Imperial College London

DrSilviaOttaviani

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Associate
 
 
 
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Ottaviani S, Stebbing J, Frampton AE, Zagorac S, Krell J, de Giorgio A, Trabulo SM, Nguyen VTM, Magnani L, Feng H, Giovannetti E, Funel N, Gress TM, Jiao LR, Lombardo Y, Lemoine NR, Heeschen C, Castellano Let al., 2019, Author Correction: TGF-beta induces miR-100 and miR-125b but blocks let-7a through LIN28B controlling PDAC progression, Nature Communications, Vol: 10, ISSN: 2041-1723

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Ottaviani S, Castellano L, 2018, microRNAs: novel regulators of the TGF- pathway in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, Molecular & Cellular Oncology, Vol: 5, Pages: 1-3, ISSN: 2372-3556

We identified that transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) induces long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) MIR100HG along with its host microRNAs (miRNAs) miR-100 and miR-125b, to regulate its response in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Importantly let-7a, despite originating from MIR100HG, remains unchanged because post-transcriptionally repressed by lin-28 homolog B (LIN28B). A novel method for global miRNA-target discovery identified that miR-100/125b regulates crucial PDAC pathways.

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Ottaviani S, Stebbing J, Frampton AE, Zagorac S, Krell J, de Giorgio A, Trabulo SM, Nguyen VTM, Magnani L, Feng H, Giovannetti E, Funel N, Gress TM, Jiao LR, Lombardo Y, Lemoine NR, Heeschen C, Castellano Let al., 2018, TGF-beta induces miR-100 and miR-125b but blocks let-7a through LIN28B controlling PDAC progression, Nature Communications, Vol: 9, ISSN: 2041-1723

TGF-β/Activin induces epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and stemness in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, the microRNAs (miRNAs) regulated during this response have remained yet undetermined. Here, we show that TGF-β transcriptionally induces MIR100HG lncRNA, containing miR-100, miR-125b and let-7a in its intron, via SMAD2/3. Interestingly, we find that although the pro-tumourigenic miR-100 and miR-125b accordingly increase, the amount of anti-tumourigenic let-7a is unchanged, as TGF-β also induces LIN28B inhibiting its maturation. Notably, we demonstrate that inactivation of miR-125b or miR-100 affects the TGF-β-mediated response indicating that these miRNAs are important TGF-β effectors. We integrate AGO2-RIP-seq with RNA-seq to identify the global regulation exerted by these miRNAs in PDAC cells. Transcripts targeted by miR-125b and miR-100 significantly overlap and mainly inhibit p53 and cell–cell junctions’ pathways. Together, we uncover that TGF-β induces an lncRNA, whose encoded miRNAs, miR-100, let-7a and miR-125b play opposing roles in controlling PDAC tumourigenesis.

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Ali S, Patel H, Periyasamy M, Sava G, Bondke A, Slafer BW, Kroll SHB, Barbazanges MV, Starkey RG, Ottaviani S, Harrod AE, Aboagye EO, Buluwela L, Fuchter MJ, Barrett AGM, Coombes Cet al., 2018, ICEC0942, an orally bioavailable selective inhibitor of CDK7 for cancer treatment, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, ISSN: 1535-7163

Recent reports indicate that some cancer types are especially sensitive to transcription inhibition, suggesting that targeting the transcriptional machinery provides new approaches to cancer treatment. Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)7 is necessary for transcription, and acts by phosphorylating the C-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II (PolII) to enable transcription initiation. CDK7 additionally regulates the activities of a number of transcription factors, including Estrogen receptor-α (ER). Here we describe a new, orally bioavailable CDK7 inhibitor, ICEC0942. It selectively inhibits CDK7, with an IC50 of 40nM; IC50 values for CDK1, CDK2, CDK5 and CDK9 were 45-, 15-, 230- and 30-fold higher. In vitro studies show that a wide range of cancer types are sensitive to CDK7 inhibition with GI50 values ranging between 0.2-0.3 µM. In xenografts of both breast and colorectal cancers, the drug has substantial anti-tumor effects. Additionally, combination therapy with tamoxifen showed complete growth arrest of ER-positive tumor xenografts. Our findings reveal that CDK7 inhibition provides a new approach, especially for ER-positive breast cancer and identify ICEC0942 as a prototype drug with potential utility as a single agent or in combination with hormone therapies for breast cancer. ICEC0942 may also be effective in other cancers that display characteristics of transcription factor addiction, such as acute leukaemia, and small-cell lung cancer.

