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Inhibition of histone methyltransferase DOT1L silences ER alpha gene and blocks proliferation of antiestrogen-resistant breast cancer cells

List of Authors: Nassa G., Salvati A., Tarallo R., Gigantino V., Alexandrova E., Memoli D., Sellitto A., Rizzo F., Malanga D., Mirante T., Morelli E., Nees M., Åkerfelt M., Kangaspeska S., Nyman T.A., Milanesi L., Giurato G., Weisz A.


Publication year: 2019

Journal: Science Advances

Journal name in source: SCIENCE ADVANCES

Journal acronym: SCI ADV

Volume number: 5

Issue number: 2

Number of pages: 14

ISSN: 2375-2548

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aav5590

Breast cancer (BC) resistance to endocrine therapy results from constitutively active or aberrant estrogen receptor alpha (ER alpha) signaling, and ways to block ERa pathway in these tumors are sought after. We identified the H3K79 methyltransferase DOT1L as a novel cofactor of ER alpha in BC cell chromatin, where the two proteins colocalize to regulate estrogen target gene transcription. DOT1L blockade reduces proliferation of hormone-responsive BC cells in vivo and in vitro, consequent to cell cycle arrest and apoptotic cell death, with widespread effects on ER-dependent gene transcription, including ER alpha and FOXA1 gene silencing. Antiestrogen-resistant BC cells respond to DOT1L inhibition also in mouse xenografts, with reduction in ER alpha levels, H3K79 methylation, and tumor growth. These results indicate that DOT1L is an exploitable epigenetic target for treatment of endocrine therapy-resistant ER alpha-positive BCs.

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