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Hsp90/Axl/Eif4e-Regulated Unfolded Protein Response As An Acquired Vulnerability In Drug-Resistant Kras-Mutant Lung Cancer, Haitang Yang, Shun-Qing Liang, Duo Xu, Zhang Yang, Thomas M. Marti, Yanyun Gao, Gregor J. Kocher, Heng Zhao, Ralph A. Schmid, Ren-Wang Peng Aug 2019

Hsp90/Axl/Eif4e-Regulated Unfolded Protein Response As An Acquired Vulnerability In Drug-Resistant Kras-Mutant Lung Cancer, Haitang Yang, Shun-Qing Liang, Duo Xu, Zhang Yang, Thomas M. Marti, Yanyun Gao, Gregor J. Kocher, Heng Zhao, Ralph A. Schmid, Ren-Wang Peng

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Drug resistance and tumor heterogeneity are formidable challenges in cancer medicine, which is particularly relevant for KRAS-mutant cancers, the epitome of malignant tumors recalcitrant to targeted therapy efforts and first-line chemotherapy. In this study, we delineate that KRAS-mutant lung cancer cells resistant to pemetrexed (MTA) and anti-MEK drug trametinib acquire an exquisite dependency on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling, rendering resistant cancer cells selectively susceptible to blockage of HSP90, the receptor tyrosine kinase AXL, the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E), and the unfolded protein response (UPR). Mechanistically, acquisition of drug resistance enables KRAS-mutant lung cancer cells to bypass canonical ...


Insulin Receptor Substrate-1 (Irs-1) And Irs-2 Expression Levels Are Associated With Prognosis In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (Nsclc), Andrew J. Piper, Jennifer L. Clark, Jose R. Mercado-Matos, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Ali Akalin, Leslie M. Shaw Aug 2019

Insulin Receptor Substrate-1 (Irs-1) And Irs-2 Expression Levels Are Associated With Prognosis In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (Nsclc), Andrew J. Piper, Jennifer L. Clark, Jose R. Mercado-Matos, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Ali Akalin, Leslie M. Shaw

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The insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) signaling pathway has been implicated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) outcomes and resistance to targeted therapies. However, little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms by which this pathway contributes to the biology of NSCLC. The insulin receptor substrate (IRS) proteins are cytoplasmic adaptor proteins that signal downstream of the IGF-1R and determine the functional outcomes of this signaling pathway. In this study, we assessed the expression patterns of IRS-1 and IRS-2 in NSCLC to identify associations between IRS-1 and IRS-2 expression levels and survival outcomes in the two major histological subtypes of NSCLC, adenocarcinoma ...


Inactivating Mutations And X-Ray Crystal Structure Of The Tumor Suppressor Opcml Reveal Cancer-Associated Functions, James R. Birtley, Zachary Maben, Grant C. Weaver, Mollie M. Jurewicz, Lawrence J. Stern, Chiara Recchi, Hani Gabra Jul 2019

Inactivating Mutations And X-Ray Crystal Structure Of The Tumor Suppressor Opcml Reveal Cancer-Associated Functions, James R. Birtley, Zachary Maben, Grant C. Weaver, Mollie M. Jurewicz, Lawrence J. Stern, Chiara Recchi, Hani Gabra

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OPCML, a tumor suppressor gene, is frequently silenced epigenetically in ovarian and other cancers. Here we report, by analysis of databases of tumor sequences, the observation of OPCML somatic missense mutations from various tumor types and the impact of these mutations on OPCML function, by solving the X-ray crystal structure of this glycoprotein to 2.65 A resolution. OPCML consists of an extended arrangement of three immunoglobulin-like domains and homodimerizes via a network of contacts between membrane-distal domains. We report the generation of a panel of OPCML variants with representative clinical mutations and demonstrate clear phenotypic effects in vitro and ...


Extracellular-Signal Regulated Kinase: A Central Molecule Driving Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition In Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Daniela Zuniga-Eulogio, Miguel Angel Mendoza-Catalan, Hugo Alberto Rodriguez-Ruiz, Eduardo Castaneda-Saucedo, Carlos Ortuno-Pineda, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito Jun 2019

Extracellular-Signal Regulated Kinase: A Central Molecule Driving Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition In Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Daniela Zuniga-Eulogio, Miguel Angel Mendoza-Catalan, Hugo Alberto Rodriguez-Ruiz, Eduardo Castaneda-Saucedo, Carlos Ortuno-Pineda, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito

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Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a reversible cellular process, characterized by changes in gene expression and activation of proteins, favoring the trans-differentiation of the epithelial phenotype to a mesenchymal phenotype. This process increases cell migration and invasion of tumor cells, progression of the cell cycle, and resistance to apoptosis and chemotherapy, all of which support tumor progression. One of the signaling pathways involved in tumor progression is the MAPK pathway. Within this family, the ERK subfamily of proteins is known for its contributions to EMT. The ERK subfamily is divided into typical (ERK 1/2/5), and atypical (ERK 3/4 ...


