Androgen-induced differentiation and tumorigenicity of human prostate epithelial cells.


Journal Article

Androgen ablation is the primary treatment modality for patients with metastatic prostate cancer; however, the role of androgen receptor signaling in prostate cancer development remains enigmatic. Using a series of genetically defined immortalized and tumorigenic human prostate epithelial cells, we found that introduction of the androgen receptor induced differentiation of transformed prostate epithelial cells to a luminal phenotype reminiscent of organ-confined prostate cancer when placed in the prostate microenvironment. Moreover, androgen receptor expression converted previously androgen-independent, tumorigenic prostate epithelial cells into cells dependent on testosterone for tumor formation. These observations indicate that androgen receptor expression is oncogenic and addictive for the human prostate epithelium.

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Cited Authors

  • Berger, R; Febbo, PG; Majumder, PK; Zhao, JJ; Mukherjee, S; Signoretti, S; Campbell, KT; Sellers, WR; Roberts, TM; Loda, M; Golub, TR; Hahn, WC

Published Date

  • December 15, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 24

Start / End Page

  • 8867 - 8875

PubMed ID

  • 15604246

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15604246

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-5472

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-04-2938


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States