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Targeting the NF-κB pathway in prostate cancer: a promising therapeutic approach?

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 3 ]


Daniela Verzella, Mariafausta Fischietti, Daria Capece, Davide Vecchiotti, Filippo Del Vecchio, Germana Cicciarelli, Valentina Mastroiaco, Alessandra Tessitore, Edoardo Alesse and Francesca Zazzeroni   Pages 311 - 320 ( 10 )


Rel/NF-κB transcription factors are key regulators of genes implicated in inflammatory and immune activation, cell growth and protection from apoptosis. Constitutive activation of NF-κB has been observed in several types of cancers. Recently, it has been shown that inflammation and cancer are molecularly linked by means of NF-κB. During prostate cancer progression, NF-κB promotes cell survival, tumor invasion, metastasis and chemoresistance. NF-κB constitutive activation has been frequently demonstrated in primary prostate cancers and it correlates with loss of androgen receptor expression and castration-resistant phenotypes. Indeed, inhibition of NF-κB pathway may reduce the oncogenic effects mediated by chronic inflammatory response. Therefore, NF-κB represents a hopeful target for the treatment of prostate cancer due to its role in oncogenesis and chemoresistance. Here, the current knowledge about the roles of NF-κB signaling pathway in prostate tumorigenesis is discussed, taking into consideration the potentiality and effectiveness of NF-κB inhibitors as therapeutic agents for prostate cancer.


Prostate cancer, NF-κB, IKK, NF-κB inhibitors, proteasome inhibitors, IKK inhibitors, anti-inflammatory drugs.


Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, Via Vetoio, Coppito II, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy

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