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Rab7 GTPase controls lipid metabolic signaling in myeloid-derived suppressor cells

Xinchun Ding, Wenjing Zhang, Ting Zhao, Cong Yan and Hong Du _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:30123-30137. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16280

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Xinchun Ding1, Wenjing Zhang1, Ting Zhao1, Cong Yan1,2, Hong Du1,2

1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA

2IU Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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Hong Du, email: [email protected]

Cong Yan, email: [email protected]

Keywords: Rab7 GTPase, myeloid-derived suppressor cells, lipid metabolism, tumor growth

Received: November 18, 2016     Accepted: March 09, 2017     Published: March 16, 2017


Lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) is a critical neutral lipid metabolic enzyme that regulates metabolic reprogramming in myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) through over-activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Affymetrix GeneChip microarray analysis of MDSCs from LAL deficient mouse (lal–/–) revealed upregulation of Rab7 GTPase protein, which belongs to a superfamily of small-molecular-weight GTPase known to regulate intracellular membrane trafficking from early to late endosomes and lysosomes. Here, the physical protein-protein interaction between Rab7 GTPase and mTOR has been detected by co-immunoprecipitation in the cell extract of wild type HD1A and lal–/– MDSC-like HD1B myeloid cell lines. The GST pull down assay using the recombinant GST-Rab7 GTPase fusion protein showed that Rab7 GTPase interacts with the mTOR N-terminal heat repeat domain. Rab7 GTPase siRNA knocking down reversed the altered lysosome/mTOR distribution and expression levels in HD1B cells. Rab7 GTPase siRNA knocking down in isolated bone marrow lal–/– MDSCs or HD1B cells not only reduced over-activation of mTOR and its downstream effector S6, but also decreased glucose consumption, decreased ROS over-production, and increased healthy mitochondria by membrane potential measurement. Inhibition of Rab7 GTPase led to reduced lal–/– MDSCs differentiation from bone marrow Lin progenitor cells, reduced lal–/– MDSCs trans-endothelial migration, and reversed lal–/– MDSCs suppression of T cell proliferation. Furthermore, inhibition of Rab7 GTPase reduced lal–/– MDSCs ability to stimulate tumor cell proliferation in vitro, tumor growth in vivo, and tumor invasion. Together, these results showed that Rab7 GTPase is critically involved in MDSCs homeostasis and pathogenic functions.

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