N-Myc Drives Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Initiated from Human Prostate Epithelial Cells

Citation:

John K Lee, John W Phillips, Bryan A Smith, Jung Wook Park, Tanya Stoyanova, Erin F McCaffrey, Robert Baertsch, Artem Sokolov, Justin G Meyerowitz, Colleen Mathis, Donghui Cheng, Joshua M Stuart, Kevan M Shokat, Clay W Gustafson, Jiaoti Huang, and Owen N Witte. 2016. “N-Myc Drives Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Initiated from Human Prostate Epithelial Cells.” Cancer Cell, 4, 29: 536-47.

Abstract:

MYCN amplification and overexpression are common in neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC). However, the impact of aberrant N-Myc expression in prostate tumorigenesis and the cellular origin of NEPC have not been established. We define N-Myc and activated AKT1 as oncogenic components sufficient to transform human prostate epithelial cells to prostate adenocarcinoma and NEPC with phenotypic and molecular features of aggressive, late-stage human disease. We directly show that prostate adenocarcinoma and NEPC can arise from a common epithelial clone. Further, N-Myc is required for tumor maintenance, and destabilization of N-Myc through Aurora A kinase inhibition reduces tumor burden. Our findings establish N-Myc as a driver of NEPC and a target for therapeutic intervention.