Inhibition of histone acetyltransferase function radiosensitizes CREBBP/EP300 mutants via repression of homologous recombination, potentially targeting a gain of function. Nature communications Kumar, M., Molkentine, D., Molkentine, J., Bridges, K., Xie, T., Yang, L., Hefner, A., Gao, M., Bahri, R., Dhawan, A., Frederick, M. J., Seth, S., Abdelhakiem, M., Beadle, B. M., Johnson, F., Wang, J., Shen, L., Heffernan, T., Sheth, A., Ferris, R. L., Myers, J. N., Pickering, C. R., Skinner, H. D. 2021; 12 (1): 6340


Despite radiation forming the curative backbone of over 50% of malignancies, there are no genomically-driven radiosensitizers for clinical use. Herein we perform in vivo shRNA screening to identify targets generally associated with radiation response as well as those exhibiting a genomic dependency. This identifies the histone acetyltransferases CREBBP/EP300 as a target for radiosensitization in combination with radiation in cognate mutant tumors. Further in vitro and in vivo studies confirm this phenomenon to be due to repression of homologous recombination following DNA damage and reproducible using chemical inhibition of histone acetyltransferase (HAT), but not bromodomain function. Selected mutations in CREBBP lead to a hyperacetylated state that increases CBP and BRCA1 acetylation, representing a gain of function targeted by HAT inhibition. Additionally, mutations in CREBBP/EP300 are associated with recurrence following radiation in squamous cell carcinoma cohorts. These findings provide both a mechanism of resistance and the potential for genomically-driven treatment.

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