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lncRNA Epigenetic Landscape Analysis Identifies EPIC1 as an Oncogenic lncRNA that Interacts with MYC and Promotes Cell-Cycle Progression in Cancer.
Wang Z, Yang B, Zhang M, Guo W, Wu Z, Wang Y, Jia L, Li S, Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, Xie W, Yang D
(2018) Cancer Cell 33: 706-720.e9
MeSH Terms: Animals, Binding Sites, Breast Neoplasms, Cell Cycle, Cell Line, Tumor, CpG Islands, DNA Methylation, Epigenesis, Genetic, Female, Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic, Humans, Mice, Neoplasm Transplantation, Prognosis, Promoter Regions, Genetic, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, RNA, Long Noncoding, Up-Regulation
Show Abstract · Added October 30, 2019
We characterized the epigenetic landscape of genes encoding long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) across 6,475 tumors and 455 cancer cell lines. In stark contrast to the CpG island hypermethylation phenotype in cancer, we observed a recurrent hypomethylation of 1,006 lncRNA genes in cancer, including EPIC1 (epigenetically-induced lncRNA1). Overexpression of EPIC1 is associated with poor prognosis in luminal B breast cancer patients and enhances tumor growth in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, EPIC1 promotes cell-cycle progression by interacting with MYC through EPIC1's 129-283 nt region. EPIC1 knockdown reduces the occupancy of MYC to its target genes (e.g., CDKN1A, CCNA2, CDC20, and CDC45). MYC depletion abolishes EPIC1's regulation of MYC target and luminal breast cancer tumorigenesis in vitro and in vivo.
Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Pan-cancer Alterations of the MYC Oncogene and Its Proximal Network across the Cancer Genome Atlas.
Schaub FX, Dhankani V, Berger AC, Trivedi M, Richardson AB, Shaw R, Zhao W, Zhang X, Ventura A, Liu Y, Ayer DE, Hurlin PJ, Cherniack AD, Eisenman RN, Bernard B, Grandori C, Cancer Genome Atlas Network
(2018) Cell Syst 6: 282-300.e2
MeSH Terms: Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Leucine Zipper Transcription Factors, Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors, Biomarkers, Tumor, Carcinogenesis, Chromatin, Computational Biology, Genes, myc, Genomics, Humans, Neoplasms, Oncogenes, Proteomics, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Repressor Proteins, Signal Transduction, Transcription Factors
Show Abstract · Added October 30, 2019
Although the MYC oncogene has been implicated in cancer, a systematic assessment of alterations of MYC, related transcription factors, and co-regulatory proteins, forming the proximal MYC network (PMN), across human cancers is lacking. Using computational approaches, we define genomic and proteomic features associated with MYC and the PMN across the 33 cancers of The Cancer Genome Atlas. Pan-cancer, 28% of all samples had at least one of the MYC paralogs amplified. In contrast, the MYC antagonists MGA and MNT were the most frequently mutated or deleted members, proposing a role as tumor suppressors. MYC alterations were mutually exclusive with PIK3CA, PTEN, APC, or BRAF alterations, suggesting that MYC is a distinct oncogenic driver. Expression analysis revealed MYC-associated pathways in tumor subtypes, such as immune response and growth factor signaling; chromatin, translation, and DNA replication/repair were conserved pan-cancer. This analysis reveals insights into MYC biology and is a reference for biomarkers and therapeutics for cancers with alterations of MYC or the PMN.
Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MYC and MCL1 Cooperatively Promote Chemotherapy-Resistant Breast Cancer Stem Cells via Regulation of Mitochondrial Oxidative Phosphorylation.
