Upregulated FGFR1 expression is associated with the transition of hormone-naive to castrate-resistant prostate cancer

Armstrong, K., Ahmad, I. , Kalna, G., Tan, S.S., Edwards, J. , Robson, C.N. and Leung, H.Y. (2011) Upregulated FGFR1 expression is associated with the transition of hormone-naive to castrate-resistant prostate cancer. British Journal of Cancer, 105(9), pp. 1362-1369. (doi: 10.1038/bjc.2011.367)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2011.367


BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PC) represents a global health issue. Treatment for locally advanced and metastatic PC remains unsatisfactory. The androgen receptor (AR) has been validated in having a key role in both naive and castrate-resistant PC (CRPC). However, the significance of other signalling pathways in CRPC is less well validated. METHODS: To gain a better insight into the molecular signalling cascades involved in clinical CRPC, we performed gene expression profiling using the Illumina DASL assay and studied matched hormone-naive (HN) and CR prostate tumours (n = 10 pairs). Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) was used to identify potential networks involved, and further validation was performed in in vitro cell models and clinical tumours. RESULTS: Expression of 50 genes was significantly different between HN and CRPC. IPA revealed two networks of particular interest, including AR and FGFR1, respectively. FGFR1 expression was confirmed to be significantly upregulated in CRPC (P <= 0.005), and abnormal FGFR1 expression was associated with shorter time to biochemical relapse in HNPC (P = 0.006) and less favourable disease-specific survival in CRPC (P = 0.018). CONCLUSION: For the first time, our gene expression profiling experiment on archival tumour materials has identified upregulated FGFR1 expression to be associated with PC progression to the CR state.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ahmad, Dr Imran and Leung, Professor Hing and Edwards, Professor Joanne
Authors: Armstrong, K., Ahmad, I., Kalna, G., Tan, S.S., Edwards, J., Robson, C.N., and Leung, H.Y.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Cancer

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