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PPAR Research
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9456020, 13 pages
Review Article

Crosstalk between the Androgen Receptor and PPAR Gamma Signaling Pathways in the Prostate

Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to LaMonica V. Stewart

Received 26 May 2017; Revised 29 August 2017; Accepted 14 September 2017; Published 18 October 2017

Academic Editor: Stéphane Mandard

Copyright © 2017 Emuejevoke Olokpa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nuclear receptors are a superfamily of ligand-activated transcription factors that play critical roles in the regulation of normal biological processes and several disease states. Of the nuclear receptors expressed within the prostate, the androgen receptor (AR) promotes the differentiation of prostatic epithelial cells and stimulates production of enzymes needed for liquefaction of semen. Multiple forms of AR also promote the growth of both early and late stage prostate cancers. As a result, drugs that target the AR signaling pathway are routinely used to treat patients with advanced forms of prostate cancer. Data also suggest that a second member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPAR), is a tumor suppressor that regulates growth of normal prostate and prostate cancers. Recent studies indicate there is a bidirectional interaction between AR and PPAR, with each receptor influencing the expression and/or activity of the other within prostatic tissues. In this review, we examine how AR and PPAR each regulate the growth and development of normal prostatic epithelial cells and prostate cancers. We also discuss interactions between the AR and PPAR signaling pathways and how those interactions may influence prostate biology.