SMARCA5 interacts with NUP98-NSD1 oncofusion protein and sustains hematopoietic cells transformation

Zivojin Jevtic, Vittoria Matafora, Francesca Casagrande, Fabio Santoro, Saverio Minucci, Massimilliano Garre', Milad Rasouli, Olaf Heidenreich, Giovanna Musco, Jürg Schwaller, Angela Bachi

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is characterized by accumulation of aberrantly differentiated hematopoietic myeloid progenitor cells. The karyotyping-silent NUP98-NSD1 fusion is a molecular hallmark of pediatric AML and is associated with the activating FLT3-ITD mutation in > 70% of the cases. NUP98-NSD1 fusion protein promotes myeloid progenitor self-renewal in mice via unknown molecular mechanism requiring both the NUP98 and the NSD1 moieties.

METHODS: We used affinity purification coupled to label-free mass spectrometry (AP-MS) to examine the effect of NUP98-NSD1 structural domain deletions on nuclear interactome binding. We determined their functional relevance in NUP98-NSD1 immortalized primary murine hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC) by inducible knockdown, pharmacological targeting, methylcellulose assay, RT-qPCR analysis and/or proximity ligation assays (PLA). Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and b-isoxazole assay were performed to examine the phase transition capacity of NUP98-NSD1 in vitro and in vivo.

RESULTS: We show that NUP98-NSD1 core interactome binding is largely dependent on the NUP98 phenylalanine-glycine (FG) repeat domains which mediate formation of liquid-like phase-separated NUP98-NSD1 nuclear condensates. We identified condensate constituents including imitation switch (ISWI) family member SMARCA5 and BPTF (bromodomain PHD finger transcription factor), both members of the nucleosome remodeling factor complex (NURF). We validated the interaction with SMARCA5 in NUP98-NSD1+ patient cells and demonstrated its functional role in NUP98-NSD1/FLT3-ITD immortalized primary murine hematopoietic cells by genetic and pharmacological targeting. Notably, SMARCA5 inhibition did not affect NUP98-NSD1 condensates suggesting that functional activity rather than condensate formation per se is crucial to maintain the transformed phenotype.

CONCLUSIONS: NUP98-NSD1 interacts and colocalizes on the genome with SMARCA5 which is an essential mediator of the NUP98-NSD1 transformation in hematopoietic cells. Formation of NUP98-NSD1 phase-separated nuclear condensates is not sufficient for the maintenance of transformed phenotype, which suggests that selective targeting of condensate constituents might represent a new therapeutic strategy for NUP98-NSD1 driven AML.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34
JournalJournal of experimental & clinical cancer research : CR
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases/metabolism
  • Animals
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone/metabolism
  • Hematopoiesis/genetics
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins/metabolism
  • Proteomics/methods

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