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Cancer Res. 2003 Dec 15;63(24):8784-90.

Cooperation between ectopic FGFR1 and depression of FGFR2 in induction of prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia in the mouse prostate.

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  • 1Center for Cancer Biology and Nutrition, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Houston, Texas 77030-3303, USA.


Disruption of the regulatory communication from the stroma to the epithelium mediated by the FGF7/10-FGFR2 signaling axis in the prostate and expression of ectopic FGFR1 in prostatic epithelial cells often correlate with prostate cancer progression both in human and in experimental animals. Ectopic expression of constitutively active FGFR1 mutant (caFGFR1) at low levels in prostate epithelial cells induces low- to intermediate-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) within 6-8 months and high-grade PIN in 20-25 months. Depression of the FGFR2 signaling in the prostate also disturbs homeostasis in the prostate and induces prostate hyperplasia. To study whether PIN lesions induced by the caFGFR1 were expression-level dependent, and whether expression of the caFGFR1 and depression of the FGFR2 signaling in the prostate synergistically disturbed prostate homeostasis, we generated two new strains of ARR2PBi-caFGFR1 transgenic mice, which highly expressed caFGFR1 in prostatic epithelial cells. The mice were crossed with KDNR mice to generate ARR2PBi-caFGFR1/KDNR bigenic mice. The ARR2PBi-caFGFR1 mice developed high-grade PIN within 8 months, which was significantly faster than the mice expressing caFGFR1 at low levels. In addition, depression of the FGFR2 signaling clearly promoted perturbation of cellular homeostasis induced by the caFGFR1. The results demonstrated that the PIN development in caFGFR1 transgenic mice was caFGFR1 dosage-dependent, and indicated that the ectopic FGFR1 and the resident FGFR2 in epithelial cells had opposite impacts on intercompartmental homeostasis in the prostate. The bigenic mice provide a model with cooperative aberrations in the fibroblast growth factor signaling axis for evaluation of tumor-initiating events in prostate tumorigenesis.

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