RRC ID 62273
Author Luo P, Yan H, Du J, Chen X, Shao J, Zhang Y, Xu Z, Jin Y, Lin N, Yang B, He Q.
Title PLK1 (polo like kinase 1)-dependent autophagy facilitates gefitinib-induced hepatotoxicity by degrading COX6A1 (cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6A1).
Journal Autophagy
Abstract Liver dysfunction is an outstanding dose-limiting toxicity of gefitinib, an EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), in the treatment of EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We aimed to elucidate the mechanisms underlying gefitinib-induced hepatotoxicity, and provide potentially effective intervention strategy. We discovered that gefitinib could sequentially activate macroautophagy/autophagy and apoptosis in hepatocytes. The inhibition of autophagy alleviated gefitinib-induced apoptosis, whereas the suppression of apoptosis failed to lessen gefitinib-induced autophagy. Moreover, liver-specific Atg7+/- heterozygous mice showed less severe liver injury than vehicle, suggesting that autophagy is involved in the gefitinib-promoted hepatotoxicity. Mechanistically, gefitinib selectively degrades the important anti-apoptosis factor COX6A1 (cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6A1) in the autophagy-lysosome pathway. The gefitinib-induced COX6A1 reduction impairs mitochondrial respiratory chain complex IV (RCC IV) function, which in turn activates apoptosis, hence causing liver injury. Notably, this autophagy-promoted apoptosis is dependent on PLK1 (polo like kinase 1). Both AAV8-mediated Plk1 knockdown and PLK1 inhibitor BI-2536 could mitigate the gefitinib-induced hepatotoxicity in vivo by abrogating the autophagic degradation of the COX6A1 protein. In addition, PLK1 inhibition could not compromise the anti-cancer activity of gefitinib. In conclusion, our findings reveal the gefitinib-hepatotoxicity pathway, wherein autophagy promotes apoptosis through COX6A1 degradation, and highlight pharmacological inhibition of PLK1 as an attractive therapeutic approach toward improving the safety of gefitinib-based cancer therapy. Abbreviations: 3-MA: 3-methyladenine; AAV8: adeno-associated virus serotype 8; ATG5: autophagy related 5; ATG7: autophagy related 7; B2M: beta-2-microglobulin; CCCP: carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone; CHX: cycloheximide; COX6A1: cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6A1; c-PARP: cleaved poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase; CQ: chloroquine; GOT1/AST: glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase 1, soluble; GPT/ALT: glutamic pyruvic transaminase, soluble; HBSS: Hanks´ balanced salt solution; H&E: hematoxylin and eosin; MAP1LC3/LC3: microtubule associated proteins 1 light chain 3; PLK1: polo like kinase 1; RCC IV: respiratory chain complex IV; ROS: reactive oxygen species; TUBB8: tubulin beta 8 class VIII.
Volume 17(10)
Pages 3221-3237
Published 2021-10-1
DOI 10.1080/15548627.2020.1851492
PMID 33315519
PMC PMC8526032
MeSH Animals Apoptosis Autophagy Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung* / metabolism Cell Cycle Proteins Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury* Electron Transport Complex IV / metabolism Electron Transport Complex IV / pharmacology Gefitinib / pharmacology Lung Neoplasms* / metabolism Mice Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases Proto-Oncogene Proteins
IF 9.77
Mice RBRC02759