The STAT3 Inhibitor Galiellalactone Effectively Reduces Tumor Growth and Metastatic Spread in an Orthotopic Xenograft Mouse Model of Prostate Cancer.

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Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is known to be involved in the progression of prostate cancer (PCa) and is a key factor in drug resistance and tumor immunoescape. As a result, it represents a promising target for PCa therapy. We studied the effects of the STAT3 inhibitor galiellalactone (GL) on tumor growth and metastatic spread in vitro and in vivo. The effect of GL on cell viability, apoptosis, and invasion was studied in vitro using androgen-independent DU145 and DU145-Luc cell lines. For in vivo studies, mice were injected orthotopically with DU145-Luc cells and treated with daily intraperitoneal injections of GL for 6 wk. GL significantly reduced the growth of the primary tumor and the metastatic spread of PCa cells to regional and distal lymph nodes in vivo. Treatment with GL also resulted in decreased cell proliferation and increased apoptosis compared with controls. In vitro, GL reduces the viability and invasive abilities of DU145-Luc cells and induces apoptosis. Our results showed that tumor growth and early metastatic dissemination of PCa can be significantly reduced by GL, indicating its potential use as a therapeutic compound in advanced metastatic PCa.


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  • Skåne University Hospital
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  • Urology and Nephrology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-404
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number3
Early online date2015 Jul 2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch