Prostaglandin EP receptors: targets for treatment and prevention of colorectal cancer?

Mol Cancer Ther. 2004 Aug;3(8):1031-9.


The importance of the prostaglandin (PG) synthesis pathway, particularly the rate-limiting enzymatic step catalyzed by cyclooxygenase, to colorectal carcinogenesis and development of novel anticolorectal cancer therapy is well established. The predominant PG species in benign and malignant colorectal tumors is PGE2. PGE2 acts via four EP receptors termed EP1 to EP4. Recently, EP receptors have been identified as potential targets for treatment and/or prevention of colorectal cancer. This review summarizes existing knowledge of the expression and function of the EP receptor subtypes in human and rodent intestine during tumorigenic progression and describes the current literature on targeting EP receptor signaling during intestinal tumorigenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Dinoprostone / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Models, Biological
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Protein Isoforms
  • Receptors, Prostaglandin / chemistry
  • Receptors, Prostaglandin / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Protein Isoforms
  • Receptors, Prostaglandin
  • Dinoprostone