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Castellano L, Ottaviani S, Frampton AE, 2017, ATGF-beta-lin28b-miRNA Circuit Regulates EMT and Stemness in Pancreatic Cancer, Publisher: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, Pages: 1393-1393, ISSN: 0885-3177

Conference paper

Frampton AE, Miller HC, Malczewska A, Ottaviani S, Stronach EA, Flora R, Kaemmerer D, Schwach G, Pfragner R, Faiz O, Kos-Kudla B, Hanna GB, Stebbing J, Castellano L, Frilling Aet al., 2017, MicroRNAs Associated with Small Bowel Neuroendocrine Tumours and Their Metastases, 14th Annual ENETS Conference for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumor Disease, Publisher: Karger Publishers, Pages: 22-22, ISSN: 0028-3835

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Frampton AE, Ottaviani S, Stebbing J, Jiao LR, Heeschen Cet al., 2017, TGF-Beta Induces miR-100 and miR-125b Promoting EMT and Stemness in Pancreatic Cancer, International Congress of the Association-of-Surgeons-of-Great-Britain-and-Ireland, Publisher: WILEY, Pages: 21-21, ISSN: 0007-1323

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Frampton AE, Ottaviani S, Stebbing J, Jiao LR, Castellano Let al., 2017, TGF-Beta Induces miR-100 and miR-125b Promoting EMT and Stemness in Pancreatic Cancer, International Congress of the Association-of-Surgeons-of-Great-Britain-and-Ireland, Publisher: WILEY, Pages: 6-6, ISSN: 0007-1323

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Castellano L, Dabrowska A, Pellegrino L, Ottaviani S, Cathcart P, Frampton A, Krell J, Stebbing Jet al., 2017, Sustained expression of miR-26a promotes chromosomal instability and tumorigenesis through regulation of CHFR, Nucleic Acids Research, Vol: 45, Pages: 4401-4412, ISSN: 1362-4962

MicroRNA 26a (miR-26a) reduces cell viability in several cancers, indicating that miR-26a could be used as a therapeutic option in patients. We demonstrate that miR-26a not only inhibits G1-S cell cycle transition and promotes apoptosis, as previously described, but also regulates multiple cell cycle checkpoints. We show that sustained miR-26a over-expression in both breast cancer (BC) cell lines and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) induces oversized cells containing either a single-large nucleus or two nuclei, indicating defects in mitosis and cytokinesis. Additionally, we demonstrate that miR-26a induces aneuploidy and centrosome defects and enhances tumorigenesis. Mechanistically, it acts by targeting G1-S transition genes as well as genes involved in mitosis and cytokinesis such as CHFR, LARP1 and YWHAE. Importantly, we show that only the re-expression of CHFR in miR-26a over-expressing cells partially rescues normal mitosis and impairs the tumorigenesis exerted by miR-26a, indicating that CHFR represents an important miR-26a target in the regulation of such phenotypes. We propose that miR-26a delivery might not be a viable therapeutic strategy due to the potential deleterious oncogenic activity of this miRNA.

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Ali S, Patel H, Periyasamy M, Bondke A, Slafer BW, Ottaviani S, Harrod A, Buluwela L, Fuchter MJ, Barrett AGM, Coombes RCet al., 2016, ICEC0942, an orally bioavailable selective inhibitor of CDK7 for breast cancer, UK Breast Cancer Research Symposium, Publisher: Springer Verlag, Pages: 195-195, ISSN: 0167-6806

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Miller HC, Frampton AE, Malczewska A, Ottaviani S, Stronach EA, Flora R, Kaemmerer D, Schwach G, Pfragner R, Faiz O, Kos-Kudła B, Hanna GB, Stebbing J, Castellano L, Frilling Aet al., 2016, MicroRNAs associated with small bowel neuroendocrine tumours and their metastases, Endocrine-Related Cancer, Vol: 23, Pages: 711-726, ISSN: 1479-6821

