Inhibition of tumor growth and histopathological changes following treatment with a chemokine receptor CXCR4 antagonist in a prostate cancer xenograft model

Kang Su Cho, So Jung Yoon, Joo Yong Lee, Nam Hoon Cho, Young Deuk Choi, Yun Seob Song, Sung Joon Hong
Oncology Letters 2013, 6 (4): 933-938
The stromal derived factor-1 (SDF-1)/CXCR4 axis is associated with tumor aggressiveness and metastasis in prostate cancer. The present study aimed to explore the potential therapeutic effects of a CXCR4 antagonist in prostate cancer. The effect of SDF-1 and a CXCR4-specific antagonist, AMD3100, on human prostate cancer PC-3 cell proliferation and protein kinase B (Akt) signaling was assessed. Moreover, a PC-3 tumor xenograft model was used to evaluate the effect of AMD3100 on tumor growth and to identify the histopathological changes and immunohistochemical differences between AMD3100-treated and untreated groups. Cell proliferation was not significantly affected by SDF-1 or AMD3100 treatment in vitro. Western blot analysis revealed that SDF-1 stimulation enhanced the expression of phosphorylated Akt in the PC-3 cells, but that the SDF-1-induced expression of phosphorylated Akt was abrogated in the AMD3100-treated PC-3 cells. In the PC-3 tumor xenograft model, AMD3100 significantly inhibited tumor growth, while AMD3100-treated PC-3 tumors had lower levels of microvessel formation and a lower immunoreactivity for the proliferation marker Ki-67 and the anti-apoptotic marker Bcl-2 compared to control tumors in vivo. The CXCR4-specific antagonist inhibits SDF-1-induced CXCR4/Akt signal transduction, and effectively suppresses tumor growth in the PC-3 xenograft model. The present study indicates that CXCR4 targeting may represent a novel strategy for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

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