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Topic: Resistance in Endocrine Therapy of Prostate Cancer

A special issue of Cancer Drug Resistance

ISSN 2578-532X (Online)

Submission deadline: 31 May 2020

Guest Editor(s)

  • Vincent C. O. Njar, Ph.D.
    Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology, Dept. of Pharmacology;
    Head, Medicinal Chemistry Section, Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics (CBT);
    Member, Hormone Responsive Cancer Program, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center;
    University of Maryland School of Medicine;
    Baltimore; MD, USA.

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Special Issue Introduction

Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men worldwide and it is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Because the androgen receptor (AR) is the major target that drives this disease, endocrine therapies that modulate androgen receptor/androgen signaling, are the mainstay for the treatment of prostate cancer. These drugs are used for both castration-sensitive and castration-resistant disease states. Although endocrine therapy is the most widely used class of drugs for prostate cancer, a significant proportion of patients have innate resistance to the drugs and almost all patients eventually develop drug resistance. However, the mechanisms of resistance to these drugs are still emerging, mechanisms such as upregulation of AR, induction of AR point mutations, induction of AR splice variants, upregulation of 17α-hydroxylase/17.20-lyase (CYP17), a key enzyme in the steroidogenic pathway that lies at the crossroads of androgen and corticoid biosynthesis, upregulation of glucocorticoid receptor and activation of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4F complex (eIF4F), a regulatory hub where several oncogenic hyperactive signaling pathways converge are well established. This special issue provides a comprehensive review of advances in these resistance mechanisms pathways/targets and the scientific and clinical progress to tackle this important medical problem and the challenges that are yet unmet.


Prostate cancer, androgens, androgen receptor, endocrine therapies, hormonal/antihormonal therapies, castration, castration-resistant prostate cancer, drug resistance, molecular mechanisms of drug resistance

Submission Deadline

31 May 2020

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Contacts: Belinda Zhang, Assistant Editor,
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