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Clusterin overexpression in both malignant and nonmalignant prostate epithelial cells induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis

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Author(s)

  • M Scaltriti
  • S Bettuzzi
  • R M Sharrard
  • A Caporali
  • A E Caccamo
  • N J Maitland

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JournalBritish journal of cancer
DatePublished - 15 Nov 2004
Issue number10
Volume91
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1842-1850
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Expression of the castration-induced clusterin protein is incompatible with the survival of human prostate cancer cells in tissues and in cell culture. To investigate the fate of human prostate epithelial cells, when engineered to maintain expression of clusterin protein, we have used an IRES-hyg vector and hygromycin selection. PC-3 prostate tumour cells were substantially more sensitive to clusterin expression than nonmalignant PNTIa cells, showing multiple phenotypic changes including cell cycle arrest and increased apoptosis. The results strengthen the hypothesis that clusterin expression is proapoptotic. Expression of exogenous clusterin in both cell types resulted in its relocation from the cytoplasm and a nuclear accumulation of the protein, as was also seen in the same cells when apoptosis was induced by etoposide treatment. To survive clusterin expression, the PC-3 tumour cells developed apoptosis-inhibitory properties. This could have significance for the resistance of prostate cancers to chemo/radiotherapy, where clusterin overexpression is observed.

    Research areas

  • clusterin, prostate, cell cycle, apoptosis, etoposide, IRES vector, RAT VENTRAL PROSTATE, CANCER-CELLS, CLUSTERIN/APOLIPOPROTEIN-J, GENE-EXPRESSION, PROTEIN, SGP-2, PROGRESSION, DEATH, FIBROBLASTS, CARCINOMA

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