ATARiS: Computational quantification of gene suppression phenotypes from multi-sample RNAi screens.

Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Genome Research (Impact Factor: 13.85). 12/2012; DOI: 10.1101/gr.143586.112
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Genome-scale RNAi libraries enable the systematic interrogation of gene function. However, the interpretation of RNAi screens is complicated by the observation that RNAi reagents designed to suppress the mRNA transcripts of the same gene often produce a spectrum of phenotypic outcomes due to differential on-target gene suppression or perturbation of off-target transcripts. Here we present a computational method, Analytic Technique for Assessment of RNAi by Similarity (ATARiS), that takes advantage of patterns in RNAi data across multiple samples in order to enrich for RNAi reagents whose phenotypic effects relate to suppression of their intended targets. By summarizing only such reagent effects for each gene, ATARiS produces quantitative, gene-level phenotype values, which provide an intuitive measure of the effect of gene suppression in each sample. This method is robust for datasets that contain as few as ten samples and can be used to analyze screens of any number of targeted genes. We used this analytic approach to interrogate RNAi data derived from screening more than 100 human cancer cell lines and identified HNF1B as a transforming oncogene required for the survival of cancer cells that harbor HNF1B amplifications.

  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: A functional genomics study revealed that the activity of acetyl-CoA synthetase 2 (ACSS2) contributes to cancer cell growth under low-oxygen and lipid-depleted conditions. Comparative metabolomics and lipidomics demonstrated that acetate is used as a nutritional source by cancer cells in an ACSS2-dependent manner, and supplied a significant fraction of the carbon within the fatty acid and phospholipid pools. ACSS2 expression is upregulated under metabolically stressed conditions and ACSS2 silencing reduced the growth of tumor xenografts. ACSS2 exhibits copy-number gain in human breast tumors, and ACSS2 expression correlates with disease progression. These results signify a critical role for acetate consumption in the production of lipid biomass within the harsh tumor microenvironment. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Cancer cell 01/2015; 27(1). DOI:10.1016/j.ccell.2014.12.002 · 23.89 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Identifying driver genes in cancer remains a crucial bottleneck in therapeutic development and basic understanding of the disease. We developed Helios, an algorithm that integrates genomic data from primary tumors with data from functional RNAi screens to pinpoint driver genes within large recurrently amplified regions of DNA. Applying Helios to breast cancer data identified a set of candidate drivers highly enriched with known drivers (p < 10(-14)). Nine of ten top-scoring Helios genes are known drivers of breast cancer, and in vitro validation of 12 candidates predicted by Helios found ten conferred enhanced anchorage-independent growth, demonstrating Helios's exquisite sensitivity and specificity. We extensively characterized RSF-1, a driver identified by Helios whose amplification correlates with poor prognosis, and found increased tumorigenesis and metastasis in mouse models. We have demonstrated a powerful approach for identifying driver genes and how it can yield important insights into cancer. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Cell 11/2014; 159(6). DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2014.10.048 · 33.12 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: mTOR complex1, the major regulator of mRNA translation in all eukaryotic cells, is strongly activated in most cancers. We performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in a human cancer cell line, seeking genes that regulate S6 phosphorylation, readout of mTORC1 activity. Applying a stringent selection, we retrieved nearly 600 genes wherein at least two RNAis gave significant reduction in S6-P. This cohort contains known regulators of mTOR complex 1 and is significantly enriched in genes whose depletion affects the proliferation/viability of the large set of cancer cell lines in the Achilles database in a manner paralleling that caused by mTOR depletion. We next examined the effect of RNAi pools directed at 534 of these gene products on S6-P in TSC1 null mouse embryo fibroblasts. 76 RNAis reduced S6 phosphorylation significantly in 2 or 3 replicates. Surprisingly, among this cohort of genes the only elements previously associated with the maintenance of mTORC1 activity are two subunits of the vacuolar ATPase and the CUL4 subunit DDB1. RNAi against a second set of 84 targets reduced S6-P in only one of three replicates. However, an indication that this group also bears attention is the presence of rpS6KB1 itself, Rac1 and MAP4K3, a protein kinase that supports amino acid signaling to rpS6KB1. The finding that S6 phosphorylation requires a previously unidentified, functionally diverse cohort of genes that participate in fundamental cellular processes such as mRNA translation, RNA processing, DNA repair and metabolism suggests the operation of feedback pathways in the regulation of mTORC1 operating through novel mechanisms.
    PLoS ONE 01/2015; 10(3):e0116096. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0116096 · 3.53 Impact Factor


Available from
May 31, 2014