UMR3348 – Genotoxic stress and Cancer

Unit publications

Year of publication 2018

Elie Hatem, Sandy Azzi, Nadine El Banna, Tiantian He, Amélie Heneman-Masurel, Laurence Vernis, Dorothée Baïlle, Vanessa Masson, Florent Dingli, Damarys Loew, Bruno Azzarone, Pierre Eid, Giuseppe Baldacci, Meng-Er Huang (2018 Nov 20)

Auranofin/Vitamin C: A Novel Drug Combination Targeting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute : DOI : 10.1093/ije/djy149 Learn more
Summary

Cancer cells from different origins exhibit various basal redox statuses and thus respond differently to intrinsic or extrinsic oxidative stress. These intricate characteristics condition the success of redox-based anticancer therapies that capitalize on the ability of reactive oxygen species to achieve selective and efficient cancer cell killing.

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Maria M Magiera, Satish Bodakuntla, Jakub Žiak, Sabrina Lacomme, Patricia Marques Sousa, Sophie Leboucher, Torben J Hausrat, Christophe Bosc, Annie Andrieux, Matthias Kneussel, Marc Landry, André Calas, Martin Balastik, Carsten Janke (2018 Nov 12)

Excessive tubulin polyglutamylation causes neurodegeneration and perturbs neuronal transport.

The EMBO journal. : DOI : e100440 Learn more
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Posttranslational modifications of tubulin are emerging regulators of microtubule functions. We have shown earlier that upregulated polyglutamylation is linked to rapid degeneration of Purkinje cells in mice with a mutation in the deglutamylating enzyme CCP1. How polyglutamylation leads to degeneration, whether it affects multiple neuron types, or which physiological processes it regulates in healthy neurons has remained unknown. Here, we demonstrate that excessive polyglutamylation induces neurodegeneration in a cell-autonomous manner and can occur in many parts of the central nervous system. Degeneration of selected neurons in CCP1-deficient mice can be fully rescued by simultaneous knockout of the counteracting polyglutamylase TTLL1. Excessive polyglutamylation reduces the efficiency of neuronal transport in cultured hippocampal neurons, suggesting that impaired cargo transport plays an important role in the observed degenerative phenotypes. We thus establish polyglutamylation as a cell-autonomous mechanism for neurodegeneration that might be therapeutically accessible through manipulation of the enzymes that control this posttranslational modification.

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Vandana Shashi, Maria M Magiera, Dennis Klein, Maha Zaki, Kelly Schoch, Sabine Rudnik-Schöneborn, Andrew Norman, Osorio Lopes Abath Neto, Marina Dusl, Xidi Yuan, Luca Bartesaghi, Patrizia De Marco, Ahmed A Alfares, Ronit Marom, Stefan T Arold, Francisco J Guzmán-Vega, Loren Dm Pena, Edward C Smith, Maja Steinlin, Mohamed Oe Babiker, Payam Mohassel, A Reghan Foley, Sandra Donkervoort, Rupleen Kaur, Partha S Ghosh, Valentina Stanley, Damir Musaev, Caroline Nava, Cyril Mignot, Boris Keren, Marcello Scala, Elisa Tassano, Paolo Picco, Paola Doneda, Chiara Fiorillo, Mahmoud Y Issa, Ali Alassiri, Ahmed Alahmad, Amanda Gerard, Pengfei Liu, Yaping Yang, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Peter G Kranz, Ingrid M Wentzensen, Rolf Stucka, Nicholas Stong, Andrew S Allen, David B Goldstein, , Benedikt Schoser, Kai M Rösler, Majid Alfadhel, Valeria Capra, Roman Chrast, Tim M Strom, Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, Carsten G Bönnemann, Joseph G Gleeson, Rudolf Martini, Carsten Janke, Jan Senderek (2018 Nov 12)

Loss of tubulin deglutamylase CCP1 causes infantile-onset neurodegeneration.

The EMBO journal. : DOI : e100540 Learn more
Summary

A set of glutamylases and deglutamylases controls levels of tubulin polyglutamylation, a prominent post-translational modification of neuronal microtubules. Defective tubulin polyglutamylation was first linked to neurodegeneration in the () mouse, which lacks deglutamylase CCP1, displays massive cerebellar atrophy, and accumulates abnormally glutamylated tubulin in degenerating neurons. We found biallelic rare and damaging variants in the gene encoding CCP1 in 13 individuals with infantile-onset neurodegeneration and confirmed the absence of functional CCP1 along with dysregulated tubulin polyglutamylation. The human disease mainly affected the cerebellum, spinal motor neurons, and peripheral nerves. We also demonstrate previously unrecognized peripheral nerve and spinal motor neuron degeneration in mice, which thus recapitulated key features of the human disease. Our findings link human neurodegeneration to tubulin polyglutamylation, entailing this post-translational modification as a potential target for drug development for neurodegenerative disorders.

