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Targeted suppression of AR-V7 using PIP5K1? inhibitor overcomes enzalutamide resistance in prostate cancer cells


Martuza Sarwar

Julius Semenas

Regina Miftakhova

Athanasios Simoulis

Brian Robinson


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Professor of Eucaryoticgene Regulation

Heather Johnsson

Per-Anders Abrahamsson

Nishtman Dizeyi

Jun Luo

Jenny L. Persson


One mechanism of resistance of prostate cancer (PCa) to enzalutamide (MDV3100) treatment is the increased expression of AR variants lacking the ligand binding-domain, the best characterized of which is AR-V7. We have previously reported that Phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase alpha (PIP5Ka), is a lipid kinase that links to CDK1 and AR pathways. The discovery of PIP5Ka inhibitor highlight the potential of PIP5K1? as a drug target in PCa. In this study, we show that AR-V7 expression positively correlates with PIP5K1? in tumor specimens from PCa patients. Overexpression of AR-V7 increases PIP5K1?, promotes rapid growth of PCa in xenograft mice, whereas inhibition of PIP5K1? by its inhibitor ISA-2011B suppresses the growth and invasiveness of xenograft tumors overexpressing AR-V7. PIP5K1? is a key co-factor for both AR-V7 and AR, which are present as protein-protein complexes predominantly in the nucleus of PCa cells. In addition, PIP5K1? and CDK1 influence AR-V7 expression also through AKT-associated mechanism dependent on PTEN-status. ISA-2011B disrupts protein stabilization of AR-V7 which is dependent on PIP5K1?, leading to suppression of invasive growth of AR-V7-high tumors in xenograft mice. Our study suggests that combination of enzalutamide and PIP5K1? may have a significant impact on refining therapeutic strategies to circumvent resistance to antiandrogen therapies.


Sarwar, M., Semenas, J., Miftakhova, R., Simoulis, A., Robinson, B., Wingren, A. G., …Persson, J. L. (2016). Targeted suppression of AR-V7 using PIP5K1α inhibitor overcomes enzalutamide resistance in prostate cancer cells. Oncotarget, 7(39), 63065-63081.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 20, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 31, 2016
Publication Date Sep 27, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 15, 2016
Journal Oncotarget
Electronic ISSN 1949-2553
Publisher Impact Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 39
Pages 63065-63081
Keywords Prostate Cancer Metastasis, Enzalutamide Resistance, Lipid Kinase Inhibitor, AR-V7, PIP5K1?
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