The N-terminal domain of the androgen receptor drives its nuclear localization in castration-resistant prostate cancer cells

Javid A. Dar, Khalid Z. Masoodi, Kurtis Eisermann, Sudhir Isharwal, Junkui Ai, Laura E. Pascal, Joel B. Nelson, Zhou Wang

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    Abstract

    Androgen-independent nuclear localization is required for androgen receptor (AR) transactivation in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and should be a key step leading to castration resistance. However, mechanism(s) leading to androgen-independent AR nuclear localization are poorly understood. Since the N-terminal domain (NTD) of AR plays a role in transactivation under androgen-depleted conditions, we investigated the role of the NTD in AR nuclear localization in CRPC. Deletion mutagenesis was used to identify amino acid sequences in the NTD essential for its androgen-independent nuclear localization in C4-2, a widely used CRPC cell line. Deletion mutants of AR tagged with green fluorescent protein (GFP) at the 5′-end were generated and their signal distribution was investigated in C4-2 cells by fluorescent microscopy. Our results showed that the region of a.a. 294-556 was required for androgen-independent AR nuclear localization whereas a.a. 1-293 mediates Hsp90 regulation of AR nuclear localization in CRPC cells. Although the region of a.a. 294-556 does not contain a nuclear import signal, it was able to enhance DHT-induced import of the ligand binding domain (LBD). Also, transactivation of the NTD could be uncoupled from its modulation of AR nuclear localization in C4-2 cells. These observations suggest an important role of the NTD in AR intracellular trafficking and androgen-independent AR nuclear localization in CRPC cells.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)473-480
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Volume143
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Medicine
    • Molecular Biology
    • Endocrinology
    • Clinical Biochemistry
    • Cell Biology

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