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Oncogene. 2006 Jun 22;25(26):3719-34. Epub 2006 Jan 30.

Regulator of G-protein signaling 2 (RGS2) inhibits androgen-independent activation of androgen receptor in prostate cancer cells.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE 68178, USA.


Hormones acting through G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) can cause androgen-independent activation of androgen receptor (AR) in prostate cancer cells. Regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) proteins, through their GTPase activating protein (GAP) activities, inhibit GPCR-mediated signaling by inactivating G proteins. Here, we identified RGS2 as a gene specifically downregulated in androgen-independent prostate cancer cells. Expression of RGS2, but not other RGS proteins, abolished androgen-independent AR activity in androgen-independent LNCaP cells and CWR22Rv1 cells. In LNCaP cells, RGS2 inhibited G(q)-coupled GPCR signaling. Expression of exogenous wild-type RGS2, but not its GAP-deficient mutant, significantly reduced AR activation by constitutively activated G(q)Q209L mutant whereas silencing endogenous RGS2 by siRNA enhanced G(q)Q209L-stimulated AR activity. RGS2 had no effect on RGS-insensitive G(q)Q209L/G188S-induced AR activation. Furthermore, extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) was found to be involved in RGS2-mediated regulation of androgen-independent AR activity. In addition, RGS2 functioned as a growth suppressor for androgen-independent LNCaP cells whereas androgen-sensitive LNCaP cells with RGS2 silencing had a growth advantage under steroid-reduced conditions. Finally, RGS2 expression level was significantly decreased in human prostate tumor specimens. Taken together, our results suggest RGS2 as a novel regulator of AR signaling and its repression may be an important step during prostate tumorigenesis and progression.

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