Suppressing fatty acid uptake has therapeutic effects in preclinical models of prostate cancer
AuthorsWatt, Matthew J
Clark, Ashlee K
Selth, Luke A
Haynes, Vanessa R
Porter, Laura H
Whitby, Sarah T
Schittenhelm, Ralf B
Anderson, Kimberley E
Wijayaratne, Poornima R
Montgomery, Magdalene K
Risbridger, Gail P
Nomura, Daniel K
Taylor, Renea A
AffiliationDepartment of Physiology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
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AbstractMetabolism alterations are hallmarks of cancer, but the involvement of lipid metabolism in disease progression is unclear. We investigated the role of lipid metabolism in prostate cancer using tissue from patients with prostate cancer and patient-derived xenograft mouse models. We showed that fatty acid uptake was increased in human prostate cancer and that these fatty acids were directed toward biomass production. These changes were mediated, at least partly, by the fatty acid transporter CD36, which was associated with aggressive disease. Deleting Cd36 in the prostate of cancer-susceptible Pten(-/-) mice reduced fatty acid uptake and the abundance of oncogenic signaling lipids and slowed cancer progression. Moreover, CD36 antibody therapy reduced cancer severity in patient-derived xenografts. We further demonstrated cross-talk between fatty acid uptake and de novo lipogenesis and found that dual targeting of these pathways more potently inhibited proliferation of human cancer-derived organoids compared to the single treatments. These findings identify a critical role for CD36-mediated fatty acid uptake in prostate cancer and suggest that targeting fatty acid uptake might be an effective strategy for treating prostate cancer.
CitationWatt MJ, Clark AK, Selth LA, Haynes VR, Lister N, Rebello R, et al. Suppressing fatty acid uptake has therapeutic effects in preclinical models of prostate cancer. Sci Transl Med. 2019 Feb 6;11(478).
JournalScience Translational Medicine
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