Dual Roles of PARP-1 Promote Cancer Growth and Progression

1Cancer Biology, Thomas Jefferson University.
Cancer Discovery (Impact Factor: 19.45). 09/2012; 2(12). DOI: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-12-0120
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PARP-1 is an abundant nuclear enzyme that modifies substrates by poly(ADP-ribose)-ylation. PARP-1 has well-described functions in DNA damage repair and also functions as a context-specific regulator of transcription factors. With multiple models, data show that PARP-1 elicits protumorigenic effects in androgen receptor (AR)-positive prostate cancer cells, in both the presence and absence of genotoxic insult. Mechanistically, PARP-1 is recruited to sites of AR function, therein promoting AR occupancy and AR function. It was further confirmed in genetically defined systems that PARP-1 supports AR transcriptional function, and that in models of advanced prostate cancer, PARP-1 enzymatic activity is enhanced, further linking PARP-1 to AR activity and disease progression. In vivo analyses show that PARP-1 activity is required for AR function in xenograft tumors, as well as tumor cell growth in vivo and generation and maintenance of castration resistance. Finally, in a novel explant system of primary human tumors, targeting PARP-1 potently suppresses tumor cell proliferation. Collectively, these studies identify novel functions of PARP-1 in promoting disease progression, and ultimately suggest that the dual functions of PARP-1 can be targeted in human prostate cancer to suppress tumor growth and progression to castration resistance.

These studies introduce a paradigm shift with regard to PARP-1 function in human malignancy, and suggest that the dual functions of PARP-1 in DNA damage repair and transcription factor regulation can be leveraged to suppress pathways critical for promalignant phenotypes in prostate cancer cells by modulation of the DNA damage response and hormone signaling pathways. The combined studies highlight the importance of dual PARP-1 function in malignancy and provide the basis for therapeutic targeting.

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    • "Surprisingly, we also found no strong global effect on transcription after 48 hr of PARP inhibitor treatment. One possibility is that high PARP1 activity primes cells to respond to other signals and the effects of PARP1 inhibition on transcription would be larger in the presence of another stimulus, as was seen in the case of prostate cancer cells treated with testosterone (Schiewer et al., 2012). By looking across multiple cell lines, we found PARPdependent regulation of E2F1. "
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) catalyze poly(ADP-ribose) addition onto proteins, an important posttranslational modification involved in transcription, DNA damage repair, and stem cell identity. Previous studies established the activation of PARP1 in response to DNA damage, but little is known about PARP1 regulation outside of DNA repair. We developed an assay for measuring PARP activity in cell lysates and found that the basal activity of PARP1 was highly variable across breast cancer cell lines, independent of DNA damage. Sucrose gradient fractionation demonstrated that PARP1 existed in at least three biochemically distinct states in both high- and low-activity lines. A discovered complex containing the NuA4 chromatin-remodeling complex and PARP1 was responsible for high basal PARP1 activity, and NuA4 subunits were required for this activity. These findings present a pathway for PARP1 activation and a direct link between PARP1 and chromatin remodeling outside of the DNA damage response.
    Cell Reports 09/2014; 8(6). DOI:10.1016/j.celrep.2014.08.009 · 8.36 Impact Factor
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    • "Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) is nuclear enzyme that functions as DNA repair protein and transcriptional regulator. Recently, PARP-1 has been identified as a critical promoter of AR function97 as well as ETS gene-mediated transcription.98 Clinical trials are currently underway evaluating the potential for PARP inhibitors to augment the efficacy of abiraterone by inhibiting AR function and activity of the AR target TMPRSS2: EGR fusion protein, found in the majority of prostate cancers. "
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    Asian Journal of Andrology 04/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.4103/1008-682X.129133 · 2.60 Impact Factor
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    • "Unlike its interaction with ERG, PARP1 occupied the AR target gene promoter without forming a complex with AR. The authors also reported that treatment with PARP inhibitor slowed down the proliferation (Ki67 index) of prostate cancer cells grown in an ex vivo culture system.27 "
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