Crispr-Sonic: Targeted Somatic Oncogene Knock-In Enables Rapid In Vivo Cancer Modeling, Haiwei Mou, Deniz M. Ozata, Jordan L. Smith, Ankur Sheel, Suet-Yan Kwan, Soren Hough, Alper Kucukural, Zachary Kennedy, Yueying Cao, Wen Xue Apr 2019

Crispr-Sonic: Targeted Somatic Oncogene Knock-In Enables Rapid In Vivo Cancer Modeling, Haiwei Mou, Deniz M. Ozata, Jordan L. Smith, Ankur Sheel, Suet-Yan Kwan, Soren Hough, Alper Kucukural, Zachary Kennedy, Yueying Cao, Wen Xue

RNA Therapeutics Institute Publications

CRISPR/Cas9 has revolutionized cancer mouse models. Although loss-of-function genetics by CRISPR/Cas9 is well-established, generating gain-of-function alleles in somatic cancer models is still challenging because of the low efficiency of gene knock-in. Here we developed CRISPR-based Somatic Oncogene kNock-In for Cancer Modeling (CRISPR-SONIC), a method for rapid in vivo cancer modeling using homology-independent repair to integrate oncogenes at a targeted genomic locus. Using a dual guide RNA strategy, we integrated a plasmid donor in the 3'-UTR of mouse beta-actin, allowing co-expression of reporter genes or oncogenes from the beta-actin promoter. We showed that knock-in of oncogenic Ras and ...


Brg1 Is A Prognostic Indicator And A Potential Therapeutic Target For Prostate Cancer, Rohini Muthuswami, Leeann Bailey, Radhakrishnan Rakesh, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Joel W. Hockensmith Jan 2019

Brg1 Is A Prognostic Indicator And A Potential Therapeutic Target For Prostate Cancer, Rohini Muthuswami, Leeann Bailey, Radhakrishnan Rakesh, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Joel W. Hockensmith

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Brahma-related gene 1 (BRG1) is one of two mutually exclusive ATPases that function as the catalytic subunit of human SWItch/Sucrose NonFermentable (SWI/SNF) chromatin remodeling enzymes. BRG1 has been identified as a tumor suppressor in some cancer types but has been shown to be expressed at elevated levels, relative to normal tissue, in other cancers. Using TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) prostate cancer database, we determined that BRG1 mRNA and protein expression is elevated in prostate tumors relative to normal prostate tissue. Only 3 of 491 (0.6%) sequenced tumors showed amplification of the locus or mutation in the ...


Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastatic Growth Depends On Pad4-Driven Citrullination Of The Extracellular Matrix, A. E. Yuzhalin, A. N. Gordon-Weeks, M. L. Tognoli, K. Jones, B. Markelc, R. Konietzny, R. Fischer, Aaron Muth, E. O'Neill, Paul R. Thompson, P. J. Venables, B. M. Kessler, S. Y. Lim, R. J. Muschel Nov 2018

Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastatic Growth Depends On Pad4-Driven Citrullination Of The Extracellular Matrix, A. E. Yuzhalin, A. N. Gordon-Weeks, M. L. Tognoli, K. Jones, B. Markelc, R. Konietzny, R. Fischer, Aaron Muth, E. O'Neill, Paul R. Thompson, P. J. Venables, B. M. Kessler, S. Y. Lim, R. J. Muschel

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Citrullination of proteins, a post-translational conversion of arginine residues to citrulline, is recognized in rheumatoid arthritis, but largely undocumented in cancer. Here we show that citrullination of the extracellular matrix by cancer cell derived peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) is essential for the growth of liver metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC). Using proteomics, we demonstrate that liver metastases exhibit higher levels of citrullination and PAD4 than unaffected liver, primary CRC or adjacent colonic mucosa. Functional significance for citrullination in metastatic growth is evident in murine models where inhibition of citrullination substantially reduces liver metastatic burden. Additionally, citrullination of a key matrix ...


