Real-World Application of Pre-Orchiectomy miR-371a-3p Test in Testicular Germ Cell Tumor Management

Rohit R. Badia, Dreaux Abe, Daniel Wong, Nirmish Singla, Anna Savelyeva, Nathan Chertack, Solomon L. Woldu, Yair Lotan, Ryan Mauck, Dan Ouyang, Xiaosong Meng, Cheryl M. Lewis, Kuntal Majmudar, Liwei Jia, Payal Kapur, Lin Xu, A. Lindsay Frazier, Vitaly Margulis, Douglas W. Strand, Nicholas ColemanMatthew J. Murray, James F Amatruda, John T. Lafin, Aditya Bagrodia

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Purpose:Current serum tumor markers for testicular germ cell tumor are limited by low sensitivity. Growing evidence supports the use of circulating miR-371a-3p as a superior marker for malignant (viable) germ cell tumor management. We evaluated the real-world application of serum miR-371a-3p levels in detecting viable germ cell tumor among patients undergoing partial or radical orchiectomy.Materials and Methods:Serum samples were collected from 69 consecutive patients before orchiectomy. Performance characteristics of serum miR-371a-3p were compared with conventional serum tumor markers (α-fetoprotein/β-human chorionic gonadotropin/lactate dehydrogenase) between patients with viable germ cell tumor and those without viable germ cell tumor on orchiectomy pathology. Relative miR-371a-3p levels were correlated with clinical course. The Kruskal-Wallis test and linear and ordinal regression models were used for analysis.Results:For detecting viable germ cell tumor, combined conventional serum tumor markers had a specificity of 100%, sensitivity of 58% and AUC of 0.79. The miR-371a-3p test showed a specificity of 100%, sensitivity of 93% and AUC of 0.978. Median relative expression of miR-371a-3p in viable germ cell tumor cases was more than 6,800-fold higher than in those lacking viable germ cell tumor. miR-371a-3p levels correlated with composite stage (p=0.006) and, among composite stage I cases, independently associated with embryonal carcinoma percentage (p=0.0012) and tumor diameter (p <0.0001). Six patients underwent orchiectomy after chemotherapy and were correctly predicted to have presence or absence of viable germ cell tumor by the miR-371a-3p test.Conclusions:If validated, the miR-371a-3p test can be used in conjunction with conventional serum tumor markers to aid clinical decision making. A positive miR-371a-3p test in patients after preoperative chemotherapy or with solitary testes could potentially guide subsequent orchiectomy or observation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • biomarkers
  • germ cell and embryonal
  • microRNAs
  • neoplasms
  • testicular neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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