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Phenotype information for gene 10971 (YWHAQ)

Screen TitleGene IDGene SymbolReagent IDScorePhenotypeComment
Regulation of FOXO1 nuclear localization (1)
YWHAQ
np
sp
none rank: 8798

Reference

Whole genome siRNA cell-based screen links mitochondria to Akt signaling network through uncoupling of electron transport chain. Senapedis et al., 2011

Forkhead transcription factors (FOXOs) alter a diverse array of cellular processes including the cell cycle, oxidative stress resistance, and aging. Insulin/Akt activation directs phosphorylation and cytoplasmic sequestration of FOXO away from its target genes and serves as an endpoint of a complex signaling network. Using a human genome small interfering RNA (siRNA) library in a cell-based assay, we identified an extensive network of proteins involved in nuclear export, focal adhesion, and mitochondrial respiration not previously implicated in FOXO localization. Furthermore, a detailed examination of mitochondrial factors revealed that loss of uncoupling protein 5 (UCP5) modifies the energy balance and increases free radicals through up-regulation of uncoupling protein 3 (UCP3). The increased superoxide content induces c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) kinase activity, which in turn affects FOXO localization through a compensatory dephosphorylation of Akt. The resulting nuclear FOXO increases expression of target genes, including mitochondrial superoxide dismutase. By connecting free radical defense and mitochondrial uncoupling to Akt/FOXO signaling, these results have implications in obesity and type 2 diabetes development and the potential for therapeutic intervention.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00247-A-1
Screen Title: Regulation of FOXO1 nuclear localization (1)
Assay: EGFP-FOXO1a protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, Human Genome library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Complex, sp
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
18633
25.29
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Combinatorial effect with Poly (ADP‐ribose)‐polymerase‐1 (PARP)
YWHAQ
np
0.17
none 86%

Reference

A synthetic lethal siRNA screen identifying genes mediating sensitivity to a PARP inhibitor. Turner et al., 2008

Inhibitors of poly (ADP-ribose)-polymerase-1 (PARP) are highly lethal to cells with deficiencies in BRCA1, BRCA2 or other components of the homologous recombination pathway. This has led to PARP inhibitors entering clinical trials as a potential therapy for cancer in carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. To discover new determinants of sensitivity to these drugs, we performed a PARP-inhibitor synthetic lethal short interfering RNA (siRNA) screen. We identified a number of kinases whose silencing strongly sensitised to PARP inhibitor, including cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5), MAPK12, PLK3, PNKP, STK22c and STK36. How CDK5 silencing mediates sensitivity was investigated. Previously, CDK5 has been suggested to be active only in a neuronal context, but here we show that CDK5 is required in non-neuronal cells for the DNA-damage response and, in particular, intra-S and G(2)/M cell-cycle checkpoints. These results highlight the potential of synthetic lethal siRNA screens with chemical inhibitors to define new determinants of sensitivity and potential therapeutic targets.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00114-A
Screen Title: Combinatorial effect with Poly (ADP‐ribose)‐polymerase‐1 (PARP)
Assay: Viability
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Kinases
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: CAL51
Library: Dharmacon, siARRAY SMARTpool
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: <= -3
Notes: Growth rates (%) for vehicle-alone experiments are given in the comment field.

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
10971
YWHAQ
1.12
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-2
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4, weak: < ~0.59 (for mediators); strong: > 1.88, weak: > 1.69 (for suppressors)
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Negative genetic interactions (5)
10971
YWHAQ
-0.23
none

Reference

A negative genetic interaction map in isogenic cancer cell lines reveals cancer cell vulnerabilities. Vizeacoumar et al., 2013

Improved efforts are necessary to define the functional product of cancer mutations currently being revealed through large-scale sequencing efforts. Using genome-scale pooled shRNA screening technology, we mapped negative genetic interactions across a set of isogenic cancer cell lines and confirmed hundreds of these interactions in orthogonal co-culture competition assays to generate a high-confidence genetic interaction network of differentially essential or differential essentiality (DiE) genes. The network uncovered examples of conserved genetic interactions, densely connected functional modules derived from comparative genomics with model systems data, functions for uncharacterized genes in the human genome and targetable vulnerabilities. Finally, we demonstrate a general applicability of DiE gene signatures in determining genetic dependencies of other non-isogenic cancer cell lines. For example, the PTEN(-/-) DiE genes reveal a signature that can preferentially classify PTEN-dependent genotypes across a series of non-isogenic cell lines derived from the breast, pancreas and ovarian cancers. Our reference network suggests that many cancer vulnerabilities remain to be discovered through systematic derivation of a network of differentially essential genes in an isogenic cancer cell model.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00255-A-5
Screen Title: Negative genetic interactions (5)
Assay: shRNA abundance
Method: Microarray
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT116
Library: TRC lentiviral library, np
Reagent Type: shRNA
Score Type: differential Gene Activity Ranking Profile (dGARP)
Cutoff: < -0.8
Notes: HCT116 KRASG13D/- and HCT116 KRAS+/- cells used. Cutoff corresponds to p-value < 0.05. Additional information about a secondary screen (genetic interactions with Cetuximab/Erbitux in LIM1215 cells)

Combinatorial effect with paclitaxel
NM_006826
YWHAQ
np
0.96
none

Reference

Synthetic lethal screen identification of chemosensitizer loci in cancer cells. Whitehurst et al., 2007

Abundant evidence suggests that a unifying principle governing the molecular pathology of cancer is the co-dependent aberrant regulation of core machinery driving proliferation and suppressing apoptosis. Anomalous proteins engaged in support of this tumorigenic regulatory environment most probably represent optimal intervention targets in a heterogeneous population of cancer cells. The advent of RNA-mediated interference (RNAi)-based functional genomics provides the opportunity to derive unbiased comprehensive collections of validated gene targets supporting critical biological systems outside the framework of preconceived notions of mechanistic relationships. We have combined a high-throughput cell-based one-well/one-gene screening platform with a genome-wide synthetic library of chemically synthesized small interfering RNAs for systematic interrogation of the molecular underpinnings of cancer cell chemoresponsiveness. NCI-H1155, a human non-small-cell lung cancer line, was employed in a paclitaxel-dependent synthetic lethal screen designed to identify gene targets that specifically reduce cell viability in the presence of otherwise sublethal concentrations of paclitaxel. Using a stringent objective statistical algorithm to reduce false discovery rates below 5%, we isolated a panel of 87 genes that represent major focal points of the autonomous response of cancer cells to the abrogation of microtubule dynamics. Here we show that several of these targets sensitize lung cancer cells to paclitaxel concentrations 1,000-fold lower than otherwise required for a significant response, and we identify mechanistic relationships between cancer-associated aberrant gene expression programmes and the basic cellular machinery required for robust mitotic progression.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00054-A
Screen Title: Combinatorial effect with paclitaxel
Assay: Viability (synthetic lethal)
Method: ATP level
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: NCI-H1155
Library: Dharmacon, # G-005000-01
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Paclitaxel/control ratio
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes: Additional information about 87 high-confidence hits

Self-renewal and pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells (1)
NM_006826
YWHAQ
0.19
none

Reference

A genome-wide RNAi screen reveals determinants of human embryonic stem cell identity. Chia et al., 2010

The derivation of human ES cells (hESCs) from human blastocysts represents one of the milestones in stem cell biology. The full potential of hESCs in research and clinical applications requires a detailed understanding of the genetic network that governs the unique properties of hESCs. Here, we report a genome-wide RNA interference screen to identify genes which regulate self-renewal and pluripotency properties in hESCs. Interestingly, functionally distinct complexes involved in transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodelling are among the factors identified in the screen. To understand the roles of these potential regulators of hESCs, we studied transcription factor PRDM14 to gain new insights into its functional roles in the regulation of pluripotency. We showed that PRDM14 regulates directly the expression of key pluripotency gene POU5F1 through its proximal enhancer. Genome-wide location profiling experiments revealed that PRDM14 colocalized extensively with other key transcription factors such as OCT4, NANOG and SOX2, indicating that PRDM14 is integrated into the core transcriptional regulatory network. More importantly, in a gain-of-function assay, we showed that PRDM14 is able to enhance the efficiency of reprogramming of human fibroblasts in conjunction with OCT4, SOX2 and KLF4. Altogether, our study uncovers a wealth of novel hESC regulators wherein PRDM14 exemplifies a key transcription factor required for the maintenance of hESC identity and the reacquisition of pluripotency in human somatic cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00184-A-1
Screen Title: Self-renewal and pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells (1)
Assay: POU5F1 protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: hESC H1
Library: Dharmacon, SMARTpool siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: < -2
Notes:

TRAIL-induced apoptosis (1)
NM_006826
YWHAQ
0.39
none

Reference

A synthetic lethal screen identifies FAT1 as an antagonist of caspase-8 in extrinsic apoptosis. Kranz and Boutros, 2014

