Heterozygous IDH1 R132H/WT created by “single base editing” inhibits human astroglial cell growth by downregulating YAP

Shuang Wei, Jie Wang, Olutobi Oyinlade, Ding Ma, Shuyan Wang, Lisa Kratz, Bachchu Lal, Qingfu Xu, Senquan Liu, Sagar R. Shah, Hao Zhang, Yunqing Li, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Heng Zhu, Zhi yong Huang, Linzhao Cheng, Jiang Qian, Shuli Xia

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Mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) gene have been identified in a number of cancer types, including brain cancer. The Cancer Genome Atlas project has revealed that IDH1 mutations occur in 70–80% of grade II and grade III gliomas. Until recently, most of the functional studies of IDH1 mutations in cellular models have been conducted in overexpression systems with the IDH1 wild type background. In this study, we employed a modified CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique called “single base editing”, and efficiently introduced heterozygous IDH1 R132H mutation (IDH1 R132H/WT ) in human astroglial cells. Global DNA methylation profiling revealed hypermethylation as well as hypomethylation induced by IDH1 R132H/WT . Global gene expression analysis identified molecular targets and pathways altered by IDH1 R132H/WT , including cell proliferation, extracellular matrix (ECM), and cell migration. Our phenotype analysis indicated that compared with IDH1 wild type cells, IDH1 R132H/WT promoted cell migration by upregulating integrin β4 (ITGB4); and significantly inhibited cell proliferation. Using our mutated IDH1 models generated by “single base editing”, we identified novel molecular targets of IDH1 R132H/WT , namely Yes-associated protein (YAP) and its downstream signaling pathway Notch, to mediate the cell growth-inhibiting effect of IDH1 R132H/WT . In summary, the “single base editing” strategy has successfully created heterozygous IDH1 R132H mutation that recapitulates the naturally occurring IDH1 mutation. Our isogenic cellular systems that differ in a single nucleotide in one allele of the IDH1 gene provide a valuable model for novel discoveries of IDH1 R132H/WT -driven biological events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5160-5174
Number of pages15
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 20 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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