Lenalidomide Causes Selective Degradation of IKZF1 and IKZF3 in Multiple Myeloma Cells

Science. 2014 Jan 17;343(6168):301-5. doi: 10.1126/science.1244851. Epub 2013 Nov 29.

Abstract

Lenalidomide is a drug with clinical efficacy in multiple myeloma and other B cell neoplasms, but its mechanism of action is unknown. Using quantitative proteomics, we found that lenalidomide causes selective ubiquitination and degradation of two lymphoid transcription factors, IKZF1 and IKZF3, by the CRBN-CRL4 ubiquitin ligase. IKZF1 and IKZF3 are essential transcription factors in multiple myeloma. A single amino acid substitution of IKZF3 conferred resistance to lenalidomide-induced degradation and rescued lenalidomide-induced inhibition of cell growth. Similarly, we found that lenalidomide-induced interleukin-2 production in T cells is due to depletion of IKZF1 and IKZF3. These findings reveal a previously unknown mechanism of action for a therapeutic agent: alteration of the activity of an E3 ubiquitin ligase, leading to selective degradation of specific targets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Ikaros Transcription Factor / genetics
  • Ikaros Transcription Factor / metabolism*
  • Interleukin-2 / biosynthesis
  • Lenalidomide
  • Multiple Myeloma / metabolism*
  • Proteolysis
  • T-Lymphocytes / drug effects
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • Thalidomide / analogs & derivatives*
  • Thalidomide / pharmacology
  • Ubiquitination

Substances

  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • IKZF1 protein, human
  • IKZF3 protein, human
  • Interleukin-2
  • Ikaros Transcription Factor
  • Thalidomide
  • Lenalidomide