Oncogenesis by sequestration of CBP/p300 in transcriptionally inactive hyperacetylated chromatin domains

INSERM, U823, Université Joseph Fourier-Grenoble 1, Institut Albert Bonniot, Grenoble, France.
The EMBO Journal (Impact Factor: 10.43). 09/2010; 29(17):2943-52. DOI: 10.1038/emboj.2010.176
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In a subset of poorly differentiated and highly aggressive carcinoma, a chromosomal translocation, t(15;19)(q13;p13), results in an in-frame fusion of the double bromodomain protein, BRD4, with a testis-specific protein of unknown function, NUT (nuclear protein in testis). In this study, we show that, after binding to acetylated chromatin through BRD4 bromodomains, the NUT moiety of the fusion protein strongly interacts with and recruits p300, stimulates its catalytic activity, initiating cycles of BRD4-NUT/p300 recruitment and creating transcriptionally inactive hyperacetylated chromatin domains. Using a patient-derived cell line, we show that p300 sequestration into the BRD4-NUT foci is the principal oncogenic mechanism leading to p53 inactivation. Knockdown of BRD4-NUT released p300 and restored p53-dependent regulatory mechanisms leading to cell differentiation and apoptosis. This study demonstrates how the off-context activity of a testis-specific factor could markedly alter vital cellular functions and significantly contribute to malignant cell transformation.

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    • "Immunofluorescence on TC-797, 797TRex-Flag-BRD4-NUT- HA, and 293TRex-Flag-BRD4-NUT-HA cells was performed as described previously (Reynoird et al. 2010), and nuclei were counterstained with ProLong Gold anti-fade reagent with 4 "
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    • "Whether this is related to particular BRD4–NUT translocations remains to be determined, but if so, patients may ultimately need to be stratified for the most appropriate treatment. Interest in the histone deacetylase inhibitor vorinostat as a potential therapy for NMC has arisen through studies linking expression of the BRD4–NUT fusion protein with global changes in chromatin acetylation in NMC cells (Reynoird et al, 2010; Schwartz et al, 2011). Early indications in mouse xenografts demonstrated promising efficacy of this compound in NMC, and in a single patient, vorinostat treatment resulted in dramatic disease regression before adverse toxicity limited its use (Schwartz et al, 2011). "
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    • "Likewise, expression of NUT (nuclear protein in testis), encoded by a testis specific gene, is abnormally activated through fusion with the ubiquitously expressed BET bromodomain protein-encoding gene, BRD4, in an aggressive subset of carcinoma known as NUT-Midline Carcinoma (French, 2012). The resultant BRD4-NUT fusion gene encodes a fusion protein that behaves as a histone superacetylator, resulting in chromatin hyperacetylation that completely alters the epigenetic landscape of the affected cells (Reynoird et al, 2010). Finally, gene expression profiling in malignant brain tumours derived by inactivation of the l(3)mbt tumour suppressor in Drosophila, has revealed predominant expression of germline specific transcripts some of which were found to be essential for tumour growth (Janic et al, 2010). "
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