Discrepancy between low levels of mTOR activity and high levels of p-S6 in primary central nervous system lymphoma may be explained by PAS domain-containing serine/threonine-protein kinase-mediated phosphorylation

Dora Marosvari, Noemi Nagy, Csilla Kriston, Beata Deak, Melinda Hajdu, Csaba Bodor, Iren Csala, Attila G. Bago, Zoltan Szallasi, Anna Sebestyen, Lilla Reiniger*

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    The primary aim of this study was to determine mTOR-pathway activity in primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), which could be a potential target for therapy. After demonstrating that p-S6 positivity largely exceeded mTOR activity, we aimed to identify other pathways that may lead to S6 phosphorylation. We measured mTOR activity with immunohistochemistry for p-mTOR and its downstream effectors p(T389)-p70S6K1, p-S6, and p-4EBP1 in 31 cases of PCNSL and 51 cases of systemic diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and evaluated alternative S6 phosphorylation pathways with p-RSK, p(T229)-p70S6K1, and PASK antibodies. Finally, we examined the impact of PASK inhibition on S6 phosphorylation on BHD1 cell line. mTOR-pathway activity was significantly less frequent in PCNSL compared with DLBCL. p-S6 positivity was related to mTOR-pathway in DLBCL, but not in PCNSL. Among the other kinases potentially responsible for S6 phosphorylation, PASK proved to be positive in all cases of PCNSL and DLBCL. Inhibition of PASK resulted in reduced expression of p-S6 in BHD1-cells. This is the first study demonstrating an mTOR independent p-S6 activity in PCNSL and that PASK may contribute to the phosphorylation of S6. Our findings also suggest a potential role of PASK in the pathomechanism of PCNSL and in DLBCL.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)268-273
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • mTOR
    • PASK
    • Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL)

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