Lee KM, Giltnane JM, Balko JM, Schwarz LJ, Guerrero-Zotano AL, Hutchinson KE, Nixon MJ, Estrada MV, Sánchez V, Sanders ME, Lee T, Gómez H, Lluch A, Pérez-Fidalgo JA, Wolf MM, Andrejeva G, Rathmell JC, Fesik SW, Arteaga CL
(2017) Cell Metab 26: 633-647.e7
MeSH Terms: Animals, Cell Line, Tumor, Drug Resistance, Neoplasm, Female, Humans, Mice, Nude, Mitochondria, Myeloid Cell Leukemia Sequence 1 Protein, Neoplastic Stem Cells, Oxidative Phosphorylation, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Reactive Oxygen Species, Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms
Show Abstract · Added March 14, 2018
Most patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) develop drug resistance. MYC and MCL1 are frequently co-amplified in drug-resistant TNBC after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Herein, we demonstrate that MYC and MCL1 cooperate in the maintenance of chemotherapy-resistant cancer stem cells (CSCs) in TNBC. MYC and MCL1 increased mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (mtOXPHOS) and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), processes involved in maintenance of CSCs. A mutant of MCL1 that cannot localize in mitochondria reduced mtOXPHOS, ROS levels, and drug-resistant CSCs without affecting the anti-apoptotic function of MCL1. Increased levels of ROS, a by-product of activated mtOXPHOS, led to the accumulation of HIF-1α. Pharmacological inhibition of HIF-1α attenuated CSC enrichment and tumor initiation in vivo. These data suggest that (1) MYC and MCL1 confer resistance to chemotherapy by expanding CSCs via mtOXPHOS and (2) targeting mitochondrial respiration and HIF-1α may reverse chemotherapy resistance in TNBC.
Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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BVES regulates c-Myc stability via PP2A and suppresses colitis-induced tumourigenesis.
Parang B, Kaz AM, Barrett CW, Short SP, Ning W, Keating CE, Mittal MK, Naik RD, Washington MK, Revetta FL, Smith JJ, Chen X, Wilson KT, Brand T, Bader DM, Tansey WP, Chen R, Brentnall TA, Grady WM, Williams CS
(2017) Gut 66: 852-862
MeSH Terms: Animals, Biomarkers, Tumor, Caco-2 Cells, Carcinogenesis, Cell Adhesion Molecules, Colitis, Colitis, Ulcerative, Colon, Colonic Neoplasms, DNA Methylation, Dextran Sulfate, Down-Regulation, Female, Gene Expression Profiling, HEK293 Cells, Humans, Male, Membrane Proteins, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Muscle Proteins, Promoter Regions, Genetic, Protein Phosphatase 2, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, RNA, Messenger, Wnt Signaling Pathway
Show Abstract · Added April 15, 2017
OBJECTIVE - Blood vessel epicardial substance (BVES) is a tight junction-associated protein that regulates epithelial-mesenchymal states and is underexpressed in epithelial malignancy. However, the functional impact of BVES loss on tumourigenesis is unknown. Here we define the in vivo role of BVES in colitis-associated cancer (CAC), its cellular function and its relevance to patients with IBD.
DESIGN - We determined promoter methylation status using an Infinium HumanMethylation450 array screen of patients with UC with and without CAC. We also measured mRNA levels in a tissue microarray consisting of normal colons and CAC samples. and wild-type mice (controls) were administered azoxymethane (AOM) and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) to induce tumour formation. Last, we used a yeast two-hybrid screen to identify BVES interactors and performed mechanistic studies in multiple cell lines to define how BVES reduces c-Myc levels.
RESULTS - mRNA was reduced in tumours from patients with CAC via promoter hypermethylation. Importantly, promoter hypermethylation was concurrently present in distant non-malignant-appearing mucosa. As seen in human patients, was underexpressed in experimental inflammatory carcinogenesis, and mice had increased tumour multiplicity and degree of dysplasia after AOM/DSS administration. Molecular analysis of tumours revealed Wnt activation and increased c-Myc levels. Mechanistically, we identified a new signalling pathway whereby BVES interacts with PR61α, a protein phosphatase 2A regulatory subunit, to mediate c-Myc destruction.
CONCLUSION - Loss of BVES promotes inflammatory tumourigenesis through dysregulation of Wnt signalling and the oncogene c-Myc. promoter methylation status may serve as a CAC biomarker.
