Role of androgen receptor splice variants in prostate cancer metastasis

Research paper by Jin Xu, Yun Qiu

Indexed on: 08 Oct '16Published on: 20 Aug '16Published in: Asian Journal of Urology


Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of most lethal cancers in western countries. Androgen receptor (AR) signaling pathway plays a key role in prostate cancer progression. Despite the initial effectiveness of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)for treatment of patients with advanced PCa, most of them will develop resistance to ADT and progress to metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Constitutively transcriptional activated androgen receptor splice variants (AR-Vs) have emerged as critical players in the development and progression of mCRPC. Among AR-Vs identified to date, AR-V7 (a.k.a. AR3) is one of the most abundant and frequently found in both PCa cell lines and in human prostate tissues. Most of functional studies have been focused on AR-V7/AR3 and revealed its role in regulation of survival, growth, differentiation and migration in prostate cells. In this review, we will summarize our current understanding of regulation of expression and activity of AR-Vs in mCRPC.

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