RNA G-quadruplexes cause eIF4A-dependent oncogene translation in cancer Journal Article


Authors: Wolfe, A. L.; Singh, K.; Zhong, Y.; Drewe, P.; Rajasekhar, V. K.; Sanghvi, V. R.; Mavrakis, K. J.; Jiang, M.; Roderick, J. E.; Van Der Meulen, J.; Schatz, J. H.; Rodrigo, C. M.; Zhao, C.; Rondou, P.; de Stanchina, E.; Teruya-Feldstein, J.; Kelliher, M. A.; Speleman, F.; Porco, J. A. Jr; Pelletier, J.; Rätsch, G.; Wendel, H. G.
Article Title: RNA G-quadruplexes cause eIF4A-dependent oncogene translation in cancer
Abstract: The translational control of oncoprotein expression is implicated in many cancers. Here we report an eIF4A RNA helicase-dependent mechanism of translational control that contributes to oncogenesis and underlies the anticancer effects of silvestrol and related compounds. For example, eIF4A promotes T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia development in vivo and is required for leukaemia maintenance. Accordingly, inhibition of eIF4A with silvestrol has powerful therapeutic effects against murine and human leukaemic cells in vitro and in vivo. We use transcriptome-scale ribosome footprinting to identify the hallmarks of eIF4A-dependent transcripts. These include 5' untranslated region (UTR) sequences such as the 12-nucleotide guanine quartet (CGG)4 motif that can form RNA G-quadruplex structures. Notably, among the most eIF4A-dependent and silvestrol-sensitive transcripts are a number of oncogenes, superenhancer-associated transcription factors, and epigenetic regulators. Hence, the 5' UTRs of select cancer genes harbour a targetable requirement for the eIF4A RNA helicase.
Keywords: oncoprotein; genetics; antineoplastic agent; mouse; animal; metabolism; animals; mice; antineoplastic agents, phytogenic; transcription factor; genetic transcription; transcription, genetic; drug effect; cell line, tumor; mice, inbred c57bl; acute lymphoblastic leukemia; c57bl mouse; transcription factors; biosynthesis; protein synthesis; 5' untranslated region; epigenesis, genetic; nucleotide sequence; oncogene proteins; tumor cell line; protein biosynthesis; base sequence; initiation factor 4a; genetic epigenesis; g-quadruplexes; guanine quadruplex; ribosomes; precursor t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia-lymphoma; 5' untranslated regions; ribosome; silvestrol; eukaryotic initiation factor-4a; triterpenes; triterpene; nucleotide motifs; humans; human; female; article; nucleotide motif
Journal Title: Nature
Volume: 513
Issue: 7516
ISSN: 0028-0836
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group  
Date Published: 2014-09-04
Start Page: 65
End Page: 70
Language: English
DOI: 10.1038/nature13485
PUBMED: 25079319
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4492470
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Notes: Export Date: 1 October 2014 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Julie T Feldstein
    293 Feldstein
  2. Hans Guido Wendel
    80 Wendel
  3. Jonathan Harry Schatz
    15 Schatz
  4. Chunying Zhao
    6 Zhao
  5. Viraj Sanghvi
    10 Sanghvi
  6. Man Jiang
    16 Jiang
  7. Andrew Lerner Wolfe
    12 Wolfe
  8. Gunnar Ratsch
    58 Ratsch
  9. Jan Philipp Jurgen Drewe
    13 Drewe
  10. Yi Zhong
    16 Zhong