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GEN | September 27, 2019

Semen could be considered a liquid biopsy of the organs of male reproductive system—specifically, of the prostate gland. This is convenient. Semen is, potentially, a source of prostate disease-specific molecules, which are of intense interest because they could lead to better diagnostic tests. If so, semen-based tests could augment or replace the serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screen. Although the PSA screen is credited with a significant decrease in deaths due to prostate cancer, it still has serious limitations. At the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the Bellvitge University Hospital (HUB), researchers decided to evaluate semen as a source of prostate cancer biomarkers. The researchers, led by Sara Larriba, PhD, a principal investigator at IDIBELL, focused their search on extracellular miRNAs, which are present within the semen in extraordinary concentrations. Importantly, some of these extracellular miRNAs are specific to the prostate gland. Also, according to previous research carried out by other scientists, distinct miRNA expression patterns occur in prostate tumor tissue, supporting the idea that miRNAs could serve as biomarkers for prostate cancer.

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