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Ye Liu, Mei Yuan, Chao Wu, Tianhui Zhu, Wei Sun
Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women worldwide, and can be subdivided into Luminal A, Luminal B, Her2, and Basal subtype (the PAM50 subtyping system). The lmo2 gene was traditionally recognized as a proto-oncogene in hematopoietic system but its functions in breast cancers remained largely unclear. Based on the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) breast cancer dataset, herein we found that the significantly LMO2-correlated genes in normal or malignant samples were enriched in rather divergent cellular pathways, suggesting the function complexity of LMO2 in breast tissues...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Bowen Xu, Ling Cai, Jason M Butler, Dongliang Chen, Xiongdong Lu, David F Allison, Rui Lu, Shahin Rafii, Joel S Parker, Deyou Zheng, Gang Greg Wang
Self-renewal and differentiation of adult stem cells are tightly regulated partly through configuration of chromatin structure by chromatin remodelers. Using knockout mice, we here demonstrate that bromodomain PHD finger transcription factor (BPTF), a component of the nucleosome remodeling factor (NURF) chromatin-remodeling complex, is essential for maintaining the population size of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs), including long-term hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Bptf-deficient HSCs are defective in reconstituted hematopoiesis, and hematopoietic-specific knockout of Bptf caused profound defects including bone marrow failure and anemia...
February 8, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Grzegorz Rymkiewicz, Beata Grygalewicz, Magdalena Chechlinska, Katarzyna Blachnio, Zbigniew Bystydzienski, Joanna Romejko-Jarosinska, Renata Woroniecka, Michalina Zajdel, Katarzyna Domanska-Czyz, David Martin-Garcia, Ferran Nadeu, Pawel Swoboda, Jolanta Rygier, Barbara Pienkowska-Grela, Jan Konrad Siwicki, Monika Prochorec-Sobieszek, Itziar Salaverria, Reiner Siebert, Jan Walewski
We previously described a subset of MYC translocation-negative aggressive B-cell lymphomas resembling Burkitt lymphoma, characterized by proximal gains and distal losses in chromosome 11. In the 2016 WHO classification, these MYC-negative lymphomas were recognized as a new provisional entity, 'Burkitt-like lymphoma with 11q aberration'. Here we present an immunophenotype analysis of Burkitt-like lymphomas with 11q aberration. Cells were acquired by fine needle aspiration biopsy from 10 young adult patients, 80% of whom presented recurrence-free 5-year survival...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Erika M Moore, Steven H Swerdlow, Sarah E Gibson
Myocyte enhancer binding factor 2B (MEF2B) is a transcriptional activator of the BCL6 proto-oncogene in normal germinal center (GC) B-cells. Limited data exists concerning its expression in B-cell lymphomas, and comparison with other GC-associated antigens is lacking. Its role in the differential diagnosis of B-cell lymphomas, particularly in the distinction of follicular lymphoma (FL) versus marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), remains to be determined. We evaluated MEF2B expression, in comparison with additional GC markers, LIM domain-only transcription factor 2 (LMO2), and human GC-associated lymphoma (HGAL), in a variety of B-cell lymphomas, with particular emphasis on their utility in differentiating FL from MZL...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Kazuya Miyashita, Kenji Kitajima, Susumu Goyama, Toshio Kitamura, Takahiko Hara
T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a malignant cancer with poor prognosis. The transcriptional co-factor LIM domain only 2 (LMO2) and its target gene HHEX are essential for self-renewal of T cell precursors and T-ALL etiology. LMO2 directly associates with LDB1 in a large DNA-containing nuclear complex and controls the transcription of T-ALL-related genes. Recently, we reported that overexpression of the LIM-homeodomain transcription factor, Lhx2, results in liberation of the Lmo2 protein from the Lmo2-Ldb1 complex, followed by ubiquitin proteasome mediated degradation...
December 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Arica Beisaw, Pavel Tsaytler, Frederic Koch, Sandra U Schmitz, Maria-Theodora Melissari, Anna D Senft, Lars Wittler, Tracie Pennimpede, Karol Macura, Bernhard G Herrmann, Phillip Grote
T-box transcription factors play essential roles in multiple aspects of vertebrate development. Here, we show that cooperative function of BRACHYURY (T) with histone-modifying enzymes is essential for mouse embryogenesis. A single point mutation (T(Y88A)) results in decreased histone 3 lysine 27 acetylation (H3K27ac) at T target sites, including the T locus, suggesting that T autoregulates the maintenance of its expression and functions by recruiting permissive chromatin modifications to putative enhancers during mesoderm specification...