Novel molecular analytes are needed in small bowel neuroendocrine tumours (SBNETs) to better determine disease aggressiveness and predict treatment response. In this study, we aimed to profile the global miRNome of SBNETs, and identify microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in tumour progression for use as potential biomarkers. Two independent miRNA profiling experiments were performed (n=90), including primary SBNETs (n=28), adjacent normal small bowel (NSB; n=14), matched lymph node (LN) metastases (n=24), normal LNs (n=7), normal liver (n=2) and liver metastases (n=15). We then evaluated potentially targeted genes by performing integrated computational analyses. We discovered 39 miRNAs significantly deregulated in SBNETs compared with adjacent NSB. The most upregulated (miR-204-5p, miR-7-5p and miR-375) were confirmed by qRT-PCR. Two miRNAs (miR-1 and miR-143-3p) were significantly downregulated in LN and liver metastases compared with primary tumours. Furthermore, we identified upregulated gene targets for miR-1 and miR-143-3p in an existing SBNET dataset, which could contribute to disease progression, and show that these miRNAs directly regulate FOSB and NUAK2 oncogenes. Our study represents the largest global miRNA profiling of SBNETs using matched primary tumour and metastatic samples. We revealed novel miRNAs deregulated during SBNET disease progression, and important miRNA–mRNA interactions. These miRNAs have the potential to act as biomarkers for patient stratification and may also be able to guide treatment decisions. Further experiments to define molecular mechanisms and validate these miRNAs in larger tissue cohorts and in biofluids are now warranted.

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Stebbing J, Frampton AE, Miller HC, Malczewska A, Ottaviani S, Stronach EA, Flora R, Kaemmerer D, Schwach G, Pfragner R, Faiz O, Hanna G, Castellano L, Frilling Aet al., 2016, MicroRNAs associated with small bowel neuroendocrine tumors and their metastases., Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Clinical-Oncology (ASCO), Publisher: AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, ISSN: 0732-183X

Conference paper

Lin M-L, Patel H, Remenyi J, Banerji CRS, Lai C-F, Periyasamy M, Lombardo Y, Busonero C, Ottaviani S, Passey A, Quinlan PR, Purdie CA, Jordan LB, Thompson AM, Finn RS, Rueda OM, Caldas C, Gil J, Coombes RC, Fuller-Pace FV, Teschendorff AE, Buluwela L, Ali Set al., 2015, Expression profiling of nuclear receptors in breast cancer identifies TLX as a mediator of growth and invasion in triple-negative breast cancer, Oncotarget, Vol: 6, Pages: 21685-21703, ISSN: 1949-2553

he Nuclear Receptor (NR) superfamily of transcription factors comprises 48 members, several of which have been implicated in breast cancer. Most important is estrogen receptor-α (ERα), which is a key therapeutic target. ERα action is facilitated by co-operativity with other NR and there is evidence that ERα function may be recapitulated by other NRs in ERα-negative breast cancer. In order to examine the inter-relationships between nuclear receptors, and to obtain evidence for previously unsuspected roles for any NRs, we undertook quantitative RT-PCR and bioinformatics analysis to examine their expression in breast cancer. While most NRs were expressed, bioinformatic analyses differentiated tumours into distinct prognostic groups that were validated by analyzing public microarray data sets. Although ERα and progesterone receptor were dominant in distinguishing prognostic groups, other NR strengthened these groups. Clustering analysis identified several family members with potential importance in breast cancer. Specifically, RORγ is identified as being co-expressed with ERα, whilst several NRs are preferentially expressed in ERα-negative disease, with TLX expression being prognostic in this subtype. Functional studies demonstrated the importance of TLX in regulating growth and invasion in ERα-negative breast cancer cells.

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Cathcart P, Lucchesi W, Ottaviani S, De Giorgio A, Krell J, Stebbing J, Castellano Let al., 2015, Noncoding RNAs and the control of signalling via nuclear receptor regulation in health and disease, BEST PRACTICE & RESEARCH CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, Vol: 29, Pages: 529-543, ISSN: 1521-690X

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Ottaviani S, de Giorgio A, Harding V, Stebbing J, Castellano Let al., 2014, Noncoding RNAs and the control of hormonal signaling via nuclear receptor regulation, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY, Vol: 53, Pages: R61-R70, ISSN: 0952-5041

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Krell J, Frampton AE, Mirnezami R, Harding V, De Giorgio A, Alonso LR, Cohen P, Ottaviani S, Colombo T, Jacob J, Pellegrino L, Buchanan G, Stebbing J, Castellano Let al., 2014, Growth Arrest-Specific Transcript 5 Associated snoRNA Levels Are Related to p53 Expression and DNA Damage in Colorectal Cancer, PLOS One, Vol: 9, ISSN: 1932-6203