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Myc enhances B-cell receptor signaling in precancerous B cells and confers resistance to Btk inhibition.
Moyo TK, Wilson CS, Moore DJ, Eischen CM
(2017) Oncogene 36: 4653-4661
MeSH Terms: Agammaglobulinaemia Tyrosine Kinase, Animals, B-Lymphocytes, CD79 Antigens, Cell Proliferation, Flow Cytometry, Humans, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3, Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases, Phospholipase C gamma, Phosphorylation, Precancerous Conditions, Protein-Tyrosine Kinases, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Pyrazoles, Pyrimidines, Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell, Splenic Neoplasms, Syk Kinase
Show Abstract · Added April 6, 2017
Dysregulation of the oncogenic transcription factor MYC induces B-cell transformation and is a driver for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL). MYC overexpression in B-NHL is associated with more aggressive phenotypes and poor prognosis. Although genomic studies suggest a link between MYC overexpression and B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling molecules in B-NHL, signaling pathways essential to Myc-mediated B-cell transformation have not been fully elucidated. We utilized intracellular phospho-flow cytometry to investigate the relationship between Myc and BCR signaling in pre-malignant B cells. Utilizing the Eμ-myc mouse model, where Myc is overexpressed specifically in B cells, both basal and stimulated BCR signaling were increased in precancerous B lymphocytes from Eμ-myc mice compared with wild-type littermates. B cells overexpressing Myc displayed constitutively higher levels of activated CD79α, Btk, Plcγ2 and Erk1/2. Notably, Myc-overexpressing B cells maintained elevated BCR signaling despite treatment with ibrutinib, a Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Furthermore, PI3K/Akt pathway signaling was also increased in Eμ-myc B cells, and this increase was partially suppressed with ibrutinib. In addition, experiments with Btk-null B cells revealed off-target effects of ibrutinib on BCR signaling. Our data show that in pre-malignant B cells, Myc overexpression is sufficient to activate BCR and PI3K/Akt signaling pathways and further enhances signaling following BCR ligation. Therefore, our results indicate that precancerous B cells have already acquired enhanced survival and growth capabilities before transformation, and that elevated MYC levels confer resistance to pharmacologic inhibitors of BCR signaling, which has significant implications for B-NHL treatment.
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c-Myc downregulation is required for preacinar to acinar maturation and pancreatic homeostasis.
Sánchez-Arévalo Lobo VJ, Fernández LC, Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau E, Richart L, Cobo I, Cendrowski J, Moreno U, Del Pozo N, Megías D, Bréant B, Wright CV, Magnuson M, Real FX
(2018) Gut 67: 707-718
MeSH Terms: Acinar Cells, Animals, Cell Differentiation, Disease Models, Animal, Down-Regulation, Homeostasis, Mice, Pancreas, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Transcription Factors
Show Abstract · Added February 7, 2017
BACKGROUND AND AIMS - c-Myc is highly expressed in pancreatic multipotent progenitor cells (MPC) and in pancreatic cancer. The transition from MPC to unipotent acinar progenitors is associated with c-Myc downregulation; a role for c-Myc in this process, and its possible relationship to a role in cancer, has not been established.
DESIGN - Using coimmunoprecipitation assays, we demonstrate that c-Myc and Ptf1a interact. Using reverse transcriptase qPCR, western blot and immunofluorescence, we show the erosion of the acinar programme. To analyse the genomic distribution of c-Myc and Ptf1a and the global transcriptomic profile, we used ChIP-seq and RNA-seq, respectively; validation was performed with ChIP-qPCR and RT-qPCR. Lineage-tracing experiments were used to follow the effect of c-Myc overexpression in preacinar cells on acinar differentiation.
