Multiomic Profiling of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor-Resistant K562 Cells Suggests Metabolic Reprogramming to Promote Cell Survival

Brett M. Noel, Steven B. Ouellette, Laura Marholz, Deborah Dickey, Connor Navis, Tzu Yi Yang, Vinh Nguyen, Sarah J. Parker, David Bernlohr, Zohar Sachs, Laurie L. Parker

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Resistance to chemotherapy can occur through a wide variety of mechanisms. Resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) often arises from kinase mutations - however, "off-target" resistance occurs but is poorly understood. Previously, we established cell line resistance models for three TKIs used in chronic myeloid leukemia treatment, and found that resistance was not attributed entirely to failure of kinase inhibition. Here, we performed global, integrated proteomic and transcriptomic profiling of these cell lines to describe mechanisms of resistance at the protein and gene expression level. We used whole transcriptome sequencing and SWATH-based data-independent acquisition mass spectrometry (DIA-MS), which does not require isotopic labels and provides quantitative measurements of proteins in a comprehensive, unbiased fashion. The proteomic and transcriptional data were correlated to generate an integrated understanding of the gene expression and protein alterations associated with TKI resistance. We defined mechanisms of resistance and two novel markers, CA1 and alpha-synuclein, that were common to all TKIs tested. Resistance to all of the TKIs was associated with oxidative stress responses, hypoxia signatures, and apparent metabolic reprogramming of the cells. Metabolite profiling and glucose-dependence experiments showed that resistant cells had routed their metabolism through glycolysis (particularly through the pentose phosphate pathway) and exhibited disruptions in mitochondrial metabolism. These experiments are the first to report a global, integrated proteomic, transcriptomic, and metabolic analysis of TKI resistance. These data suggest that although the mechanisms are complex, targeting metabolic pathways along with TKI treatment may overcome pan-TKI resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1842-1856
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 5 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the University of Minnesota Genomics Center for next generation sequencing data collection and Juan Abrahante (UMII) for assistance with RNAseq data analysis, and the University of Minnesota Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, Stephen Tate and Christie Hunter (SCIEX) for assistance with SWATH-MS data collection and analysis. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute (R01CA182546 and R33CA183671 to LLP). LJM was supported on the UMN Cancer Biology Training Grant (T32 CA009138) and the UMN Physical Sciences Oncology Center grant (U54CA210190).

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© Copyright 2019 American Chemical Society.


  • chronic myeloid leukemia
  • metabolic reprogramming
  • metabolite profiling
  • tyrosine kinase inhibitors


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