Myc Expression Drives Aberrant Lipid Metabolism in Lung Cancer


Published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information

MYC-mediated pathogenesis in lung cancer continues to attract interest for new therapeutic strategies. In this study, we describe a transgenic mouse model of KRAS-driven lung adenocarcinoma that affords reversible activation of MYC, used here as a tool for lipidomic profiling of MYC-dependent lung tumors formed in this model. Advanced mass spectrometric imaging and surface analysis techniques were used to characterize the spatial and temporal changes in lipid composition in lung tissue. We found that normal lung tissue was characterized predominantly by saturated phosphatidylcholines and phosphatidylglycerols, which are major lipid components of pulmonary surfactant. In contrast, tumor tissues displayed an increase in phosphatidylinositols and arachidonate-containing phospholipids that can serve as signaling precursors.