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Inhibition of transcription factor Stat5 induces cell death of human prostate cancer cells. J Biol Chem 2003 Jul 18;278(29):27287-92



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2-s2.0-0038711502   96 Citations


Identifying regulators of prostate cancer cell survival may lead to new therapeutic strategies for prostate cancer. We now report prevalent activation of transcription factor Stat5 in human prostate cancer and provide novel evidence that blocking activation of Stat5 in human prostate cancer cells leads to extensive cell death. Specifically, Stat5 was activated in 65% of human prostate cancer specimens examined based on nuclear location of tyrosine phosphorylated Stat5. Adenoviral gene delivery of a dominant-negative Stat5 mutant (DNStat5), but not wild-type Stat5, induced cell death of both the androgen-independent human prostate cancer cell line CWR22Rv and the androgen-sensitive LnCap cell line. Endogenous Stat5 was active in both CWR22Rv and LnCap cells. In contrast, only low levels of inactive Stat5 proteins were detected in the PC-3 cell line, which correlated with resistance to DNStat5-induced cell death. In CWR22Rv and LnCap cells, inhibition of Stat5 by expression of DNStat5 induced apoptotic cell death as judged from morphological changes, DNA fragmentation, and caspase-3 activation with evidence of a caspase-9-dependent mechanism. We propose that blocking Stat5 function may represent a novel therapeutic approach for prostate cancer.

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Ahonen TJ, Xie J, LeBaron MJ, Zhu J, Nurmi M, Alanen K, Rui H, Nevalainen MT


Marja T. Nevalainen MD, PhD Assistant Dean, Professor in the Pathology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Hallgeir Rui MD, PhD Vice Chair, Professor in the Pathology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Base Sequence
Caspase 3
DNA Fragmentation
DNA-Binding Proteins
Genetic Therapy
Milk Proteins
Prostatic Neoplasms
STAT5 Transcription Factor
Tumor Cells, Cultured
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