RESULTS - c-Myc binds and represses the transcriptional activity of Ptf1a c-Myc overexpression in preacinar cells leads to a massive erosion of differentiation. In adult mice: (1) c-Myc binds to Ptf1a, and Tcf3 is downregulated; (2) Ptf1a and c-Myc display partially overlapping chromatin occupancy but do not bind the same E-boxes; (3) at the proximal promoter of genes coding for digestive enzymes, we find reduced PTF1 binding and increased levels of repressive chromatin marks and PRC2 complex components. Lineage tracing of committed acinar precursors reveals that c-Myc overexpression does not restore multipotency but allows the persistence of a preacinar-like cell population. In addition, mutant KRas can lead to c-Myc overexpression and acinar dysregulation.
CONCLUSIONS - c-Myc repression during development is crucial for the maturation of preacinar cells, and c-Myc overexpression can contribute to pancreatic carcinogenesis through the induction of a dedifferentiated state.
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Developmental Regulation of Mitochondrial Apoptosis by c-Myc Governs Age- and Tissue-Specific Sensitivity to Cancer Therapeutics.
Sarosiek KA, Fraser C, Muthalagu N, Bhola PD, Chang W, McBrayer SK, Cantlon A, Fisch S, Golomb-Mello G, Ryan JA, Deng J, Jian B, Corbett C, Goldenberg M, Madsen JR, Liao R, Walsh D, Sedivy J, Murphy DJ, Carrasco DR, Robinson S, Moslehi J, Letai A
(2017) Cancer Cell 31: 142-156
MeSH Terms: Age Factors, Animals, Apoptosis, Doxorubicin, Humans, Mice, Mitochondria, Neoplasms, Organ Specificity, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, bcl-2 Homologous Antagonist-Killer Protein, bcl-2-Associated X Protein
Show Abstract · Added March 26, 2017
It is not understood why healthy tissues can exhibit varying levels of sensitivity to the same toxic stimuli. Using BH3 profiling, we find that mitochondria of many adult somatic tissues, including brain, heart, and kidneys, are profoundly refractory to pro-apoptotic signaling, leading to cellular resistance to cytotoxic chemotherapies and ionizing radiation. In contrast, mitochondria from these tissues in young mice and humans are primed for apoptosis, predisposing them to undergo cell death in response to genotoxic damage. While expression of the apoptotic protein machinery is nearly absent by adulthood, in young tissues its expression is driven by c-Myc, linking developmental growth to cell death. These differences may explain why pediatric cancer patients have a higher risk of developing treatment-associated toxicities.
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Androgen receptor differentially regulates the proliferation of prostatic epithelial cells in vitro and in vivo.
Yang S, Jiang M, Grabowska MM, Li J, Connelly ZM, Zhang J, Hayward SW, Cates JM, Han G, Yu X
(2016) Oncotarget 7: 70404-70419
MeSH Terms: Androgens, Animals, Cell Differentiation, Cell Line, Cell Proliferation, Coculture Techniques, Epithelial Cells, Humans, Male, Mice, Nude, Prostate, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Rats, Receptors, Androgen, Stromal Cells
Show Abstract · Added November 1, 2018
Androgens regulate the proliferation and differentiation of prostatic epithelial cells, including prostate cancer (PCa) cells in a context-dependent manner. Androgens and androgen receptor (AR) do not invariably promote cell proliferation; in the normal adult, endogenous stromal and epithelial AR activation maintains differentiation and inhibits organ growth. In the current study, we report that activation of AR differentially regulates the proliferation of human prostate epithelial progenitor cells, NHPrE1, in vitro and in vivo. Inducing AR signaling in NHPrE1 cells suppressed cell proliferation in vitro, concomitant with a reduction in MYC expression. However, ectopic expression of AR in vivo stimulated cell proliferation and induced development of invasive PCa in tissue recombinants consisting of NHPrE1/AR cells and rat urogenital mesenchymal (UGM) cells, engrafted under renal capsule of adult male athymic mice. Expression of MYC increased in the NHPrE1/AR recombinant tissues, in contrast to the reduction seen in vitro. The inhibitory effect of AR signaling on cell proliferation in vitro were reduced by co-culturing NHPrE1/AR epithelial cells with prostatic stromal cells. In conclusion, these studies revealed that AR signaling differentially regulates proliferation of human prostatic epithelia cells in vitro and in vivo through mechanisms involving stromal/epithelial interactions.
