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Nature Sub-Journal: An anti-cancer drug can promote fat burning

Nature Sub-Journal: An anti-cancer drug can promote fat burning


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Nowadays, obesity has become a global epidemic, and the obesity rate is showing a rapid increase in the world, including China of course. Factors such as diet imbalance, reduced exercise, and increased social pressure are the main culprits for the soaring obesity rate, but genetic differences in different populations are also one of the important reasons for obesity.

Scientific research shows that obesity not only causes a decline in physical activity, but also induces a series of diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, high blood pressure, respiratory dysfunction, and even cancer. Not only that, some studies have shown that obesity can also affect the health of offspring, including premature birth, congenital malformations and mental retardation.

Therefore, in order to cope with the increasingly severe obesity problem and to explore the mechanisms leading to obesity, it is very important and urgent to develop new target drugs for the treatment of obesity.

On February 18, 2021, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) published a research paper entitled: The major cap-binding protein eIF4E regulates lipid homeostasis and diet-induced obesity in Nature Metabolism.

The study found that eIF4E, an important protein involved in mRNA translation, plays an important role in regulating diet-induced obesity. Heterozygous mice with single-copy knockout of eIF4E gene did not increase their body weight significantly under the diet of high-fat food, and their livers were healthier than the control group.

In addition, the study also showed that the anti-cancer drug eFT508 (tomivosertib), which the team previously developed and entered clinical phase 2, can selectively inhibit eIF4E phosphorylation, thereby promoting fat burning. weight.

Nature Sub-Journal: An anti-cancer drug can promote fat burning

In the past half century, the incidence of obesity has increased by nearly three times. Statistics show that nearly 40% of adults worldwide are overweight or obese. More importantly, obesity can also lead to increased mortality and susceptibility to certain diseases, and there are few feasible treatments to intervene.

It is worth noting that an important sign of the progress of obesity disease is the ectopic deposition of lipids, that is, in the form of lipid droplets in some important organs, such as the liver. At the same time, studies have shown that excessive intake of fat (rather than carbohydrates and protein) plays a leading role in regulating obesity caused by diet.

In this study, the research team continuously fed normal wild-type (WT) mice and heterozygous (eIF4E+/-) mice with single-copy knockout of the eIF4E gene a high-fat diet for 5 months. It was found that the weight gain of heterozygous mice was only half of that of wild-type mice, indicating that eIF4E is related to fat storage related to obesity.

Nature Sub-Journal: An anti-cancer drug can promote fat burning
Obesity caused by high-fat diet depends on eIF4E

In fact, eIF4E plays a key role in the initial stage of protein translation and is present in all cells of the human body. Therefore, it was previously believed that eIF4E is an extremely important protein, and knockout of its gene will inevitably lead to disorders of cell protein metabolism.

Nature Sub-Journal: An anti-cancer drug can promote fat burning

However, in 2015, a study led by the corresponding author of the study, Professor Davide Ruggero, broke this understanding. They constructed a single copy knockout mouse model of the eIF4E gene (eIF4E+/-). The results showed that only normal Heterozygous mice with half of the eIF4E protein can still synthesize proteins and develop normally.

Therefore, the research team continues to explore whether eIF4E deficiency may have more subtle effects under certain living conditions. They examined the role of eIF4E and cap-dependent translation control in response to metabolic stress to determine what benefits a large amount of eIF4E might provide at the biological level.

Nature Sub-Journal: An anti-cancer drug can promote fat burning
Occurrence of fatty liver in high-fat diet and analysis of eIF4E pathway

Excessive intake of fat will be deposited in the liver and other organs in the form of lipid droplets (LDs). The results of the study show that compared with the liver of wild-type mice, the liver of eIF4E single-copy knockout mice contains fewer lipid droplets Much and the lipid droplet body base is smaller. Further liver analysis showed that the selective protein network associated with fat deposition in eIF4E single-copy knockout mice changed.

Specifically, eIF4E enhanced different mRNAs involved in lipid metabolism processing and storage pathways at the translation level, while eIF4E single-copy knockout mice lacked sufficient eIF4E to up-regulate these mRNAs, resulting in increased fatty acid oxidation and increased energy consumption . Therefore, the weight gain of single-copy knockout heterozygous mice is not significant.

The relationship between hepatocyte dynamic lipid storage and eIF4E activity

In addition, the research team also tested a drug called eFT508 (tomivosertib), which can inhibit the phosphorylation of eIF4E protein. eIF4E phosphorylation promotes cell storage of fat, while preventing phosphorylation promotes cell fat burning. Their results showed that mice fed a high-fat diet and eFT508 gained much less weight than mice fed the control drug.

Professor Davide Ruggero said that this study unexpectedly found that reducing eIF4E expression levels can enhance metabolic health. After reducing eIF4E expression levels, even feeding a lipid-rich diet can prevent obesity. More importantly, this study found a unique mechanism, eIF4E-dependent translation mechanism plays an important role in controlling lipid processing, transportation, storage and lipid droplet growth.

eFT508 inhibits eIF4E activity and protects mice from diet-induced obesity and steatosis

In 2012, Professor Davide Ruggero and others founded a biopharmaceutical company called eFFECTOR Therapeutics to develop new anti-tumor drugs that are inhibitors of selective translation regulators. One of the fastest progress is the translation inhibitor called eFT508 (tomivosertib).

eFT508 selectively inhibits mitogen-activated protein kinase-interacting kinase 1/2 (MNK1/2) and acts at multiple nodes in the cancer immune cycle.

Preclinical studies have shown that eFT508 alone can enhance anti-tumor immunity. Clinical trial studies have shown that the combined use of eFT508 and immune checkpoint inhibitors can overcome the resistance of cancer patients to immune checkpoint inhibitors, thereby increasing the sensitivity to checkpoint inhibitors and generating a higher response rate. In addition, clinical trials of eFT508 in combination with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer are ongoing.

In summary, this study shows that the activity of eIF4E plays an important driving role in controlling obesity related to high-fat diet. Therefore, drugs targeting eIF4E, such as eFT508, are expected to be used to treat obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Many studies have confirmed that obesity is an important factor in causing cancer. This study found that the anti-cancer drug eFT508 can effectively promote fat burning and inhibit obesity, which also provides valuable new clues for further exploration of the relationship between obesity and cancer.






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