Dietary factors and chronic hyperglycemia are linked to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and prostate cancer (PCa) risk. The activation of the receptor for AGEs (RAGE) acts as a bridge between various RAGE ligands and certain malignancies. This study showed that the interaction of AGEs and RAGE promoted PCa cell proliferation, invasion, and autophagy-mediated survival in response to chemotherapeutic agents. RAGE-overexpressed PCa cells underwent epithelial-mesenchymal transition and showed increased cancer stem cell-like properties. In mouse xenograft models, RAGE-overexpressed cells showed more substantial tumorigenic capacity than parental cells, whereas RAGE knockdown decreased tumorigenicity. The clinical data validated a positive correlation between high AGE and RAGE expressions with poor clinical outcomes. Our findings suggest that the AGE-RAGE axis facilitates PCa progression and aggressiveness. Prostatic AGEs and RAGE expression levels are associated with PCa prognosis. Adherence to a reduced-AGE diet and targeting RAGE are potential approaches to complement and synergize with the current PCa therapies.

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