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SLC1A1-mediated cellular and mitochondrial influx of R-2-hydroxyglutarate in vascular endothelial cells promotes tumor angiogenesis in IDH1-mutant solid tumors

Xiaomin Wang1,2,† , Ziqi Chen1,2,† , Jun Xu1,2,† , Shuai Tang1,† , Nan An1,2,† , Lei Jiang3 , Yixiang Zhang3 , Shaoying Zhang4 , Qingli Zhang1,5 , Shijie Chen1,2 , Xiaojing Lan1 , Ting Wang1,2 , Linhui Zhai1 , Siyuwei Cao1 , Siqi Guo1,2 , Yingluo Liu1,2 , Aiwei Bi1,2 , Yuehong Chen1 , Xiameng Gai1,6 , Yichen Duan1,6 , Ying Zheng1,2 , Yixian Fu1,2 , Yize Li1,2 , Liang Yuan1 , Linjiang Tong1 , Kun Mo7 , Mingcheng Wang1 , Shu-Hai Lin8 , Minjia Tan1,2,6 , Cheng Luo1,2,7 , Yi Chen1,2 , Jia Liu5 , Qiansen Zhang4 , Leping Li3 , Min Huang1,2,6,7,*

1State Key Laboratory of Drug Research, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
3Haihe Biopharma, Shanghai, China
4Shanghai Key Laboratory of Regulatory Biology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
5Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
6School of Chinese Materia Medica, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
7School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Hangzhou Institute for Advanced Study, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
8State Key Laboratory of Cellular Stress Biology, School of Life Sciences, National Institute for Data Science in Health and Medicine, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China
These authors contributed equally: Xiaomin Wang, Ziqi Chen, Jun Xu, Shuai Tang, Nan An
* Correspondence: Min Huang(mhuang@simm.ac.cn)

Mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (mIDH1) drives tumorigenesis via producing oncometabolite R-2-hydroxyglutarate (R-2-HG) across various tumor types. However, mIDH1 inhibitors appear only effective in hematological tumors. The therapeutic benefit in solid tumors remains elusive, likely due to the complex tumor microenvironment. In this study, we discover that R-2-HG produced by IDH1-mutant tumor cells is preferentially imported into vascular endothelial cells and remodels mitochondrial respiration to promote tumor angiogenesis, conferring a therapeutic vulnerability in IDH1-mutant solid tumors. Mechanistically, SLC1A1, a Na+-dependent glutamate transporter that is preferentially expressed in endothelial cells, facilitates the influx of R-2-HG from the tumor microenvironment into the endothelial cells as well as the intracellular trafficking of R-2-HG from cytoplasm to mitochondria. R-2-HG hijacks SLC1A1 to promote mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ exchange, which activates the mitochondrial respiratory chain and fuels vascular endothelial cell migration in tumor angiogenesis. SLC1A1 deficiency in mice abolishes mIDH1-promoted tumor angiogenesis as well as the therapeutic benefit of mIDH1 inhibitor in solid tumors. Moreover, we report that HH2301, a newly discovered mIDH1 inhibitor, shows promising efficacy in treating IDH1-mutant cholangiocarcinoma in preclinical models. Together, we identify a new role of SLC1A1 as a gatekeeper of R-2-HG-mediated crosstalk between IDH1-mutant tumor cells and vascular endothelial cells, and demonstrate the therapeutic potential of mIDH1 inhibitors in treating IDH1-mutant solid tumors via disrupting R-2-HG-promoted tumor angiogenesis.

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41422-022-00650-w

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