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Urokinase Plasminogen Activator System in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, Queen's University Identifier:
First received: December 1, 2006
Last updated: November 5, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
We hypothesize that the absolute or relative serum or urine levels of the urokinase plasminogen activator system, including uPA, uPAR and PAI-1,2 (inhibitors of the uPAR/uPA complex), are associated with inflammation in prostatic tissue.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: transurethral resection of the prostate

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Urokinase Plasminogen Activator System in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Possible Marker of Progression and Response to Medical Therapy

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Further study details as provided by Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, Queen's University:

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2006
Study Completion Date: January 2012
Primary Completion Date: February 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: transurethral resection of the prostate
    resection of prostate
    Other Name: TURP
Detailed Description:

Histological inflammation in patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) appears to predict clinical progression and ultimate long-term response to various medical therapies, including finasteride. Discovery of a urine or serum marker of prostate inflammation will be an invaluable clinical tool to predict a man's risk of BPH progression and the efficacy of various medical therapies to reduce that risk.

Specific Aim:

We plan to determine if urokinase plasminogen activators (and/or other inflammatory markers) in serum, urine and tissue of patients can predict prostatic inflammation


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Inflammation

BPH is a common disorder of the prostate causing significant lower urinary tract symptoms and negatively affects the quality of life in a substantial proportion of men in North America. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), BPH affects more than 50% of men over age 60 and as many as 90% of men over the age of 70. Although there are numerous genetic and epigenetic changes associated with the progression of normal prostatic glandular formation to BPH, as early as 1994 our group suggested that the presence of prostatic inflammation could be associated with pathogenesis and progression of both histological and clinical BPH. We have demonstrated that histological prostate inflammation is very common in patients with BPH as well as patients who are both symptomatic and not symptomatic. Our local research group spearheaded an international consensus classification system for prostatic inflammation that we have subsequently employed in our ongoing study of over 8,000 men undergoing 3 serial biopsies over a 4 year period of time. The MTOPS BPH study data base subanalyses of the more than 1,000 men who underwent baseline biopsies strongly suggested that prostatic inflammation appears to be the strongest and most robust predictor of symptomatic progression as well as response to drug therapy. An analyses T-cell phenotypes, cytokine expression patterns and cellular cross talk in BPH tissues of 101 BPH patients and prostatic cell cultures showed that chronic inflammation triggers histological and clinical progression. The search for urine or serum biomarkers of prostatic inflammation is highly relevant to better target therapies for men with this common condition.

Urokinase Plasminogen Activator System

Proteolytic enzymes are required to mediate inflammatory cell infiltration in tissues, a process highly regulated by the cell surface-specific receptor (uPAR) a binding partner for the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA). Numerous previous clinical investigations have indicated that serum levels of the plasminogen activation system are an effective marker of inflammation in several disease processes including CNS inflammation, asthma, metabolic syndrome and pre-eclampsia. Very little data is available regarding the plasma levels of soluble uPAR in benign prostatic diseases, although one previous report suggested higher average levels of soluble uPAR in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms. Theses authors reported a wide variation of uPAR in BPH patients with some having greatly elevated levels while others had undetectable levels. However, the author's did not have pathological confirmation of their findings and could not quantify the level of inflammation in the prostatic tissue. We hypothesize that the absolute or relative serum levels of the urokinase plasminogen activator system, including uPA, uPAR and PAI-1,2 (inhibitors of the uPAR/uPA complex), are associated with inflammation in prostatic tissue.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Men needing TURP

Inclusion Criteria:

  • scheduled for transurethral resection of the prostate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unable to give consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00407329

Canada, Ontario
Centre for Advanced Urological Research
Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3J7
Sponsors and Collaborators
Queen's University
Principal Investigator: J. Curtis Nickel, MD FRCSC Queen's Universtiy
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, Professor, Queen's University Identifier: NCT00407329     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: uPAR
Study First Received: December 1, 2006
Last Updated: November 5, 2013

Keywords provided by Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, Queen's University:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Hyperplasia
Pathologic Processes
Prostatic Diseases
Genital Diseases, Male
Fibrinolytic Agents
Fibrin Modulating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on May 25, 2017