A1 Journal article – refereed
Chk1 targeting reactivates PP2A tumor suppressor activity in cancer cells

List of Authors: Khanna A, Kauko O, Böckelman C, Laine A, Schreck I, Partanen J, Szwajda A, Bormann S, Bilgen T, Helenius M, Pokharel Y, Pimanda J, Russel M, Haglund C, Cole K, Klefström J, Aittokallio T, Weiss C, Ristimäki A, Visakorpi T, Westermarck J
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Cancer Research
Journal name in source: Cancer Research
Number in series: 22
Volume number: 73
Issue number: 22
ISSN: 0008-5472

Checkpoint kinase Chk1 is constitutively active in many cancer cell types and new generation Chk1 inhibitors show marked antitumor activity as single agents. Here we present a hitherto unrecognized mechanism that contributes to the response of cancer cells to Chk1-targeted therapy. Inhibiting chronic Chk1 activity in cancer cells induced the tumor suppressor activity of protein phosphatase protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), which by dephosphorylating MYC serine 62, inhibited MYC activity and impaired cancer cell survival. Mechanistic investigations revealed that Chk1 inhibition activated PP2A by decreasing the transcription of cancerous inhibitor of PP2A (CIP2A), a chief inhibitor of PP2A activity. Inhibition of cancer cell clonogenicity by Chk1 inhibition could be rescued in vitro either by exogenous expression of CIP2A or by blocking the CIP2A-regulated PP2A complex. Chk1-mediated CIP2A regulation was extended in tumor models dependent on either Chk1 or CIP2A. The clinical relevance of CIP2A as a Chk1 effector protein was validated in several human cancer types, including neuroblastoma, where CIP2A was identified as an NMYC-independent prognostic factor. Because the Chk1-CIP2A-PP2A pathway is driven by DNA-PK activity, functioning regardless of p53 or ATM/ATR status, our results offer explanative power for understanding how Chk1 inhibitors mediate single-agent anticancer efficacy. Furthermore, they define CIP2A-PP2A status in cancer cells as a pharmacodynamicmarker for their response to Chk1-targeted therapy. ©2013 AACR.

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