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Minoxidil may suppress androgen receptor-related functions

Overview of attention for article published in Oncotarget, April 2014
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Minoxidil may suppress androgen receptor-related functions
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Oncotarget, April 2014
DOI 10.18632/oncotarget.1886
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Cheng-Lung Hsu, Jai-Shin Liu, An-Chi Lin, Chih-Hsun Yang, Wen-Hung Chung, Wen-Guey Wu


Although minoxidil has been used for more than two decades to treat androgenetic alopecia (AGA), an androgen-androgen receptor (AR) pathway-dominant disease, its precise mechanism of action remains elusive. We hypothesized that minoxidil may influence the AR or its downstream signaling. These tests revealed that minoxidil suppressed AR-related functions, decreasing AR transcriptional activity in reporter assays, reducing expression of AR targets at the protein level, and suppressing AR-positive LNCaP cell growth. Dissecting the underlying mechanisms, we found that minoxidil interfered with AR-peptide, AR-coregulator, and AR N/C-terminal interactions, as well as AR protein stability. Furthermore, a crystallographic analysis using the AR ligand-binding domain (LBD) revealed direct binding of minoxidil to the AR in a minoxidil-AR-LBD co-crystal model, and surface plasmon resonance assays demonstrated that minoxidil directly bound the AR with a K(d) value of 2.6 µM. Minoxidil also suppressed AR-responsive reporter activity and decreased AR protein stability in human hair dermal papilla cells. The current findings provide evidence that minoxidil could be used to treat both cancer and age-related disease, and open a new avenue for applications of minoxidil in treating androgen-AR pathway-related diseases.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 40 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 15%
Researcher 6 15%
Student > Bachelor 6 15%
Student > Master 5 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 10%
Other 9 23%
Unknown 4 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 30%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 3%
Other 5 13%
Unknown 5 13%

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