Signaling Pathways Induced By Leptin During Epithelial(-)Mesenchymal Transition In Breast Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Juan Carlos Juarez-Cruz, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalan, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito Nov 2018

Signaling Pathways Induced By Leptin During Epithelial(-)Mesenchymal Transition In Breast Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Juan Carlos Juarez-Cruz, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalan, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito

Open Access Articles

Leptin is an adipokine that is overexpressed in obese and overweight people. Interestingly, women with breast cancer present high levels of leptin and of its receptor ObR. Leptin plays an important role in breast cancer progression due to the biological processes it participates in, such as epithelial(-)mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT consists of a series of orchestrated events in which cell(-)cell and cell(-)extracellular matrix interactions are altered and lead to the release of epithelial cells from the surrounding tissue. The cytoskeleton is also re-arranged, allowing the three-dimensional movement of epithelial cells into the extracellular matrix. This transition provides ...


Rare Gene Fusion Rearrangement Sptnb1-Pdgfrb In An Atypical Myeloproliferative Neoplasm, Vanessa Fiorini Furtado, Neeraj Y. Saini, William V. Walsh, Venu G. Bathini, Patricia M. Miron Oct 2018

Rare Gene Fusion Rearrangement Sptnb1-Pdgfrb In An Atypical Myeloproliferative Neoplasm, Vanessa Fiorini Furtado, Neeraj Y. Saini, William V. Walsh, Venu G. Bathini, Patricia M. Miron

Open Access Articles

The 2016 revision to the World Health Organization classification of myeloid neoplasms and acute leukemia recognizes a distinct class of myeloid and lymphoid tumors with eosinophilia-related proliferations associated with specific gene rearrangements, one of which involves rearrangements of platelet-derived growth factor receptor B (PDGFRB) gene. We report a case of a rare PDGFRB rearrangement with SPTNB1 (spectrin beta, nonerythrocytic 1) that presented as atypical myeloproliferative neoplasm.


Tumor-Stroma Interactions Differentially Alter Drug Sensitivity Based On The Origin Of Stromal Cells, Benjamin D. Landry, Thomas Leete, Ryan Richards, Peter Cruz-Gordillo, Hannah R. Schwartz, Megan E. Honeywell, Gary Ren, Alyssa D. Schwartz, Shelly R. Peyton, Michael J. Lee Aug 2018

Tumor-Stroma Interactions Differentially Alter Drug Sensitivity Based On The Origin Of Stromal Cells, Benjamin D. Landry, Thomas Leete, Ryan Richards, Peter Cruz-Gordillo, Hannah R. Schwartz, Megan E. Honeywell, Gary Ren, Alyssa D. Schwartz, Shelly R. Peyton, Michael J. Lee

Program in Systems Biology Publications and Presentations

Due to tumor heterogeneity, most believe that effective treatments should be tailored to the features of an individual tumor or tumor subclass. It is still unclear, however, what information should be considered for optimal disease stratification, and most prior work focuses on tumor genomics. Here, we focus on the tumor microenvironment. Using a large-scale coculture assay optimized to measure drug-induced cell death, we identify tumor-stroma interactions that modulate drug sensitivity. Our data show that the chemo-insensitivity typically associated with aggressive subtypes of breast cancer is not observed if these cells are grown in 2D or 3D monoculture, but is manifested ...


Llc Tumor Cells-Derivated Factors Reduces Adipogenesis In Co-Culture System, Magno Alves Lopes, Felipe Oliveira Franco, Felipe Henriques, Sidney Barnabe Peres, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr. Jul 2018

Llc Tumor Cells-Derivated Factors Reduces Adipogenesis In Co-Culture System, Magno Alves Lopes, Felipe Oliveira Franco, Felipe Henriques, Sidney Barnabe Peres, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr.

Open Access Articles

Cancer cachexia (CC) is a multifactorial syndrome with an unknown etiology. The primary symptom is the progressive reduction of the body weight. Recently, down-regulation of adipogenic and lipogenic genes were demonstrated to be early affected during cachexia progression in adipose tissue (AT), resulting in AT remodeling. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate in a co-culture system the influence of the Lewis Lung Carcinoma (LLC) tumor cells (c/c-LLC) in an established pre-adipocyte cell line 3T3-L1 adipogenic capacity. c/c-LLC in the presence of 3T3-L1 caused a reduction in lipids accumulation, suggesting that secretory tumor cells products may affect adipogenesis. Interestingly ...