The extrinsic apoptosis pathway is initiated by binding of death ligands to death receptors resulting in the formation of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC). Activation of procaspase-8 within the DISC and its release from the signaling complex is required for processing executor caspases and commiting cell death. Here, we report that the atypical cadherin FAT1 interacts with caspase-8 preventing the association of caspase-8 with the DISC. We identified FAT1 in a genome-wide siRNA screen for synthetic lethal interactions with death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Knockdown of FAT1 sensitized established and patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines for apoptosis transduced by cell death ligands. Depletion of FAT1 resulted in enhanced procaspase-8 recruitment to the DISC and increased formation of caspase-8 containing secondary signaling complexes. In addition, FAT1 knockout cell lines generated by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering were more susceptible for death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Our findings provide evidence for a mechanism to control caspase-8-dependent cell death by the atypical cadherin FAT1. These results contribute towards the understanding of effector caspase regulation in physiological conditions.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00240-S-1
Screen Title: TRAIL-induced apoptosis (1)
Assay: Viability
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: U251MG
Library: Dharmacon, SMART-pool siRNA
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: > 4
Notes: Author-submitted data

TRAIL-induced apoptosis (2)
NM_006826
YWHAQ
-1.26
none Z-score -0.779

Reference

A synthetic lethal screen identifies FAT1 as an antagonist of caspase-8 in extrinsic apoptosis. Kranz and Boutros, 2014

The extrinsic apoptosis pathway is initiated by binding of death ligands to death receptors resulting in the formation of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC). Activation of procaspase-8 within the DISC and its release from the signaling complex is required for processing executor caspases and commiting cell death. Here, we report that the atypical cadherin FAT1 interacts with caspase-8 preventing the association of caspase-8 with the DISC. We identified FAT1 in a genome-wide siRNA screen for synthetic lethal interactions with death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Knockdown of FAT1 sensitized established and patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines for apoptosis transduced by cell death ligands. Depletion of FAT1 resulted in enhanced procaspase-8 recruitment to the DISC and increased formation of caspase-8 containing secondary signaling complexes. In addition, FAT1 knockout cell lines generated by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering were more susceptible for death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Our findings provide evidence for a mechanism to control caspase-8-dependent cell death by the atypical cadherin FAT1. These results contribute towards the understanding of effector caspase regulation in physiological conditions.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00240-S-2
Screen Title: TRAIL-induced apoptosis (2)
Assay: Viability (synthetic lethal)
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: U251MG
Library: Dharmacon, SMART-pool siRNA
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Differential score
Cutoff: > 3.6 AND viability Z-score < 4
Notes: Author-submitted data. Z-scores from viability screen (1) are considered in score interpretation for this screen.

Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
10971
YWHAQ
-0.03
none number of cells compared to control (%): 111.51

Reference

Human genome-wide RNAi screen reveals a role for nuclear pore proteins in poxvirus morphogenesis. Sivan et al., 2013

Poxviruses are considered less dependent on host functions than other DNA viruses because of their cytoplasmic site of replication and large genomes, which encode enzymes for DNA and mRNA synthesis. Nevertheless, RNAi screens with two independent human genome-scale libraries have identified more than 500 candidate genes that significantly inhibited and a similar number that enhanced replication and spread of infectious vaccinia virus (VACV). Translational, ubiquitin-proteosome, and endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport functions, known to be important for VACV, were enriched in the siRNA-inhibiting group, and RNA polymerase II and associated functions were enriched in the siRNA-enhancing group. Additional findings, notably the inhibition of VACV spread by siRNAs to several nuclear pore genes, were unanticipated. Knockdown of nucleoporin 62 strongly inhibited viral morphogenesis, with only a modest effect on viral gene expression, recapitulating and providing insight into previous studies with enucleated cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00249-S
Screen Title: Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
Assay: Vaccinia virus VACV IHD-J/GFP protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Ambion and Dharmacon, Silencer Select Version 4, siGENOME SMARTpool and OnTargetPlus
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1 OR <= -1.5
Notes: Author-submitted data. Primary screen. Decreased viability phenotype if number of cells compared to control < 50 %.

TP53 interactions (1)
ENSG00000134308
np
sp
none

Reference

A systematic RNAi synthetic interaction screen reveals a link between p53 and snoRNP assembly. Krastev et al., 2011

TP53 (tumour protein 53) is one of the most frequently mutated genes in human cancer and its role during cellular transformation has been studied extensively. However, the homeostatic functions of p53 are less well understood. Here, we explore the molecular dependency network of TP53 through an RNAi-mediated synthetic interaction screen employing two HCT116 isogenic cell lines and a genome-scale endoribonuclease-prepared short interfering RNA library. We identify a variety of TP53 synthetic interactions unmasking the complex connections of p53 to cellular physiology and growth control. Molecular dissection of the TP53 synthetic interaction with UNRIP indicates an enhanced dependency of TP53-negative cells on small nucleolar ribonucleoprotein (snoRNP) assembly. This dependency is mediated by the snoRNP chaperone gene NOLC1 (also known as NOPP140), which we identify as a physiological p53 target gene. This unanticipated function of TP53 in snoRNP assembly highlights the potential of RNAi-mediated synthetic interaction screens to dissect molecular pathways of tumour suppressor genes.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00196-A-1
Screen Title: TP53 interactions (1)
Assay: TP53 protein expression and viability
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT116 ( wildtype and TP53 knockout)
Library: Custom-made, rp
Reagent Type: esiRNA
Score Type: Complex, sp
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
18633
34.65
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
10971
YWHAQ
1.02
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-2
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4, weak: < ~0.59 (for mediators); strong: > 1.88, weak: > 1.69 (for suppressors)
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Genome stability
NM_006826
YWHAQ
np
sp
none

Reference

A genome-wide siRNA screen reveals diverse cellular processes and pathways that mediate genome stability. Paulsen et al., 2009

Signaling pathways that respond to DNA damage are essential for the maintenance of genome stability and are linked to many diseases, including cancer. Here, a genome-wide siRNA screen was employed to identify additional genes involved in genome stabilization by monitoring phosphorylation of the histone variant H2AX, an early mark of DNA damage. We identified hundreds of genes whose downregulation led to elevated levels of H2AX phosphorylation (gammaH2AX) and revealed links to cellular complexes and to genes with unclassified functions. We demonstrate a widespread role for mRNA-processing factors in preventing DNA damage, which in some cases is caused by aberrant RNA-DNA structures. Furthermore, we connect increased gammaH2AX levels to the neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) syndrome, and we find a role for several CMT proteins in the DNA-damage response. These data indicate that preservation of genome stability is mediated by a larger network of biological processes than previously appreciated.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00053-A
Screen Title: Genome stability
Assay: gamma-H2AX phosphorylation and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: ThermoFisher Scientific, siARRAY human genome siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: p-value
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes: Confidence groupings from 4 to 1 (highest level of confidence in group 4)

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
117421
66.55
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Combinatorial effect with MLN4924, a NAE inhibitor (2)
2810
SFN
sp
Synthetic lethal with MLN4924 (a NAE inhibitor) duplicate screen, sextuplicate screen

Reference

Novel DNA damage checkpoints mediating cell death induced by the NEDD8-activating enzyme inhibitor MLN4924. Blank et al., 2013

MLN4924 is an investigational small-molecule inhibitor of the NEDD8-activating enzyme (NAE) in phase I clinical trials. NAE inhibition prevents the ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of substrates for cullin-RING ubiquitin E3 ligases that support cancer pathophysiology, but the genetic determinants conferring sensitivity to NAE inhibition are unknown. To address this gap in knowledge, we conducted a genome-wide siRNA screen to identify genes and pathways that affect the lethality of MLN4924 in melanoma cells. Of the 154 genes identified, approximately one-half interfered with components of the cell cycle, apoptotic machinery, ubiquitin system, and DNA damage response pathways. In particular, genes involved in DNA replication, p53, BRCA1/BRCA2, transcription-coupled repair, and base excision repair seemed to be important for MLN4924 lethality. In contrast, genes within the G(2)-M checkpoint affected sensitivity to MLN4924 in colon cancer cells. Cell-cycle analysis in melanoma cells by flow cytometry following RNAi-mediated silencing showed that MLN4924 prevented the transition of cells from S-G(2) phase after induction of rereplication stress. Our analysis suggested an important role for the p21-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint and extensive rereplication, whereas the ATR-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint seemed to play a less dominant role. Unexpectedly, induction of the p21-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint seemed to be independent of both Cdt1 stabilization and ATR signaling. Collectively, these data enhance our understanding of the mechanisms by which inhibition of NEDD8-dependent ubiquitination causes cell death, informing clinical development of MLN4924.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00250-A-2
Screen Title: Combinatorial effect with MLN4924, a NAE inhibitor (2)
Assay: Viability (synthetic lethal)
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: A375
Library: Dharmacon, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Complex, sp
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes: Phenotypes for 650 nmol/L MLN4924. Additional information about screens with 250 nmol/L MLN4924.

