Downregulation of PTEN/MMAC/TEP1 expression in human prostate cancer line DU145 by growth stimuli

Dhundy R. Bastola, Gurcharan S. Pahwa, Ming Fong Lin, Pi Wan Cheng

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Genetic alterations and/or deletion of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN/MMAC/TEP1 occur in many types of human cancer including prostate cancer. We describe the production of monoclonal antibody against recombinant human PTEN and the study of PTEN gene and protein expression in three commercially available human prostate cancer cell lines, PC-3, LNCaP, and DU 145. Northern blotting analyses showed that LNCaP and DU145 but not PC-3 cells expressed PTEN mRNA. However, Western blotting analyses using a monoclonal antibody against PTEN demonstrated the expression of PTEN protein in DU145 but not LNCaP cells. In DU145 cells, PTEN expression at both the mRNA and protein levels inversely correlated with serum concentrations and levels of PKB/Akt phosphorylation. In addition, the basal activity of PKB/Akt as indicated by level of phosphorylation was higher in prostate cancer cells which do not express PTEN than that in the cells expressing wild type PTEN. Thus, PTEN may play a critical role in regulating cellular signaling in prostate cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular and cellular biochemistry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Akt
  • PTEN
  • Prostate cancer
  • Tumor suppressor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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