Etv4 Transcription Factor And Mmp13 Metalloprotease Are Interplaying Actors Of Breast Tumorigenesis, Mandy Dumortier, Franck Ladam, Isabelle Damour, Sophie Vacher, Ivan Bieche, Nathalie Marchand, Yvan De Launoit, David Tulasne, Anne Chotteau-Lelievre Jul 2018

Etv4 Transcription Factor And Mmp13 Metalloprotease Are Interplaying Actors Of Breast Tumorigenesis, Mandy Dumortier, Franck Ladam, Isabelle Damour, Sophie Vacher, Ivan Bieche, Nathalie Marchand, Yvan De Launoit, David Tulasne, Anne Chotteau-Lelievre

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: The ETS transcription factor ETV4 is involved in the main steps of organogenesis and is also a significant mediator of tumorigenesis and metastasis, such as in breast cancer. Indeed, ETV4 is overexpressed in breast tumors and is associated with distant metastasis and poor prognosis. However, the cellular and molecular events regulated by this factor are still misunderstood. In mammary epithelial cells, ETV4 controls the expression of many genes, MMP13 among them. The aim of this study was to understand the function of MMP13 during ETV4-driven tumorigenesis.

METHODS: Different constructs of the MMP13 gene promoter were used to study the ...


Identification Of A Novel Invasion-Promoting Region In Insulin Receptor Substrate 2, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jenny Janusis, Sha Zhu, Samuel S. Chen, Leslie M. Shaw Jun 2018

Identification Of A Novel Invasion-Promoting Region In Insulin Receptor Substrate 2, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jenny Janusis, Sha Zhu, Samuel S. Chen, Leslie M. Shaw

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Although the insulin receptor substrate (IRS) proteins IRS1 and IRS2 share considerable homology and activate common signaling pathways, their contributions to breast cancer are distinct. IRS1 has been implicated in the proliferation and survival of breast tumor cells. In contrast, IRS2 facilitates glycolysis, invasion, and metastasis. To determine the mechanistic basis for IRS2-dependent functions, we investigated unique structural features of IRS2 that are required for invasion. Our studies revealed that the ability of IRS2 to promote invasion is dependent upon upstream insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R)/insulin receptor (IR) activation and the recruitment and activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K ...


Cell Clustering Mediated By The Adhesion Protein Pvrl4 Is Necessary For Alpha6beta4 Integrin-Promoted Ferroptosis Resistance In Matrix-Detached Cells, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Arthur M. Mercurio Jun 2018

Cell Clustering Mediated By The Adhesion Protein Pvrl4 Is Necessary For Alpha6beta4 Integrin-Promoted Ferroptosis Resistance In Matrix-Detached Cells, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Arthur M. Mercurio

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Ferroptosis is an iron-dependent form of programmed cell death characterized by the accumulation of lipid-targeting reactive oxygen species that kill cells by damaging their plasma membrane. The lipid-repair enzyme glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4) protects against this oxidative damage and enables cells to resist ferroptosis. Recent work has revealed that matrix-detached carcinoma cells can be susceptible to ferroptosis and that they can evade this fate through the signaling properties of the alpha6beta4 integrin, which sustains GPX4 expression. Although these findings on ferroptosis are provocative, they differ from those in previous studies indicating that matrix-detached cells are prone to apoptosis, via a ...


Dynamics Of Human Protein Kinase Aurora A Linked To Drug Selectivity, Warintra Pitsawong, Vanessa Buosi, Renee Otten, Roman V. Agafonov, Adelajda Zorba, Nadja Kern, Steffen Kutter, Gunther Kern, Ricardo Ap Padua, Xavier Meniche, Dorothee Kern Jun 2018

Dynamics Of Human Protein Kinase Aurora A Linked To Drug Selectivity, Warintra Pitsawong, Vanessa Buosi, Renee Otten, Roman V. Agafonov, Adelajda Zorba, Nadja Kern, Steffen Kutter, Gunther Kern, Ricardo Ap Padua, Xavier Meniche, Dorothee Kern

Open Access Articles

Protein kinases are major drug targets, but the development of highly-selective inhibitors has been challenging due to the similarity of their active sites. The observation of distinct structural states of the fully-conserved Asp-Phe-Gly (DFG) loop has put the concept of conformational selection for the DFG-state at the center of kinase drug discovery. Recently, it was shown that Gleevec selectivity for the Tyr-kinase Abl was instead rooted in conformational changes after drug binding. Here, we investigate whether protein dynamics after binding is a more general paradigm for drug selectivity by characterizing the binding of several approved drugs to the Ser/Thr-kinase ...


