Statins: protectors or pretenders in prostate cancer?

Moon, Hyeongsun, Hill, Michelle M., Roberts, Matthew J., Gardiner, Robert A. and Brown, Andrew J. (2014) Statins: protectors or pretenders in prostate cancer?. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 25 4: 188-196. doi:10.1016/j.tem.2013.12.007

Author Moon, Hyeongsun
Hill, Michelle M.
Roberts, Matthew J.
Gardiner, Robert A.
Brown, Andrew J.
Title Statins: protectors or pretenders in prostate cancer?
Journal name Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1043-2760
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tem.2013.12.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 188
End page 196
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd. * Trends Journals
Language eng
Subject 2712 Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
1310 Endocrinology
Abstract The role of statin therapy in prostate cancer (PCa) prevention and treatment is plagued by controversy. This critical review of published clinical series reveals several caveats in earlier studies, which reported no benefit. Recent studies that adjust for confounding factors have demonstrated statin therapy to be associated with PCa prevention and favorable clinical outcomes. Developed as inhibitors of cholesterol synthesis, the expected mechanism of statin action is systemic cholesterol reduction. By lowering circulating cholesterol, statins indirectly reduce cellular cholesterol levels in multiple cell types, impacting on membrane microdomains and steroidogenesis. Although non-cholesterol mechanisms of statin action have been proposed, they are limited by the uncertainties surrounding in vivo tissue statin concentrations.
Keyword Androgen synthesis
HMG-CoA reductase
Prostate cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID FT120100251
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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