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Yixin Hu, Hailong He, Jun Lu, Yi Wang, Peifang Xiao, Jianqin Li, Jie Li, Yina Sun, Hui Lv, Junjie Fan, Yanhua Yao, Yihuan Chai, Shaoyan Hu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to observe the prognosis of pediatric patients with E2A-PBX1-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) from the treatment with the CCLG-ALL2008 protocol. DESIGN AND METHODS: Three hundred and forty-nine Chinese pediatric patients with pre-B-cell ALL were enrolled in this study from December 2008 to September 2013. Of these, 20 patients with E2A-PBX1 expression and 223 without the gene expression were stratified into two cohorts...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Jinhua Piao, Shiori Takai, Takahiro Kamiya, Takeshi Inukai, Kanji Sugita, Kazuma Ohyashiki, Domenico Delia, Mitsuko Masutani, Shuki Mizutani, Masatoshi Takagi
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) is an indispensable component of the DNA repair machinery. PARP inhibitors are used as cutting-edge treatments for patients with homologous recombination repair (HRR)-defective breast cancers harboring mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2. Other tumors defective in HRR, including some hematological malignancies, are predicted to be good candidates for treatment with PARP inhibitors. Screening of leukemia-derived cell lines revealed that lymphoid lineage-derived leukemia cell lines, except for those derived from mature B cells and KMT2A (MLL)-rearranged B-cell precursors, were relatively sensitive to PARP inhibitors...
November 25, 2016: Cancer Letters
Chan-Wang Jerry Lio, Jiayuan Zhang, Edahí González-Avalos, Patrick G Hogan, Xing Chang, Anjana Rao
Ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes oxidize 5-methylcytosine, facilitating DNA demethylation and generating new epigenetic marks. Here we show that concomitant loss of Tet2 and Tet3 in mice at early B cell stage blocked the pro- to pre-B cell transition in the bone marrow, decreased Irf4 expression and impaired the germline transcription and rearrangement of the Igκ locus. Tet2/3-deficient pro-B cells showed increased CpG methylation at the Igκ 3' and distal enhancers that was mimicked by depletion of E2A or PU...
November 21, 2016: ELife
Francisco Xavier Guerra-Castillo, María Teresa Ramos-Cervantes, Cecilia Rosel-Pech, Elva Jiménez-Hernández, Vilma Carolina Bekker-Méndez
BACKGROUND: In Mexico, leukemia represents the most common type of cancer in the population under 15 years old with a high incidence rate when compared with developed countries. The etiology of leukemia may be unknown, however different factors are involve such as chromosomal translocations. The aim of this work is to detect the molecular alterations: TEL-AML1, MLL-AF4, BCR-ABL minor and E2A-PBX1 in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. METHODS: 91 bone marrow samples were collected from pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia from january 2012 to march 2013 at the Pediatric Hematology Service, Hospital General "Gaudencio González Garza"...
2016: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
Jannek Hauser, Christine Grundström, Ramesh Kumar, Thomas Grundström
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is the key mutagenic enzyme that initiates somatic hypermutation (SH) and class switch recombination (CSR) by deaminating cytosine to uracil. The targeting of AID and therefore SH and CSR to Ig genes is a central process of the immune system, but the trans-acting factors mediating the specific targeting have remained elusive. Here we show that defective calmodulin inhibition of the transcription factor E2A after activation of the B cell receptor (BCR) leads to reduced BCR, IL4 plus CD40 ligand stimulated CSR to IgE and instead CSR to other Ig classes...
November 8, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Ya-Ping Yu, Ping Song, Jian-Gang Mei, Zhi-Ming An, Xiao-Gang Zhou, Feng Li, Li-Ping Wang, Yu-Mei Tang, Yong-Ping Zhai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinicopathologic characteristics,diagnosis and treatment of isolated ovarian relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia(ALL). METHODS: A 16-year-old girl presented with complaints of bone and joint pain. The peripheral blood and bone marrow(BM) smears showed 32% and 72% blasts, respectively, which were myeloperoxidase-negative. The blasts were positive for HLA-DR, TdT, CD10, CD19, CD22 and cCD79a and negative for CD34, CD5, CD7, CD13, CD33, CD56 and MPO detected by flow cytometry...
October 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Jesús Duque-Afonso, Chiou-Hong Lin, Kyuho Han, Michael C Wei, Jue Feng, Jason H Kurzer, Corina Schneidawind, Stephen Hon-Kit Wong, Michael C Bassik, Michael L Cleary
There is limited understanding of how signaling pathways are altered by oncogenic fusion transcription factors that drive leukemogenesis. To address this, we interrogated activated signaling pathways in a comparative analysis of mouse and human leukemias expressing the fusion protein E2A-PBX1, which is present in 5%-7% of pediatric and 50% of pre-B-cell receptor (preBCR(+)) acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). In this study, we describe remodeling of signaling networks by E2A-PBX1 in pre-B-ALL, which results in hyperactivation of the key oncogenic effector enzyme PLCγ2...
