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Sullivan-Reed K, Bolton-Gillespie E, Dasgupta Y, Langer S, Siciliano M, Nieborowska-Skorska M, Hanamshet K, Belyaeva EA, Bernhardy AJ, Lee J, Moore M, Zhao H, Valent P, Matlawska-Wasowska K, Muschen M, Bhatia S, Bhatia R, Johnson N, Wasik MA, Mazin AV, Skorski T
Simultaneous Targeting of PARP1 and RAD52 Triggers Dual Synthetic Lethality in BRCA-Deficient Tumor Cells
Cell Rep (2018) 23:3127-3136.
PARP inhibitors (PARPis) have been used to induce synthetic lethality in BRCA-deficient tumors in clinical trials with limited success. We hypothesized that RAD52-mediated DNA repair remains active in PARPi-treated BRCA-deficient tumor cells and that targeting RAD52 should enhance the synthetic lethal effect of PARPi. We show that RAD52 inhibitors (RAD52is) attenuated single-strand annealing (SSA) and residual homologous recombination (HR) in BRCA-deficient cells. Simultaneous targeting of PARP1 and RAD52 with inhibitors or dominant-negative mutants caused synergistic accumulation of DSBs and eradication of BRCA-deficient but not BRCA-proficient tumor cells. Remarkably, Parp1-/-;Rad52-/- mice are normal and display prolonged latency of BRCA1-deficient leukemia compared with Parp1-/- and Rad52-/- counterparts. Finally, PARPi+RAD52i exerted synergistic activity against BRCA1-deficient tumors in immunodeficient mice with minimal toxicity to normal cells and tissues. In conclusion, our data indicate that addition of RAD52i will improve therapeutic outcome of BRCA-deficient malignancies treated with PARPi.
Publication Date: 2018-06-12.
PMCID: PMC6082171
Last updated on Monday, August 10, 2020