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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412727/znf521-sustains-the-differentiation-block-in-mll-rearranged-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Giuseppe Germano, Giulia Morello, Sanja Aveic, Marica Pinazza, Sonia Minuzzo, Chiara Frasson, Luca Persano, Paolo Bonvini, Giampietro Viola, Silvia Bresolin, Claudia Tregnago, Maddalena Paganin, Martina Pigazzi, Stefano Indraccolo, Giuseppe Basso
Zinc finger protein 521 (ZNF521) is a multiple zinc finger transcription factor and a strong candidate as regulator of hematopoietic stem cell homeostasis. Recently, independent gene expression profile studies have evidenced a positive correlation between ZNF521 mRNA overexpression and MLL-rearranged acute myeloid leukemia (AML), leaving open the question on the role of ZNF521 in this subtype of leukemia. In this study, we sought to analyze the effect of ZNF521 depletion on MLL-rearranged AML cell lines and MLL-AF9 xenograft primary cells...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411381/pbx3-is-essential-for-leukemia-stem-cell-maintenance-in-mll-rearranged-leukemia
#2
Huidong Guo, Yajing Chu, Le Wang, Xing Chen, Yangpeng Chen, Hui Cheng, Lei Zhang, Yuan Zhou, Feng-Chun Yang, Tao Cheng, Mingjiang Xu, Xiaobing Zhang, Jianfeng Zhou, Weiping Yuan
Interaction of HOXA9/MEIS1/PBX3 is responsible for hematopoietic system transformation in MLL-rearranged (MLL-r) leukemia. Of these genes, HOXA9 has been shown to be critical for leukemia cell survival, while MEIS1 has been identified as an essential regulator for leukemia stem cell (LSC) maintenance. Although significantly high expression of PBX3 was observed in clinical acute myeloid leukemia (AML) samples, the individual role of PBX3 in leukemia development is still largely unknown. In this study, we explored the specific role of PBX3 and its associated regulatory network in leukemia progression...
April 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210006/a-novel-lsd1-inhibitor-ncd38-ameliorates-mds-related-leukemia-with-complex-karyotype-by-attenuating-leukemia-programs-via-activating-super-enhancers
#3
N Sugino, M Kawahara, G Tatsumi, A Kanai, H Matsui, R Yamamoto, Y Nagai, S Fujii, Y Shimazu, M Hishizawa, T Inaba, A Andoh, T Suzuki, A Takaori-Kondo
Lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) regulates gene expression by affecting histone modifications and is a promising target for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with specific genetic abnormalities. Novel LSD1 inhibitors, NCD25 and NCD38, inhibited growth of MLL-AF9 leukemia as well as erythroleukemia, megakaryoblastic leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) overt leukemia cells in the concentration range that normal hematopoiesis was spared. NCD25 and NCD38 invoked the myeloid development programs, hindered the MDS and AML oncogenic programs, and commonly upregulated 62 genes in several leukemia cells...
February 17, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202522/histone-acetyltransferase-activity-of-mof-is-required-for-mll-af9-leukemogenesis
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Daria G Valerio, Haiming Xu, Chun-Wei Chen, Takayuki Hoshii, Meghan E Eisold, Christopher Delaney, Monica Cusan, Aniruddha J Deshpande, Chun-Hao Huang, Amaia Lujambio, YuJun George Zheng, Johannes Zuber, Tej K Pandita, Scott W Lowe, Scott A Armstrong
Chromatin-based mechanisms offer therapeutic targets in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that are of great current interest. In this study, we conducted an RNAi-based screen to identify druggable chromatin regulator-based targets in leukemias marked by oncogenic rearrangements of the MLL gene. In this manner, we discovered the H4K16 histone acetyltransferase (HAT) MOF to be important for leukemia cell growth. Conditional deletion of Mof in a mouse model of MLL-AF9-driven leukemogenesis reduced tumor burden and prolonged host survival...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186757/thieno-3-2-b-pyrrole-5-carboxamides-as-new-reversible-inhibitors-of-histone-lysine-demethylase-kdm1a-lsd1-part-2-structure-based-drug-design-and-structure-activity-relationship
#5