December 1, 2016: Cancer Research
Elizabeth J Brisbois, Terry C Major, Marcus J Goudie, Mark E Meyerhoff, Robert H Bartlett, Hitesh Handa
UNLABELLED: Two major problems with implanted catheters are clotting and infection. Nitric oxide (NO) is an endogenous vasodilator as well as natural inhibitor of platelet adhesion/activation and an antimicrobial agent, and NO-releasing polymers are expected to have similar properties. Here, NO-releasing central venous catheters (CVCs) are fabricated using Elast-eon™ E2As polymer with both diazeniumdiolated dibutylhexanediamine (DBHD/NONO) and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) additives, where the NO release can be modulated and optimized via the hydrolysis rate of the PLGA...
October 15, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Ran He, Shiyue Hou, Cheng Liu, Anli Zhang, Qiang Bai, Miao Han, Yu Yang, Gang Wei, Ting Shen, Xinxin Yang, Lifan Xu, Xiangyu Chen, Yaxing Hao, Pengcheng Wang, Chuhong Zhu, Juanjuan Ou, Houjie Liang, Ting Ni, Xiaoyan Zhang, Xinyuan Zhou, Kai Deng, Yaokai Chen, Yadong Luo, Jianqing Xu, Hai Qi, Yuzhang Wu, Lilin Ye
During chronic viral infection, virus-specific CD8(+) T cells become exhausted, exhibit poor effector function and lose memory potential. However, exhausted CD8(+) T cells can still contain viral replication in chronic infections, although the mechanism of this containment is largely unknown. Here we show that a subset of exhausted CD8(+) T cells expressing the chemokine receptor CXCR5 has a critical role in the control of viral replication in mice that were chronically infected with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)...
August 2, 2016: Nature
Marcus J Goudie, Elizabeth J Brisbois, Jitendra Pant, Alex Thompson, Joseph A Potkay, Hitesh Handa
Due to the role of nitric oxide (NO) in regulating a variety of biological functions in humans, numerous studies on different NO releasing/generating materials have been published over the past two decades. Although NO has been demonstrated to be a strong antimicrobial and potent antithrombotic agent, NO-releasing (NOrel) polymers have not reached the clinical setting. While increasing the concentration of the NO donor in the polymer is a common method to prolong the NO-release, this should not be at the cost of mechanical strength or biocompatibility of the original material...
2016: International Journal of Polymeric Materials
Yew Ann Leong, Yaping Chen, Hong Sheng Ong, Di Wu, Kevin Man, Claire Deleage, Martina Minnich, Benjamin J Meckiff, Yunbo Wei, Zhaohua Hou, Dimitra Zotos, Kevin A Fenix, Anurag Atnerkar, Simon Preston, Jeffrey G Chipman, Greg J Beilman, Cody C Allison, Lei Sun, Peng Wang, Jiawei Xu, Jesse G Toe, Hao K Lu, Yong Tao, Umaimainthan Palendira, Alexander L Dent, Alan L Landay, Marc Pellegrini, Iain Comerford, Shaun R McColl, Timothy W Schacker, Heather M Long, Jacob D Estes, Meinrad Busslinger, Gabrielle T Belz, Sharon R Lewin, Axel Kallies, Di Yu
During unresolved infections, some viruses escape immunological control and establish a persistant reservoir in certain cell types, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which persists in follicular helper T cells (TFH cells), and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which persists in B cells. Here we identified a specialized group of cytotoxic T cells (TC cells) that expressed the chemokine receptor CXCR5, selectively entered B cell follicles and eradicated infected TFH cells and B cells. The differentiation of these cells, which we have called 'follicular cytotoxic T cells' (TFC cells), required the transcription factors Bcl6, E2A and TCF-1 but was inhibited by the transcriptional regulators Blimp1, Id2 and Id3...
October 2016: Nature Immunology
Jennifer Fraszczak, Anne Helness, Riyan Chen, Charles Vadnais, François Robert, Cyrus Khandanpour, Tarik Möröy
A regulatory circuit that controls myeloid versus B lymphoid cell fate in hematopoietic progenitors has been proposed, in which a network of the transcription factors Egr1/2, Nab, Gfi1 and PU.1 forms the core element. Here we show that a direct link between Gfi1, the transcription factor E2A and its inhibitor Id1 is a critical element of this regulatory circuit. Our data suggest that a certain threshold of Gfi1 is required to gauge E2A activity by adjusting levels of Id1 in multipotent progenitors, which are the first bipotential myeloid/lymphoid-restricted progeny of hematopoietic stem cells...
2016: PloS One
S Eldfors, H Kuusanmäki, M Kontro, M M Majumder, A Parsons, H Edgren, T Pemovska, O Kallioniemi, K Wennerberg, N Gökbuget, T Burmeister, K Porkka, C A Heckman
TCF3-PBX1 (E2A-PBX1) is a recurrent gene fusion in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL), which is caused by the translocation t(1;19)(q23;p13). TCF3-PBX1 BCP-ALL patients typically benefit from chemotherapy; however, many relapse and subsequently develop resistant disease with few effective treatment options. Mechanisms driving disease progression and therapy resistance have not been studied in TCF3-PBX1 BCP-ALL. Here, we aimed to identify novel treatment options for TCF3-PBX1 BCP-ALL by profiling leukemia cells from a relapsed patient, and determine molecular mechanisms underlying disease pathogenesis and progression...