November 15, 2017: EMBO Reports
Christian A Kunder, Giovanna Roncador, Ranjana H Advani, Gabriela Gualco, Carlos E Bacchi, Jean M Sabile, Izidore S Lossos, Kexin Nie, Robert John Tibshirani, Michael R Green, Ash A Alizadeh, Yasodha Natkunam
Objectives: KLHL6 is a recently described BTB-Kelch protein with selective expression in lymphoid tissues and is most strongly expressed in germinal center B cells. Methods: Using gene expression profiling as well as immunohistochemistry with an anti-KLHL6 monoclonal antibody, we have characterized the expression of this molecule in normal and neoplastic tissues. Protein expression was evaluated in 1,058 hematopoietic neoplasms. Results: Consistent with its discovery as a germinal center marker, KLHL6 was positive mainly in B-cell neoplasms of germinal center derivation, including 95% of follicular lymphomas (106/112)...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Mark Bosch, Ariz Akhter, Bingshu E Chen, Adnan Mansoor, David Lebrun, David Good, Michael Crump, Lois Shepherd, David W Scott, Douglas A Stewart
The objective of this study was to create a bio-clinical model, based on clinical and molecular predictors of event-free and overall survival for relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients treated on the Canadian Cancer Trials Group LY12 prospective study. Sufficient histologic material was available for 91 cases to create tissue microarrays and perform immunohistochemistry staining for CD10, BCL6, MUM1/IRF4, FOXP1, LMO2, BCL2, MYC, P53 and pySTAT3 expression. 67 cases had material sufficient for fluorescent in-situ hybridization for MYC and BCL2...
November 2, 2017: Haematologica
Michael A Goodman, Paritha I Arumugam, Devin M Pillis, Anastacia Loberg, Md Nasimuzzaman, Danielle Lynn, Johannes C M van der Loo, Phillip J Dexheimer, Mehdi Keddache, Thomas R Bauer, Dennis D Hickstein, David W Russell, Punam Malik
Strong viral enhancers in γ-retrovirus vectors have caused cellular proto-oncogene activation and leukemia, necessitating use of cellular promoters in 'enhancer-less' self-inactivating integrating vectors. However, cellular promoters result in relatively low transgene expression, often leading to inadequate disease correction. Vectors derived from foamy virus, a nonpathogenic retrovirus, show higher preference for non-genic integrations than γ-retroviruses/lentiviruses and preferential integration near transcriptional start sites, like γ-retroviruses...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
Shi Hao Tan, Fatima Carla Bertulfo, Takaomi Sanda
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a hematological malignancy characterized by the clonal proliferation of immature T-cell precursors. T-ALL has many similar pathophysiological features to acute myeloid leukemia, which has been extensively studied in the establishment of the cancer stem cell (CSC) theory, but the CSC concept in T-ALL is still debatable. Although leukemia-initiating cells (LICs), which can generate leukemia in a xenograft setting, have been found in both human T-ALL patients and animal models, the nature and origin of LICs are largely unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
Morteza Zarrabi, Elaheh Afzal, Mohammad Hossein Asghari, Monireh Mohammad, Hamidreza Aboulkheyr Es, Marzieh Ebrahimi
The MEK/ERK pathway is found to be important in regulating different biological processes such as proliferation, differentiation and survival in a wide variety of cells. However, its role in self-renewal of haematopoietic stem cells is controversial and remains to be clarified. The aim of this study was to understand the role of MEK/ERK pathway in ex vivo expansion of mononuclear cells (MNCs) and purified CD34(+) cells, both derived from human umbilical cord blood (hUCB). Based on our results, culturing the cells in the presence of an inhibitor of MEK/ERK pathway-PD0325901 (PD)-significantly reduces the expansion of CD34(+) and CD34(+)  CD38(-) cells, while there is no change in the expression of stemness-related genes (HOXB4, BMI1)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Vesna S Stanulovic, Pierre Cauchy, Salam A Assi, Maarten Hoogenkamp
LMO2 is a bridging factor within a DNA binding complex and is required for definitive haematopoiesis to occur. The developmental stage of the block in haematopoietic specification is not known. We show that Lmo2-/- mouse embryonic stem cells differentiated to Flk-1+ haemangioblasts, but less efficiently to haemogenic endothelium, which only produced primitive haematopoietic progenitors. Genome-wide approaches indicated that LMO2 is required at the haemangioblast stage to position the TAL1/LMO2/LDB1 complex to regulatory elements that are important for the establishment of the haematopoietic developmental program...
September 29, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Vijay Chaitanya Ganta, Brian H Annex
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October 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Hyun-Jung Choi, Seung-Sik Rho, Dong-Hoon Choi, Young-Guen Kwon
Delta-like ligand 4 (DLL4) expression in endothelial cells is intimately associated with angiogenic sprouting and vascular remodeling, but the precise mechanism of transcriptional regulation of DLL4 remains incompletely understood. Here, we showed that LIM-domain binding protein 2 (LDB2) plays an important role in regulating basal DLL4 and VEGF-induced DLL4 expression. Knockdown of LDB2 using siRNA enhanced endothelial sprouting and tubular network formation in vitro. Injection of ldb2-morpholino resulted in defective development of intersegmental vessels in zebrafish...
