Progesterone receptor (PR) is a critical regulator in reproductive tissues that controls a variety of cellular processes. The objective of the study was to study the PR expression in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancers in connection with the transcription, growth factors, AR, ERα, ERβ, and components of the AKT/mTOR signaling pathway expression.
Ninety-seven patients with prostate pathology were enrolled in the study. Forty-two patients had benign prostatic hyperplasia (BH). Fifty-five patients had locally advanced prostate cancer (PCa). The PSA level and the amount of testosterone in the serum were measured using an ELISA assay. The expression level of NF-κB p65, NF-κB p50, HIF-1, HIF-2, growth factor VEGF, VEGFR2, CAIX, as well as AR, ERα, ERβ, PR, Brn-3α, TRIM16 were quantified by RT-PCR. The protein level of Brn-3α, TRIM16 was detected by Western Blotting.
Growth in PR expression was observed in PCa tissues compared to BH ones without changes in the clinical and pathological features of the patients. An increase in PR expression was detected in patients with PCa compared to BH. Its mRNA level depended on the expression of AR, Brn-3α, and TRIM16, components of the AKT/mTOR signaling pathway, transcription, and growth factors. An increase in the TRIM16 expression in the PCa tissues was noted in the case of a low PR level. We revealed the growth in PR expression was accompanied by the suppression of the signaling cascade activity, AR, Brn-3α mRNA level, and the enhanced PTEN expression in PCa tissues. The increase in PR expression in PCa led to a decrease in the level of mRNA of NF-κB, HIF-1, VEGF, and VEGFR2.
In general, the data indicated the significance of the PR expression in the development of the prostate pathology that affected the cross-talk between the steroid hormone reception and signal transduction.