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  • Targeting DNA damage repair functions of two histone deacetylases, HDAC8 and SIRT6, sensitizes acute myeloid leukemia to NAMPT inhibition. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Zhang, P., Brinton, L. T., Williams, K., Sher, S., Orwick, S., Lai, T., Mims, A. S., Coss, C. C., Kulp, S. K., Youssef, Y., Chan, W. K., Mitchell, S., Mustonen, A., Cannon, M., Phillips, H., Lehman, A. M., Kauffman, T., Beaver, L., Canfield, D., Grieselhuber, N. R., Alinari, L., Sampath, D., Yan, P., Byrd, J. C., Blachly, J. S., Lapalombella, R. 2021


    PURPOSE: Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) inhibitors are currently in development, but may be limited as a single agent therapy due to compound-specific toxicity and cancer metabolic plasticity allowing resistance development. To potentially lower the doses of NAMPT inhibitors required for therapeutic benefit against acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we performed a genome-wide CRISPRi screen to identify rational disease-specific partners for a novel NAMPT inhibitor, KPT-2974.EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Cell lines and primary cells were analyzed for cell viability, self-renewal and responses at RNA and protein levels with loss-of-function approaches and pharmacologic treatments. In vivo efficacy of combination therapy was evaluated with a xenograft model.RESULTS: We identified two histone deacetylases, HDAC8 and SIRT6, whose knockout conferred synthetic lethality with KPT-9274 in AML. Furthermore, HDAC8-specific inhibitor, PCI-34051, or clinical Class I HDAC inhibitor, AR-42, in combination with KPT-9274, synergistically decreased the survival of AML cells in a dose-dependent manner. AR-42/KPT-9274 co-treatment attenuated colony-forming potentials of patient cells while sparing healthy hematopoietic cells. Importantly, combined therapy demonstrated promising in vivo efficacy compared with KPT-9274 or AR-42 monotherapy. Mechanistically, genetic inhibition of SIRT6 potentiated the effect of KPT-9274 on PARP-1 suppression by abolishing mono-ADP ribosylation. AR-42/KPT-9274 co-treatment resulted in synergistic attenuation of homologous recombination (HR) and nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) pathways in cell lines and leukemia initiating cells (LICs).CONCLUSIONS: Our findings provide evidence that HDAC8 inhibition- or shSIRT6-induced DNA repair deficiencies are potently synergistic with NAMPT targeting, with minimal toxicity towards normal cells, providing a rationale for a novel-novel combination-based treatment for AML.

    View details for DOI 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-3724

    View details for PubMedID 33542077

  • Insights into clonal hematopoiesis and its relation to cancer risk. Current opinion in genetics & development Mitchell, S. R., Gopakumar, J., Jaiswal, S. 2021; 66: 63?69


    In the multi-hit model of carcinogenesis, a precancerous state often precedes overt malignancy. Identification of these states has been of great interest as they allow for early identification of at-risk individuals before the appearance of a future cancer. One such condition has recently been described for blood cancers: Clonal Hematopoiesis of Indeterminate Potential (CHIP). Recent research advances have elucidated the risk of progression of CHIP to myeloid malignancies, its potential as a precursor for non-myeloid blood cancers, and its association with non-hematological cancers. Understanding the evolution of CHIP to hematological malignancy may help identify CHIP carriers at high risk of transformation and lead to the development of targeted therapies that can be deployed preemptively.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.gde.2020.12.004

    View details for PubMedID 33422951

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