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Synthetic Lethal Approaches Exploiting DNA Damage in Aggressive Myeloma.

Cancer discovery (2015-06-18)
Francesca Cottini, Teru Hideshima, Rikio Suzuki, Yu-Tzu Tai, Giampaolo Bianchini, Paul G Richardson, Kenneth C Anderson, Giovanni Tonon
ABSTRACT

Ongoing DNA damage is a common feature of epithelial cancers. Here, we show that tumor cells derived from multiple myeloma, a disease of clonal plasma cells, demonstrate DNA-replicative stress, leading to DNA damage. We identified a poor-prognosis subset of multiple myeloma with extensive chromosomal instability and replicative stress, which rely on ATR to compensate for DNA-replicative stress; conversely, silencing of ATR or treatment with a specific ATR inhibitor triggers multiple myeloma cell apoptosis. We show that oncogenes, such as MYC, induce DNA damage in multiple myeloma cells not only by increased replicative stress, but also via increased oxidative stress, and that reactive oxygen species-inducer piperlongumine triggers further DNA damage and apoptosis. Importantly, ATR inhibition combined with piperlongumine triggers synergistic multiple myeloma cytotoxicity. This synthetic lethal approach, enhancing oxidative stress while concomitantly blocking replicative stress response, provides a novel combination targeted therapy to address an unmet medical need in this subset of multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma remains an incurable disease. We have identified a subset of multiple myeloma patients with poor prognosis, whose tumors present chromosomal instability, replicative and oxidative stress, and DNA damage. We define a synthetic lethal approach enhancing oxidative stress while targeting replicative stress response, inducing tumor cell apoptosis in this patient subset. Cancer Discov; 5(9); 972-87. ©2015 AACR.This article is highlighted in the In This Issue feature, p. 893.

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