Advanced prostate cancer: Reinforcing the strings between inflammation and the metastatic behavior - Abstract

Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón II, Buenos Aires, Argentina-CONICET.


It is currently estimated that inflammatory responses are linked to 15-20% of all deaths from cancer worldwide. Although many studies point to an important role of inflammation in prostate growth, the contribution of inflammation to castration-resistant prostate cancer is not completely understood. The presence of inflammatory mediators in tumor microenvironment raises the question whether genetic events that participate in cancer development and progression are responsible for the inflammatory milieu inside and surrounding tumors. Activated oncogenes, cytokines, chemokines and their receptors, sustained oxidative stress and antioxidant imbalance share the capacity to orchestrate these pro-inflammatory programs; however, the diversity of the inflammatory cell components will determine the final response in the prostate tissue. These observations give rise to the concept that early genetic events generate an inflammatory microenvironment promoting prostate cancer progression and creating a continuous loop that stimulates a more aggressive stage. It is imperative to dissect the molecular pathologic mechanism of inflammation involved in the generation of the castration-resistant phenotype in prostate cancer. Here, we present a hypothesis where molecular signaling triggered by inflammatory mediators may evolve in prostate cancer progression. Thus, treatment of chronic inflammation may represent an important therapeutic target in advanced prostate cancer.

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Gueron G, De Siervi A, Vazquez E.   Are you the author?

Reference: Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2011 Dec 20. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1038/pcan.2011.64

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22183772 Prostate Cancer Section