with fluorescent probes. The in situ PLA enables localized detection of individual native proteins or interacting protein pairs in fixed cells or tissue sections, thus providing an important tool for basic and clinical research.

Methods: We used horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated oligonucleotides to couple in situ PLA with enzymatic visualization of the localized detection event.

Results: We demonstrate the detection of protein complexes, both in cells and in tissue sections, and show that we can quantify the complexes with image-analysis software specially developed for recognizing HRP signals in bright-field microscopy images. We show that fluorescence and HRP signals produce equivalent results, both in cultured cells and in tissue samples.

Conclusions: The combination of in situ PLA with bright-field detection and automated image analysis allows the signals present to be counted in an automated fashion and thus provides a sensitive and specific method for quantification of proteins and protein complexes with bright-field microscopy. With this approach, in situ PLA can be used without the requirement for expensive fluorescence microscopes, thereby avoiding problems with nonspecific fluorescence while maintaining compatibility with conventional histologic staining.

  T Conze , A. S Carvalho , U Landegren , R Almeida , C. A Reis , L David and O. Soderberg

Changes in mucin protein expression and in glycosylation are common features in pre-neoplastic lesions and cancer and are therefore used as cancer-associated markers. De novo expression of intestinal mucin MUC2 and cancer-associated sialyl-Tn antigen are frequently observed in intestinal metaplasia (IM) and gastric cancer. However, despite that these antigens often co-localize, MUC2 has not been demonstrated to be a carrier of sialyl-Tn. By using the in situ proximity ligation assay (in situ PLA), we herein could show that MUC2 is a major carrier of the sialyl-Tn antigen in all IM cases and in most gastric carcinoma cases. The requirement by in situ PLA for the presence of both antigens in close proximity increases the selectivity compared to measurement of co-localization, as determined by immunohistochemistry. Identification of the mucin which is the carrier of a carbohydrate structure offers unique advantages for future development of more accurate diagnostic and prognostic markers.

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