Cip2a Facilitates The G1/S Cell Cycle Transition Via B-Myb In Human Papillomavirus 16 Oncoprotein E6-Expressing Cells, Yonghao Tian, Hanxiang Chen, Lijun Qiao, Wenhao Zhang, Jingyi Zheng, Weiming Zhao, Jason J. Chen, Weifang Zhang Jun 2018

Cip2a Facilitates The G1/S Cell Cycle Transition Via B-Myb In Human Papillomavirus 16 Oncoprotein E6-Expressing Cells, Yonghao Tian, Hanxiang Chen, Lijun Qiao, Wenhao Zhang, Jingyi Zheng, Weiming Zhao, Jason J. Chen, Weifang Zhang

Open Access Articles

Infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HR-HPVs, including HPV-16, HPV-18, HPV-31) plays a central aetiologic role in the development of cervical carcinoma. The transforming properties of HR-HPVs mainly reside in viral oncoproteins E6 and E7. E6 protein degrades the tumour suppressor p53 and abrogates cell cycle checkpoints. Cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A) is an oncoprotein that is involved in the carcinogenesis of many human malignancies. Our previous data showed that CIP2A was overexpressed in cervical cancer. However, the regulation of CIP2A by HPV-16E6 remains to be elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that HPV-16E6 significantly up-regulated CIP2A mRNA and ...


Imp3 Stabilization Of Wnt5b Mrna Facilitates Taz Activation In Breast Cancer, Sanjoy Samanta, Santosh Guru, Ameer L. Elaimy, John J. Amante, Jianhong Ou, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Arthur M. Mercurio May 2018

Imp3 Stabilization Of Wnt5b Mrna Facilitates Taz Activation In Breast Cancer, Sanjoy Samanta, Santosh Guru, Ameer L. Elaimy, John J. Amante, Jianhong Ou, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Arthur M. Mercurio

Open Access Articles

Insulin-like growth factor-2 mRNA-binding protein 3 (IMP3) is an oncofetal protein associated with many aggressive cancers and implicated in the function of breast cancer stem cells (CSCs). The mechanisms involved, however, are poorly understood. We observed that IMP3 facilitates the activation of TAZ, a transcriptional co-activator of Hippo signaling that is necessary for the function of breast CSCs. The mechanism by which IMP3 activates TAZ involves both mRNA stability and transcriptional regulation. IMP3 stabilizes the mRNA of an alternative WNT ligand (WNT5B) indirectly by repressing miR145-5p, which targets WNT5B, resulting in TAZ activation by alternative WNT signaling. IMP3 also facilitates ...


Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres Dec 2017

Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Aneuploidy disrupts cellular homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the physiological responses and adaptation to aneuploidy are not well understood. Deciphering these mechanisms is important because aneuploidy is associated with diseases, including intellectual disability and cancer. Although tumors and mammalian aneuploid cells, including several cancer cell lines, show altered levels of sphingolipids, the role of sphingolipids in aneuploidy remains unknown. Here, we show that ceramides and long-chain bases, sphingolipid molecules that slow proliferation and promote survival, are increased by aneuploidy. Sphingolipid levels are tightly linked to serine synthesis, and inhibiting either serine or sphingolipid synthesis can specifically impair the fitness ...


The Alpha6beta4 Integrin Promotes Resistance To Ferroptosis, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Hira Lal Goel, Arthur M. Mercurio Dec 2017

The Alpha6beta4 Integrin Promotes Resistance To Ferroptosis, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Hira Lal Goel, Arthur M. Mercurio

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Increases in lipid peroxidation can cause ferroptosis, a form of cell death triggered by inhibition of glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4), which catalyzes the reduction of lipid peroxides and is a target of ferroptosis inducers, such as erastin. The alpha6beta4 integrin protects adherent epithelial and carcinoma cells from ferroptosis induced by erastin. In addition, extracellular matrix (ECM) detachment is a physiologic trigger of ferroptosis, which is evaded by alpha6beta4. The mechanism that enables alpha6beta4 to evade ferroptosis involves its ability to protect changes in membrane lipids that are proferroptotic. Specifically, alpha6beta4-mediated activation of Src and STAT3 suppresses expression of ACSL4, an ...


