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Computational analysis of data from a genome-wide screening identifies new PARP1 functional interactors as potential therapeutic targets

Samuele Lodovichi, Alberto Mercatanti, Tiziana Cervelli and Alvaro Galli _

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Oncotarget. 2019; 10:2722-2737. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.26812

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Samuele Lodovichi1,2, Alberto Mercatanti1, Tiziana Cervelli1 and Alvaro Galli1

1Yeast Genetics and Genomics Group, Laboratory of Functional Genetics and Genomics, Institute of Clinical Physiology CNR, Pisa, Italy

2PhD Student in Clinical and Translational Science Program, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Correspondence to:

Alvaro Galli, email: [email protected]

Keywords: PARP1; genome wide screening; functional interactors; cancer therapy targets

Received: May 16, 2018    Accepted: March 04, 2019    Published: April 12, 2019


Knowledge of interaction network between different proteins can be a useful tool in cancer therapy. To develop new therapeutic treatments, understanding how these proteins contribute to dysregulated cellular pathways is an important task. PARP1 inhibitors are drugs used in cancer therapy, in particular where DNA repair is defective. It is crucial to find new candidate interactors of PARP1 as new therapeutic targets in order to increase efficacy of PARP1 inhibitors and expand their clinical utility. By a yeast-based genome wide screening, we previously discovered 90 candidate deletion genes that suppress growth-inhibition phenotype conferred by PARP1 in yeast. Here, we performed an integrated and computational analysis to deeply study these genes. First, we identified which pathways these genes are involved in and putative relations with PARP1 through g:Profiler. Then, we studied mutation pattern and their relation to cancer by interrogating COSMIC and DisGeNET database; finally, we evaluated expression and alteration in several cancers with cBioPortal, and the interaction network with GeneMANIA. We identified 12 genes belonging to PARP1-related pathways. We decided to further validate RIT1, INCENP and PSTA1 in MCF7 breast cancer cells. We found that RIT1 and INCENP affected PARylation and PARP1 protein level more significantly in PARP1 inhibited cells. Furthermore, downregulation of RIT1, INCENP and PSAT1 affected olaparib sensitivity of MCF7 cells.

Our study identified candidate genes that could have an effect on PARP inhibition therapy. Moreover, we also confirm that yeast-based screenings could be very helpful to identify novel potential therapy factors.

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