Journal Article

Glutathione <i>S</i>-transferase Pi mediates proliferation of androgen-independent prostate cancer cells

Naomi Hokaiwado, Fumitaka Takeshita, Aya Naiki-Ito, Makoto Asamoto, Takahiro Ochiya and Tomoyuki Shirai

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 29, issue 6, pages 1134-1138
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:

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Prostate cancers generally acquire an androgen-independent growth capacity with progression, resulting in resistance to antiandrogen therapy. Therefore, identification of the genes regulated through this process may be important for understanding the mechanisms of prostate carcinogenesis. We here utilized androgen-dependent/independent transplantable tumors, newly established with the ‘transgenic rat adenocarcinoma in prostate’ (TRAP) model, to analyze their gene expression using microarrays. Among the overexpressed genes in androgen-independent prostate cancers compared with the androgen-dependent tumors, glutathione S-transferase pi (GST-pi) was included. In line with this, human prostate cancer cell lines PC3 and DU145 (androgen independent) had higher expression of GST-pi compared with LNCaP (androgen dependent) as determined by semiquantitative reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction analysis. To investigate the roles of GST-pi expression in androgen-independent human prostate cancers, GST-pi was knocked down by a small interfering RNA (siRNA), resulting in significant decrease of the proliferation rate in the androgen-independent PC3 cell line. In vivo, administration of GST-pi siRNA–atelocollagen complex decreased GST-pi protein expression, resulting in enhanced numbers of TdT mediated dUTP-biotin nick-end labering (TUNEL)-positive apoptotic cells. These findings suggest that GST-pi might play important roles in proliferation of androgen-independent human prostate cancer cells.

Journal Article.  2974 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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