Human papillomavirus oncogene expression regulation (1)
10971
YWHAQ
-0.29
none

Reference

Genome-wide siRNA screen identifies SMCX, EP400, and Brd4 as E2-dependent regulators of human papillomavirus oncogene expression. Smith et al., 2010

An essential step in the pathogenesis of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers is the dysregulated expression of the viral oncogenes. The papillomavirus E2 protein can silence the long control region (LCR) promoter that controls viral E6 and E7 oncogene expression. The mechanisms by which E2 represses oncogene expression and the cellular factors through which E2 mediates this silencing are largely unknown. We conducted an unbiased, genome-wide siRNA screen and series of secondary screens that identified 96 cellular genes that contribute to the repression of the HPV LCR. In addition to confirming a role for the E2-binding bromodomain protein Brd4 in E2-mediated silencing, we identified a number of genes that have not previously been implicated in E2 repression, including the demethylase JARID1C/SMCX as well as EP400, a component of the NuA4/TIP60 histone acetyltransferase complex. Each of these genes contributes independently and additively to E2-mediated silencing, indicating that E2 functions through several distinct cellular complexes to repress E6 and E7 expression.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00197-A-1
Screen Title: Human papillomavirus oncogene expression regulation (1)
Assay: HPV18 LCR reporter activity
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: C33A/BE2/18LCR c4
Library: Dharmacon, Human siGENOME SMARTpool library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 2
Notes: Author-submitted data. Phenotype strength according to Z-scores: weak: 2 - 3; moderate: 3 - 5; strong: > 5

TRAIL-induced apoptosis (1)
NM_006142
SFN
-0.62
none

Reference

A synthetic lethal screen identifies FAT1 as an antagonist of caspase-8 in extrinsic apoptosis. Kranz and Boutros, 2014

The extrinsic apoptosis pathway is initiated by binding of death ligands to death receptors resulting in the formation of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC). Activation of procaspase-8 within the DISC and its release from the signaling complex is required for processing executor caspases and commiting cell death. Here, we report that the atypical cadherin FAT1 interacts with caspase-8 preventing the association of caspase-8 with the DISC. We identified FAT1 in a genome-wide siRNA screen for synthetic lethal interactions with death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Knockdown of FAT1 sensitized established and patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines for apoptosis transduced by cell death ligands. Depletion of FAT1 resulted in enhanced procaspase-8 recruitment to the DISC and increased formation of caspase-8 containing secondary signaling complexes. In addition, FAT1 knockout cell lines generated by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering were more susceptible for death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Our findings provide evidence for a mechanism to control caspase-8-dependent cell death by the atypical cadherin FAT1. These results contribute towards the understanding of effector caspase regulation in physiological conditions.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00240-S-1
Screen Title: TRAIL-induced apoptosis (1)
Assay: Viability
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: U251MG
Library: Dharmacon, SMART-pool siRNA
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: > 4
Notes: Author-submitted data

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (3)
10971
YWHAQ
1.42
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-3
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (3)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Ambion, Silencer Select
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4; weak: < ~0.59
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
2810
SFN
-1.32
none number of cells compared to control (%): 91.15

Reference

Human genome-wide RNAi screen reveals a role for nuclear pore proteins in poxvirus morphogenesis. Sivan et al., 2013

Poxviruses are considered less dependent on host functions than other DNA viruses because of their cytoplasmic site of replication and large genomes, which encode enzymes for DNA and mRNA synthesis. Nevertheless, RNAi screens with two independent human genome-scale libraries have identified more than 500 candidate genes that significantly inhibited and a similar number that enhanced replication and spread of infectious vaccinia virus (VACV). Translational, ubiquitin-proteosome, and endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport functions, known to be important for VACV, were enriched in the siRNA-inhibiting group, and RNA polymerase II and associated functions were enriched in the siRNA-enhancing group. Additional findings, notably the inhibition of VACV spread by siRNAs to several nuclear pore genes, were unanticipated. Knockdown of nucleoporin 62 strongly inhibited viral morphogenesis, with only a modest effect on viral gene expression, recapitulating and providing insight into previous studies with enucleated cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00249-S
Screen Title: Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
Assay: Vaccinia virus VACV IHD-J/GFP protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Ambion and Dharmacon, Silencer Select Version 4, siGENOME SMARTpool and OnTargetPlus
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1 OR <= -1.5
Notes: Author-submitted data. Primary screen. Decreased viability phenotype if number of cells compared to control < 50 %.

Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
10971
YWHAQ
J-012329-05
-1.64
Decreased vaccinia virus (VACV) infection number of cells compared to control (%): 89.72

Reference

Human genome-wide RNAi screen reveals a role for nuclear pore proteins in poxvirus morphogenesis. Sivan et al., 2013

Poxviruses are considered less dependent on host functions than other DNA viruses because of their cytoplasmic site of replication and large genomes, which encode enzymes for DNA and mRNA synthesis. Nevertheless, RNAi screens with two independent human genome-scale libraries have identified more than 500 candidate genes that significantly inhibited and a similar number that enhanced replication and spread of infectious vaccinia virus (VACV). Translational, ubiquitin-proteosome, and endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport functions, known to be important for VACV, were enriched in the siRNA-inhibiting group, and RNA polymerase II and associated functions were enriched in the siRNA-enhancing group. Additional findings, notably the inhibition of VACV spread by siRNAs to several nuclear pore genes, were unanticipated. Knockdown of nucleoporin 62 strongly inhibited viral morphogenesis, with only a modest effect on viral gene expression, recapitulating and providing insight into previous studies with enucleated cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00249-S
Screen Title: Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
Assay: Vaccinia virus VACV IHD-J/GFP protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Ambion and Dharmacon, Silencer Select Version 4, siGENOME SMARTpool and OnTargetPlus
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1 OR <= -1.5
Notes: Author-submitted data. Primary screen. Decreased viability phenotype if number of cells compared to control < 50 %.

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (3)
10971
YWHAQ
1.84
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-3
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (3)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Ambion, Silencer Select
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4; weak: < ~0.59
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Combinatorial effect with MLN4924, a NAE inhibitor (3)
2810
SFN
sp
Synthetic lethal with MLN4924 (a NAE inhibitor) 116 nM MLN4924, 91 nM MLN4924; set: Top240/320DDR; final hit

Reference

Novel DNA damage checkpoints mediating cell death induced by the NEDD8-activating enzyme inhibitor MLN4924. Blank et al., 2013

MLN4924 is an investigational small-molecule inhibitor of the NEDD8-activating enzyme (NAE) in phase I clinical trials. NAE inhibition prevents the ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of substrates for cullin-RING ubiquitin E3 ligases that support cancer pathophysiology, but the genetic determinants conferring sensitivity to NAE inhibition are unknown. To address this gap in knowledge, we conducted a genome-wide siRNA screen to identify genes and pathways that affect the lethality of MLN4924 in melanoma cells. Of the 154 genes identified, approximately one-half interfered with components of the cell cycle, apoptotic machinery, ubiquitin system, and DNA damage response pathways. In particular, genes involved in DNA replication, p53, BRCA1/BRCA2, transcription-coupled repair, and base excision repair seemed to be important for MLN4924 lethality. In contrast, genes within the G(2)-M checkpoint affected sensitivity to MLN4924 in colon cancer cells. Cell-cycle analysis in melanoma cells by flow cytometry following RNAi-mediated silencing showed that MLN4924 prevented the transition of cells from S-G(2) phase after induction of rereplication stress. Our analysis suggested an important role for the p21-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint and extensive rereplication, whereas the ATR-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint seemed to play a less dominant role. Unexpectedly, induction of the p21-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint seemed to be independent of both Cdt1 stabilization and ATR signaling. Collectively, these data enhance our understanding of the mechanisms by which inhibition of NEDD8-dependent ubiquitination causes cell death, informing clinical development of MLN4924.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00250-A-3
Screen Title: Combinatorial effect with MLN4924, a NAE inhibitor (3)
Assay: Viability (synthetic lethal)
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Selected and random genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT-116
Library: Dharmacon, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Complex, sp
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
18537
-138.22
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
18537
-195.34
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (2)
NM_006142
SFN
sp
none

Reference

A genome-wide RNAi screen for Wnt/beta-catenin pathway components identifies unexpected roles for TCF transcription factors in cancer. Tang et al., 2008

The Wnt family of secreted proteins coordinate cell fate decision-making in a broad range of developmental and homeostatic contexts. Corruption of Wnt signal transduction pathways frequently results in degenerative diseases and cancer. We have used an iterative genome-wide screening strategy that employs multiple nonredundant RNAi reagents to identify mammalian genes that participate in Wnt/beta-catenin pathway response. Among the genes that were assigned high confidence scores are two members of the TCF/LEF family of DNA-binding proteins that control the transcriptional output of the pathway. Surprisingly, we found that the presumed cancer-promoting gene TCF7L2 functions instead as a transcriptional repressor that restricts colorectal cancer (CRC) cell growth. Mutations in TCF7L2 identified from cancer genome sequencing efforts abolish its ability to function as a transcriptional regulator and result in increased CRC cell growth. We describe a growth-promoting transcriptional program that is likely activated in CRC tumors with compromised TCF7L2 function. Taken together, the results from our screen and studies focused on members of the TCF/LEF gene family refine our understanding of how aberrant Wnt pathway activation sustains CRC growth.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00057-A-2
Screen Title: Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (2)
Assay: Wnt pathway reporter
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, Human siArray siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Complex, SP
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes: Screen with Wnt3A stimulation. Additional information about secondary screens (Dharmacon and Qiagen libraries).

