Revista de Oncología

, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp 228–240 | Cite as

Prostate cancer and the androgen receptor gene

  • Domingo Navarro Bosch
  • Juan J. Cabrera Galván
  • Nicolás Chesa Ponce
  • B. Nicolás Díaz-ChicoEmail author


Carcinoma of the prostate is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy and the second leading cause of death as a result of cancer in men in the Western countries. Androgens act on the prostatic epithelial cells by binding to an intracellular protein, the androgen receptor (AR), which is a ligand-dependent transcription factor. Prostatic cells have a wide range of responses to androgens, which ultimately control both the cell division cycle and the cell differentiation. These properties of the AR makes it important for both prostatic function and cancer. The AR is codified by the AR gene, which possesses two length polymorphisms related to prostate cancer incidence. The AR gene is frequently mutated in androgen insensitive prostatic cancer that often leads to antiandrogen-driven tumor growth. There is cumulative evidence suggesting that the AR gene variability is important in various aspects of prostatic cancer, such as racial distribution, age of appearance, recurrence and response to hormones therapy. Here we discuss the most recent and relevant findings on AR gene and prostate cancer, in order provide a comprehensive interpretation of the clinical behavior of tumors at molecular levels.

Key words

prostatic cancer androgen receptor gene polymorphisms androgen resistance 

El gen del receptor del andrógeno en el cáncer de próstata


El carcinoma de próstata es el tumor maligno más frecuentemente diagnosticado y constituye la segunda causa de muerte por cáncer en los países occidentales. Los andrógenos actúan sobre el epitelio prostático mediante su unión a una proteína intracelular, el receptor de andrógenos (RA), que es un factor de transcripción génica dependiente de ligando. Las células prostáticas tienen un amplio abanico de respuestas a los andrógenos, que finalmente controlan tanto el ciclo de división celular como la diferenciación celular. Estas propiedades hacen a los andrógenos importantes para la función y la carcinogénesis prostáticas. El RA es codificado por el gen RA situado en el cromosoma X, que posee dos polimorfismos de longitud relacionados con el cáncer de próstata. El gen RA aparece frecuentemente mutado en los cánceres de próstata insensibles a los andrógenos, lo que conduce frecuentemente al crecimiento tumoral estimulado por los antiandrógenos. Se ha acumulado evidencia científica que sugiere que la variabilidad del gen RA es importante en varios aspectos del cáncer de próstata, tales como la desigual distribución racial, la edad de aparición, la frecuencia de recidivas y la respuesta a la terapia hormonal. En este artículo discutimos los hallazgos recientes más relevantes sobre el gen RA y el cáncer de próstata, tratando de proporcionar una interpretación comprensible del comportamiento de los tumores prostáticos a nivel molecular.

Palabras clave

cáncer de próstata receptor de andrógenos polimorfismos génicos resistencia a andrógenos 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Domingo Navarro Bosch
    • 1
    • 6
  • Juan J. Cabrera Galván
    • 2
    • 4
    • 6
  • Nicolás Chesa Ponce
    • 3
    • 5
    • 6
  • B. Nicolás Díaz-Chico
    • 1
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.Departmento de Bioquimica y FisiologíaCentro de Ciencias de la Salud. Universidad de Las PalmasLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias Médicas y QuirúrgicasCentro de Ciencias de la Salud. Universidad de Las PalmasLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
  3. 3.Departmento de MorfologíaCentro de Ciencias de la Salud. Universidad de Las PalmasLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
  4. 4.Servicio de Anatomía PatológicaHospital Universitario Insular de Gran CanariaLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
  5. 5.Servicio de UrologíaHospital Universitario Insular de Gran CanariaLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
  6. 6.Instituto Canario de Investigación del Cáncer (ICIC)Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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