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Apolipoprotein A-I anti-tumor activity targets cancer cell metabolism

Maryam Zamanian-Daryoush, Daniel J. Lindner, Jennifer Buffa, Banu Gopalan, Jie Na, Stanley L. Hazen and Joseph A. DiDonato _

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Oncotarget. 2020; 11:1777-1796. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.27590

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Maryam Zamanian-Daryoush1, Daniel J. Lindner2, Jennifer Buffa1, Banu Gopalan3, Jie Na4, Stanley L. Hazen1,5 and Joseph A. DiDonato1

1 Department of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Sciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA

2 Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA

3 Yorg Corporation, Plano, TX 75093, USA

4 Department of Health Science Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA

5 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA

Correspondence to:

Joseph A. DiDonato,email: didonaj@ccf.org

Keywords: cancer; apolipoprotein A-I; cholesterol; mevalonate pathway; de novo serine synthesis pathway

Received: December 07, 2019     Accepted: April 10, 2020     Published: May 12, 2020


Previously, we reported apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), the major protein component of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), has potent anti-melanoma activity. We used DNA microarray and bioinformatics to interrogate gene expression profiles of tumors from apoA-I expressing (A-I Tg+/–) versus apoA-I-null (A-I KO) animals to gain insights into mechanisms of apoA-I tumor protection. Differential expression analyses of 11 distinct tumors per group with > 1.2-fold cut-off and a false discovery rate adjusted p < 0.05, identified 176 significant transcripts (71 upregulated and 105 downregulated in A-I Tg+/– versus A-I KO group). Bioinformatic analyses identified the mevalonate and de novo serine/glycine synthesis pathways as potential targets for apoA-I anti-tumor activity. Relative to A-I KO, day 7 B16F10L melanoma tumor homografts from A-I Tg+/– exhibited reduced expression of mevalonate-5-pyrophosphate decarboxylase (Mvd), a key enzyme targeted in cancer therapy, along with a number of key genes in the sterol synthesis arm of the mevalonate pathway. Phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (Phgdh), the first enzyme branching off glycolysis into the de novo serine synthesis pathway, was the most repressed transcript in tumors from A-I Tg+/–. We validated our mouse tumor studies by comparing the significant transcripts with adverse tumor markers previously identified in human melanoma and found 45% concordance. Our findings suggest apoA-I targets the mevalonate and serine synthesis pathways in melanoma cells in vivo, thus providing anti-tumor metabolic effects by inhibiting the flux of biomolecular building blocks for macromolecule synthesis that drive rapid tumor growth.

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