Predictive levels of CD24 in peripheral blood leukocytes for the early detection of colorectal adenomas and adenocarcinomas

Sarah Kraus, Shiran Shapira, Dina Kazanov, Inna Naumov, Menachem Moshkowitz, Erwin Santo, Lior Galazan, Ravit Geva, Einat Shmueli, Aharon Hallack, Nadir Arber*

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CD24 is expressed in 90% of colorectal adenomas and adenocarcinomas. Colorectal cancer (CRC) can be mostly prevented but average risk population screening by stool testing or colonoscopy faces many hurdles. Blood testing is clinically needed. We aimed to evaluate the utility of CD24 expression in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs). Two independent case studies were conducted in eligible individuals undergoing colonoscopy. Protein extracted from PBLs was subjected to immunoblotting using anti-CD24 monoclonal antibodies. CD24 sensitivity and specificity were determined using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Initially, 150 subjects were examined: 63 had CRC, 19 had adenomas, and 68 had normal colonoscopies. The sensitivity and specificity of CD24 for distinguishing CRC from normal subjects were 70.5% (95% CI, 54.8-83.2%) and 83.8% (95% CI, 74.6-92.7%) and for adenomas 84.2% (95% CI, 60.4-96.4%) and 73.5% (95% CI, 61.4-83.5%), respectively. In the second trial (n = 149), a similar specificity but higher sensitivity was achieved: 80.0% (95% CI, 63.1-91.6%) for CRC and 89.2% (95% CI, 74.6-97%) for adenomas. A simple noninvasive blood test evaluating CD24 levels has high sensitivity and specificity for detecting colorectal adenomas and cancer in patients undergoing colonoscopy at an urban medical center. Larger multicenter studies are warranted to establish the potential of this promising test.

Original languageEnglish
Article number916098
JournalDisease Markers
StatePublished - 2015


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