Inhibition of enhancer of zest homologue 2 is a potential therapeutic target for high-MYC medulloblastoma

Manabu Natsumeda, Yang Liu, Satoshi Nakata, Hiroaki Miyahara, Allison Hanaford, Sama Ahsan, Duncan Stearns, Nicolas Skuli, Ulf D. Kahlert, Eric H. Raabe, Fausto J. Rodriguez, Charles G. Eberhart

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MYC amplification is common in Group 3 medulloblastoma and is associated with poor survival. Group 3 and Group 4 medulloblastomas are also known to have elevated levels of histone H3-lysine 27-tri-methylation (H3K27me3), at least in part due to high expression of the H3K27 methyltransferase enhancer of zest homologue 2 (EZH2), which can be regulated by MYC. We therefore examined whether MYC expression is associated with elevated EZH2 and H3K27me3 in medulloblastoma, and if high-MYC medulloblastomas are particularly sensitive to pharmacological EZH2 blockade. Western blot analysis of low (DAOY, UW228, CB SV40) and high (DAOY-MYC, UW228-MYC, CB-MYC, D425) MYC cell lines showed that higher levels of EZH2 and H3K27me3 were associated with elevated MYC. In fixed medulloblastoma samples examined using immunohistochemistry, most MYC positive tumors also had high H3K27me3, but many MYC negative ones did as well, and the correlation was not statistically significant. All high MYC lines tested were sensitive to the EZH2 inhibitor EPZ6438. Many low MYC lines also grew more slowly in the presence of EPZ6438, although DAOY-MYC cells responded more strongly than parent DAOY cultures with lower MYC levels. We find that higher MYC levels are associated with increased EZH2, and pharmacological blockade of EZH2 is a potential therapeutic strategy for aggressive medulloblastoma with elevated MYC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • EZH2
  • EZH2 inhibitor
  • H3K27me3
  • MYC
  • medulloblastoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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