Frequent 4EBP1 Amplification Induces Synthetic Dependence on FGFR Signaling in Cancer

Prathibha Mohan, Joyce Pasion, Giovanni Ciriello, Nathalie Lailler, Elisa de Stanchina, Agnes Viale, Anke van den Berg, Arjan Diepstra, Hans Guido Wendel, Viraj R. Sanghvi, Kamini Singh

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The eIF4E translation initiation factor has oncogenic properties and concordantly, the inhibitory eIF4E-binding protein (4EBP1) is considered a tumor suppressor. The exact molecular effects of 4EBP1 activation in cancer are still unknown. Surprisingly, 4EBP1 is a target of genomic copy number gains (Chr. 8p11) in breast and lung cancer. We noticed that 4EBP1 gains are genetically linked to gains in neighboring genes, including WHSC1L1 and FGFR1. Our results show that FGFR1 gains act to attenuate the function of 4EBP1 via PI3K-mediated phosphorylation at Thr37/46, Ser65, and Thr70 sites. This implies that not 4EBP1 but instead FGFR1 is the genetic target of Chr. 8p11 gains in breast and lung cancer. Accordingly, these tumors show increased sensitivity to FGFR1 and PI3K inhibition, and this is a therapeutic vulnerability through restoring the tumor-suppressive function of 4EBP1. Ribosome profiling reveals genes involved in insulin signaling, glucose metabolism, and the inositol pathway to be the relevant translational targets of 4EBP1. These mRNAs are among the top 200 translation targets and are highly enriched for structure and sequence motifs in their 5 UTR, which depends on the 4EBP1-EIF4E activity. In summary, we identified the translational targets of 4EBP1-EIF4E that facilitate the tumor suppressor function of 4EBP1 in cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2397
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 1 2022


  • 4EBP1
  • FGFR1
  • breast cancer
  • eIF4E
  • lung cancer
  • ribosome footprinting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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