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Xunlei Kang, Changhao Cui, Chen Wang, Guojin Wu, Heyu Chen, Zhigang Lu, Xiaoli Chen, Li Wang, Jie Huang, Huimin Geng, Meng Zhao, Zhengshan Chen, Markus Müschen, Huan-You Wang, Cheng Cheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: We recently identified the human leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor B2 (LILRB2) and its mouse ortholog-paired Ig-like receptor (PirB) as receptors for several angiopoietin-like proteins (Angptls). We also demonstrated that PirB is important for the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), but exactly how an inhibitory receptor such as PirB can support cancer development is intriguing. RESULTS: Here, we showed that the activation of Ca (2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CAMKs) is coupled with PirB signaling in AML cells...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Lulu Liu, Xiaoling Wan, Peipei Zhou, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Wei Zhang, Xinhui Hui, Xiujie Yuan, Xiaodan Ding, Ruihong Zhu, Guangxun Meng, Hui Xiao, Feng Ma, He Huang, Xianmin Song, Bin Zhou, Sidong Xiong, Yan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF-like BAF and PBAF complexes have been implicated in the regulation of stem cell function and cancers. Several subunits of BAF or PBAF, including BRG1, BAF53a, BAF45a, BAF180, and BAF250a, are known to be involved in hematopoiesis. Baf200, a subunit of PBAF complex, plays a pivotal role in heart morphogenesis and coronary artery angiogenesis. However, little is known on the importance of Baf200 in normal and malignant hematopoiesis...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Jin Woo Park, Hana Cho, Hyein Oh, Ji-Young Kim, Sang-Beom Seo
Aberrations in histone modifications are being studied in mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL)-AF9-driven acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In this study, we focused on the regulation of the differentiation of the MLL-AF9 type AML cell line THP-1. We observed that, upon phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) treatment, THP-1 cells differentiated into monocytes by down-regulating Aurora kinase A (AURKA), resulting in a reduction in H3S10 phosphorylation. We revealed that the AURKA inhibitor alisertib accelerates the expression of the H3K27 demethylase KDM6B, thereby dissociating AURKA and YY1 from the KDM6B promoter region...
February 23, 2018: Molecules and Cells
Monica Cusan, Sheng F Cai, Helai P Mohammad, Andrei Krivtsov, Alan Chramiec, Evangelia Loizou, Matthew D Witkin, Kimberly N Smitheman, Daniel G Tenen, Min Ye, Britta Will, Ulrich Steidl, Ryan G Kruger, Ross L Levine, Hugh Y Rienhoff, Richard P Koche, Scott A Armstrong
Epigenetic regulators are recurrently mutated and aberrantly expressed in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Targeted therapies designed to inhibit these chromatin-modifying enzymes, such as the histone demethylase lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) and the histone methyltransferase DOT1L, have been developed as novel treatment modalities for these often refractory diseases. A common feature of many of these targeted agents is their ability to induce myeloid differentiation, suggesting that multiple paths toward a myeloid gene expression program can be engaged to relieve the differentiation blockade that is uniformly seen in AML...
February 16, 2018: Blood
Fiona C Brown, Eric Still, Richard P Koche, Christina Y Yim, Sumiko Takao, Paolo Cifani, Casie Reed, Shehana Gunasekera, Scott B Ficarro, Peter Romanienko, Willie Mark, Craig McCarthy, Elisa de Stanchina, Mithat Gonen, Venkatraman Seshan, Patrick Bhola, Conor O'Donnell, Barbara Spitzer, Crystal Stutzke, Vincent-Philippe Lavallée, Josée Hébert, Andrei V Krivstov, Ari Melnick, Elisabeth M Paietta, Martin S Tallman, Anthony Letai, Guy Sauvageau, Gayle Pouliot, Ross Levine, Jarrod A Marto, Scott A Armstrong, Alex Kentsis
In acute myeloid leukemia, chemotherapy resistance remains prevalent and poorly understood. Using functional proteomics of patient AML specimens, we identified MEF2C S222 phosphorylation as a specific marker of primary chemoresistance. We found that Mef2c S222A/S222A knock-in mutant mice engineered to block MEF2C phosphorylation exhibited normal hematopoiesis, but were resistant to leukemogenesis induced by MLL-AF9. MEF2C phosphorylation was required for leukemia stem cell maintenance, and induced by MARK kinases in cells...
