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BJU Int. 2011 Jul;108(2 Pt 2):E77-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2010.09813.x. Epub 2010 Nov 2.

Expression of resistin in the prostate and its stimulatory effect on prostate cancer cell proliferation.

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Advanced Urogenital Disease Research Center, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.



To determine whether resistin, a novel adipokine, induces prostate cancer cell proliferation. To identify the mechanisms underlying the activation of prostate cancer cells by resistin.


Semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemical staining were performed to investigate the intensity of prostate epithelial resistin expression. Human full-length resistin gene (RETN) was transfected into the PC-3 cells using the pEGFP-N1 vector to assess the effect of overexpression of resistin in prostate cancer cell line PC-3. Various concentrations of human recombinant protein resistin were added to the hormone-insensitive prostate cancer cell lines PC-3 and DU-145 for 48 h, and cell proliferation was assessed by a water-soluble tetrazolium salt assay.


Human prostate cancer cell lines PC-3 and DU-145 were found to express the human resistin mRNA. Resistin protein was strongly detected in high-grade prostate cancer tissue, whereas BPH or low-grade prostate cancer tissue revealed fainter expression of resistin. Cell proliferation was stimulated by both the full-length resistin gene overexpression and resistin treatment. Akt phosphorylation occurred after addition of resistin to PC-3 and DU-145 cells. LY294002, a pharmacological inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), significantly inhibited PC-3 and DU-145 cell proliferation after resistin treatment.


Resistin is expressed in human prostate cancers. Resistin induces prostate cancer cell proliferation through PI3K/Akt signalling pathways. The proliferative effect of resistin on prostate cancer cells may account in part for prostate cancer progression.

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