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A nuclear-directed human pancreatic ribonuclease (PE5) targets the metabolic phenotype of cancer cells

Anna Vert, Jessica Castro, Marc Ribó, Antoni Benito and Maria Vilanova _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:18309-18324. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.7579

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Anna Vert1,2, Jessica Castro1,2, Marc Ribó1,2, Antoni Benito1,2, Maria Vilanova1,2

1Laboratori d'Enginyeria de Proteïnes, Departament de Biologia, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat de Girona, Girona, Spain

2Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Girona Josep Trueta, (IdIBGi), Girona, Spain

Correspondence to:

Maria Vilanova, email: maria.vilanova@udg.edu

Antoni Benito, email: antoni.benito@udg.edu

Keywords: antitumor drug, human pancreatic ribonuclease, metabolism of cancer cells, microarray profiling, tumor cell death

Received: December 18, 2015     Accepted: February 11, 2016     Published: February 22, 2016


Ribonucleases represent a new class of antitumor RNA-damaging drugs. However, many wild-type members of the vertebrate secreted ribonuclease family are not cytotoxic because they are not able to evade the cytosolic ribonuclease inhibitor. We previously engineered the human pancreatic ribonuclease to direct it to the cell nucleus where the inhibitor is not present. The best characterized variant is PE5 that kills cancer cells through apoptosis mediated by the p21WAF1/CIP1 induction and the inactivation of JNK. Here, we have used microarray-derived transcriptional profiling to identify PE5 regulated genes on the NCI/ADR-RES ovarian cancer cell line. RT-qPCR analyses have confirmed the expression microarray findings. The results show that PE5 cause pleiotropic effects. Among them, it is remarkable the down-regulation of multiple genes that code for enzymes involved in deregulated metabolic pathways in cancer cells.

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