Androgens and androgen receptor signaling in prostate tumorigenesis

Ye Zhou, Eric C. Bolton, Jeremy O. Jones

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Androgens and androgen receptor (AR) signaling are necessary for prostate development and homeostasis. AR signaling also drives the growth of nearly all prostate cancer cells. The role of androgens and AR signaling has been well characterized in metastatic prostate cancer, where it has been shown that prostate cancer cells are exquisitely adept at maintaining functional ARsignaling to drive cancer growth. As androgens andARsignaling are so intimately involved in prostate development and the proliferation of advanced prostate cancer, it stands to reason that androgens and AR are also involved in prostate cancer initiation and the early stages of cancer growth, yet little is known of this process. In this review, we summarize the current state of knowledge concerning the role of androgens andARsignaling in prostate tissue, from development to metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer, and use that information to suggest potential roles for androgens and AR in prostate cancer initiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R15-R29
JournalJournal of Molecular Endocrinology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 28 2015


  • Androgen receptor
  • Cancer initiation
  • Prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  •  androgen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology


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