September 2, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Alphy Rose-James, R Shiji, P Kusumakumary, Manjusha Nair, Suraj K George, T T Sreelekha
Precise risk stratification and tailored therapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) can lead to enhanced survival rates among children. Translocations and mutations along with multidrug resistance markers are important factors that determine therapeutic efficacy. Gene mutation profiling of patients at the time of diagnosis can offer accurate clinical decision-making. Multiplex PCR was used to screen for various translocations, mutations, and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) status in pediatric ALL samples. The roles of P-gp were analyzed at the transcriptional and translational levels by using real-time PCR and immunoblotting, respectively...
September 2016: Medical Oncology
Badamdorj Bayartogtokh, Ulzhan D Burkitbaeva, Tojoo Enkhbayar
Herein, the description of the adults and immature instars of a newly discovered species, Epidamaeus munkhbayari sp. nov. along with detailed illustrations and data on habitat ecology are provided. Adults of this new species can be easily distinguished form other known species of Epidamaeus by the combination of following characters: two pairs of well-developed prodorsal ridges, the presence of ventral tubercles E2a, Va and Vp, the short, thin interlamellar setae, and the strongly developed tectum of podocephalic fossa...
2016: Zootaxa
Catherine S Schrankel, Cynthia M Solek, Katherine M Buckley, Michele K Anderson, Jonathan P Rast
E-proteins are basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors with essential roles in animal development. In mammals, these are encoded by three loci: E2-2 (ITF-2/ME2/SEF2/TCF4), E2A (TCF3), and HEB (ME1/REB/TCF12). The HEB and E2-2 paralogs are expressed as alternative (Alt) isoforms with distinct N-terminal sequences encoded by unique exons under separate regulatory control. Expression of these alternative transcripts is restricted relative to the longer (Can) forms, suggesting distinct regulatory roles, although the functions of the Alt proteins remain poorly understood...
August 1, 2016: Developmental Biology
Miriam Wöhner, Hiromi Tagoh, Ivan Bilic, Markus Jaritz, Daniela Kostanova Poliakova, Maria Fischer, Meinrad Busslinger
E2A is an essential regulator of early B cell development. Here, we have demonstrated that E2A together with E2-2 controlled germinal center (GC) B cell and plasma cell development. As shown by the identification of regulated E2A,E2-2 target genes in activated B cells, these E-proteins directly activated genes with important functions in GC B cells and plasma cells by inducing and maintaining DNase I hypersensitive sites. Through binding to multiple enhancers in the Igh 3' regulatory region and Aicda locus, E-proteins regulated class switch recombination by inducing both Igh germline transcription and AID expression...
June 27, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Renee Gloury, Dimitra Zotos, Malou Zuidscherwoude, Frederick Masson, Yang Liao, Jhaguaral Hasbold, Lynn M Corcoran, Phil D Hodgkin, Gabrielle T Belz, Wei Shi, Stephen L Nutt, David M Tarlinton, Axel Kallies
The generation of high-affinity antibodies requires germinal center (GC) development and differentiation of long-lived plasma cells in a multilayered process that is tightly controlled by the activity of multiple transcription factors. Here, we reveal a new layer of complexity by demonstrating that dynamic changes in Id3 and E-protein activity govern both GC and plasma cell differentiation. We show that down-regulation of Id3 in B cells is essential for releasing E2A and E2-2, which in a redundant manner are required for antigen-induced B cell differentiation...
May 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Laura A Shaw, Simon Bélanger, Kyla D Omilusik, Sunglim Cho, James P Scott-Browne, J Philip Nance, John Goulding, Anna Lasorella, Li-Fan Lu, Shane Crotty, Ananda W Goldrath
The differentiation of helper T cells into effector subsets is critical to host protection. Transcription factors of the E-protein and Id families are important arbiters of T cell development, but their role in the differentiation of the TH1 and TFH subsets of helper T cells is not well understood. Here, TH1 cells showed more robust Id2 expression than that of TFH cells, and depletion of Id2 via RNA-mediated interference increased the frequency of TFH cells. Furthermore, TH1 differentiation was blocked by Id2 deficiency, which led to E-protein-dependent accumulation of effector cells with mixed characteristics during viral infection and severely impaired the generation of TH1 cells following infection with Toxoplasma gondii...
July 2016: Nature Immunology
Y-X Hu, J Lu, H-L He, Y Wang, J-Q Li, P-F Xiao, J Li, H Lv, Y-N Sun, J-J Fan, Y-H Chai, S-Y Hu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the cut-off value of minimal residual disease (MRD) in predicting the efficacy of CCLG-ALL-2008 or CCLG-2008 treatment protocol on pediatric B-precursor ALL (BP-ALL). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred and seventy-nine Chinese pediatric BP-ALL were enrolled in this study between Dec 2008 and Sep 2013 in two stratified cohorts. One hundred and fifty-three patients enrolled between Dec 2008 and Oct 2010 as the first cohort, and 196 patients enrolled from Nov 2010 to Sep 2013 as the second cohort...
May 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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