Bivalent Epigenetic Control Of Oncofetal Gene Expression In Cancer, Sayyed K. Zaidi, Seth E. Frietze, Jonathan A. Gordon, Jessica L. Heath, Terri Messier, Deli Hong, Joseph R. Boyd, Mingu Kang, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Gary S. Stein Nov 2017

Bivalent Epigenetic Control Of Oncofetal Gene Expression In Cancer, Sayyed K. Zaidi, Seth E. Frietze, Jonathan A. Gordon, Jessica L. Heath, Terri Messier, Deli Hong, Joseph R. Boyd, Mingu Kang, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Gary S. Stein

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Multiple mechanisms of epigenetic control that include DNA methylation, histone modification, noncoding RNAs, and mitotic gene bookmarking play pivotal roles in stringent gene regulation during lineage commitment and maintenance. Experimental evidence indicates that bivalent chromatin domains, i.e., genome regions that are marked by both H3K4me3 (activating) and H3K27me3 (repressive) histone modifications, are a key property of pluripotent stem cells. Bivalency of developmental genes during the G1 phase of the pluripotent stem cell cycle contributes to cell fate decisions. Recently, some cancer types have been shown to exhibit partial recapitulation of bivalent chromatin modifications that are lost along with pluripotency ...


A Role For Tau Protein In Maintaining Ribosomal Dna Stability And Cytidine Deaminase-Deficient Cell Survival, Elias Bou Samra, Geraldine Buhagiar-Labarchede, Christelle Machon, Jerome Guitton, Rosine Onclercq-Delic, Michael R. Green, Olivier Alibert, Claude Gazin, Xavier Veaute, Mounira Amor-Gueret Sep 2017

A Role For Tau Protein In Maintaining Ribosomal Dna Stability And Cytidine Deaminase-Deficient Cell Survival, Elias Bou Samra, Geraldine Buhagiar-Labarchede, Christelle Machon, Jerome Guitton, Rosine Onclercq-Delic, Michael R. Green, Olivier Alibert, Claude Gazin, Xavier Veaute, Mounira Amor-Gueret

Open Access Articles

Cells from Bloom's syndrome patients display genome instability due to a defective BLM and the downregulation of cytidine deaminase. Here, we use a genome-wide RNAi-synthetic lethal screen and transcriptomic profiling to identify genes enabling BLM-deficient and/or cytidine deaminase-deficient cells to tolerate constitutive DNA damage and replication stress. We found a synthetic lethal interaction between cytidine deaminase and microtubule-associated protein Tau deficiencies. Tau is overexpressed in cytidine deaminase-deficient cells, and its depletion worsens genome instability, compromising cell survival. Tau is recruited, along with upstream-binding factor, to ribosomal DNA loci. Tau downregulation decreases upstream binding factor recruitment, ribosomal RNA synthesis ...


A Dual Role Of Caspase-8 In Triggering And Sensing Proliferation-Associated Dna Damage, A Key Determinant Of Liver Cancer Development, Yannick Boege, Roger J. Davis, Achim Weber Sep 2017

A Dual Role Of Caspase-8 In Triggering And Sensing Proliferation-Associated Dna Damage, A Key Determinant Of Liver Cancer Development, Yannick Boege, Roger J. Davis, Achim Weber

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Concomitant hepatocyte apoptosis and regeneration is a hallmark of chronic liver diseases (CLDs) predisposing to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here, we mechanistically link caspase-8-dependent apoptosis to HCC development via proliferation- and replication-associated DNA damage. Proliferation-associated replication stress, DNA damage, and genetic instability are detectable in CLDs before any neoplastic changes occur. Accumulated levels of hepatocyte apoptosis determine and predict subsequent hepatocarcinogenesis. Proliferation-associated DNA damage is sensed by a complex comprising caspase-8, FADD, c-FLIP, and a kinase-dependent function of RIPK1. This platform requires a non-apoptotic function of caspase-8, but no caspase-3 or caspase-8 cleavage. It may represent a DNA damage-sensing mechanism in ...


Critical Role For Arginase 2 In Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Cancer, Tamara Zaytouni, Pei-Yun Tsai, Daniel S. Hitchcock, Cory D. Dubois, Elizaveta Freinkman, Lin Lin, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Patrick J. Lenehan, Brian M. Wolpin, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Eduardo M. Torres, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Clary B. Clish, Nada Y. Kalaany Aug 2017

Critical Role For Arginase 2 In Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Cancer, Tamara Zaytouni, Pei-Yun Tsai, Daniel S. Hitchcock, Cory D. Dubois, Elizaveta Freinkman, Lin Lin, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Patrick J. Lenehan, Brian M. Wolpin, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Eduardo M. Torres, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Clary B. Clish, Nada Y. Kalaany

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Obesity is an established risk factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Despite recent identification of metabolic alterations in this lethal malignancy, the metabolic dependencies of obesity-associated PDA remain unknown. Here we show that obesity-driven PDA exhibits accelerated growth and a striking transcriptional enrichment for pathways regulating nitrogen metabolism. We find that the mitochondrial form of arginase (ARG2), which hydrolyzes arginine into ornithine and urea, is induced upon obesity, and silencing or loss of ARG2 markedly suppresses PDA. In vivo infusion of (15)N-glutamine in obese mouse models of PDA demonstrates enhanced nitrogen flux into the urea cycle and infusion of ...


