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Mubritinib Targets the Electron Transport Chain Complex I and Reveals the Landscape of OXPHOS Dependency in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

To identify therapeutic targets in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we chemically interrogated 200 sequenced primary specimens. Mubritinib, a known ERBB2 inhibitor, elicited strong anti-leukemic effects in vitro and in vivo. In the context of AML, mubritinib functions through ubiquinone-dependent inhibition of electron transport chain (ETC) complex I activity. Resistance to mubritinib characterized normal CD34 hematopoietic cells and chemotherapy-sensitive AMLs, which displayed transcriptomic hallmarks of hypoxia. Conversely, sensitivity correlated with mitochondrial function-related gene expression levels and characterized a large subset of chemotherapy-resistant AMLs with oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) hyperactivity. Altogether, our work thus identifies an ETC complex I inhibitor and reveals the genetic landscape of OXPHOS dependency in AML.

Publication date
July 8, 2019
Principal Investigators
Baccelli I, Gareau Y, Lehnertz B, Gingras S, Spinella JF, Corneau S, Mayotte N, Girard S, Frechette M, Blouin-Chagnon V, Leveillé K, Boivin I, MacRae T, Krosl J, Thiollier C, Lavallée VP, Kanshin E, Bertomeu T, Coulombe-Huntington J, St-Denis C, Bordeleau ME, Boucher G, Roux PP, Lemieux S, Tyers M, Thibault P, Hébert J, Marinier A, Sauvageau G
PubMed reference
Cancer Cell 2019;36(1):84-99.e8
PubMed ID
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