February 5, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Rong Wang, Wenli Feng, Feifei Yang, Xiao Yang, Lina Wang, Chong Chen, Yuting Hu, Qian Ren, Guoguang Zheng
Macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) regulates both malignant cells and microenvironmental cells. Its splicing isoforms show functional heterogeneity. However, their roles on leukemia have not been well established. Here, the expression of total M-CSF in patients with hematopoietic malignancies was analyzed. The roles of M-CSF isoforms on the progression of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) were studied by establishing MLL-AF9-induced mouse AML models with high level membrane-bound M-CSF (mM-CSF) or soluble M-CSF (sM-CSF)...
November 15, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
Carsten Bahr, Lisa von Paleske, Veli V Uslu, Silvia Remeseiro, Naoya Takayama, Stanley W Ng, Alex Murison, Katja Langenfeld, Massimo Petretich, Roberta Scognamiglio, Petra Zeisberger, Amelie S Benk, Ido Amit, Peter W Zandstra, Mathieu Lupien, John E Dick, Andreas Trumpp, François Spitz
The transcription factor Myc is essential for the regulation of haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors and has a critical function in haematopoietic malignancies. Here we show that an evolutionarily conserved region located 1.7 megabases downstream of the Myc gene that has previously been labelled as a 'super-enhancer' is essential for the regulation of Myc expression levels in both normal haematopoietic and leukaemic stem cell hierarchies in mice and humans. Deletion of this region in mice leads to a complete loss of Myc expression in haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors...
January 17, 2018: Nature
Yan Xiu, Qianze Dong, Qingchang Li, Fengyin Li, Nick Borcherding, Weizhou Zhang, Brendan Boyce, Hai-Hui Xue, Chen Zhao
Canonical NF-κB signaling is constitutively activated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) stem cells and is required for maintenance of the self-renewal of leukemia stem cells (LSCs). However, any potential role for NF-κB non-canonical signaling in AML has been largely overlooked. Here, we report that stabilization of NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) suppresses AML. Mechanistically, stabilization of NIK activates NF-κB non-canonical signaling and represses NF-κB canonical signaling. In addition, stabilization of NIK-induced activation of NF-κB non-canonical signaling upregulates Dnmt3a and downregulates Mef2c, which suppresses and promotes AML development, respectively...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
Ping Cui, Yuhua Zhang, Maoxiang Cui, Zhihong Li, Guang Ma, Rufeng Wang, Ning Wang, Shujuan Huang, Jie Gao
Bone marrow (BM) failure is often seen in leukemia patients, indicating an abnormal hematopoietic process. However, hematopoiesis in leukemic milieus is largely unknown. In the present study, we utilized one of the most frequent leukemogenic translocations MLL-AF9 to induce leukemia and investigated the hematopoiesis and the activity of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) in a leukemic milieu. We found that the phenotypes of the non-leukemic population in leukemic BM were drastically different than normal BM, including blockage of differentiation and a drastically reduced Lin-/Sca+/c-kit+ (LSK) population that contains all HSPCs in leukemic BM...
January 2, 2018: Leukemia Research
Mia Eriksson, Pablo Peña-Martínez, Ramprasad Ramakrishnan, Marion Chapellier, Carl Högberg, Gabriella Glowacki, Christina Orsmark-Pietras, Talía Velasco-Hernández, Vladimir Lj Lazarević, Gunnar Juliusson, Jörg Cammenga, James C Mulloy, Johan Richter, Thoas Fioretos, Benjamin L Ebert, Marcus Järås
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is associated with poor survival, and there is a strong need to identify disease vulnerabilities that might reveal new treatment opportunities. Here, we found that Toll-like receptor 1 (TLR1) and TLR2 are upregulated on primary AML CD34+CD38- cells relative to corresponding normal bone marrow cells. Activating the TLR1/TLR2 complex by the agonist Pam3CSK4 in MLL-AF9-driven human AML resulted in induction of apoptosis by p38 MAPK-dependent activation of Caspase 3 and myeloid differentiation in a NFκB-dependent manner...
