MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Hansen He

Date and Time


SSC 2315

Dr. Hansen He - Wed Nov 27th at 10:30 AM


Dear Colleagues,

Please join us as we welcome our final MCB's Seminar Series speaker of the semester, Dr. Hansen He, on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019.

Seminar time: 10:30 AM
Room: SSC 2315

All are welcome to attend. Please see poster for further details.

MCB Distinguished Speaker Seminar Committee 


Decode the noncoding cancer genome


More than 98% of the human genome is noncoding, which gives rise to almost 3 million regulatory regions and thousands of noncoding RNAs. Hundreds of prostate cancer (PCa) risk-associated SNPs are enriched in noncoding cis-regulatory elements (CREs) with their modi operandi still being elusive. Here, we performed a CRISPRi essentiality screen of these risk-associated CREs (rCREs) in PCa cell lines. The most essential rCRE regulates the oncogene MYC and long noncoding RNA PVT1 and is overlapped with the SNP rs11986220. Suppression of this CRE reduces cellular proliferation and tumorigenesis. However, the function of this CRE is dependent on variable CTCF deposition at an intervening site, which forms an insulator loop blocking the CRE-MYC interaction. Conceivably, the causal effect of rs11986220 is also dependent on CTCF deposition at this site resulting in an underestimation of its genotype-MYC association using population-wide eQTL analysis approach. We detect rs11986220 as a MYC eQTL in prostate tissues only in individuals with low CTCF binding. Hence, our findings suggest that rs11986220 confers risk for PCa synergistically with low CTCF binding, warranting a paradigm shift in current approaches of assessing risks conferred by genetic predispositions.

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