Potential therapeutic effect of epigenetic therapy on treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although adenocarcinomas of the prostate are relatively indolent, some patients with advanced adenocarcinomas show recurrence of treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer, which is highly aggressive and lethal. Detailed biological features of treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer have not been characterized owing to limited biopsies/resections and the lack of a cellular model. In this study, we used a unique cellular model (LNCaP/NE1.8) to investigate the potential role of cancer stem cells in treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer with acquired resistance to hormonal therapy and chemotherapy. We also studied the role of cancer stem cells in enhancing invasion in treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer cells that recurred after long-term androgen-ablation treatment. Using an in vitro system mimicking clinical androgen-ablation, our results showed that the neuroendocrine-like subclone NE1.8 cells were enriched with cancer stem cells. Compared to parental prostate adenocarcinoma LNCaP cells, NE1.8 cells are more resistant to androgen deprivation therapy and chemotherapeutic agents and show increased cancer cell invasiveness. Results from this study also suggest a potential epigenetic therapeutic strategy using suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, as a chemotherapeutic agent for therapy-resistant treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer cells to minimize the risk of prostate cancer recurrence and metastasis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Xu, X; Huang, Y-H; Li, Y-J; Cohen, A; Li, Z; Squires, J; Zhang, W; Chen, X-F; Zhang, M; Huang, J-T

Published Date

  • 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 686 - 693

PubMed ID

  • 27905327

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5676429

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-7262

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4103/1008-682X.191518


  • eng

Conference Location

  • China