Human papillomavirus oncogene expression regulation (1)
2810
SFN
0.04
none

Reference

Genome-wide siRNA screen identifies SMCX, EP400, and Brd4 as E2-dependent regulators of human papillomavirus oncogene expression. Smith et al., 2010

An essential step in the pathogenesis of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers is the dysregulated expression of the viral oncogenes. The papillomavirus E2 protein can silence the long control region (LCR) promoter that controls viral E6 and E7 oncogene expression. The mechanisms by which E2 represses oncogene expression and the cellular factors through which E2 mediates this silencing are largely unknown. We conducted an unbiased, genome-wide siRNA screen and series of secondary screens that identified 96 cellular genes that contribute to the repression of the HPV LCR. In addition to confirming a role for the E2-binding bromodomain protein Brd4 in E2-mediated silencing, we identified a number of genes that have not previously been implicated in E2 repression, including the demethylase JARID1C/SMCX as well as EP400, a component of the NuA4/TIP60 histone acetyltransferase complex. Each of these genes contributes independently and additively to E2-mediated silencing, indicating that E2 functions through several distinct cellular complexes to repress E6 and E7 expression.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00197-A-1
Screen Title: Human papillomavirus oncogene expression regulation (1)
Assay: HPV18 LCR reporter activity
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: C33A/BE2/18LCR c4
Library: Dharmacon, Human siGENOME SMARTpool library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 2
Notes: Author-submitted data. Phenotype strength according to Z-scores: weak: 2 - 3; moderate: 3 - 5; strong: > 5

Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
10971
YWHAQ
-1.67
Decreased vaccinia virus (VACV) infection number of cells compared to control (%): 72.00

Reference

Human genome-wide RNAi screen reveals a role for nuclear pore proteins in poxvirus morphogenesis. Sivan et al., 2013

Poxviruses are considered less dependent on host functions than other DNA viruses because of their cytoplasmic site of replication and large genomes, which encode enzymes for DNA and mRNA synthesis. Nevertheless, RNAi screens with two independent human genome-scale libraries have identified more than 500 candidate genes that significantly inhibited and a similar number that enhanced replication and spread of infectious vaccinia virus (VACV). Translational, ubiquitin-proteosome, and endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport functions, known to be important for VACV, were enriched in the siRNA-inhibiting group, and RNA polymerase II and associated functions were enriched in the siRNA-enhancing group. Additional findings, notably the inhibition of VACV spread by siRNAs to several nuclear pore genes, were unanticipated. Knockdown of nucleoporin 62 strongly inhibited viral morphogenesis, with only a modest effect on viral gene expression, recapitulating and providing insight into previous studies with enucleated cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00249-S
Screen Title: Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
Assay: Vaccinia virus VACV IHD-J/GFP protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Ambion and Dharmacon, Silencer Select Version 4, siGENOME SMARTpool and OnTargetPlus
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1 OR <= -1.5
Notes: Author-submitted data. Primary screen. Decreased viability phenotype if number of cells compared to control < 50 %.

Negative genetic interactions (2)
10971
YWHAQ
0.2
none

Reference

A negative genetic interaction map in isogenic cancer cell lines reveals cancer cell vulnerabilities. Vizeacoumar et al., 2013

Improved efforts are necessary to define the functional product of cancer mutations currently being revealed through large-scale sequencing efforts. Using genome-scale pooled shRNA screening technology, we mapped negative genetic interactions across a set of isogenic cancer cell lines and confirmed hundreds of these interactions in orthogonal co-culture competition assays to generate a high-confidence genetic interaction network of differentially essential or differential essentiality (DiE) genes. The network uncovered examples of conserved genetic interactions, densely connected functional modules derived from comparative genomics with model systems data, functions for uncharacterized genes in the human genome and targetable vulnerabilities. Finally, we demonstrate a general applicability of DiE gene signatures in determining genetic dependencies of other non-isogenic cancer cell lines. For example, the PTEN(-/-) DiE genes reveal a signature that can preferentially classify PTEN-dependent genotypes across a series of non-isogenic cell lines derived from the breast, pancreas and ovarian cancers. Our reference network suggests that many cancer vulnerabilities remain to be discovered through systematic derivation of a network of differentially essential genes in an isogenic cancer cell model.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00255-A-2
Screen Title: Negative genetic interactions (2)
Assay: shRNA abundance
Method: Microarray
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT116
Library: TRC lentiviral library, np
Reagent Type: shRNA
Score Type: differential Gene Activity Ranking Profile (dGARP)
Cutoff: < -1.0
Notes: HCT116 MUS81-/- and HCT116 MUS81+/+ cells used. Cutoff corresponds to p-value < 0.05. Additional information about a secondary screen (genetic interactions with Cetuximab/Erbitux in LIM1215 cells)

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (3)
10971
YWHAQ
1.82
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-3
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (3)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Ambion, Silencer Select
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4; weak: < ~0.59
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (2)
NM_006826
YWHAQ
sp
none

Reference

A genome-wide RNAi screen for Wnt/beta-catenin pathway components identifies unexpected roles for TCF transcription factors in cancer. Tang et al., 2008

The Wnt family of secreted proteins coordinate cell fate decision-making in a broad range of developmental and homeostatic contexts. Corruption of Wnt signal transduction pathways frequently results in degenerative diseases and cancer. We have used an iterative genome-wide screening strategy that employs multiple nonredundant RNAi reagents to identify mammalian genes that participate in Wnt/beta-catenin pathway response. Among the genes that were assigned high confidence scores are two members of the TCF/LEF family of DNA-binding proteins that control the transcriptional output of the pathway. Surprisingly, we found that the presumed cancer-promoting gene TCF7L2 functions instead as a transcriptional repressor that restricts colorectal cancer (CRC) cell growth. Mutations in TCF7L2 identified from cancer genome sequencing efforts abolish its ability to function as a transcriptional regulator and result in increased CRC cell growth. We describe a growth-promoting transcriptional program that is likely activated in CRC tumors with compromised TCF7L2 function. Taken together, the results from our screen and studies focused on members of the TCF/LEF gene family refine our understanding of how aberrant Wnt pathway activation sustains CRC growth.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00057-A-2
Screen Title: Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (2)
Assay: Wnt pathway reporter
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, Human siArray siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Complex, SP
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes: Screen with Wnt3A stimulation. Additional information about secondary screens (Dharmacon and Qiagen libraries).

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
117421
84.18
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
10971
YWHAQ
0.67
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-2
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4, weak: < ~0.59 (for mediators); strong: > 1.88, weak: > 1.69 (for suppressors)
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Hepatitis C virus replication (1)
10971
YWHAQ
PL-50003
0.92
none

Reference

A functional genomic screen identifies cellular cofactors of hepatitis C virus replication. Tai et al., 2009

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) chronically infects 3% of the world''s population, and complications from HCV are the leading indication for liver transplantation. Given the need for better anti-HCV therapies, one strategy is to identify and target cellular cofactors of the virus lifecycle. Using a genome-wide siRNA library, we identified 96 human genes that support HCV replication, with a significant number of them being involved in vesicle organization and biogenesis. Phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase PI4KA and multiple subunits of the COPI vesicle coat complex were among the genes identified. Consistent with this, pharmacologic inhibitors of COPI and PI4KA blocked HCV replication. Targeting hepcidin, a peptide critical for iron homeostasis, also affected HCV replication, which may explain the known dysregulation of iron homeostasis in HCV infection. The host cofactors for HCV replication identified in this study should serve as a useful resource in delineating new targets for anti-HCV therapies.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00180-A-1
Screen Title: Hepatitis C virus replication (1)
Assay: HCV replicon RNA copy number
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: Huh7/Rep-Feo
Library: Dharmacon, siARRAY Human Genome siRNA Library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: q-value
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Self-renewal and pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells (1)
NM_006142
SFN
-1.05
none

Reference

A genome-wide RNAi screen reveals determinants of human embryonic stem cell identity. Chia et al., 2010

The derivation of human ES cells (hESCs) from human blastocysts represents one of the milestones in stem cell biology. The full potential of hESCs in research and clinical applications requires a detailed understanding of the genetic network that governs the unique properties of hESCs. Here, we report a genome-wide RNA interference screen to identify genes which regulate self-renewal and pluripotency properties in hESCs. Interestingly, functionally distinct complexes involved in transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodelling are among the factors identified in the screen. To understand the roles of these potential regulators of hESCs, we studied transcription factor PRDM14 to gain new insights into its functional roles in the regulation of pluripotency. We showed that PRDM14 regulates directly the expression of key pluripotency gene POU5F1 through its proximal enhancer. Genome-wide location profiling experiments revealed that PRDM14 colocalized extensively with other key transcription factors such as OCT4, NANOG and SOX2, indicating that PRDM14 is integrated into the core transcriptional regulatory network. More importantly, in a gain-of-function assay, we showed that PRDM14 is able to enhance the efficiency of reprogramming of human fibroblasts in conjunction with OCT4, SOX2 and KLF4. Altogether, our study uncovers a wealth of novel hESC regulators wherein PRDM14 exemplifies a key transcription factor required for the maintenance of hESC identity and the reacquisition of pluripotency in human somatic cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00184-A-1
Screen Title: Self-renewal and pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells (1)
Assay: POU5F1 protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: hESC H1
Library: Dharmacon, SMARTpool siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: < -2
Notes:

