Prostate cancer cells depend on androgens and the androgen receptor (AR) for survival. However, after androgen ablation therapy, tumors relapse to an androgen-refractory state. To determine whether the androgen receptor is critical for proliferation of androgen-refractory prostate cancer cells, we disrupted the activity of the androgen receptor with an antibody and an AR mRNA hammerhead ribozyme in the following cell lines: LNCaP (androgen-sensitive), LNCaP-Rf and LNCaP-C4 (androgen-refractory), and DU-145 (androgen-insensitive). Microinjection of either antibody or ribozyme inhibited proliferation of androgen-refractory cells. These findings demonstrate that the AR is critical for proliferation of androgen-refractory cells, even in the absence of androgens.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research