Loss of ARID1A in Tumor Cells Renders Selective Vulnerability to Combined Ionizing Radiation and PARP Inhibitor Therapy.

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PURPOSE: Somatic inactivating mutations in ARID1A, a component of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, are detected in various types of human malignancies. Loss of ARID1A compromises DNA damage repair. The induced DNA damage burden may increase reliance on PARP-dependent DNA repair of cancer cells to maintain genome integrity and render susceptibility to PARP inhibitor therapy.Experimental Design: Isogenic ARID1A-/- and wild-type cell lines were used for assessing DNA damage response, DNA compactness, and profiling global serine/threonine phosphoproteomic in vivo. A panel of inhibitors targeting DNA repair pathways was screened for a synergistic antitumor effect with irradiation in ARID1A-/- tumors. RESULTS: ARID1A-deficient endometrial cells exhibit sustained levels in DNA damage response, a result further supported by in vivo phosphoproteomic analysis. Our results show that ARID1A is essential for establishing an open chromatin state upon DNA damage, a process required for recruitment of 53BP1 and RIF1, key mediators of non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) machinery, to DNA lesions. The inability of ARID1A-/- cells to mount NHEJ repair results in a partial cytotoxic response to radiation. Small-molecule compound screens revealed that PARP inhibitors act synergistically with radiation to potentiate cytotoxicity in ARID1A-/- cells. Combination treatment with low-dose radiation and olaparib greatly improved antitumor efficacy, resulting in long-term remission in mice bearing ARID1A-deficient tumors. CONCLUSIONS: ARID1A-deficient cells acquire high sensitivity to PARP inhibition after exposure to exogenously induced DNA breaks such as ionizing radiation. Our findings suggest a novel biologically informed strategy for treating ARID1A-deficient malignancies.

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Cited Authors

  • Park, Y; Chui, MH; Suryo Rahmanto, Y; Yu, Z-C; Shamanna, RA; Bellani, MA; Gaillard, S; Ayhan, A; Viswanathan, A; Seidman, MM; Franco, S; Leung, AKL; Bohr, VA; Shih, I-M; Wang, T-L

Published Date

  • September 15, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 5584 - 5594

PubMed ID

  • 31196855

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7272114

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-3265

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-4222


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States