Loss of functional BAP1 augments sensitivity to TRAIL in cancer cells

Kolluri, K. K. et al. (2018) Loss of functional BAP1 augments sensitivity to TRAIL in cancer cells. eLife, 7, e30224. (doi: 10.7554/eLife.30224) (PMID:29345617) (PMCID:PMC5773178)

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Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is poorly responsive to systemic cytotoxic chemotherapy and invariably fatal. Here we describe a screen of 94 drugs in 15 exome-sequenced MM lines and the discovery of a subset defined by loss of function of the nuclear deubiquitinase BRCA associated protein-1 (BAP1) that demonstrate heightened sensitivity to TRAIL (tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand). This association is observed across human early passage MM cultures, mouse xenografts and human tumour explants. We demonstrate that BAP1 deubiquitinase activity and its association with ASXL1 to form the Polycomb repressive deubiquitinase complex (PR-DUB) impacts TRAIL sensitivity implicating transcriptional modulation as an underlying mechanism. Death receptor agonists are well-tolerated anti-cancer agents demonstrating limited therapeutic benefit in trials without a targeting biomarker. We identify BAP1 loss-of-function mutations, which are frequent in MM, as a potential genomic stratification tool for TRAIL sensitivity with immediate and actionable therapeutic implications.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Le Quesne, Professor John
Creator Roles:
Le Quesne, J.Formal analysis, Validation, Methodology
Authors: Kolluri, K. K., Alifrangis, C., Kumar, N., Ishii, Y., Price, S., Michaut, M., Williams, S., Barthorpe, S., Lightfoot, H., Busacca, S., Sharkey, A., Yuan, Z., Sage, E. K., Vallath, S., Le Quesne, J., Tice, D. A., Alrifai, D., von Karstedt, S., Montinaro, A., Guppy, N., Waller, D. A., Nakas, A., Good, R., Holmes, A., Walczak, H., Fennell, D. A., Garnett, M., Iorio, F., Wessels, L., McDermott, U., and Janes, S. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:eLife
Publisher:eLife Sciences Publications
ISSN (Online):2050-084X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018, Kolluri et al.
First Published:First published in eLife 2018;7:e30224
Publisher Policy:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License
Data DOI:10.7554/eLife.30224.021

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