Jnks Function As Cdk4-Activating Kinases By Phosphorylating Cdk4 And P21, B. Colleoni, S. Paternot, J. M. Pita, X. Bisteau, K. Coulonval, Roger J. Davis, E. Raspe, P. P. Roger Jul 2017

Jnks Function As Cdk4-Activating Kinases By Phosphorylating Cdk4 And P21, B. Colleoni, S. Paternot, J. M. Pita, X. Bisteau, K. Coulonval, Roger J. Davis, E. Raspe, P. P. Roger

Open Access Articles

Cyclin D-CDK4/6 are the first cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) complexes to be activated by mitogenic/oncogenic pathways. They have a central role in the cell multiplication decision and in its deregulation in cancer cells. We identified T172 phosphorylation of CDK4 rather than cyclin D accumulation as the distinctly regulated step determining CDK4 activation. This finding challenges the view that the only identified metazoan CDK-activating kinase, cyclin H-CDK7-Mat1 (CAK), which is constitutively active, is responsible for the activating phosphorylation of all cell cycle CDKs. We previously showed that T172 phosphorylation of CDK4 is conditioned by an adjacent proline (P173), which is ...


An Embryonic Stem Cell-Specific Nurd Complex Functions Through Interaction With Wdr5, Ly-Sha Ee, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Yang Tang, Nancy Fernandes, W. Rod Hardy, Michael R. Green, Feixia Chu, Thomas G. Fazzio Jun 2017

An Embryonic Stem Cell-Specific Nurd Complex Functions Through Interaction With Wdr5, Ly-Sha Ee, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Yang Tang, Nancy Fernandes, W. Rod Hardy, Michael R. Green, Feixia Chu, Thomas G. Fazzio

Open Access Articles

The Nucleosome Remodeling and Deacetylase (NuRD) complex is a chromatin regulatory complex that functions as a transcriptional co-repressor in metazoans. The NuRD subunit MBD3 is essential for targeting and assembly of a functional NuRD complex as well as embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency. Three MBD3 isoforms (MBD3A, MBD3B, and MBD3C) are expressed in mouse. Here, we find that the MBD3C isoform contains a unique 50-amino-acid N-terminal region that is necessary for MBD3C to specifically interact with the histone H3 binding protein WDR5. Domain analyses of WDR5 reveal that the H3 binding pocket is required for interaction with MBD3C. We find ...


The Brg1 Atpase Of Human Swi/Snf Chromatin Remodeling Enzymes As A Driver Of Cancer, Qiong Wu, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Gary S. Stein, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Anthony N. Imbalzano Jun 2017

The Brg1 Atpase Of Human Swi/Snf Chromatin Remodeling Enzymes As A Driver Of Cancer, Qiong Wu, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Gary S. Stein, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Anthony N. Imbalzano

Pediatric Publications and Presentations

Mammalian SWI/SNF enzymes are ATP-dependent remodelers of chromatin structure. These multisubunit enzymes are heterogeneous in composition; there are two catalytic ATPase subunits, BRM and BRG1, that are mutually exclusive, and additional subunits are incorporated in a combinatorial manner. Recent findings indicate that approximately 20% of human cancers contain mutations in SWI/SNF enzyme subunits, leading to the conclusion that the enzyme subunits are critical tumor suppressors. However, overexpression of specific subunits without apparent mutation is emerging as an alternative mechanism by which cellular transformation may occur. Here we highlight recent evidence linking elevated expression of the BRG1 ATPase to ...


Jak/Stat Pathway Inhibition Overcomes Il7-Induced Glucocorticoid Resistance In A Subset Of Human T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemias, C. Delgado-Martin, L. K. Meyer, B. J. Huang, M. S. Zinter, J. V. Nguyen, G. A. Smith, J. Taunton, S. S. Winter, Justine R. Roderick, Michelle A. Kelliher, T. M. Horton, B. L. Wood, D. T. Teachey, M. L. Hermiston May 2017

Jak/Stat Pathway Inhibition Overcomes Il7-Induced Glucocorticoid Resistance In A Subset Of Human T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemias, C. Delgado-Martin, L. K. Meyer, B. J. Huang, M. S. Zinter, J. V. Nguyen, G. A. Smith, J. Taunton, S. S. Winter, Justine R. Roderick, Michelle A. Kelliher, T. M. Horton, B. L. Wood, D. T. Teachey, M. L. Hermiston

