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Sung-Eun Lim, Virginie Esain, Wanda Kwan, Lindsay N Theodore, Mauricio Cortes, Isaura M Frost, Sarah Y Liu, Trista E North
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) have the ability to both self-renew and differentiate into all the mature blood cell lineages and thereby reconstitute the entire blood system. As such, HSCs are therapeutically valuable for treatment of hematological malignances and bone marrow failure. We recently showed that transient glucose elevation elicited dose-dependent effects on HSCs through elevated metabolic activity and subsequent ROS-mediated induction of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1α (Hif1α). Platelet Derived Growth Factor B (pdgfb), a Hif1α-target, and its receptor, pdgfrb, were significantly upregulated in response to metabolic stimulation...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Yimei Dai, Lu Zhu, Zhibin Huang, Minyu Zhou, Wan Jin, Wei Liu, Mengchang Xu, Tao Yu, Yiyue Zhang, Zilong Wen, Wangjun Liao, Wenqing Zhang
In vertebrates, myeloid cells arise from multiple waves of development: the first or embryonic wave of myelopoiesis initiates early from non-hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) precursors and gives rise to myeloid cells transiently during early development; whereas the second or adult wave of myelopoiesis emerges later from HSCs and produces myeloid cells continually during fetal and adult life. In the past decades, a great deal has been learnt about the development of myeloid cells from adult myelopoiesis, yet the genetic network governing embryonic myelopoiesis remains poorly defined...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
María Abáigar, Cristina Robledo, Rocío Benito, Fernando Ramos, María Díez-Campelo, Lourdes Hermosín, Javier Sánchez-Del-Real, Jose M Alonso, Rebeca Cuello, Marta Megido, Juan N Rodríguez, Guillermo Martín-Núñez, Carlos Aguilar, Manuel Vargas, Ana A Martín, Juan L García, Alexander Kohlmann, M Consuelo Del Cañizo, Jesús M Hernández-Rivas
To explore novel genetic abnormalities occurring in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) through an integrative study combining array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a series of MDS and MDS/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) patients. 301 patients diagnosed with MDS (n = 240) or MDS/MPN (n = 61) were studied at the time of diagnosis. A genome-wide analysis of DNA copy number abnormalities was performed. In addition, a mutational analysis of DNMT3A, TET2, RUNX1, TP53 and BCOR genes was performed by NGS in selected cases...
2016: PloS One
Jens Geginat, Moira Paroni, Ilko Kastirr, Paola Larghi, Massimiliano Pagani, Sergio Abrignani
Th17 cells are a heterogeneous population of pro-inflammatory T cells that have been shown to mediate immune responses against intestinal bacteria. Th17 cells are highly plastic and can transdifferentiate to Th1/17 cells or unconventional Th1 cells, which are highly pathogenic in animal models of immune-mediated diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases. A recent European Journal of Immunology article by Liu et al. (Eur. J. Immunol. 2015. 45:1010-1018) showed, surprisingly, that Th1 cells have a similar plasticity, and could transdifferentiate to Th17 cells...
