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An in-silico approach to predict and exploit synthetic lethality in cancer metabolism

Sep 6, 2017 | Magazine: Nature Communications

Iñigo Apaolaza  1 , Edurne San José-Eneriz  2 , Luis Tobalina  1   3 , Estíbaliz Miranda  2 , Leire Garate  2 , Xabier Agirre  2 , Felipe Prósper  4 , Francisco J Planes  5


Synthetic lethality is a promising concept in cancer research, potentially opening new possibilities for the development of more effective and selective treatments.

Here, we present a computational method to predict and exploit synthetic lethality in cancer metabolism. Our approach relies on the concept of genetic minimal cut sets and gene expression data, demonstrating a superior performance to previous approaches predicting metabolic vulnerabilities in cancer.

Our genetic minimal cut set computational framework is applied to evaluate the lethality of ribonucleotide reductase catalytic subunit M1 (RRM1) inhibition in multiple myeloma.

We present a computational and experimental study of the effect of RRM1 inhibition in four multiple myeloma cell lines. In addition, using publicly available genome-scale loss-of-function screens, a possible mechanism by which the inhibition of RRM1 is effective in cancer is established.

Overall, our approach shows promising results and lays the foundation to build a novel family of algorithms to target metabolism in cancer.Exploiting synthetic lethality is a promising approach for cancer therapy.

Here, the authors present an approach to identifying such interactions by finding genetic minimal cut sets (gMCSs) that block cancer proliferation, and apply it to study the lethality of RRM1 inhibition in multiple myeloma.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Nat Commun. 2017 Sep 6;8(1):459.  doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00555-y