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Caroline Robert, Stéphan Vagner (2018 Nov 1)

Boosting Immunity by Targeting Post-translational Prenylation of Small GTPases.

Cell : 901-902 : DOI : S0092-8674(18)31385-0 Learn more
Summary

Diseases leading to immune activation and autoinflammatory phenotypes may provide a reservoir of potentially druggable pathways for optimizing immune adjuvants or boosting antitumor immune responses. Now, Xia et al. report that lipophilic statins or biphosphonates, targeting the mevalonate pathway, act as efficient vaccine adjuvants and synergize with anti-PD1 against cancer.

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Michaël Cerezo, Ramdane Guemiri, Sabine Druillennec, Isabelle Girault, Hélène Malka-Mahieu, Shensi Shen, Delphine Allard, Sylvain Martineau, Caroline Welsch, Sandrine Agoussi, Charlène Estrada, Julien Adam, Cristina Libenciuc, Emilie Routier, Séverine Roy, Laurent Désaubry, Alexander M Eggermont, Nahum Sonenberg, Jean Yves Scoazec, Alain Eychène, Stéphan Vagner, Caroline Robert (2018 Oct 29)

Translational control of tumor immune escape via the eIF4F-STAT1-PD-L1 axis in melanoma.

Nature medicine : DOI : 10.1038/s41591-018-0217-1 Learn more
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Preventing the immune escape of tumor cells by blocking inhibitory checkpoints, such as the interaction between programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) and programmed death-1 (PD-1) receptor, is a powerful anticancer approach. However, many patients do not respond to checkpoint blockade. Tumor PD-L1 expression is a potential efficacy biomarker, but the complex mechanisms underlying its regulation are not completely understood. Here, we show that the eukaryotic translation initiation complex, eIF4F, which binds the 5′ cap of mRNAs, regulates the surface expression of interferon-γ-induced PD-L1 on cancer cells by regulating translation of the mRNA encoding the signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) transcription factor. eIF4F complex formation correlates with response to immunotherapy in human melanoma. Pharmacological inhibition of eIF4A, the RNA helicase component of eIF4F, elicits powerful antitumor immune-mediated effects via PD-L1 downregulation. Thus, eIF4A inhibitors, in development as anticancer drugs, may also act as cancer immunotherapies.

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Nirakar Basnet, Hana Nedozralova, Alvaro H Crevenna, Satish Bodakuntla, Thomas Schlichthaerle, Michael Taschner, Giovanni Cardone, Carsten Janke, Ralf Jungmann, Maria M Magiera, Christian Biertümpfel, Naoko Mizuno (2018 Oct 20)

Direct induction of microtubule branching by microtubule nucleation factor SSNA1.

Nature cell biology : 1172-1180 : DOI : 10.1038/s41556-018-0199-8 Learn more
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Microtubules are central elements of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton that often function as part of branched networks. Current models for branching include nucleation of new microtubules from severed microtubule seeds or from γ-tubulin recruited to the side of a pre-existing microtubule. Here, we found that microtubules can be directly remodelled into branched structures by the microtubule-remodelling factor SSNA1 (also known as NA14 or DIP13). The branching activity of SSNA1 relies on its ability to self-assemble into fibrils in a head-to-tail fashion. SSNA1 fibrils guide protofilaments of a microtubule to split apart to form daughter microtubules. We further found that SSNA1 localizes at axon branching sites and has a key role in neuronal development. SSNA1 mutants that abolish microtubule branching in vitro also fail to promote axon development and branching when overexpressed in neurons. We have, therefore, discovered a mechanism for microtubule branching and implicated its role in neuronal development.

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Marine Fanny Garrido, Nicolas Jp Martin, Matthieu Bertrand, Catherine Gaudin, Frederic Commo, Nassif El Kalaany, Nader Al Nakouzi, Ladan Fazli, Elaine Del Nery, Jacques Camonis, Franck Perez, Stéphanie Lerondel, Alain LE Pape, Martin E Gleave, Yohann Loriot, Laurent Desaubry, Stephan Vagner, Karim Fizazi, Anne Chauchereau (2018 Oct 15)

Regulation of eIF4F translation initiation complex by the peptidyl prolyl isomerase FKBP7 in taxane-resistant prostate cancer.

Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research : DOI : clincanres.0704.2018 Learn more
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Targeted therapies that use the signaling pathways involved in prostate cancer are required to overcome chemoresistance and improve treatment outcomes for men. Molecular chaperones play a key role in the regulation of protein homeostasis and are potential targets for overcoming chemoresistance.

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Year of publication 2017

Michelle Newman, Rym Sfaxi, Abhijit Saha, David Monchaud, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, Stéphan Vagner (2017 Oct 27)

The G-Quadruplex-Specific RNA Helicase DHX36 Regulates p53 Pre-mRNA 3′-End Processing Following UV-Induced DNA Damage.

