ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-201007-3
c-Abl Tyrosine Kinase Is Regulated Downstream of the Cytoskeletal Protein Synemin in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Radioresistance and DNA Repair
Deville, S.S., Delgadillo Silva, L.F., Vehlow, A., Cordes, N.
Date: 2020
Source: International Journal of Molecular Sciences   21(19): (Journal)
Registered Authors: Delgadillo Silva, Luis Fernando
Keywords: DNA repair, HNSCC, c-Abl, ionizing radiation, synemin, zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated Proteins/genetics*
  • Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated Proteins/metabolism
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation/radiation effects
  • DNA Breaks, Double-Stranded
  • DNA Repair*
  • DNA, Neoplasm/genetics*
  • DNA, Neoplasm/metabolism
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms/genetics
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms/metabolism
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms/pathology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms/radiotherapy
  • Humans
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins/genetics*
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins/metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-abl/genetics*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-abl/metabolism
  • RNA, Small Interfering/genetics
  • RNA, Small Interfering/metabolism
  • Radiation Tolerance/genetics
  • Signal Transduction
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck/genetics
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck/metabolism
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck/pathology
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck/radiotherapy
  • X-Rays
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 33019757 Full text @ Int. J. Mol. Sci.
The intermediate filament synemin has been previously identified as novel regulator of cancer cell therapy resistance and DNA double strand break (DSB) repair. c-Abl tyrosine kinase is involved in both of these processes. Using PamGene technology, we performed a broad-spectrum kinase activity profiling in three-dimensionally, extracellular matrix grown head and neck cancer cell cultures. Upon synemin silencing, we identified 86 deactivated tyrosine kinases, including c-Abl, in irradiated HNSCC cells. Upon irradiation and synemin inhibition, c-Abl hyperphosphorylation on tyrosine (Y) 412 and threonine (T) 735 was significantly reduced, prompting us to hypothesize that c-Abl tyrosine kinase is an important signaling component of the synemin-mediated radioresistance pathway. Simultaneous targeting of synemin and c-Abl resulted in similar radiosensitization and DSB repair compared with single synemin depletion, suggesting synemin as an upstream regulator of c-Abl. Immunoprecipitation assays revealed a protein complex formation between synemin and c-Abl pre- and post-irradiation. Upon pharmacological inhibition of ATM, synemin/c-Abl protein-protein interactions were disrupted implying synemin function to depend on ATM kinase activity. Moreover, deletion of the SH2 domain of c-Abl demonstrated a decrease in interaction, indicating the dependency of the protein-protein interaction on this domain. Mechanistically, radiosensitization upon synemin knockdown seems to be associated with an impairment of DNA repair via regulation of non-homologous end joining independent of c-Abl function. Our data generated in more physiological 3D cancer cell culture models suggest c-Abl as further key determinant of radioresistance downstream of synemin.