September 26, 2017: BMB Reports
AHyun Choi, Anuradha Illendula, John A Pulikkan, Justine E Roderick, Jessica Tesell, Jun Yu, Nicole Hermance, Lihua Julie Zhu, Lucio H Castilla, John H Bushweller, Michelle A Kelliher
The gene encoding the RUNX1 transcription factor is mutated in a subset of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) patients, and RUNX1 mutations are associated with a poor prognosis. These mutations cluster in the DNA-binding Runt domain and are thought to represent loss-of-function mutations, indicating that RUNX1 suppresses T-cell transformation. RUNX1 has been proposed to have tumor suppressor roles in T-cell leukemia homeobox 1/3-transformed human T-ALL cell lines and NOTCH1 T-ALL mouse models. Yet, retroviral insertional mutagenesis screens identify RUNX genes as collaborating oncogenes in MYC-driven leukemia mouse models...
October 12, 2017: Blood
Gianfranco Matrone, Shu Meng, Qilin Gu, Jie Lv, Longhou Fang, Kaifu Chen, John P Cooke
OBJECTIVE: Lmo (LIM-domain-only)2 transcription factor is involved in hematopoiesis and vascular remodeling. Sphk (sphingosine kinase)1 phosphorylates sphingosine to S1P (sphingosine-1-phosphate). We hypothesized that Lmo2 regulates Sphk1 to promote endothelial cell (EC) migration and vascular development. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Lmo2 and Sphk1 knockdown (KD) were performed in Tg(fli1:EGFP) (y1) zebrafish and in human umbilical vein EC. Rescue of phenotypes or overexpression of these factors were achieved using mRNA encoding Lmo2 or Sphk1...
October 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Evgeni Efimenko, Utpal P Davé, Irina V Lebedeva, Yao Shen, Maria J Sanchez-Quintero, Daniel Diolaiti, Andrew Kung, Brian J Lannutti, Jianchung Chen, Ronald Realubit, Zoya Niatsetskaya, Vadim Ten, Charles Karan, Xi Chen, Andrea Califano, Thomas G Diacovo
PI3K/AKT and NOTCH1 signaling pathways are frequently dysregulated in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias (T-ALL). Although we have shown that the combined activities of the class I PI3K isoforms p110γ and p110δ play a major role in the development and progression of PTEN-null T-ALL, it has yet to be determined whether their contribution to leukemogenic programing is unique from that associated with NOTCH1 activation. Using an Lmo2-driven mouse model of T-ALL in which both the PI3K/AKT and NOTCH1 pathways are aberrantly upregulated, we now demonstrate that the combined activities of PI3Kγ/δ have both overlapping and distinct roles from NOTCH1 in generating T-ALL disease signature and in promoting tumor cell growth...
October 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Sha-Sha Bian, Xu-Lei Zheng, Hua-Qin Sun, Jian-Hui Chen, Yi-Lu Lu, Yun-Qiang Liu, Da-Chang Tao, Yong-Xin Ma
Circadian clock and Smad2/3/4-mediated Nodal signaling regulate multiple physiological and pathological processes. However, it remains unknown whether Clock directly cross-talks with Nodal signaling and how this would regulate embryonic development. Here we show that Clock1a coordinated mesoderm development and primitive hematopoiesis in zebrafish embryos by directly up-regulating Nodal-Smad3 signaling. We found that Clock1a is expressed both maternally and zygotically throughout early zebrafish development...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Tohru Fujiwara
Hematopoietic cell differentiation is regulated by various lineage-specific transcription factors. In the context of erythroid differentiation, the importance of GATA-1 has been unequivocally demonstrated by cell-based ex vivo assays, as well as knockout mouse models and rare patients with anemias. GATA-1 regulates the expression of erythroid-related genes, such as globins and genes involved in heme biosynthesis, by recognizing the DNA binding consensus sequence [(A/T) GATA (A/G)] through dual zinc finger motifs...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Tracy M Busse, Jacquelyn J Roth, Donna Wilmoth, Luanne Wainwright, Laura Tooke, Jaclyn A Biegel
Gene fusions resulting from structural rearrangements are an established mechanism of tumorigenesis in pediatric cancer. In this clinical cohort, 1,350 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based chromosomal microarrays from 1,211 pediatric cancer patients were evaluated for copy number alterations (CNAs) associated with gene fusions. Karyotype or fluorescence in situ hybridization studies were performed in 42% of the patients. Ten percent of the bone marrow or solid tumor specimens had SNP array-associated CNAs suggestive of a gene fusion...
October 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
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