Journal of Molecular Biology : 429 : 3121-3131 : DOI : 10.1016/j.jmb.2016.11.033 Learn more
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Pre-mRNA 3′-end processing, the process through which almost all eukaryotic mRNAs acquire a poly(A) tail is generally inhibited during the cellular DNA damage response leading to a profound impact on the level of protein expression since unprocessed transcripts at the 3′-end will be degraded or unable to be transported to the cytoplasm. However, a compensatory mechanism involving the binding of the hnRNP H/F family of RNA binding proteins to an RNA G-quadruplex (G4) structure located in the vicinity of a polyadenylation site has previously been described to allow the transcript encoding the p53 tumour suppressor protein to be properly processed during DNA damage and to provide the cells with a way to react to DNA damage. Here we report that the DEAH (Asp-Glu-Ala-His) box RNA helicase DHX36/RHAU/G4R1, which specifically binds to and resolves parallel-stranded G4, is necessary to maintain p53 pre-mRNA 3′-end processing following UV-induced DNA damage. DHX36 binds to the p53 RNA G4, while mutation of the G4 impairs the ability of DHX36 to maintain pre-mRNA 3′-end processing. Stabilization of the p53 RNA G4 with two different G4 ligands ((PNA)DOTASQ and PhenDC3), which is expected from previous studies to prevent DHX36 from binding and unwinding G4s, also impairs p53 pre-mRNA 3′-end processing following UV. Our work identifies DHX36 as a new actor in the compensatory mechanisms that are in place to ensure that the mRNAs encoding p53 are still processed following UV.

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Tyler J Burns, Andreas P Frei, Pier F Gherardini, Felice A Bava, Jake E Batchelder, Yuki Yoshiyasu, Julie M Yu, Amanda R Groziak, Samuel C Kimmey, Veronica D Gonzalez, Wendy J Fantl, Garry P Nolan (2017 Feb 1)

High-throughput precision measurement of subcellular localization in single cells.

Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology : 180-189 : DOI : 10.1002/cyto.a.23054 Learn more
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To quantify visual and spatial information in single cells with a throughput of thousands of cells per second, we developed Subcellular Localization Assay (SLA). This adaptation of Proximity Ligation Assay expands the capabilities of flow cytometry to include data relating to localization of proteins to and within organelles. We used SLA to detect the nuclear import of transcription factors across cell subsets in complex samples. We further measured intranuclear re-localization of target proteins across the cell cycle and upon DNA damage induction. SLA combines multiple single-cell methods to bring about a new dimension of inquiry and analysis in complex cell populations. © 2017 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

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Helene Malka-Mahieu, Michelle Newman, Laurent Desaubry, Caroline Robert, Stephan Vagner (2017 Jan 1)

Molecular Pathways: The eIF4F Translation Initiation Complex- New Opportunities for Cancer Treatment.

Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research : DOI : 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-2362 Learn more
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The eIF4F complex regulates the cap-dependent mRNA translation process. It is becoming increasingly evident that aberrant activity of this complex is observed in many cancers leading to the selective synthesis of proteins involved in tumour growth and metastasis. The selective translation of cellular mRNAs controlled by this complex also contributes to resistance to cancer treatments, and downregulation of the eIF4F complex components can restore sensitivity to various cancer therapies. Here we review the contribution of the eIF4F complex to tumourigenesis with a focus on its role in chemoresistance as well as the promising use of new small molecule inhibitors of the complex, including flavaglines/rocaglates, hippuristanol and pateamine A.

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Year of publication 2016

Catharina von Nicolai, Åsa Ehlén, Charlotte Martin, Xiaodong Zhang, Aura Carreira (2016 Sep 15)

A second DNA binding site in human BRCA2 promotes homologous recombination.

Nature communications : 12813 : DOI : 10.1038/ncomms12813 Learn more
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BRCA2 tumour-suppressor protein is well known for its role in DNA repair by homologous recombination (HR); assisting the loading of RAD51 recombinase at DNA double-strand breaks. This function is executed by the C-terminal DNA binding domain (CTD) which binds single-stranded (ss)DNA, and the BRC repeats, which bind RAD51 and modulate its assembly onto ssDNA. Paradoxically, analysis of cells resistant to DNA damaging agents missing the CTD restore HR proficiency, suggesting another domain may take over its function. Here, we identify a region in the N terminus of BRCA2 that exhibits DNA binding activity (NTD) and provide evidence for NTD promoting RAD51-mediated HR. A missense variant detected in breast cancer patients located in the NTD impairs HR stimulation on dsDNA/ssDNA junction containing substrates. These findings shed light on the function of the N terminus of BRCA2 and have implications for the evaluation of breast cancer variants.