Background: The growth arrest-specific transcript 5 gene (GAS5) encodes a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) and hosts anumber of small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) that have recently been implicated in multiple cellular processes and cancer.Here, we investigate the relationship between DNA damage, p53, and the GAS5 snoRNAs to gain further insight into thepotential role of this locus in cell survival and oncogenesis both in vivo and in vitro.Methods: We used quantitative techniques to analyse the effect of DNA damage on GAS5 snoRNA expression and to assessthe relationship between p53 and the GAS5 snoRNAs in cancer cell lines and in normal, pre-malignant, and malignanthuman colorectal tissue and used biological techniques to suggest potential roles for these snoRNAs in the DNA damageresponse.Results: GAS5-derived snoRNA expression was induced by DNA damage in a p53-dependent manner in colorectal cancercell lines and their levels were not affected by DICER. Furthermore, p53 levels strongly correlated with GAS5-derived snoRNAexpression in colorectal tissue.Conclusions: In aggregate, these data suggest that the GAS5-derived snoRNAs are under control of p53 and that they havean important role in mediating the p53 response to DNA damage, which may not relate to their function in the ribosome.We suggest that these snoRNAs are not processed by DICER to form smaller snoRNA-derived RNAs with microRNA (miRNA)-like functions, but their precise role requires further evaluation. Furthermore, since GAS5 host snoRNAs are often used asendogenous controls in qPCR quantifications we show that their use as housekeeping genes in DNA damage experimentscan lead to inaccurate results.

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Lai C-F, Flach KD, Alexi X, Fox SP, Ottaviani S, Thiruchelvam PTR, Kyle FJ, Thomas RS, Launchbury R, Hua H, Callaghan HB, Carroll JS, Coombes RC, Zwart W, Buluwela L, Ali Set al., 2013, Co-regulated gene expression by oestrogen receptor alpha and liver receptor homolog-1 is a feature of the oestrogen response in breast cancer cells, NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH, Vol: 41, Pages: 10228-10240, ISSN: 0305-1048

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Ottaviani S, Brooke GN, O'Hanlon-Brown C, Waxman J, Ali S, Buluwela Let al., 2013, Characterisation of the androgen regulation of glycine N-methyltransferase in prostate cancer cells, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY, Vol: 51, Pages: 301-312, ISSN: 0952-5041

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Pellegrino L, Stebbing J, Braga VM, Frampton AE, Jacob J, Buluwela L, Jiao LR, Periyasamy M, Madsen CD, Caley MP, Ottaviani S, Roca-Alonso L, El-Bahrawy M, Coombes RC, Krell J, Castellano Let al., 2013, miR-23b regulates cytoskeletal remodeling, motility and metastasis by directly targeting multiple transcripts, Nucleic Acids Research, Vol: 41, Pages: 5400-5412, ISSN: 1362-4962

Uncontrolled cell proliferation and cytoskeletal remodeling are responsible for tumor development and ultimately metastasis. A number of studies have implicated microRNAs in the regulation of cancer cell invasion and migration. Here, we show that miR-23b regulates focal adhesion, cell spreading, cell-cell junctions and the formation of lamellipodia in breast cancer (BC), implicating a central role for it in cytoskeletal dynamics. Inhibition of miR-23b, using a specific sponge construct, leads to an increase of cell migration and metastatic spread in vivo, indicating it as a metastatic suppressor microRNA. Clinically, low miR-23b expression correlates with the development of metastases in BC patients. Mechanistically, miR-23b is able to directly inhibit a number of genes implicated in cytoskeletal remodeling in BC cells. Through intracellular signal transduction, growth factors activate the transcription factor AP-1, and we show that this in turn reduces miR-23b levels by direct binding to its promoter, releasing the pro-invasive genes from translational inhibition. In aggregate, miR-23b expression invokes a sophisticated interaction network that co-ordinates a wide range of cellular responses required to alter the cytoskeleton during cancer cell motility.

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Alshaker H, Sauer L, Monteil D, Ottaviani S, Srivats S, Boehler T, Pchejetski Det al., 2013, Therapeutic Potential of Targeting SK1 in Human Cancers, ROLE OF SPHINGOLIPIDS IN CANCER DEVELOPMENT AND THERAPY, Vol: 117, Pages: 143-200, ISSN: 0065-230X

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Ottaviani S, Brown CO, Waxman J, Ali S, Buluwela Let al., 2012, Identification of glycine N-methyltransferase-regulated genes in prostate cancer cells, CANCER RESEARCH, Vol: 72, ISSN: 0008-5472

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