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      Acsl4 Dictates Ferroptosis Sensitivity by Shaping Cellular Lipid Composition


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          Ferroptosis is a form of regulated necrotic cell death controlled by glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4). At present, mechanisms that could predict sensitivity and/or resistance and that may be exploited to modulate this form of cell death are needed. We applied two independent approaches, a genome-wide CRISPR-based genetic screen and microarray analysis of ferroptosis-resistant cell lines to uncover acyl-CoA synthetase long-chain family member 4 (Acsl4) as an essential component for ferroptosis execution. Specifically, Gpx4/Acsl4 double knockout cells presented an unprecedented resistance to ferroptosis. Mechanistically, Acsl4 enriches cellular membranes with long polyunsaturated ω6 fatty acids. Moreover, Acsl4 is preferentially expressed in a panel of basal-like breast cancer cell lines and predicts their sensitivity to ferroptosis. We further demonstrate that pharmacological targeting of Acsl4 with the antidiabetic compound class, thiazolidinediones, ameliorates tissue demise in a murine model of ferroptosis, suggesting that Acsl4 inhibition is a viable therapeutic approach to prevent ferroptosis-related diseases.

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              Oxidative stress in conjunction with glutathione depletion has been linked with various acute and chronic degenerative disorders, yet the molecular mechanisms have remained unclear. In contrast to the belief that oxygen radicals are detrimental to cells and tissues by unspecific oxidation of essential biomolecules, we now demonstrate that oxidative stress is sensed and transduced by glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPx4) into a-yet-unrecognized cell-death pathway. Inducible GPx4 inactivation in mice and cells revealed 12/15-lipoxygenase-derived lipid peroxidation as specific downstream event, triggering apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF)-mediated cell death. Cell death could be entirely prevented either by alpha-tocopherol (alpha-Toc), 12/15-lipoxygenase inhibitors, or siRNA-mediated AIF silencing. Accordingly, 12/15-lipoxygenase-deficient cells were highly resistant to glutathione depletion. Neuron-specific GPx4 depletion caused neurodegeneration in vivo and ex vivo, highlighting the importance of this pathway in neuronal cells. Since oxidative stress is common in the etiology of many human disorders, the identified pathway reveals promising targets for future therapies.

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                Nat Chem Biol
                Nat. Chem. Biol.
                Nature chemical biology
                7 September 2017
                14 November 2016
                January 2017
                23 September 2017
                : 13
                : 1
                : 91-98
                [1 ]Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Developmental Genetics, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
                [2 ]University of Pittsburgh, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
                [3 ]Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Stem Cell Biology, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
                [4 ]Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Experimental Genetics, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
                [5 ]Institute of Pathology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
                [6 ]Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Human Genetics, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
                [7 ]University of Heidelberg, Department of Gastroenterology, Im Neuenheimer Feld 345, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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                PMC5610546 PMC5610546 5610546 nihpa876501


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