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Vittorio Calderone, Javier Gallego, Gonzalo Fernandez-Miranda, Ester Garcia-Pras, Carlos Maillo, Annalisa Berzigotti, Marc Mejias, Felice-Alessio Bava, Ana Angulo-Urarte, Mariona Graupera, Pilar Navarro, Jaime Bosch, Mercedes Fernandez, Raul Mendez (2016 Apr 1)

Sequential Functions of CPEB1 and CPEB4 Regulate Pathologic Expression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Angiogenesis in Chronic Liver Disease.

Gastroenterology : 982-97.e30 : DOI : 10.1053/j.gastro.2015.11.038 Learn more
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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) regulates angiogenesis, yet therapeutic strategies to disrupt VEGF signaling can interfere with physiologic angiogenesis. In a search for ways to inhibit pathologic production or activities of VEGF without affecting its normal production or functions, we investigated the post-transcriptional regulation of VEGF by the cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding proteins CPEB1 and CPEB4 during development of portal hypertension and liver disease.

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Anne Cammas, Magali Lacroix-Triki, Sandra Pierredon, Morgane Le Bras, Jason S Iacovoni, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, Gilles Favre, Henri Roché, Thomas Filleron, Stefania Millevoi, Stéphan Vagner (2016 Mar 29)

hnRNP A1-mediated translational regulation of the G quadruplex-containing RON receptor tyrosine kinase mRNA linked to tumor progression.

Oncotarget : 7 : 16793-805 : DOI : 10.18632/oncotarget.7589 Learn more
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The expression and role of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) controlling mRNA translation during tumor progression remains largely uncharacterized. Analysis by immunohistochemistry of the expression of hnRNP A1, hnRNPH, RBM9/FOX2, SRSF1/ASF/SF2, SRSF2/SC35, SRSF3/SRp20, SRSF7/9G8 in breast tumors shows that the expression of hnRNP A1, but not the other tested RBPs, is associated with metastatic relapse. Strikingly, hnRNP A1, a nuclear splicing regulator, is also present in the cytoplasm of tumor cells of a subset of patients displaying exceedingly worse prognosis. Expression of a cytoplasmic mutant of hnRNP A1 leads to increased translation of the mRNA encoding the tyrosine kinase receptor RON/MTS1R, known for its function in tumor dissemination, and increases cell migration in vitro. hnRNP A1 directly binds to the 5′ untranslated region of the RON mRNA and activates its translation through G-quadruplex RNA secondary structures. The correlation between hnRNP A1 and RON tumoral expression suggests that these findings hold clinical relevance.

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Jeffrey J Nirschl, Maria M Magiera, Jacob E Lazarus, Carsten Janke, Erika L F Holzbaur (2016 Mar 22)

α-Tubulin Tyrosination and CLIP-170 Phosphorylation Regulate the Initiation of Dynein-Driven Transport in Neurons.

Cell reports : 2637-52 : DOI : 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.02.046 Learn more
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Motor-cargo recruitment to microtubules is often the rate-limiting step of intracellular transport, and defects in this recruitment can cause neurodegenerative disease. Here, we use in vitro reconstitution assays with single-molecule resolution, live-cell transport assays in primary neurons, computational image analysis, and computer simulations to investigate the factors regulating retrograde transport initiation in the distal axon. We find that phosphorylation of the cytoskeletal-organelle linker protein CLIP-170 and post-translational modifications of the microtubule track combine to precisely control the initiation of retrograde transport. Computer simulations of organelle dynamics in the distal axon indicate that while CLIP-170 primarily regulates the time to microtubule encounter, the tyrosination state of the microtubule lattice regulates the likelihood of binding. These mechanisms interact to control transport initiation in the axon in a manner sensitive to the specialized cytoskeletal architecture of the neuron.

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Andreas P Frei*, Felice-Alessio Bava*, Eli R Zunder, Elena W Y Hsieh, Shih-Yu Chen, Garry P Nolan, Pier Federico Gherardini. *co-first, equal contributors (2016 Mar 1)

Highly multiplexed simultaneous detection of RNAs and proteins in single cells.

Nature methods : 269-75 : DOI : 10.1038/nmeth.3742 Learn more
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To enable the detection of expression signatures specific to individual cells, we developed PLAYR (proximity ligation assay for RNA), a method for highly multiplexed transcript quantification by flow and mass cytometry that is compatible with standard antibody staining. When used with mass cytometry, PLAYR allowed for the simultaneous quantification of more than 40 different mRNAs and proteins. In primary cells, we quantified multiple transcripts, with the identity and functional state of each analyzed cell defined on the basis of the expression of a separate set of transcripts or proteins. By expanding high-throughput deep phenotyping of cells beyond protein epitopes to include RNA expression, PLAYR opens a new avenue for the characterization of cellular metabolism.

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