Purpose : Prostate cancer responds initially to anti-androgen therapies, however, progression to castration resistant disease frequently occurs. Therefore there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic agents that can prevent the emergence of castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Hsp90 is a molecular chaperone involved in the stability of many client proteins including Akt and androgen receptor (AR). 17-AAG have been reported to inhibit tumor growth in various cancers, however induces tumor progression in the bone microenvironment. Methods : Cell growth, apoptosis, and AR transactivation were examined by crystal violet assay, flow cytometry and luciferase assays respectively. The consequence of HSP90 therapy in vivo was evaluated in LNCaP xenograft model. The consequence of PF-04928473 therapy on bone metastasis was studied using an osteoclastogenesis in vitro assay. Results : PF-04928473 inhibits cell growth in a panel of prostate cancer cells, induces cell cycle arrest at sub-G1 and leads to apoptosis and increased caspase-3 activity. These biologic events were accompanied by decreased activation of Akt and Erk as well as decreased expression of Her2, and decreased AR expression and activation in vitro. In contrast to 17-AAG, PF-04928473 abrogates RANKL-induced osteoclast differentiation by affecting NF-kB activation and Src phosphorylation. Finally, PF-04929113 inhibited tumor growth and prolonged survival compared to controls. Surprisingly, PF-04929113 did not reduce serum PSA levels in vivo in parallel these decreases in tumor volume. Conclusion : These data identify significant anti-cancer activity of PF-04929113 in CRPC but suggest that serum PSA may not prove useful as pharmaco-dynamic tool for this drug.
- Received November 24, 2010.
- Revision received January 20, 2011.
- Accepted January 21, 2011.
- Copyright © 2011, American Association for Cancer Research.