5Alpha-reductase type 1 and aromatase in breast carcinoma as regulators of in situ androgen production.


Previous in vitro studies demonstrated that bioactive androgen 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) exerted antiproliferative effects through an interaction with androgen receptor (AR) in breast carcinoma cells. However, AR status has not been examined in association with DHT concentration in breast carcinoma tissues, and significance of androgenic actions remains unclear in breast carcinomas. Therefore, in our study, we first examined intratumoral DHT concentrations in 38 breast carcinoma tissues using liquid chromatography/electrospray tandem mass spectrometry. Intratumoral DHT concentration was positively associated with 5alpha-reductase type 1 (5alphaRed1), and negatively correlated with aromatase. We then examined clinical significance of AR and 5alphaRed1 status in 115 breast carcinoma tissues by immunohistochemistry. Breast carcinomas positive for both AR and 5alphaRed1 were inversely associated with tumor size or Ki-67. These patients showed significant associations with a decreased risk of recurrence and improved prognosis for overall survival, and the AR / 5alphaRed1 status was demonstrated an independent prognostic factor. Moreover, we examined possible regulation of DHT production by aromatase in in vitro studies. DHT synthesis from androstenedione in MCF-7 cells was significantly inhibited by coculture with aromatase-positive stromal cells, which was significantly reversed by addition of aromatase inhibitor exemestane. These results suggest that intratumoral DHT concentration is mainly determined by 5alphaRed1 and aromatase in breast carcinoma tissues, and antiproliferative effect of DHT may primarily occur in the cases positive for both AR and 5alphaRed1. Aromatase inhibitors may be more effective in these patients, possibly due to increasing local DHT concentration with estrogen deprivation.

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@article{Suzuki20075AlphareductaseT1, title={5Alpha-reductase type 1 and aromatase in breast carcinoma as regulators of in situ androgen production.}, author={Takashi Suzuki and Yasuhiro Miki and Takuya Moriya and Jun-ichi Akahira and Takanori Ishida and Hisashi Hirakawa and Yuri Yamaguchi and S Hayashi and Hironobu Sasano}, journal={International journal of cancer}, year={2007}, volume={120 2}, pages={285-91} }