Telomerase activity regulation
YWHAQ
np
0.44
Decreased telomerase activity

Reference

High-throughput RNAi screening reveals novel regulators of telomerase. Cerone et al., 2011

Telomerase is considered an attractive anticancer target on the basis of its common and specific activation in most human cancers. While direct telomerase inhibition is being explored as a therapeutic strategy, alternative strategies to target regulators of telomerase that could disrupt telomere maintenance and cancer cell proliferation are not yet available. Here, we report the findings of a high-throughput functional RNA interference screen to globally profile the contribution of kinases to telomerase activity (TA). This analysis identified a number of novel telomerase modulators, including ERK8 kinase, whose inhibition reduces TA and elicited characteristics of telomere dysfunction. Given that kinases represent attractive drug targets, we addressed the therapeutic implications of our findings, such as demonstrating how limiting TA via kinase blockade could sensitize cells to inhibition of the telomere-associated protein tankyrase. Taken together, our findings suggest novel combinatorial approaches to targeting telomere maintenance as a strategy for cancer therapy.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00156-A
Screen Title: Telomerase activity regulation
Assay: Telomerase activity
Method: Real-time qTRAP
Scope: Kinases
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, SMARTpool siRNA kinase library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Percentage
Cutoff: < 35 % OR > 150 %
Notes:

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
10971
YWHAQ
1.29
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-2
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (2)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: Strong: < ~0.4, weak: < ~0.59 (for mediators); strong: > 1.88, weak: > 1.69 (for suppressors)
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean (strong) or 1.5 SD (weak)

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (1)
2810
SFN
1.46
none

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-1
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (1)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, Human siGENOME siRNA (G-005000-05)
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: < ~0.4 OR > 1.88
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean

Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (1)
NM_006826
YWHAQ
-0.86
none

Reference

A genome-wide RNAi screen for Wnt/beta-catenin pathway components identifies unexpected roles for TCF transcription factors in cancer. Tang et al., 2008

The Wnt family of secreted proteins coordinate cell fate decision-making in a broad range of developmental and homeostatic contexts. Corruption of Wnt signal transduction pathways frequently results in degenerative diseases and cancer. We have used an iterative genome-wide screening strategy that employs multiple nonredundant RNAi reagents to identify mammalian genes that participate in Wnt/beta-catenin pathway response. Among the genes that were assigned high confidence scores are two members of the TCF/LEF family of DNA-binding proteins that control the transcriptional output of the pathway. Surprisingly, we found that the presumed cancer-promoting gene TCF7L2 functions instead as a transcriptional repressor that restricts colorectal cancer (CRC) cell growth. Mutations in TCF7L2 identified from cancer genome sequencing efforts abolish its ability to function as a transcriptional regulator and result in increased CRC cell growth. We describe a growth-promoting transcriptional program that is likely activated in CRC tumors with compromised TCF7L2 function. Taken together, the results from our screen and studies focused on members of the TCF/LEF gene family refine our understanding of how aberrant Wnt pathway activation sustains CRC growth.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00057-A-1
Screen Title: Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (1)
Assay: Wnt pathway reporter
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, Human siArray siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: > 4
Notes: Screen without Wnt3A stimulation. Additional information about secondary screens (Dharmacon and Qiagen libraries).

Negative genetic interactions (1)
10971
YWHAQ
-0.65
none

Reference

A negative genetic interaction map in isogenic cancer cell lines reveals cancer cell vulnerabilities. Vizeacoumar et al., 2013

Improved efforts are necessary to define the functional product of cancer mutations currently being revealed through large-scale sequencing efforts. Using genome-scale pooled shRNA screening technology, we mapped negative genetic interactions across a set of isogenic cancer cell lines and confirmed hundreds of these interactions in orthogonal co-culture competition assays to generate a high-confidence genetic interaction network of differentially essential or differential essentiality (DiE) genes. The network uncovered examples of conserved genetic interactions, densely connected functional modules derived from comparative genomics with model systems data, functions for uncharacterized genes in the human genome and targetable vulnerabilities. Finally, we demonstrate a general applicability of DiE gene signatures in determining genetic dependencies of other non-isogenic cancer cell lines. For example, the PTEN(-/-) DiE genes reveal a signature that can preferentially classify PTEN-dependent genotypes across a series of non-isogenic cell lines derived from the breast, pancreas and ovarian cancers. Our reference network suggests that many cancer vulnerabilities remain to be discovered through systematic derivation of a network of differentially essential genes in an isogenic cancer cell model.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00255-A-1
Screen Title: Negative genetic interactions (1)
Assay: shRNA abundance
Method: Microarray
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT116
Library: TRC lentiviral library, np
Reagent Type: shRNA
Score Type: differential Gene Activity Ranking Profile (dGARP)
Cutoff: < -1.0
Notes: HCT116 BLM-/- and HCT116 BLM+/+ cells used. Cutoff corresponds to p-value < 0.05. Additional information about a secondary screen (genetic interactions with Cetuximab/Erbitux in LIM1215 cells)

Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (1)
NM_006142
SFN
-0.23
none

Reference

A genome-wide RNAi screen for Wnt/beta-catenin pathway components identifies unexpected roles for TCF transcription factors in cancer. Tang et al., 2008

The Wnt family of secreted proteins coordinate cell fate decision-making in a broad range of developmental and homeostatic contexts. Corruption of Wnt signal transduction pathways frequently results in degenerative diseases and cancer. We have used an iterative genome-wide screening strategy that employs multiple nonredundant RNAi reagents to identify mammalian genes that participate in Wnt/beta-catenin pathway response. Among the genes that were assigned high confidence scores are two members of the TCF/LEF family of DNA-binding proteins that control the transcriptional output of the pathway. Surprisingly, we found that the presumed cancer-promoting gene TCF7L2 functions instead as a transcriptional repressor that restricts colorectal cancer (CRC) cell growth. Mutations in TCF7L2 identified from cancer genome sequencing efforts abolish its ability to function as a transcriptional regulator and result in increased CRC cell growth. We describe a growth-promoting transcriptional program that is likely activated in CRC tumors with compromised TCF7L2 function. Taken together, the results from our screen and studies focused on members of the TCF/LEF gene family refine our understanding of how aberrant Wnt pathway activation sustains CRC growth.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00057-A-1
Screen Title: Wnt/beta-catenin pathway regulation (1)
Assay: Wnt pathway reporter
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, Human siArray siRNA library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: > 4
Notes: Screen without Wnt3A stimulation. Additional information about secondary screens (Dharmacon and Qiagen libraries).

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (1)
ENSG00000134308
YWHAQ
np
0.67
none

Reference

A genome-scale DNA repair RNAi screen identifies SPG48 as a novel gene associated with hereditary spastic paraplegia. Słabicki et al., 2010

DNA repair is essential to maintain genome integrity, and genes with roles in DNA repair are frequently mutated in a variety of human diseases. Repair via homologous recombination typically restores the original DNA sequence without introducing mutations, and a number of genes that are required for homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) have been identified. However, a systematic analysis of this important DNA repair pathway in mammalian cells has not been reported. Here, we describe a genome-scale endoribonuclease-prepared short interfering RNA (esiRNA) screen for genes involved in DNA double strand break repair. We report 61 genes that influenced the frequency of HR-DSBR and characterize in detail one of the genes that decreased the frequency of HR-DSBR. We show that the gene KIAA0415 encodes a putative helicase that interacts with SPG11 and SPG15, two proteins mutated in hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP). We identify mutations in HSP patients, discovering KIAA0415/SPG48 as a novel HSP-associated gene, and show that a KIAA0415/SPG48 mutant cell line is more sensitive to DNA damaging drugs. We present the first genome-scale survey of HR-DSBR in mammalian cells providing a dataset that should accelerate the discovery of novel genes with roles in DNA repair and associated medical conditions. The discovery that proteins forming a novel protein complex are required for efficient HR-DSBR and are mutated in patients suffering from HSP suggests a link between HSP and DNA repair.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00151-A-1
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (1)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter
Method: Flow cytometry
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Custom-made, Custom-made
Reagent Type: esiRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: < -2 OR > 2
Notes:

Telomerase activity regulation
YWHAQ
np
31.92
Decreased telomerase activity

Reference

High-throughput RNAi screening reveals novel regulators of telomerase. Cerone et al., 2011

Telomerase is considered an attractive anticancer target on the basis of its common and specific activation in most human cancers. While direct telomerase inhibition is being explored as a therapeutic strategy, alternative strategies to target regulators of telomerase that could disrupt telomere maintenance and cancer cell proliferation are not yet available. Here, we report the findings of a high-throughput functional RNA interference screen to globally profile the contribution of kinases to telomerase activity (TA). This analysis identified a number of novel telomerase modulators, including ERK8 kinase, whose inhibition reduces TA and elicited characteristics of telomere dysfunction. Given that kinases represent attractive drug targets, we addressed the therapeutic implications of our findings, such as demonstrating how limiting TA via kinase blockade could sensitize cells to inhibition of the telomere-associated protein tankyrase. Taken together, our findings suggest novel combinatorial approaches to targeting telomere maintenance as a strategy for cancer therapy.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00156-A
Screen Title: Telomerase activity regulation
Assay: Telomerase activity
Method: Real-time qTRAP
Scope: Kinases
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, SMARTpool siRNA kinase library
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Percentage
Cutoff: < 35 % OR > 150 %
Notes:

