Targeting ACE2-BRD4 crosstalk in colorectal cancer and the deregulation of DNA repair and apoptosis. Academic Article uri icon


  • ACE2 overexpression in colorectal cancer patients might increase susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection. We report that knockdown, forced overexpression, and pharmacologic inhibition in human colon cancer cells targeted ACE2-BRD4 crosstalk to mediate marked changes in DNA damage/repair and apoptosis. In colorectal cancer patients for whom high ACE2 plus high BRD4 expression is predictive of poor survival, pan-BET inhibition would need to consider proviral/antiviral actions of different BET proteins during SARS-CoV-2 infection.

published proceedings

  • NPJ Precis Oncol

altmetric score

  • 16.05

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, S., Kapoor, S., Tripathi, C., Perez, J. T., Mohan, N., Dashwood, W. M., ... Dashwood, R.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • February 2023