Preclinical models of prostate cancer: Patient-derived xenografts, organoids, and other explant models

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Prostate cancer remains a lethal disease. Preclinical cancer models that accurately represent the tumors of the patients they are intended to help are necessary to test potential therapeutic approaches and to better translate research discoveries. However, research in the prostate cancer field is hampered by the limited number of human cell lines and xenograft models, most of which do not recapitulate the human disease seen in the clinic today. This work reviews the recent advances in human patient-derived xenograft, organoid, and other explant models to address this need. In contrast to other tumor streams, the prostate cancer field is challenged by this approach, yet despite the limitations, patient-derived models remain an integral component of the preclinical testing pathway leading to better treatments for men with prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera030536
Number of pages14
JournalCold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

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