October 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Jennifer J VanOudenhove, Ricardo Medina, Prachi N Ghule, Jane B Lian, Janet L Stein, Sayyed K Zaidi, Gary S Stein
The transition of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from pluripotency to lineage commitment is not fully understood, and a role for phenotypic transcription factors in the initial stages of hESC differentiation remains to be explored. From a screen of candidate factors, we found that RUNX1 is selectively and transiently upregulated early in hESC differentiation to mesendodermal lineages. Transcriptome profiling and functional analyses upon RUNX1 depletion established a role for RUNX1 in promoting cell motility...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Mauricio Cortes, Michael J Chen, David L Stachura, Sarah Y Liu, Wanda Kwan, Francis Wright, Linda T Vo, Lindsay N Theodore, Virginie Esain, Isaura M Frost, Thorsten M Schlaeger, Wolfram Goessling, George Q Daley, Trista E North
Vitamin D insufficiency is a worldwide epidemic affecting billions of individuals, including pregnant women and children. Despite its high incidence, the impact of active vitamin D3 (1,25(OH)D3) on embryonic development beyond osteo-regulation remains largely undefined. Here, we demonstrate that 1,25(OH)D3 availability modulates zebrafish hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) production. Loss of Cyp27b1-mediated biosynthesis or vitamin D receptor (VDR) function by gene knockdown resulted in significantly reduced runx1 expression and Flk1(+)cMyb(+) HSPC numbers...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
M Kato, S Ishimaru, M Seki, K Yoshida, Y Shiraishi, K Chiba, N Kakiuchi, Y Sato, H Ueno, H Tanaka, T Inukai, D Tomizawa, D Hasegawa, T Osumi, Y Arakawa, T Aoki, M Okuya, K Kaizu, K Kato, Y Taneyama, H Goto, T Taki, M Takagi, M Sanada, K Koh, J Takita, S Miyano, S Ogawa, A Ohara, M Tsuchida, A Manabe
In the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), excess shortening of maintenance therapy resulted in high relapse rate, as shown by our previous trial, TCCSG L92-13, in which maintenance therapy was terminated at one year from initiation of treatment. In this study, we aimed to confirm the long-term outcome of L92-13, and to identify who can or cannot be cured by shorter duration of maintenance therapy. To obtain sentinel cytogenetics information which had been missed before, we performed genetic analysis with genomic microarray and target intron-capture sequencing from diagnostic bone marrow smear...
October 4, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Celalettin Ustun, Michel Arock, Hanneke C Kluin-Nelemans, Andreas Reiter, Wolfgang R Sperr, Tracy George, Hans-Peter Horny, Karin Hartmann, Karl Sotlar, Gandhi Damaj, Olivier Hermine, Srdan Verstovsek, Dean D Metcalfe, Jason Gotlib, Cem Akin, Peter Valent
Systemic mastocytosis is a heterogeneous disease characterized by the accumulation of neoplastic mast cells in the bone marrow and other organ organs/tissues. Mutations in KIT, most frequently KIT D816V, are detected in over 80% of all systemic mastocytosis patients. While most systemic mastocytosis patients suffer from an indolent disease variant, some present with more aggressive variants, collectively called "advanced systemic mastocytosis", which include aggressive systemic mastocytosis, systemic mastocytosis with an associated hematologic, clonal non mast cell-lineage disease, and mast cell leukemia...
October 2016: Haematologica
Q Jin, Y Ren, M Wang, P K Suraneni, D Li, J D Crispino, J Fan, Z Huang
FAXDC2 (fatty acid hydroxylase domain containing 2) is a member of the fatty acid hydroxylase superfamily. Given the important role of fatty acids in megakaryocytes, we have studied the role of this gene in the development of this lineage. Here we show that the expression of FAXDC2 is constantly elevated during megakaryocyte maturation. In contrast, FAXDC2 is significantly downregulated in acute myeloid leukemia and acute megakaryoblastic leukemia. Moreover, FAXDC2 overexpression promotes the differentiation of megakaryocytic cell lines and primary cells, whereas its knockdown disrupts their maturation...
2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Federico G Antillón, Jessica G Blanco, Patricia D Valverde, Mauricio Castellanos, Claudia P Garrido, Veronica Girón, Tomas R Letona, Emilia J Osorio, Dyna A Borrayo, Ricardo A Mack, Mario A Melgar, Rodolfo Lorenzana, Raul C Ribeiro, Monika Metzger, Valentino Conter, Emanuela Rossi, Maria Grazia Valsecchi
BACKGROUND: The National Pediatric Oncology Unit (UNOP) is the only pediatric hemato-oncology center in Guatemala. METHODS: Patients ages 1 to 17 years with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were treated according to modified ALL Intercontinental Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (IC-BFM) 2002 protocol. Risk classification was based on age, white blood cell count, immunophenotype, genetics (when available), and early response to therapy. RESULTS: From July 2007 to June 2014, 787 patients were treated, including 160 who had standard-risk ALL, 450 who had intermediate-risk ALL, and 177 who had high-risk ALL...