TRAIL-induced apoptosis (2)
NM_006142
SFN
-0.42
none Z-score -0.879

Reference

A synthetic lethal screen identifies FAT1 as an antagonist of caspase-8 in extrinsic apoptosis. Kranz and Boutros, 2014

The extrinsic apoptosis pathway is initiated by binding of death ligands to death receptors resulting in the formation of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC). Activation of procaspase-8 within the DISC and its release from the signaling complex is required for processing executor caspases and commiting cell death. Here, we report that the atypical cadherin FAT1 interacts with caspase-8 preventing the association of caspase-8 with the DISC. We identified FAT1 in a genome-wide siRNA screen for synthetic lethal interactions with death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Knockdown of FAT1 sensitized established and patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines for apoptosis transduced by cell death ligands. Depletion of FAT1 resulted in enhanced procaspase-8 recruitment to the DISC and increased formation of caspase-8 containing secondary signaling complexes. In addition, FAT1 knockout cell lines generated by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering were more susceptible for death receptor-mediated apoptosis. Our findings provide evidence for a mechanism to control caspase-8-dependent cell death by the atypical cadherin FAT1. These results contribute towards the understanding of effector caspase regulation in physiological conditions.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00240-S-2
Screen Title: TRAIL-induced apoptosis (2)
Assay: Viability (synthetic lethal)
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: U251MG
Library: Dharmacon, SMART-pool siRNA
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Differential score
Cutoff: > 3.6 AND viability Z-score < 4
Notes: Author-submitted data. Z-scores from viability screen (1) are considered in score interpretation for this screen.

hepcidin regulation
NM_006826
YWHAQ
np
-0.59
none

Reference

Unbiased RNAi screen for hepcidin regulators links hepcidin suppression to proliferative Ras/RAF and nutrient-dependent mTOR signaling. Mleczko-Sanecka et al., 2014

The hepatic hormone hepcidin is a key regulator of systemic iron metabolism. Its expression is largely regulated by 2 signaling pathways: the "iron-regulated" bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and the inflammatory JAK-STAT pathways. To obtain broader insights into cellular processes that modulate hepcidin transcription and to provide a resource to identify novel genetic modifiers of systemic iron homeostasis, we designed an RNA interference (RNAi) screen that monitors hepcidin promoter activity after the knockdown of 19 599 genes in hepatocarcinoma cells. Interestingly, many of the putative hepcidin activators play roles in signal transduction, inflammation, or transcription, and affect hepcidin transcription through BMP-responsive elements. Furthermore, our work sheds light on new components of the transcriptional machinery that maintain steady-state levels of hepcidin expression and its responses to the BMP- and interleukin-6-triggered signals. Notably, we discover hepcidin suppression mediated via components of Ras/RAF MAPK and mTOR signaling, linking hepcidin transcriptional control to the pathways that respond to mitogen stimulation and nutrient status. Thus using a combination of RNAi screening, reverse phase protein arrays, and small molecules testing, we identify links between the control of systemic iron homeostasis and critical liver processes such as regeneration, response to injury, carcinogenesis, and nutrient metabolism.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00253-A
Screen Title: hepcidin regulation
Assay: hepcidin::fluc mRNA expression
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: Huh7
Library: ThermoFisher, siGenome siARRAY SMARTpool
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1.755 OR <= -1.389
Notes: Cutoff <= -1.389 defined based on hepcidin promotor activity. Additional information about secondary siRNA screens.

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
18724
20.48
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
10971
YWHAQ
0.19
none number of cells compared to control (%): 95.46

Reference

Human genome-wide RNAi screen reveals a role for nuclear pore proteins in poxvirus morphogenesis. Sivan et al., 2013

Poxviruses are considered less dependent on host functions than other DNA viruses because of their cytoplasmic site of replication and large genomes, which encode enzymes for DNA and mRNA synthesis. Nevertheless, RNAi screens with two independent human genome-scale libraries have identified more than 500 candidate genes that significantly inhibited and a similar number that enhanced replication and spread of infectious vaccinia virus (VACV). Translational, ubiquitin-proteosome, and endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport functions, known to be important for VACV, were enriched in the siRNA-inhibiting group, and RNA polymerase II and associated functions were enriched in the siRNA-enhancing group. Additional findings, notably the inhibition of VACV spread by siRNAs to several nuclear pore genes, were unanticipated. Knockdown of nucleoporin 62 strongly inhibited viral morphogenesis, with only a modest effect on viral gene expression, recapitulating and providing insight into previous studies with enucleated cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00249-S
Screen Title: Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
Assay: Vaccinia virus VACV IHD-J/GFP protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Ambion and Dharmacon, Silencer Select Version 4, siGENOME SMARTpool and OnTargetPlus
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1 OR <= -1.5
Notes: Author-submitted data. Primary screen. Decreased viability phenotype if number of cells compared to control < 50 %.

Cell division (1)
ENSG00000134308
YWHAQ
ENSG00000134308
sp
none

Reference

Genome-scale RNAi profiling of cell division in human tissue culture cells. Kittler et al., 2007

Cell division is fundamental for all organisms. Here we report a genome-scale RNA-mediated interference screen in HeLa cells designed to identify human genes that are important for cell division. We have used a library of endoribonuclease-prepared short interfering RNAs for gene silencing and have used DNA content analysis to identify genes that induced cell cycle arrest or altered ploidy on silencing. Validation and secondary assays were performed to generate a nine-parameter loss-of-function phenoprint for each of the genes. These phenotypic signatures allowed the assignment of genes to specific functional classes by combining hierarchical clustering, cross-species analysis and proteomic data mining. We highlight the richness of our dataset by ascribing novel functions to genes in mitosis and cytokinesis. In particular, we identify two evolutionarily conserved transcriptional regulatory networks that govern cytokinesis. Our work provides an experimental framework from which the systematic analysis of novel genes necessary for cell division in human cells can begin.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00098-A-1
Screen Title: Cell division (1)
Assay: Cell number and DNA content
Method: Laser scanning cytometry
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Custom-made, rp
Reagent Type: esiRNA
Score Type: Complex, sp
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Salmonella enterica subspecies 1 serovar Typhimurium invasion (1)
10971
YWHAQ
np
0.37
none

Reference

RNAi screen of Salmonella invasion shows role of COPI in membrane targeting of cholesterol and Cdc42. Misselwitz et al., 2011

The pathogen Salmonella Typhimurium is a common cause of diarrhea and invades the gut tissue by injecting a cocktail of virulence factors into epithelial cells, triggering actin rearrangements, membrane ruffling and pathogen entry. One of these factors is SopE, a G-nucleotide exchange factor for the host cellular Rho GTPases Rac1 and Cdc42. How SopE mediates cellular invasion is incompletely understood. Using genome-scale RNAi screening we identified 72 known and novel host cell proteins affecting SopE-mediated entry. Follow-up assays assigned these ''hits'' to particular steps of the invasion process; i.e., binding, effector injection, membrane ruffling, membrane closure and maturation of the Salmonella-containing vacuole. Depletion of the COPI complex revealed a unique effect on virulence factor injection and membrane ruffling. Both effects are attributable to mislocalization of cholesterol, sphingolipids, Rac1 and Cdc42 away from the plasma membrane into a large intracellular compartment. Equivalent results were obtained with the vesicular stomatitis virus. Therefore, COPI-facilitated maintenance of lipids may represent a novel, unifying mechanism essential for a wide range of pathogens, offering opportunities for designing new drugs.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00133-A-1
Screen Title: Salmonella enterica subspecies 1 serovar Typhimurium invasion (1)
Assay: Gentamycin protection invasion assay
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Qiagen, Druggable genome library V2.0
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: log2 median
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (1)
10971
YWHAQ
0.4
Decreased homologous recombination repair frequency

Reference

A genome-wide homologous recombination screen identifies the RNA-binding protein RBMX as a component of the DNA-damage response. Adamson et al., 2012

Repair of DNA double-strand breaks is critical to genomic stability and the prevention of developmental disorders and cancer. A central pathway for this repair is homologous recombination (HR). Most knowledge of HR is derived from work in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms. We carried out a genome-wide siRNA-based screen in human cells. Among positive regulators of HR we identified networks of DNA-damage-response and pre-mRNA-processing proteins, and among negative regulators we identified a phosphatase network. Three candidate proteins localized to DNA lesions, including RBMX, a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein that has a role in alternative splicing. RBMX accumulated at DNA lesions through multiple domains in a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1-dependent manner and promoted HR by facilitating proper BRCA2 expression. Our screen also revealed that off-target depletion of RAD51 is a common source of RNAi false positives, raising a cautionary note for siRNA screens and RNAi-based studies of HR.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00236-A-1
Screen Title: Homologous recombination DNA double-strand break repair (HR-DSBR) (1)
Assay: (HR-DSBR) DR-GFP reporter and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: DR-U2OS
Library: Dharmacon, Human siGENOME siRNA (G-005000-05)
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Relative HR ratio
Cutoff: < ~0.4 OR > 1.88
Notes: Cutoff values correspond 2 standard deviations from the screen-wide mean

Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
10971
YWHAQ
18724
-32.48
none

Reference

Functional genomic screen for modulators of ciliogenesis and cilium length. Kim et al., 2010

Primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles that organize diverse signalling pathways. Defects in the formation or function of primary cilia are associated with a spectrum of human diseases and developmental abnormalities. Genetic screens in model organisms have discovered core machineries of cilium assembly and maintenance. However, regulatory molecules that coordinate the biogenesis of primary cilia with other cellular processes, including cytoskeletal organization, vesicle trafficking and cell-cell adhesion, remain to be identified. Here we report the results of a functional genomic screen using RNA interference (RNAi) to identify human genes involved in ciliogenesis control. The screen identified 36 positive and 13 negative ciliogenesis modulators, which include molecules involved in actin dynamics and vesicle trafficking. Further investigation demonstrated that blocking actin assembly facilitates ciliogenesis by stabilizing the pericentrosomal preciliary compartment (PPC), a previously uncharacterized compact vesiculotubular structure storing transmembrane proteins destined for cilia during the early phase of ciliogenesis. The PPC was labelled by recycling endosome markers. Moreover, knockdown of modulators that are involved in the endocytic recycling pathway affected the formation of the PPC as well as ciliogenesis. Our results uncover a critical regulatory step that couples actin dynamics and endocytic recycling with ciliogenesis, and also provides potential target molecules for future study.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00149-A-1
Screen Title: Ciliogenesis and cilium length (1)
Assay: Smoothed protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Druggable genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: htRPE
Library: Ambion, Human druggable genome siRNA library V3.1
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized percent inhibition
Cutoff: > 1.5 OR < -1.5 standard deviations from mean
Notes:

Negative genetic interactions (4)
10971
YWHAQ
-0.11
none

Reference

A negative genetic interaction map in isogenic cancer cell lines reveals cancer cell vulnerabilities. Vizeacoumar et al., 2013

Improved efforts are necessary to define the functional product of cancer mutations currently being revealed through large-scale sequencing efforts. Using genome-scale pooled shRNA screening technology, we mapped negative genetic interactions across a set of isogenic cancer cell lines and confirmed hundreds of these interactions in orthogonal co-culture competition assays to generate a high-confidence genetic interaction network of differentially essential or differential essentiality (DiE) genes. The network uncovered examples of conserved genetic interactions, densely connected functional modules derived from comparative genomics with model systems data, functions for uncharacterized genes in the human genome and targetable vulnerabilities. Finally, we demonstrate a general applicability of DiE gene signatures in determining genetic dependencies of other non-isogenic cancer cell lines. For example, the PTEN(-/-) DiE genes reveal a signature that can preferentially classify PTEN-dependent genotypes across a series of non-isogenic cell lines derived from the breast, pancreas and ovarian cancers. Our reference network suggests that many cancer vulnerabilities remain to be discovered through systematic derivation of a network of differentially essential genes in an isogenic cancer cell model.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00255-A-4
Screen Title: Negative genetic interactions (4)
Assay: shRNA abundance
Method: Microarray
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT116
Library: TRC lentiviral library, np
Reagent Type: shRNA
Score Type: differential Gene Activity Ranking Profile (dGARP)
Cutoff: < -1.2
Notes: HCT116 PTTG1-/- and HCT116 PTTG1+/+ cells used. Cutoff corresponds to p-value < 0.05. Additional information about a secondary screen (genetic interactions with Cetuximab/Erbitux in LIM1215 cells)

Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
10971
YWHAQ
-1.39
Decreased viability number of cells compared to control (%): 28.02

Reference

Human genome-wide RNAi screen reveals a role for nuclear pore proteins in poxvirus morphogenesis. Sivan et al., 2013

Poxviruses are considered less dependent on host functions than other DNA viruses because of their cytoplasmic site of replication and large genomes, which encode enzymes for DNA and mRNA synthesis. Nevertheless, RNAi screens with two independent human genome-scale libraries have identified more than 500 candidate genes that significantly inhibited and a similar number that enhanced replication and spread of infectious vaccinia virus (VACV). Translational, ubiquitin-proteosome, and endoplasmic reticulum-to-Golgi transport functions, known to be important for VACV, were enriched in the siRNA-inhibiting group, and RNA polymerase II and associated functions were enriched in the siRNA-enhancing group. Additional findings, notably the inhibition of VACV spread by siRNAs to several nuclear pore genes, were unanticipated. Knockdown of nucleoporin 62 strongly inhibited viral morphogenesis, with only a modest effect on viral gene expression, recapitulating and providing insight into previous studies with enucleated cells.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00249-S
Screen Title: Vaccinia virus (VACV) infection
Assay: Vaccinia virus VACV IHD-J/GFP protein expression and DNA content
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Ambion and Dharmacon, Silencer Select Version 4, siGENOME SMARTpool and OnTargetPlus
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: >= 1 OR <= -1.5
Notes: Author-submitted data. Primary screen. Decreased viability phenotype if number of cells compared to control < 50 %.

Cell proliferation
NM_006826
YWHAQ
0.42
none

Reference

Time-resolved human kinome RNAi screen identifies a network regulating mitotic-events as early regulators of cell proliferation. Zhang et al., 2011

Analysis of biological processes is frequently performed with the help of phenotypic assays where data is mostly acquired in single end-point analysis. Alternative phenotypic profiling techniques are desired where time-series information is essential to the biological question, for instance to differentiate early and late regulators of cell proliferation in loss-of-function studies. So far there is no study addressing this question despite of high unmet interests, mostly due to the limitation of conventional end-point assaying technologies. We present the first human kinome screen with a real-time cell analysis system (RTCA) to capture dynamic RNAi phenotypes, employing time-resolved monitoring of cell proliferation via electrical impedance. RTCA allowed us to investigate the dynamics of phenotypes of cell proliferation instead of using conventional end-point analysis. By introducing data transformation with first-order derivative, i.e. the cell-index growth rate, we demonstrate this system suitable for high-throughput screenings (HTS). The screen validated previously identified inhibitor genes and, additionally, identified activators of cell proliferation. With the information of time kinetics available, we could establish a network of mitotic-event related genes to be among the first displaying inhibiting effects after RNAi knockdown. The time-resolved screen captured kinetics of cell proliferation caused by RNAi targeting human kinome, serving as a resource for researchers. Our work establishes RTCA technology as a novel robust tool with biological and pharmacological relevance amenable for high-throughput screening.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00231-A
Screen Title: Cell proliferation
Assay: Viability
Method: Electrical impedance
Scope: Kinases and selected genes
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa
Library: Dharmacon, Human siARRAY - Protein Kinase and Cell Cycle libraries
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: < -1.96 OR > 1.96
Notes: Additional information about cell titer blue cell viability screen

Selective autophagy regulation (1)
NM_006826
YWHAQ
np
sp
none

Reference

Image-based genome-wide siRNA screen identifies selective autophagy factors. Orvedahl et al., 2011

Selective autophagy involves the recognition and targeting of specific cargo, such as damaged organelles, misfolded proteins, or invading pathogens for lysosomal destruction. Yeast genetic screens have identified proteins required for different forms of selective autophagy, including cytoplasm-to-vacuole targeting, pexophagy and mitophagy, and mammalian genetic screens have identified proteins required for autophagy regulation. However, there have been no systematic approaches to identify molecular determinants of selective autophagy in mammalian cells. Here, to identify mammalian genes required for selective autophagy, we performed a high-content, image-based, genome-wide small interfering RNA screen to detect genes required for the colocalization of Sindbis virus capsid protein with autophagolysosomes. We identified 141 candidate genes required for viral autophagy, which were enriched for cellular pathways related to messenger RNA processing, interferon signalling, vesicle trafficking, cytoskeletal motor function and metabolism. Ninety-six of these genes were also required for Parkin-mediated mitophagy, indicating that common molecular determinants may be involved in autophagic targeting of viral nucleocapsids and autophagic targeting of damaged mitochondria. Murine embryonic fibroblasts lacking one of these gene products, the C2-domain containing protein, SMURF1, are deficient in the autophagosomal targeting of Sindbis and herpes simplex viruses and in the clearance of damaged mitochondria. Moreover, SMURF1-deficient mice accumulate damaged mitochondria in the heart, brain and liver. Thus, our study identifies candidate determinants of selective autophagy, and defines SMURF1 as a newly recognized mediator of both viral autophagy and mitophagy.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00242-A-1
Screen Title: Selective autophagy regulation (1)
Assay: Sindbis virus (SIN) capsid SIN-mCherry.capsid and autophagosome GFP–LC3 protein expression
Method: Fluorescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HeLa/GFP-LC3
Library: Dharmacon, siGenome
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Z-score
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes:

Negative genetic interactions (3)
10971
YWHAQ
0.05
none

Reference

A negative genetic interaction map in isogenic cancer cell lines reveals cancer cell vulnerabilities. Vizeacoumar et al., 2013