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

While outcomes for children with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) have improved dramatically, survival rates for patients with relapsed/refractory disease remain dismal. Prior studies indicate that glucocorticoid (GC) resistance is more common than resistance to other chemotherapies at relapse. In addition, failure to clear peripheral blasts during a prednisone prophase correlates with an elevated risk of relapse in newly diagnosed patients. Here we show that intrinsic GC resistance is present at diagnosis in early thymic precursor (ETP) T-ALLs as well as in a subset of non-ETP T-ALLs. GC-resistant non-ETP T-ALLs are characterized by strong induction of JAK/STAT signaling ...


Role Of Peptidylarginine Deiminase 2 (Pad2) In Mammary Carcinoma Cell Migration, Sachi Horibata, Katherine E. Rogers, David Sadegh, Lynne J. Anguish, John L. Mcelwee, Pragya Shah, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod May 2017

Role Of Peptidylarginine Deiminase 2 (Pad2) In Mammary Carcinoma Cell Migration, Sachi Horibata, Katherine E. Rogers, David Sadegh, Lynne J. Anguish, John L. Mcelwee, Pragya Shah, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod

Thompson Lab Publications

BACKGROUND: Penetration of the mammary gland basement membrane by cancer cells is a crucial first step in tumor invasion. Using a mouse model of ductal carcinoma in situ, we previously found that inhibition of peptidylarginine deiminase 2 (PAD2, aka PADI2) activity appears to maintain basement membrane integrity in xenograft tumors. The goal of this investigation was to gain insight into the mechanisms by which PAD2 mediates this process.

METHODS: For our study, we modulated PAD2 activity in mammary ductal carcinoma cells by lentiviral shRNA-mediated depletion, lentiviral-mediated PAD2 overexpression, or PAD inhibition and explored the effects of these treatments on changes ...


Differential Involvement Of The Microtubule Cytoskeleton In Insulin Receptor Substrate 1 (Irs-1) And Irs-2 Signaling To Akt Determines The Response To Microtubule Disruption In Breast Carcinoma Cells, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jennifer L. Clark, Andrew J. Piper, Jenny Janusis, Leslie M. Shaw May 2017

Differential Involvement Of The Microtubule Cytoskeleton In Insulin Receptor Substrate 1 (Irs-1) And Irs-2 Signaling To Akt Determines The Response To Microtubule Disruption In Breast Carcinoma Cells, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jennifer L. Clark, Andrew J. Piper, Jenny Janusis, Leslie M. Shaw

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The insulin receptor substrate (IRS) proteins serve as essential signaling intermediates for the activation of PI3K by both the insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) and its close family member, the insulin receptor (IR). Although IRS-1 and IRS-2 share significant homology, they regulate distinct cellular responses downstream of these receptors and play divergent roles in breast cancer. To investigate the mechanism by which signaling through IRS-1 and IRS-2 results in differential outcomes, we assessed the involvement of the microtubule cytoskeleton in IRS-dependent signaling. Treatment with drugs that either stabilize or disrupt microtubules reveal that an intact microtubule cytoskeleton contributes to ...


Chloramidine/Bisindolylmaleimide-I-Mediated Inhibition Of Exosome And Microvesicle Release And Enhanced Efficacy Of Cancer Chemotherapy, Uchini S. Kosgodage, Rita P. Trindade, Paul R. Thompson, Jameel M. Inal, Sigrun Lange May 2017

Chloramidine/Bisindolylmaleimide-I-Mediated Inhibition Of Exosome And Microvesicle Release And Enhanced Efficacy Of Cancer Chemotherapy, Uchini S. Kosgodage, Rita P. Trindade, Paul R. Thompson, Jameel M. Inal, Sigrun Lange

Open Access Articles

Microvesicle (MV) release from tumour cells influences drug retention, contributing to cancer drug resistance. Strategically regulating MV release may increase drug retention within cancer cells and allow for lower doses of chemotherapeutic drugs. The contribution of exosomes to drug retention still remains unknown. Potential exosome and MV (EMV) biogenesis inhibitors, tested on human prostate cancer (PC3) cells for their capacity to inhibit EMV release, were also tested on PC3 and MCF-7 (breast cancer) cells for improving chemotherapy. Agents inhibiting EMV release most significantly, whilst maintaining cell viability, were chloramidine (Cl-amidine; 50 microM) and bisindolylmaleimide-I (10 microM). Apoptosis mediated by the ...