Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.528, No.2, 376-382, 2020
An RNA-binding-protein, NONO governs energy metabolism by regulating NAMPT in lung cancer
The RNA binding proteins (RBPs) have multiple roles in human cancer. However, their molecular target and function have not been clearly identified. Our genomic analysis derived from patients reveals that NONO is a potential oncogenic gene in lung cancer. NONO is highly expressed in lung cancer tissues compared with normal tissues, and its expression has been correlated with the prognosis of lung cancer patients. We found that NONO significantly influences cancer cell proliferation in lung cancer. Gene expression profiles with NONO-depleted cells revealed that the sirtuin signaling pathway is highly correlated with NONO. Thus, NONO-silenced cells caused reduction of the TCA cycle and glycolysis metabolism. We identified that NONO regulated NAMPT, which is a well-known gene involved in sirtuin signaling, and NONO has a significant correlation with NAMPT in lung cancer patients. We propose that NONO modulates energy metabolism by direct interaction with NAMPT and suggest that a functional relationship between NONO and NAMPT contributes to lung cancer cell survival. Targeting the axis can be a promising approach for patient treatment in lung cancer. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.