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Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Jun;121(6):320-8. doi: 10.1002/cncy.21264. Epub 2013 Jan 30.

ProEx C as an adjunct marker to improve cytological detection of urothelial carcinoma in urinary specimens.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California 90095-1732, USA.



ProEx C is an antibody cocktail targeting the expression of topoisomerase IIα and minichromosome maintenance protein-2. ProEx C staining is being used to assist in diagnoses of the gynecological specimens. This study was designed to determine the utility of ProEx C in urine cytology samples for improving the detection of urothelial carcinomas where a significant number of urine cytology specimens are diagnosed as "atypia."


Sixty urinary specimens (12 negative, 13 positive, and 35 atypical cases) were stained with ProEx C, and ProEx C results were recorded as positive when nuclear staining was only seen in at least one morphologically atypical urothelial cell.


All 12 benign cytology samples showed negative staining with ProEx C. Twelve of 13 cases that had a malignant cytologic diagnosis showed a positive nuclear staining of the malignant cells. Eighteen of 35 cases with atypical cytologic diagnoses showed positive nuclear staining. Of the 35 cases with "atypia," 17 had a malignant histopathologic follow-up. In this study, ProEx C stain had an overall sensitivity of 78.4%, specificity of 95.7%%, positive predictive value of 96.7%, and negative predictive value of 73.3% for the detection of urothelial carcinoma.


ProEx C stain is a useful adjunct test to urine cytologic analysis, even in specimens with limited cellularity. In urinary smears, this test is most useful in stratification of the "atypical" diagnoses into benign and malignant subsets. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study of ProEx C application in urine cytology as an adjunct marker for detection of urothelial carcinoma.

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