UMR3348 – Genotoxic stress and Cancer

Unit publications

Year of publication 2019

Judith Souphron, Satish Bodakuntla, A S Jijumon, Goran Lakisic, Alexis M Gautreau, Carsten Janke, Maria M Magiera (2019 Apr 19)

Purification of tubulin with controlled post-translational modifications by polymerization-depolymerization cycles.

Nature protocols : DOI : 10.1038/s41596-019-0153-7 Learn more
Summary

In vitro reconstitutions of microtubule assemblies have provided essential mechanistic insights into the molecular bases of microtubule dynamics and their interactions with associated proteins. The tubulin code has emerged as a regulatory mechanism for microtubule functions, which suggests that tubulin isotypes and post-translational modifications (PTMs) play important roles in controlling microtubule functions. To investigate the tubulin code mechanism, it is essential to analyze different tubulin variants in vitro. Until now, this has been difficult, as most reconstitution experiments have used heavily post-translationally modified tubulin purified from brain tissue. Therefore, we developed a protocol that allows purification of tubulin with controlled PTMs from limited sources through cycles of polymerization and depolymerization. Although alternative protocols using affinity purification of tubulin also yield very pure tubulin, our protocol has the unique advantage of selecting for fully functional tubulin, as non-polymerizable tubulin is excluded in the successive polymerization cycles. It thus provides a novel procedure for obtaining tubulin with controlled PTMs for in vitro reconstitution experiments. We describe specific procedures for tubulin purification from adherent cells, cells grown in suspension cultures and single mouse brains. The protocol can be combined with drug treatment, transfection of cells before tubulin purification or enzymatic treatment during the purification process. The amplification of cells and their growth in spinner bottles takes ~13 d; the tubulin purification takes 6-7 h. The tubulin can be used in total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF)-microscopy-based experiments or pelleting assays for the investigation of intrinsic properties of microtubules and their interactions with associated proteins.

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Matthieu Gratia, Mathieu P Rodero, Cécile Conrad, Elias Bou Samra, Mathieu Maurin, Gillian I Rice, Darragh Duffy, Patrick Revy, Florence Petit, Russell C Dale, Yanick J Crow, Mounira Amor-Gueret, Nicolas Manel (2019 Apr 1)

Bloom syndrome protein restrains innate immune sensing of micronuclei by cGAS.

The Journal of experimental medicine : DOI : jem.20181329 Learn more
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Cellular innate immune sensors of DNA are essential for host defense against invading pathogens. However, the presence of self-DNA inside cells poses a risk of triggering unchecked immune responses. The mechanisms limiting induction of inflammation by self-DNA are poorly understood. BLM RecQ-like helicase is essential for genome integrity and is deficient in Bloom syndrome (BS), a rare genetic disease characterized by genome instability, accumulation of micronuclei, susceptibility to cancer, and immunodeficiency. Here, we show that BLM-deficient fibroblasts show constitutive up-regulation of inflammatory interferon-stimulated gene (ISG) expression, which is mediated by the cGAS-STING-IRF3 cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway. Increased DNA damage or down-regulation of the cytoplasmic exonuclease TREX1 enhances ISG expression in BLM-deficient fibroblasts. cGAS-containing cytoplasmic micronuclei are increased in BS cells. Finally, BS patients demonstrate elevated ISG expression in peripheral blood. These results reveal that BLM limits ISG induction, thus connecting DNA damage to cellular innate immune response, which may contribute to human pathogenesis.

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Catherine Strassel, Maria M Magiera, Arnaud Dupuis, Morgane Batzenschlager, Agnès Hovasse, Irina Pleines, Paul Guéguen, Anita Eckly, Sylvie Moog, Léa Mallo, Quentin Kimmerlin, Stéphane Chappaz, Jean-Marc Strub, Natarajan Kathiresan, Henri de la Salle, Alain Van Dorsselaer, Claude Ferec, Jean-Yves Py, Christian Gachet, Christine Schaeffer-Reiss, Benjamin T Kile, Carsten Janke, François Lanza (2019 Feb 15)

An essential role for α4A-tubulin in platelet biogenesis.

