Akt is a serine/threonine kinase mediating multiple intracellular pathways involved in prostate cancer (CaP) biology. Increased understanding of the molecular mechanisms of Akt activation and signaling have led to the development of an increasing number of Akt inhibitors. These biologic agents demonstrate activity against a wide range of cancers in preclinical studies. Clinical studies of Akt inhibition in CaP are in progress, including agents such as celecoxib, perifosine and genistein. How best to integrate Akt inhibitors with standard CaP therapy or select patients most likely to benefit is the subject of ongoing research.
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