Proteasome machinery is instrumental in a common gain-of-function program of the p53 missense mutants in cancer

Dawid Walerych, Kamil Lisek, Roberta Sommaggio, Silvano Piazza, Yari Ciani, Emiliano Dalla, Katarzyna Rajkowska, Katarzyna Gaweda-Walerych, Eleonora Ingallina, Claudia Tonelli, Marco J. Morelli, Angela Amato, Vincenzo Eterno, Alberto Zambelli, Antonio Rosato, Bruno Amati, Jacek R. Wiśniewski, Giannino Del Sal

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In cancer, the tumour suppressor gene TP53 undergoes frequent missense mutations that endow mutant p53 proteins with oncogenic properties. Until now, a universal mutant p53 gain-of-function program has not been defined. By means of multi-omics: proteome, DNA interactome (chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing) and transcriptome (RNA sequencing/microarray) analyses, we identified the proteasome machinery as a common target of p53 missense mutants. The mutant p53–proteasome axis globally affects protein homeostasis, inhibiting multiple tumour-suppressive pathways, including the anti-oncogenic KSRP–microRNA pathway. In cancer cells, p53 missense mutants cooperate with Nrf2 (NFE2L2) to activate proteasome gene transcription, resulting in resistance to the proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib. Combining the mutant p53-inactivating agent APR-246 (PRIMA-1MET) with the proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib is effective in overcoming chemoresistance in triple-negative breast cancer cells, creating a therapeutic opportunity for treatment of solid tumours and metastasis with mutant p53.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Cell Biology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 27 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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