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Am J Pathol. 2012 Mar;180(3):1170-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2011.11.020. Epub 2012 Jan 6.

Clinical and biological significance of KISS1 expression in prostate cancer.

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  • 1Department of Biology and Center for Cancer Research, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama 36088, USA.


For men in the United States, prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequent malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer mortality. The metastatic spread of PCa is responsible for most deaths related to PCa. Although KISS1 functions as a metastasis suppressor in various cancers, its expression levels and functions in PCa development and progression remain undetermined. The goals of this study were to correlate the expression levels of KISS1 in PCas with clinicopathologic characteristics and to assess the biological relevance of KISS1 to the viability and motility of PCa cells. Strong KISS1 staining was detected in benign prostate tissues, but the staining was weaker in primary and metastatic PCas (both P < 0.001, t-test). Furthermore, the low expression levels of KISS1 in PCas correlated with clinical stage (P < 0.01) and with KISS1R expression (P < 0.001). Overexpression of full-length KISS1 in low KISS1-expressing PC-3M cells, but not KFMΔSS, which lacks the secretion signal sequence, induced re-sensitization of cells to anoikis, although it had no effect on either cell proliferation or apoptosis. Overexpression of KISS1 also suppressed steps in the metastatic cascade, including motility and invasiveness. Moreover, cells overexpressing KISS1 were found to enhance chemosensitivity to paclitaxel. Collectively, our data suggest that KISS1 functions as a metastasis suppressor in PCas and may serve as a useful biomarker as well as a therapeutic target for aggressive PCas.

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