Molecular cancer research : MCR

miR-138-Mediated Regulation of KINDLIN-2 Expression Modulates Sensitivity to Chemotherapeutics.

PMID 26474967


Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men, second only to lung cancer, mainly due to disease reoccurrence as a result to lack of response to androgen deprivation therapies (ADT) after castration. Patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) have very limited treatment options, with docetaxel as the first-line standard of care, for which resistance to this chemotherapeutic ultimately develops. Therefore, finding ways to sensitize tumors to chemotherapies and to limit chemoresistance provides a viable strategy to extend the survival of mCRPC patients. This study investigated the role of Kindlin-2 (FERMT2/K2), a member of the Kindlin family of FERM domain proteins and key regulators of the adhesive functions mediated by integrin, in the sensitization of mCRPC to chemotherapeutics. Loss of K2, which is overexpressed in prostate cancer cells derived from mCRPC tumors, compared with those cells derived from androgen-dependent tumors, significantly enhanced apoptosis and cell death of docetaxel-treated PC3 cells. Furthermore, it was determined that K2-mediated sensitization to docetaxel treatment is the result of inhibition of β1-integrin signaling. Finally, miR-138 specifically targeted K2 and inhibited its expression, thereby regulating a miR-138/K2/β1-integrin signaling axis in mCRPC that is critical for the modulation of sensitivity to chemotherapeutics. Thus, these data identify a novel signaling axis where K2 in combination with chemotherapeutics provides a new target for the treatment of mCRPC. Targeted inhibition of Kindlin-2 in combination with chemotherapy represents an effective treatment option for mCRPC.