Androgen deprivation modulates the inflammatory response induced by irradiation

Chun Te Wu, Wen Cheng Chen, Paul Yang Lin, Shuen Kuei Liao, Miao Fen Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article peer-review

15 Scopus citations


Background: The aim of this study was to determine whether radiation (RT)-induced inflammatory responses and organ damage might be modulated by androgen deprivation therapies. Methods: The mRNA and tissue sections obtained from the lungs, intestines and livers of irradiated mice with or without androgen deprivation were analyzed by real-time PCR and histological analysis. Activation of NF-kappa B was examined by measuring nuclear protein levels in the intestine and lung 24 h after irradiation. We also examined the levels of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), TGF-β1 and p-AKT to elucidate the related pathway responsible to irradiation (RT)-induced fibrosis. Results: We found androgen deprivation by castration significantly augmented RT-induced inflammation, associated with the increase NF-κB activation and COX-2 expression. However, administration of flutamide had no obvious effect on the radiation-induced inflammation response in the lung and intestine. These different responses were probably due to the increase of RT-induced NF-κB activation and COX-2 expression by castration or lupron treatment. In addition, our data suggest that TGF-β1 and the induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) via the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway may contribute to RT-induced fibrosis. Conclusion: When irradiation was given to patients with total androgen deprivation, the augmenting effects on the RT-induced inflammation and fibrosis should take into consideration for complications associated with radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number92
JournalBMC Cancer
StatePublished - 25 03 2009


Dive into the research topics of 'Androgen deprivation modulates the inflammatory response induced by irradiation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this