September 28, 2016: Cancer
Junichi Matsuo, Shunichi Kimura, Akihiro Yamamura, Cai Ping Koh, Md Zakir Hossain, Dede Liana Heng, Kazuyoshi Kohu, Dominic Chih-Cheng Voon, Hiroshi Hiai, Michiaki Unno, Jimmy Bok Yan So, Feng Zhu, Supriya Srivastava, Teh Meng, Khay Guan Yeoh, Motomi Osato, Yoshiaki Ito
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Little is known about mechanisms of gastric carcinogenesis, partly because it has been a challenge to identify characterize gastric stem cells. Runx genes regulate development and their products are transcription factors associated with cancer development. A Runx1 enhancer element, eR1 is a marker of hematopoietic stem cells. We studied expression from eR1 in stomach and the roles of gastric stem cells in gastric carcinogenesis in transgenic mice. METHODS: We used in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence analyses to study expression of Runx1 in gastric tissues from C57BL/6 (control) mice...
September 23, 2016: Gastroenterology
Jiantao Zhang, Wenli Zhou, Ying Liu, Nan Li
Down syndrome (DS) is the most common birth defect in children. To investigate the mechanisms of DS, the present study analyzed the bisulfite‑sequencing (seq) data GSE42144, which was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus. GSE42144 included DNA methylation data of three DS samples and three control samples, and RNA‑seq data of two DS samples and five control samples. The methylated sites in the bisulfite‑seq data were detected using Bismark and Bowtie2. The BiSeq tool was applied to determine differentially methylated regions and to identify adjacent genes...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ioannis Panagopoulos, Synne Torkildsen, Ludmila Gorunova, Aina Ulvmoen, Anne Tierens, Bernward Zeller, Sverre Heim
Fluorescence in situ hybridization examination of a pediatric AML patient whose bone marrow cells carried trisomy 4 and FLT3-ITD mutation, demonstrated that part of the RUNX1 probe had unexpectedly moved to chromosome band 6q25 indicating a cryptic t(6;21)(q25;q22) translocation. RNA sequencing showed fusion of exon 7 of RUNX1 with an intergenic sequence of 6q25 close to the MIR1202 locus, something that was verified by RT-PCR together with Sanger sequencing. The RUNX1 fusion transcript encodes a truncated protein containing the Runt homology domain responsible for both heterodimerization with CBFB and DNA binding, but lacking the proline-, serine-, and threonine-rich (PST) region which is the transcription activation domain at the C terminal end...
September 22, 2016: Oncology Reports
Eigil Kjeldsen
The t(12;21)(p13;q22) with ETV6-RUNX1 fusion occurs in 25% of cases of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL); and is generally associated with favorable prognosis. However, 15-20% of the t(12;21)-positive cases are associated with high-risk disease due to for example slow early responses to therapy. It is well-known that development of overt leukemia in t(12;21)-positive ALL requires secondary chromosomal aberrations although the full spectrum of these cytogenetic alterations is yet unsettled, and also, how they may be associated with disease outcome...
September 21, 2016: Gene
Farzaneh Ghazavi, Barbara De Moerloose, Wouter Van Loocke, Annelynn Wallaert, Hetty H Helsmoortel, Alina Ferster, Marleen Bakkus, Geneviève Plat, Eric Delabesse, Anne Uyttebroeck, Filip Van Nieuwerburgh, Dieter Deforce, Nadine Van Roy, Frank Speleman, Yves Benoit, Tim Lammens, Pieter Van Vlierberghe
Overwhelming evidence indicates that long non-coding RNAs have essential roles in tumorigenesis. Nevertheless, their role in the molecular pathogenesis of pediatric B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia has not been extensively explored. Here, we conducted a comprehensive analysis of the long non-coding RNA transcriptome in ETV6/RUNX1-positive BCP-ALL, one of the most frequent subtypes of pediatric leukemia. First, we used primary leukemia patient samples to identify an ETV6/RUNX1 specific expression signature consisting of 596 lncRNA transcripts...
