Loss of RBMS3 Confers Platinum Resistance in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer via Activation of miR-126-5p/beta-catenin/CBP signaling

Wu, GY; Cao, LX; Zhu, JR; Tan, ZY; Tang, ML; Li, ZW; Hu, YM; Yu, RY; Zhang, SX; Song, LB; Li, J

Li, J (reprint author), Sun Yat Sen Univ, RNA Biomed Inst, Sun Yat Sen Mem Hosp, 74 Zhongshan Rd 2, Guangzhou 510080, Guangdong, Peoples R China.

CLINICAL CANCER RESEARCH, 2019; 25 (3): 1022


Purpose: The development of resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy remains the unsurmountable obstacle in cancer treatment and consequently leads to tumor relapse. This study aims to investigate the mechanism by which loss of RBMS3 induced chemoresistance in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Experimental Design: FISH and IHC were used to determine deletion frequency and expression of RBMS3 in 15 clinical EOC tissues and 150 clinicopathologically characterized EOC specimens. The effects of RBMS3 deletion and CBP/beta-catenin antagonist PRI-724 in chemoresistance were examined by clone formation and Annexin V assays in vitro, and by intraperitoneal tumor model in vivo. Themechanism by which RBMS3 loss sustained activation of miR-126-5p/beta-catenin/CBP signaling and the effects of RBMS3 and miR126- 5p competitively regulatingDKK3, AXIN1, BACH1, and NFAT5 was explored using CLIP-seq, RIP, electrophoretic mobility shift, and immunoblotting and immunofluorescence assays. Results: Loss of RBMS3 in EOC was correlated with the overall and relapse-free survival. Genetic ablation of RBMS3 significantly enhanced, whereas restoration of RBMS3 reduced, the chemoresistance ability of EOC cells both in vitro and in vivo. RBMS3 inhibited beta-catenin/CBP signaling through directly associating with and stabilizing multiple negative regulators, including DKK3, AXIN1, BACH1, and NFAT5, via competitively preventing the miR-126-5p-mediated repression of these transcripts. Importantly, cotherapy of CBP/beta-catenin antagonist PRI-724 induced sensitization of RBMS3-deleted EOC to platinum therapy. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that genetic ablation of RBMS3 contributes to chemoresistance and PRI-724 may serve as a potential tailored treatment for patients with RBMS3-deleted EOC.

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