October 24, 2017: Blood Advances
Silvia Maifrede, Esteban Martinez, Margaret Nieborowska-Skorska, Daniela Di Marcantonio, Michael Hulse, Bac Viet Le, Huaqing Zhao, Katarzyna Piwocka, Italo Tempera, Stephen M Sykes, Tomasz Skorski
PARP1 is required for the maintenance of MLL-AF9 leukemias.PARP1 inhibitors enhance the therapeutic effect of cytotoxic drugs against MLL-AF9 leukemias.
August 22, 2017: Blood Advances
Marco Carretta, Annet Z Brouwers-Vos, Matthieu Bosman, Sarah J Horton, Joost H A Martens, Edo Vellenga, Jan Jacob Schuringa
In the present work we aimed to identify targetable signaling networks in human MLL-AF9 leukemias. We show that MLL-AF9 cells critically depend on FLT3-ligand induced pathways as well as on BRD3/4 for their survival. We evaluated the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of the BRD3/4 inhibitor I-BET151 in various human MLL-AF9 (primary) models and patient samples and analyzed the transcriptome changes following treatment. To further understand the mode of action of BRD3/4 inhibition, we performed ChIP-seq experiments on the MLL-AF9 complex in THP1 cells and compared it to RNA-seq data of I-BET151 treated cells...
2017: PloS One
Feifei Yang, Rong Wang, Wenli Feng, Chong Chen, Xiao Yang, Lina Wang, Yuting Hu, Qian Ren, Guoguang Zheng
NK cells are indispensable components of tissue microenvironment and play vital in both innate and adaptive immunity. The activation and function of NK cells are affected by tumor microenvironments. NK cells are also important players in leukemic microenvironment. However, their characteristics in leukemic microenvironment, including maturation status, phenotype, subpopulations and functional roles especially immunoregulatory potential, have not been well established. Here, we studied these characteristics of NK cells in MLL-AF9 induced mouse acute myeloid leukemia (AML) model...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
Chonghua Yao, Michihiro Kobayashi, Sisi Chen, Sarah C Nabinger, Rui Gao, Stephen Z Liu, Takashi Asai, Yan Liu
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating illness which carries a very poor prognosis, with most patients living less than 18 months. Leukemia relapse may occur because current therapies eliminate proliferating leukemia cells but fail to eradicate quiescent leukemia-initiating cells (LICs) that can reinitiate the disease after a period of latency. While we demonstrated that p53 target gene Necdin maintains hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) quiescence, its roles in LIC quiescence and response to chemotherapy are unclear...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
Daniela Di Marcantonio, Esteban Martinez, Simone Sidoli, Jessica Vadaketh, Margaret Nieborowska-Skorska, Anushk Gupta, Jake M Meadows, Francesca Ferraro, Elena Masselli, Grant A Challen, Michael D Milsom, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Fröhling, Siddharth Balachandran, Tomasz Skorski, Benjamin A Garcia, Prisco Mirandola, Giuliana Gobbi, Ramiro Garzon, Marco Vitale, Stephen M Sykes
Purpose: The intracellular redox environment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells is often highly oxidized compared to healthy hematopoietic progenitors and this is purported to contribute to disease pathogenesis. However, the redox regulators that allow AML cell survival in this oxidized environment remain largely unknown. Experimental Design: Utilizing several chemical and genetically-encoded redox sensing probes across multiple human and mouse models of AML, we evaluated the role of the serine/threonine kinase PKC-epsilon (PKCε) in intracellular redox biology, cell survival and disease progression...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Hidemasa Matsuo, Yuka Iijima-Yamashita, Miho Yamada, Takao Deguchi, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Akira Shimada, Akio Tawa, Daisuke Tomizawa, Takashi Taga, Akitoshi Kinoshita, Souichi Adachi, Keizo Horibe
BACKGROUND: In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), accurate detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) enables better risk-stratified therapy. There are few studies, however, on the monitoring of multiple fusion transcripts and evaluation of their accuracy as indicators of MRD at multiple time points. METHODS: We retrospectively examined RNA obtained from 82 pediatric AML patients enrolled in the Japanese Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Study Group (JPLSG) AML-05 study. The expression of six important fusion transcripts (AML1(RUNX1)-ETO, CBFB-MYH11, MLL(KMT2A)-AF9, MLL-ELL, MLL-AF6, and FUS-ERG) was analyzed at five time points 30-40 days apart following diagnosis...
