Targeting the nf-κb pathway in prostate cancer: A promising therapeutic approach?

Daniela Verzella, Mariafausta Fischietti, Daria Capece, Davide Vecchiotti, Filippo Del Vecchio, Germana Cicciarelli, Valentina Mastroiaco, Alessandra Tessitore, Edoardo Alesse, Francesca Zazzeroni*

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Drug Targets
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • IKK
  • IKK inhibitors
  • NF-κB
  • NF-κB inhibitors
  • Prostate cancer
  • Proteasome inhibitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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