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Pro-survival factor EDEM3 confers therapy resistance in prostate cancer

Scott, Emma, Garnham, Rebecca, Cheung, Kathleen, Duxfield, Adam, Elliott, David and Munkley, Jennifer (2022) Pro-survival factor EDEM3 confers therapy resistance in prostate cancer. Research Square.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and it is primarily driven by androgen steroid hormones. The glycosylation enzyme EDEM3 is controlled by androgen signalling and important for prostate cancer viability. EDEM3 is a mannosidase that trims mannose from mis-folded glycoproteins, tagging them for degradation through endoplasmic reticulum associated degradation. Here, we find that EDEM3 is upregulated in prostate cancer, and this is linked to poorer disease-free survival. Depletion of EDEM3 from prostate cancer cells induces an ER stress transcriptomic signature, and EDEM3 overexpression is cyto-protective against ER stressors. EDEM3 expression also positively correlates with genes involved in the unfolded protein response in prostate cancer patients and its expression can be induced through exposure to radiation. Importantly, the overexpression of EDEM3 promotes radio-resistance in prostate cancer cells and radio-resistance can be reduced through depletion of EDEM3. Our data thus implicate increased levels of EDEM3 with a role in prostate cancer pathology and reveal a new therapeutic opportunity to sensitise prostate tumours to radiotherapy.

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Depositing User: Rebecca Garnham


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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2024 09:18
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 09:18


Author: Emma Scott
Author: Rebecca Garnham
Author: Kathleen Cheung
Author: Adam Duxfield
Author: David Elliott
Author: Jennifer Munkley

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Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
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