January 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Luyun Peng, Yuanting Tang, Yingchi Zhang, Siqi Guo, Leiwen Peng, Lei Ye, Yuefang Wang, Yongmei Jiang
The gene, structural maintenance of chromosomes 4 (SMC4) plays important role in chromosomes condensing and mitotic sister chromatid segregation, which has been revealed in regulating multiple cancer development and carcinogenesis. However, the role of SMC4 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) propagation and its function in regulation of leukemia stem cells (LSCs) is not yet clear. Using an MLL-AF9 induced AML mouse model, we demonstrated that down modulating of SMC4 expression could prolong the survival time of AML mice...
October 18, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Brenton G Mar, S Haihua Chu, Josephine D Kahn, Andrei V Krivtsov, Richard Koche, Cecilia A Castellano, Jacob L Kotlier, Rebecca L Zon, Marie E McConkey, Jonathan Chabon, Ryan Chappell, Peter V Grauman, James J Hsieh, Scott A Armstrong, Benjamin L Ebert
Mutations in SETD2, encoding the histone 3 lysine 36 trimethyltransferase, are enriched in relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia and MLL-rearranged acute leukemia. We investigated the impact of SETD2 mutations on chemotherapy sensitivity in isogenic leukemia cell lines and in murine leukemia generated from a conditional knockout of Setd2. SETD2 mutations led to resistance to DNA-damaging agents, cytarabine, 6-thioguanine, doxorubicin, and etoposide, but not to a non-DNA damaging agent, l-asparaginase. H3K36me3 localizes components of the DNA damage response (DDR) pathway and SETD2 mutation impaired DDR, blunting apoptosis induced by cytotoxic chemotherapy...
December 14, 2017: Blood
Lina Yang, Li Liu, Hong Gao, Jaya Pratap Pinnamaneni, Deepthi Sanagasetti, Vivek P Singh, Kai Wang, Megumi Mathison, Qianzi Zhang, Fengju Chen, Qianxing Mo, Todd Rosengart, Jianchang Yang
BACKGROUND: The stem cell factor spalt-like transcription factor 4 (SALL4) plays important roles in normal hematopoiesis and also in leukemogenesis. We previously reported that SALL4 exerts its effect by recruiting important epigenetic factors such as DNA methyltransferases DNMT1 and lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1/KDM1A). Both of these proteins are critically involved in mixed lineage leukemia (MLL)-rearranged (MLL-r) leukemia, which has a very poor clinical prognosis. Recently, SALL4 has been further linked to the functions of MLL and its target gene homeobox A9 (HOXA9)...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Matthew C Stubbs, Andrei V Krivtsov
MLL-rearranged leukemia represents approximately 5% to 10% of adult acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and nearly half of all infant/pediatric acute leukemia cases. These leukemias have a poor prognosis, and there are no approved therapeutic options. The rearrangement in the MLL gene leads to aberrant expression of MLL-fusion proteins. These are transforming in murine bone marrow and, in particular, on stem cells and myeloid progenitors derived from bone marrow or fetal liver. The commonality of the MLL fusions is the in-frame fusion of 8 to 11 N-terminal exons of MLL1 (KMT2a) with the C-terminus of a partner fusion gene...
September 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
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