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Accession IconGSE7708

Suppression of androgen receptor mediated gene expression by a sequence-specific DNA binding polyamide

Organism Icon Homo sapiens
Sample Icon 14 Downloadable Samples
Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 Array (hgu133plus2)

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Androgen Receptor (AR) is essential for the growth and progression of prostate cancer in both hormone-sensitive and hormone-refractory disease. We have designed a sequence-specific DNA binding polyamide (1) that targets the consensus androgen response element (ARE). This polyamide binds the PSA promoter ARE, inhibits androgen-induced expression of PSA and several other AR-regulated genes in cultured prostate cancer cells, and reduces AR occupancy at the PSA promoter and enhancer. Down-regulation of PSA by this polyamide was comparable to that produced by the synthetic anti-androgen bicalutamide (Casodex) at the same concentration. Genome-wide expression analysis reveals that a similar number of transcripts are affected by treatment with the polyamide and with bicalutamide. Direct inhibition of AR-DNA binding by sequence-specific DNA binding small molecules could offer an alternative approach to antagonizing AR activity. A polyamide (2) that targets a different DNA sequence is included as a control.
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