September 16, 2016: Oncotarget
Christian H Gabriel, Fridolin Gross, Martin Karl, Heike Stephanowitz, Anna Floriane Hennig, Melanie Weber, Stefanie Gryzik, Ivo Bachmann, Katharina Hecklau, Jürgen Wienands, Johannes Schuchhardt, Hanspeter Herzel, Andreas Radbruch, Eberhard Krause, Ria Baumgrass
Transcription factors of the nuclear factor of activated T cell (NFAT)-family are essential for antigen-specific T cell activation and differentiation. Their cooperative DNA binding with other transcription factors, such as AP1-proteins (FOS, JUN, JUNB), FOXP3, IRFs and EGR1, dictate the gene regulatory action of NFATs. To identify as yet unknown interaction partners of NFAT, we purified biotin tagged NFATc1/αA, NFATc1/βC and NFATc2/C protein-complexes and analyzed their components by SILAC-based mass spectrometry...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Nicholas H Farina, Areg Zingiryan, Jacqueline A Akech, Cody J Callahan, Huimin Lu, Janet L Stein, Lucia R Languino, Gary S Stein, Jane B Lian
While decades of research have identified molecular pathways inducing and promoting stages of prostate cancer malignancy, studies addressing dynamic changes of cancer-related regulatory factors in a prostate tumor progression model are limited. Using the TRAMP mouse model of human prostate cancer, we address mechanisms of deregulation for the cancer-associated transcription factors, Runx1 and Runx2 by identifying microRNAs with reciprocal expression changes at six time points during 33 weeks of tumorigenesis...
September 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Ariz Akhter, Muhammad Kashif Mughal, Ghaleb Elyamany, Gary Sinclair, Raja Zahratul Azma, Noraidah Masir, Salwati Shuib, Fariborz Rashid-Kolvear, Meer-Taher Shabani-Rad, Douglas Allan Stewart, Adnan Mansoor
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) classification system defines recurrent chromosomal translocations as the sole diagnostic and prognostic criteria for acute leukemia (AL). These fusion transcripts are pivotal in the pathogenesis of AL. Clinical laboratories universally employ conventional karyotype/FISH to detect these chromosomal translocations, which is complex, labour intensive and lacks multiplexing capacity. Hence, it is imperative to explore and evaluate some newer automated, cost-efficient multiplexed technologies to accommodate the expanding genetic landscape in AL...
2016: Diagnostic Pathology
Susanna Teppo, Saara Laukkanen, Thomas Liuksiala, Jessica Nordlund, Mikko Oittinen, Kaisa Teittinen, Toni Grönroos, Pascal St-Onge, Daniel Sinnett, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Matti Nykter, Keijo Viiri, Merja Heinäniemi, Olli Lohi
Approximately 20%-25% of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemias carry the ETV6-RUNX1 (E/R) fusion gene, a fusion of two central hematopoietic transcription factors, ETV6 (TEL) and RUNX1 (AML1). Despite its prevalence, the exact genomic targets of E/R have remained elusive. We evaluated gene loci and enhancers targeted by E/R genome-wide in precursor B acute leukemia cells using global run-on sequencing (GRO-seq). We show that expression of the E/R fusion leads to widespread repression of RUNX1 motif-containing enhancers at its target gene loci...
September 12, 2016: Genome Research
Tomer Halevy, Juan-Carlos Biancotti, Ofra Yanuka, Tamar Golan-Lev, Nissim Benvenisty
Down syndrome (DS) is the leading genetic cause of mental retardation and is caused by a third copy of human chromosome 21. The different pathologies of DS involve many tissues with a distinct array of neural phenotypes. Here we characterize embryonic stem cell lines with DS (DS-ESCs), and focus on the neural aspects of the disease. Our results show that neural progenitor cells (NPCs) differentiated from five independent DS-ESC lines display increased apoptosis and downregulation of forehead developmental genes...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
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