Improved efforts are necessary to define the functional product of cancer mutations currently being revealed through large-scale sequencing efforts. Using genome-scale pooled shRNA screening technology, we mapped negative genetic interactions across a set of isogenic cancer cell lines and confirmed hundreds of these interactions in orthogonal co-culture competition assays to generate a high-confidence genetic interaction network of differentially essential or differential essentiality (DiE) genes. The network uncovered examples of conserved genetic interactions, densely connected functional modules derived from comparative genomics with model systems data, functions for uncharacterized genes in the human genome and targetable vulnerabilities. Finally, we demonstrate a general applicability of DiE gene signatures in determining genetic dependencies of other non-isogenic cancer cell lines. For example, the PTEN(-/-) DiE genes reveal a signature that can preferentially classify PTEN-dependent genotypes across a series of non-isogenic cell lines derived from the breast, pancreas and ovarian cancers. Our reference network suggests that many cancer vulnerabilities remain to be discovered through systematic derivation of a network of differentially essential genes in an isogenic cancer cell model.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00255-A-3
Screen Title: Negative genetic interactions (3)
Assay: shRNA abundance
Method: Microarray
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: HCT116
Library: TRC lentiviral library, np
Reagent Type: shRNA
Score Type: differential Gene Activity Ranking Profile (dGARP)
Cutoff: < -1.2
Notes: HCT116 PTEN-/- and HCT116 PTEN+/+ cells used. Cutoff corresponds to p-value < 0.05. Additional information about a secondary screen (genetic interactions with Cetuximab/Erbitux in LIM1215 cells)

Combinatorial effect with MLN4924, a NAE inhibitor (1)
2810
SFN
sp
Synthetic lethal with MLN4924 (a NAE inhibitor) duplicate screen, sextuplicate screen

Reference

Novel DNA damage checkpoints mediating cell death induced by the NEDD8-activating enzyme inhibitor MLN4924. Blank et al., 2013

MLN4924 is an investigational small-molecule inhibitor of the NEDD8-activating enzyme (NAE) in phase I clinical trials. NAE inhibition prevents the ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of substrates for cullin-RING ubiquitin E3 ligases that support cancer pathophysiology, but the genetic determinants conferring sensitivity to NAE inhibition are unknown. To address this gap in knowledge, we conducted a genome-wide siRNA screen to identify genes and pathways that affect the lethality of MLN4924 in melanoma cells. Of the 154 genes identified, approximately one-half interfered with components of the cell cycle, apoptotic machinery, ubiquitin system, and DNA damage response pathways. In particular, genes involved in DNA replication, p53, BRCA1/BRCA2, transcription-coupled repair, and base excision repair seemed to be important for MLN4924 lethality. In contrast, genes within the G(2)-M checkpoint affected sensitivity to MLN4924 in colon cancer cells. Cell-cycle analysis in melanoma cells by flow cytometry following RNAi-mediated silencing showed that MLN4924 prevented the transition of cells from S-G(2) phase after induction of rereplication stress. Our analysis suggested an important role for the p21-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint and extensive rereplication, whereas the ATR-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint seemed to play a less dominant role. Unexpectedly, induction of the p21-dependent intra-S-phase checkpoint seemed to be independent of both Cdt1 stabilization and ATR signaling. Collectively, these data enhance our understanding of the mechanisms by which inhibition of NEDD8-dependent ubiquitination causes cell death, informing clinical development of MLN4924.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00250-A-1
Screen Title: Combinatorial effect with MLN4924, a NAE inhibitor (1)
Assay: Viability (synthetic lethal)
Method: Luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: A375
Library: Dharmacon siGENOME SMARTpool, np
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Complex, sp
Cutoff: Complex criteria
Notes: Phenotypes for 650 nmol/L MLN4924. Additional information about screens with 250 nmol/L MLN4924.

Melanogenesis
NM_006826
YWHAQ
np
1.14
none

Reference

Genome-wide siRNA-based functional genomics of pigmentation identifies novel genes and pathways that impact melanogenesis in human cells. Ganesan et al., 2008

Melanin protects the skin and eyes from the harmful effects of UV irradiation, protects neural cells from toxic insults, and is required for sound conduction in the inner ear. Aberrant regulation of melanogenesis underlies skin disorders (melasma and vitiligo), neurologic disorders (Parkinson''s disease), auditory disorders (Waardenburg''s syndrome), and opthalmologic disorders (age related macular degeneration). Much of the core synthetic machinery driving melanin production has been identified; however, the spectrum of gene products participating in melanogenesis in different physiological niches is poorly understood. Functional genomics based on RNA-mediated interference (RNAi) provides the opportunity to derive unbiased comprehensive collections of pharmaceutically tractable single gene targets supporting melanin production. In this study, we have combined a high-throughput, cell-based, one-well/one-gene screening platform with a genome-wide arrayed synthetic library of chemically synthesized, small interfering RNAs to identify novel biological pathways that govern melanin biogenesis in human melanocytes. Ninety-two novel genes that support pigment production were identified with a low false discovery rate. Secondary validation and preliminary mechanistic studies identified a large panel of targets that converge on tyrosinase expression and stability. Small molecule inhibition of a family of gene products in this class was sufficient to impair chronic tyrosinase expression in pigmented melanoma cells and UV-induced tyrosinase expression in primary melanocytes. Isolation of molecular machinery known to support autophagosome biosynthesis from this screen, together with in vitro and in vivo validation, exposed a close functional relationship between melanogenesis and autophagy. In summary, these studies illustrate the power of RNAi-based functional genomics to identify novel genes, pathways, and pharmacologic agents that impact a biological phenotype and operate outside of preconceived mechanistic relationships.

Screen Details

Stable ID: GR00056-A
Screen Title: Melanogenesis
Assay: Melanin protein expression and viability
Method: Absorbance and luminescence
Scope: Genome-wide
Screen Type: Cell-based
Species: Homo sapiens
Biosource: Cell line
Biomodel: MNT-1
Library: Dharmacon, rp
Reagent Type: siRNA
Score Type: Normalized absorbance ratio
Cutoff: > 2 standard deviations below mean
Notes: Additional information about a secondary screen (retest to determine false-positive rate)

Reagent information for gene 10971 (YWHAQ)

Reagent IDTypeLibrary
D-012329-02 siRNA
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
D-005180-04 siRNA
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
M-005180-00 siRNA_Pool
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
D-012329-03 siRNA
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
D-012329-04 siRNA
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
D-012329-01 siRNA
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
M-012329-00 siRNA_Pool
siGENOME|Thermo Scientific Dharmacon|1|RefSeq release 5-7|84206 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.dharmacon.com/
SI00092197 siRNA
Druggable and whole genome supplement|Qiagen|1, 3|RefSeq|70308 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.qiagen.com/
SI03094581 siRNA
Druggable and whole genome supplement|Qiagen|1, 3|RefSeq|70308 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.qiagen.com/
SP00004761 siRNA_Pool
Druggable and whole genome supplement|Qiagen|1, 3|RefSeq|70308 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.qiagen.com/
SI03047555 siRNA
Druggable and whole genome supplement|Qiagen|1, 3|RefSeq|70308 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.qiagen.com/
SI03117030 siRNA
Druggable and whole genome supplement|Qiagen|1, 3|RefSeq|70308 siRNAs in pools of four|siRNA|http://www.qiagen.com/
TRCN0000078171 shRNA
TRC shRNA Library|The RNAi Consortium (TRC)|1|RefSeq|81054|shRNA|http://www.broadinstitute.org/rnai/public/
TRCN0000078169 shRNA
TRC shRNA Library|The RNAi Consortium (TRC)|1|RefSeq|81054|shRNA|http://www.broadinstitute.org/rnai/public/
TRCN0000078170 shRNA
TRC shRNA Library|The RNAi Consortium (TRC)|1|RefSeq|81054|shRNA|http://www.broadinstitute.org/rnai/public/
TRCN0000078168 shRNA
TRC shRNA Library|The RNAi Consortium (TRC)|1|RefSeq|81054|shRNA|http://www.broadinstitute.org/rnai/public/
TRCN0000078172 shRNA
TRC shRNA Library|The RNAi Consortium (TRC)|1|RefSeq|81054|shRNA|http://www.broadinstitute.org/rnai/public/
s21598 siRNA
Ambion Silencer Select|Ambion|1|RefSeq|64781|siRNA|http://www.invitrogen.com/site/us/en/home/brands/ambion.html?CID=fl-ambion
s21597 siRNA
Ambion Silencer Select|Ambion|1|RefSeq|64781|siRNA|http://www.invitrogen.com/site/us/en/home/brands/ambion.html?CID=fl-ambion
s21599 siRNA
Ambion Silencer Select|Ambion|1|RefSeq|64781|siRNA|http://www.invitrogen.com/site/us/en/home/brands/ambion.html?CID=fl-ambion

Gene information for gene 10971 (YWHAQ)

Gene:
Alternate gene names:14-3-3, 1C5, HS1
Description:tyrosine 3-monooxygenase/tryptophan 5-monooxygenase activation protein, theta
Chromosome:2
Start:9583966
Stop:9631054
Strand:negative
Locus:2p25.1
Biotype:protein-coding
Status:live
Entrez Gene:
GeneCards:
Ensembl:
Hgnc:
Hprd:
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RefSeq:

Genome browser for gene 10971 (YWHAQ)

Homo sapiens GRCh38
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