Life science alliance : DOI : e201900309 Learn more
Summary

During platelet biogenesis, microtubules (MTs) are arranged into submembranous structures (the marginal band) that encircle the cell in a single plane. This unique MT array has no equivalent in any other mammalian cell, and the mechanisms responsible for this particular mode of assembly are not fully understood. One possibility is that platelet MTs are composed of a particular set of tubulin isotypes that carry specific posttranslational modifications. Although β1-tubulin is known to be essential, no equivalent roles of α-tubulin isotypes in platelet formation or function have so far been reported. Here, we identify α4A-tubulin as a predominant α-tubulin isotype in platelets. Similar to β1-tubulin, α4A-tubulin expression is up-regulated during the late stages of megakaryocyte differentiation. Missense mutations in the α4A-tubulin gene cause macrothrombocytopenia in mice and humans. Defects in α4A-tubulin lead to changes in tubulin tyrosination status of the platelet tubulin pool. Ultrastructural defects include reduced numbers and misarranged MT coils in the platelet marginal band. We further observed defects in megakaryocyte maturation and proplatelet formation in -mutant mice. We have, thus, discovered an α-tubulin isotype with specific and essential roles in platelet biogenesis.

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Tiziana Giordano, Sudarshan Gadadhar, Satish Bodakuntla, Jonas Straub, Sophie Leboucher, Guillaume Martinez, Walid Chemlali, Christophe Bosc, Annie Andrieux, Ivan Bieche, Christophe Arnoult, Stefan Geimer, Carsten Janke (2019 Feb 7)

Loss of the deglutamylase CCP5 perturbs multiple steps of spermatogenesis and leads to male infertility.

Journal of cell science : DOI : jcs226951 Learn more
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Sperm cells are highly specialized mammalian cells, and their biogenesis requires unique intracellular structures. Perturbation of spermatogenesis often leads to male infertility. Here, we assess the role of a post-translational modification of tubulin, glutamylation, in spermatogenesis. We show that mice lacking the tubulin deglutamylase CCP5 (also known as AGBL5) do not form functional sperm. In these mice, spermatids accumulate polyglutamylated tubulin, accompanied by the occurrence of disorganized microtubule arrays, in particular in the sperm manchette. Spermatids further fail to re-arrange their intracellular space and accumulate organelles and cytosol, while nuclei condense normally. Strikingly, spermatids lacking CCP5 show supernumerary centrioles, suggesting that glutamylation could control centriole duplication. We show that most of these observed defects are also present in mice in which CCP5 is deleted only in the male germ line, strongly suggesting that they are germ-cell autonomous. Our findings reveal that polyglutamylation is, beyond its known importance for sperm flagella, an essential regulator of several microtubule-based functions during spermatogenesis. This makes enzymes involved in glutamylation prime candidates for being genes involved in male sterility.

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Pedro Guedes-Dias, Jeffrey J Nirschl, Nohely Abreu, Mariko K Tokito, Carsten Janke, Maria M Magiera, Erika L F Holzbaur (2019 Jan 21)

Kinesin-3 Responds to Local Microtubule Dynamics to Target Synaptic Cargo Delivery to the Presynapse.

Current biology : CB : 268-282.e8 : DOI : S0960-9822(18)31595-1 Learn more
Summary

Neurons in the CNS establish thousands of en passant synapses along their axons. Robust neurotransmission depends on the replenishment of synaptic components in a spatially precise manner. Using live-cell microscopy and single-molecule reconstitution assays, we find that the delivery of synaptic vesicle precursors (SVPs) to en passant synapses in hippocampal neurons is specified by an interplay between the kinesin-3 KIF1A motor and presynaptic microtubules. Presynaptic sites are hotspots of dynamic microtubules rich in GTP-tubulin. KIF1A binds more weakly to GTP-tubulin than GDP-tubulin and competes with end-binding (EB) proteins for binding to the microtubule plus end. A disease-causing mutation within KIF1A that reduces preferential binding to GDP- versus GTP-rich microtubules disrupts SVP delivery and reduces presynaptic release upon neuronal stimulation. Thus, the localized enrichment of dynamic microtubules along the axon specifies a localized unloading zone that ensures the accurate delivery of SVPs, controlling presynaptic strength in hippocampal neurons.

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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
Summary

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
Summary

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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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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