Genome-wide interrogation of human cancers identifies EGLN1 dependency in clear cell ovarian cancers.

Ovarian Tumor Microenvironment

Ovarian Tumor Microenvironment

(Source: NCI & Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University / Creators: Chris Booth, Kyle Cowdrick, Frank C. Marini)

Price C, Gill S, Ho ZV, Davidson SM, Merkel E, McFarland JM, Leung L, Tang A, Kost-Alimova M, Tsherniak A, Jonas O, Vazquez F, Hahn WC.

Cancer Research

March 21, 2019

We hypothesized that candidate dependencies for which there are small molecules that are either approved or in advanced development for a non-oncology indication may represent potential therapeutic targets. To test this hypothesis, we performed genome-scale loss-of-function screens in hundreds of cancer cell lines to identify genes necessary for the proliferation and survival of certain subsets of cancer cell lines. We found that knockout of EGLN1, which encodes prolyl hydroxylase domain-containing protein 2 (PHD2), reduced the proliferation of a subset of clear cell ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro. EGLN1-dependent cells exhibited sensitivity to the pan-EGLN inhibitor FG-4592. The response to FG-4592 was reversed by deletion of HIF1A, demonstrating that EGLN1 dependency was related to negative regulation of HIF1A. We also found that ovarian clear cell tumors susceptible to both genetic and pharmacological inhibition of EGLN1 required intact HIF1A. Collectively, these observations identify EGLN1 as a cancer target with therapeutic potential.

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