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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12090-12106; doi:10.3390/ijms140612090

Autophagy in Prostate Cancer and Androgen Suppression Therapy

1 Institute Pasteur Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti, Department of Anatomy, Histology, Forensic Medicine and Orthopaedics (DAHFMO), Section of Histology & Medical Embryology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome 00161, Italy 2 Laboratory of Applied Dermatology, Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata, IDI-IRCCS, Rome 00167, Italy These authors equally contributed to this work.
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Received: 17 April 2013 / Revised: 27 May 2013 / Accepted: 31 May 2013 / Published: 6 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Research in Urology)
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The role of autophagy is known to be highly complex and context-dependent, leading to both cancer suppression and progression in several tumors including melanoma, breast and prostate cancer. In the present review, recent advances in an understanding of the involvement of autophagy in prostate cancer treatment are described. The regulatory effects of androgens on prostate cancer cell autophagy are particularly discussed in order to highlight the effects of autophagy modulation during androgen deprivation. A critical evaluation of the studies examined in the present review suggests the attractive possibility of autophagy inhibition combined with hormonal therapy as a promising approach for prostate cancer treatment.
Keywords: autophagy; apoptosis; prostate cancer; androgen deprivation therapy autophagy; apoptosis; prostate cancer; androgen deprivation therapy
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Ziparo, E.; Petrungaro, S.; Marini, E.S.; Starace, D.; Conti, S.; Facchiano, A.; Filippini, A.; Giampietri, C. Autophagy in Prostate Cancer and Androgen Suppression Therapy. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 12090-12106.

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