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Type: Journal article
Title: Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (vorinostat) represses androgen receptor expression and acts synergistically with an androgen receptor antagonist to inhibit prostate cancer cell proliferation
Author: Marrocco, D.
Tilley, W.
Bianco-Miotto, T.
Evdokiou, A.
Scher, H.
Rifkind, R.
Marks, P.
Richon, V.
Butler, L.
Citation: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 2007; 6(1):51-60
Publisher: Amer Assoc Cancer Research
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1535-7163
1538-8514
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Deborah L. Marrocco, Wayne D. Tilley, Tina Bianco-Miotto, Andreas Evdokiou, Howard I. Scher, Richard A. Rifkind, Paul A. Marks, Victoria M. Richon and Lisa M. Butler
Abstract: Growth of prostate cancer cells is initially dependent on androgens, and androgen ablation therapy is used to control tumor growth. Unfortunately, resistance to androgen ablation therapy inevitably occurs, and there is an urgent need for better treatments for advanced prostate cancer. Histone deacetylase inhibitors, such as suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA; vorinostat), are promising agents for the treatment of a range of malignancies, including prostate cancer. SAHA inhibited growth of the androgen-responsive LNCaP prostate cancer cell line at low micromolar concentrations and induced caspase-dependent apoptosis associated with chromatin condensation, DNA fragmentation, and mitochondrial membrane depolarization at higher concentrations (>/=5 mumol/L). Gene profiling and immunoblot analyses showed a decrease in androgen receptor (AR) mRNA and protein in LNCaP cells cultured with SAHA compared with control cells, with a corresponding decrease in levels of the AR-regulated gene, prostate-specific antigen. Culture of LNCaP cells in steroid-free medium markedly sensitized the cells to SAHA. Moreover, a combination of low, subeffective doses of SAHA and the AR antagonist bicalutamide resulted in a synergistic reduction in cell proliferation and increase in caspase-dependent cell death. Addition of exogenous androgen prevented the induction of cell death, indicating that suppression of androgen signaling was required for synergy. At the subeffective concentrations, these agents had no effect, alone or in combination, on proliferation or death of AR-negative PC-3 prostate cancer cells. Our findings indicate that SAHA is effective in targeting the AR signaling axis and that androgen deprivation sensitizes prostate cancer cells to SAHA. Consequently, combinatorial treatments that target different components of the AR pathway may afford a more effective strategy to control the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Keywords: Tumor Cells, Cultured; Humans; Prostatic Neoplasms; Anilides; Hydroxamic Acids; Tosyl Compounds; Nitriles; Steroids; Neoplasm Proteins; Receptors, Androgen; RNA, Messenger; Anticarcinogenic Agents; Culture Media; Gene Expression Profiling; Cell Cycle; Cell Death; Cell Proliferation; Cell Survival; Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic; Drug Synergism; Male; Androgen Receptor Antagonists
Description: © 2007 American Association for Cancer Research
RMID: 0020070144
DOI: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-06-0144
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