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Myc Induces miRNA-Mediated Apoptosis in Response to HDAC Inhibition in Hematologic Malignancies.
Adams CM, Hiebert SW, Eischen CM
(2016) Cancer Res 76: 736-48
MeSH Terms: Animals, Apoptosis, Cell Line, Tumor, Hematologic Neoplasms, Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors, Humans, Mice, Inbred C57BL, MicroRNAs, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Transfection
Show Abstract · Added February 4, 2016
Alterations in the expression or function of histone deacetylases (HDAC) contribute to the development and progression of hematologic malignancies. Consequently, the development and implementation of HDAC inhibitors has proven to be therapeutically beneficial, particularly for hematologic malignancies. However, the molecular mechanisms by which HDAC inhibition (HDACi) induces tumor cell death remain unresolved. Here, we investigated the effects of HDACi in Myc-driven B-cell lymphoma and five other hematopoietic malignancies. We determined that Myc-mediated transcriptional repression of the miR-15 and let-7 families in malignant cells was relieved upon HDACi, and Myc was required for their upregulation. The miR-15 and let-7 families then targeted and downregulated the antiapoptotic genes Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL, respectively, to induce HDACi-mediated apoptosis. Notably, Myc also transcriptionally upregulated these miRNA in untransformed cells, indicating that this Myc-induced miRNA-mediated apoptotic pathway is suppressed in malignant cells, but becomes reactivated upon HDACi. Taken together, our results reveal a previously unknown mechanism by which Myc induces apoptosis independent of the p53 pathway and as a response to HDACi in malignant hematopoietic cells.
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Interaction of MYC with host cell factor-1 is mediated by the evolutionarily conserved Myc box IV motif.
Thomas LR, Foshage AM, Weissmiller AM, Popay TM, Grieb BC, Qualls SJ, Ng V, Carboneau B, Lorey S, Eischen CM, Tansey WP
(2016) Oncogene 35: 3613-8
MeSH Terms: Amino Acid Motifs, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Binding Sites, Cell Transformation, Neoplastic, Conserved Sequence, Evolution, Molecular, HEK293 Cells, Host Cell Factor C1, Humans, Immunoprecipitation, Mice, Mutation, NIH 3T3 Cells, Protein Binding, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc, Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
Show Abstract · Added March 26, 2019
The MYC family of oncogenes encodes a set of three related transcription factors that are overexpressed in many human tumors and contribute to the cancer-related deaths of more than 70,000 Americans every year. MYC proteins drive tumorigenesis by interacting with co-factors that enable them to regulate the expression of thousands of genes linked to cell growth, proliferation, metabolism and genome stability. One effective way to identify critical co-factors required for MYC function has been to focus on sequence motifs within MYC that are conserved throughout evolution, on the assumption that their conservation is driven by protein-protein interactions that are vital for MYC activity. In addition to their DNA-binding domains, MYC proteins carry five regions of high sequence conservation known as Myc boxes (Mb). To date, four of the Mb motifs (MbI, MbII, MbIIIa and MbIIIb) have had a molecular function assigned to them, but the precise role of the remaining Mb, MbIV, and the reason for its preservation in vertebrate Myc proteins, is unknown. Here, we show that MbIV is required for the association of MYC with the abundant transcriptional coregulator host cell factor-1 (HCF-1). We show that the invariant core of MbIV resembles the tetrapeptide HCF-binding motif (HBM) found in many HCF-interaction partners, and demonstrate that MYC interacts with HCF-1 in a manner indistinguishable from the prototypical HBM-containing protein VP16. Finally, we show that rationalized point mutations in MYC that disrupt interaction with HCF-1 attenuate the ability of MYC to drive tumorigenesis in mice. Together, these data expose a molecular function for MbIV and indicate that HCF-1 is an important co-factor for MYC.
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