Wnt signaling promotes androgen-independent prostate cancer cell proliferation through up-regulation of the hippo pathway effector YAP.Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017 05 13; 486(4):1034-1039.BB
Aberrant up-regulation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling is associated with the development and progression of prostate cancer, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here we show that in the absence of androgens, the Wnt/β-catenin pathway activates AR-mediated transcription through up-regulation of the Hippo pathway effector Yes-associated protein (YAP). Wnt3a-conditioned medium (Wnt3a-CM) promotes the growth of LNCaP cells and increases AR and YAP protein levels. Moreover, Wnt3a-CM induces the nuclear translocation of YAP and the AR, but not β-catenin, thereby activating the expression of AR- and YAP-dependent genes, in an androgen-independent manner. In addition, depletion of YAP with small interfering RNA (siRNA) prevented Wnt3a-CM-mediated up-regulation of AR-dependent gene expression. Thus, our findings provide mechanistic insight into the proposed cross-talk between the Wnt/β-catenin and Hippo pathways in androgen-independent prostate cancer development.