A cellular anatomy of the normal adult human prostate and prostatic urethra

Gervaise H. Henry, Alicia Malewska, Diya B. Joseph, Venkat S. Malladi, Jeon Lee, Jose Torrealba, Ryan J. Mauck, Jeffrey C. Gahan, Ganesh V. Raj, Claus G. Roehrborn, Gary C. Hon, Malcolm P. MacConmara, Jeffrey C. Reese, Ryan C. Hutchinson, Chad M. Vezina, Douglas W. Strand

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


A cellular anatomy of normal human organs is essential for solving the cellular origins of disease. We report the first comprehensive cellular atlas of the young adult human prostate and prostatic urethra using an iterative process of single cell RNA sequencing and flow cytometry on ~98,000 cells taken from different anatomical regions. Two previously unrecognized epithelial cell types were identified by KRT13 and SCGB1A1 expression and found to be highly similar to hillock and club cells of the proximal lung. It was demonstrated by immunohistochemistry that prostate club and hillock cells are similarly concentrated in the proximal prostate. We also optimized a new flow cytometry antibody panel to improve cell type-specific purification based on newly established cellular markers. The molecular classification, anatomical distribution, and purification methods for each cell type in the human prostate create a powerful new resource for experimental design in human prostate disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Oct 10 2018


  • BPH
  • epithelia
  • flow cytometry
  • prostate
  • prostate cancer
  • single cell RNA sequencing
  • stroma
  • zonal anatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A cellular anatomy of the normal adult human prostate and prostatic urethra'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this