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Chemopreventive effects of angiotensin II receptor type 2 agonist on prostate carcinogenesis by the down-regulation of the androgen receptor

Yusuke Ito, Aya Naiki-Ito, Hiroyuki Kato, Shugo Suzuki, Toshiya Kuno, Yukari Ishiguro, Satoru Takahashi and Hiroji Uemura _

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:13859-13869. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.24492

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Yusuke Ito1,*, Aya Naiki-Ito2,*, Hiroyuki Kato2, Shugo Suzuki2, Toshiya Kuno2, Yukari Ishiguro2, Satoru Takahashi2 and Hiroji Uemura1,3

1Department of Urology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan

2Department of Experimental Pathology and Tumor Biology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya, Japan

3Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation, Yokohama City University Medical Center, Yokohama, Japan

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Hiroji Uemura, email: hu0428@ yokohama-cu.ac.jp

Satoru Takahashi, email: [email protected]

Keywords: prostate cancer; RAS; angiotensin II receptor type 2; compound 21

Received: March 21, 2017     Accepted: February 03, 2018     Published: February 14, 2018


We recently reported that angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) have chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic potential against prostate cancer via the reduction of androgen receptor (AR) expression. In this study, we investigated the effects of the angiotensin II receptor type 2 (AT2R) agonist Compound 21 (C21), which is expected to play similar roles to an ARB, on prostate carcinogenesis using the transgenic rat for adenocarcinoma of prostate (TRAP) model previously established in our laboratory. In vitro analyses of the cell growth, Western blotting and reporter gene assays were performed using LNCaP cells. TRAP rats at 6 weeks of age were randomly divided into 3 groups of 12 animals each and treated with C21 at 1 or 2 mg/kg/day in drinking water for 12 weeks. C21 reduced the proliferation activity of prostate cancer cells and down-regulated the PSA promoter activity and the AR protein expression. We discovered that C21 inhibited the progression of prostate carcinogenesis in TRAP rats and decreased the incidence of adenocarcinoma in the lateral prostate. A significant increase in the apoptotic index with activation of caspase 3 and 7 were observed by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting analyses. C21 also down-regulated the expression of AR significantly in TRAP rat prostate. C21 decreased the expression of AR and reduced the proliferation activity effectively in prostate cancer cells and TRAP rat prostate. These findings suggest that AT2R agonist may be a candidate novel chemopreventive agent against human prostate cancer.

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