Paola Vianello, Luca Sartori, Federica Amigoni, Anna Cappa, Giovanni Fagá, Raimondo Fattori, Elena Legnaghi, Giuseppe Ciossani, Andrea Mattevi, Giuseppe Meroni, Loris Moretti, Valentina Cecatiello, Sebastiano Pasqualato, Alessia Romussi, Florian Thaler, Paolo Trifiró, Manuela Villa, Oronza A Botrugno, Paola Dessanti, Saverio Minucci, Stefania Vultaggio, Elisa Zagarrí, Mario Varasi, Ciro Mercurio
The balance of methylation levels at histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) is regulated by KDM1A (LSD1). KDM1A is overexpressed in several tumor types, thus representing an emerging target for the development of novel cancer therapeutics. We have previously described ( Part 1, DOI 10.1021.acs.jmedchem.6b01018 ) the identification of thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole-5-carboxamides as novel reversible inhibitors of KDM1A, whose preliminary exploration resulted in compound 2 with biochemical IC50 = 160 nM. We now report the structure-guided optimization of this chemical series based on multiple ligand/KDM1A-CoRest cocrystal structures, which led to several extremely potent inhibitors...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179274/mouse-models-of-mll-leukemia-recapitulating-the-human-disease
#6
Thomas A Milne
Chromosome translocations involving the Mixed Lineage Leukemia (MLL) gene fuse it in frame with multiple partner genes creating novel fusion proteins (MLL-FPs) that cause aggressive acute leukemias in humans. Animal models of human disease are important for the exploration of underlying disease mechanisms as well for testing novel therapeutic approaches. Patients carrying MLL-FPs have very few cooperating mutations, making MLL-FP driven leukemias ideal for animal modeling. This has allowed for a wide range of different experimental model systems designed to explore different aspects of MLL-FP leukemogenesis...
February 8, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126968/cd244-maintains-the-proliferation-ability-of-leukemia-initiating-cells-through-shp-2-p27kip1-signaling
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Feifei Zhang, Xiaoye Liu, Chiqi Chen, Jun Zhu, Zhuo Yu, Jingjing Xie, Li Xie, Haitao Bai, Yaping Zhang, Xia Fang, Hao Gu, Chun Wang, Wei Weng, Cheng Cheng Zhang, Guo-Qiang Chen, Aibing Liang, Junke Zheng
Targeting leukemia initiating cells is considered to be an effective way to cure leukemia, for which it is critical to identify novel therapeutic targets. Herein, we demonstrate that CD244, which is initially reported as a key regulator for NK cells, is highly expressed on both mouse and human leukemia initiating cells. Upon CD244 knockdown, human leukemia cell lines and primary leukemia cells have markedly impaired proliferation abilities both in vitro and in vivo. Interestingly, the repopulation ability of both mouse and human hematopoietic stem cells is not impaired upon CD244 knockdown...
January 25, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114278/mll-af9-and-mll-af4-oncofusion-proteins-bind-a-distinct-enhancer-repertoire-and-target-the-runx1-program-in-11q23-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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K H M Prange, A Mandoli, T Kuznetsova, S-Y Wang, A M Sotoca, A E Marneth, B A van der Reijden, H G Stunnenberg, J H A Martens
In 11q23 leukemias, the N-terminal part of the mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) gene is fused to >60 different partner genes. In order to define a core set of MLL rearranged targets, we investigated the genome-wide binding of the MLL-AF9 and MLL-AF4 fusion proteins and associated epigenetic signatures in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cell lines THP-1 and MV4-11. We uncovered both common as well as specific MLL-AF9 and MLL-AF4 target genes, which were all marked by H3K79me2, H3K27ac and H3K4me3. Apart from promoter binding, we also identified MLL-AF9 and MLL-AF4 binding at specific subsets of non-overlapping active distal regulatory elements...
January 23, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053194/mir-125b-promotes-mll-af9-driven-murine-acute-myeloid-leukemia-involving-a-vegfa-mediated-non-cell-intrinsic-mechanism
#9
Jun Liu, Bo Guo, Zhuo Chen, Nayi Wang, Michelina Iacovino, Jijun Cheng, Christine Roden, Wen Pan, Sajid Khan, Suning Chen, Michael Kyba, Rong Fan, Shangqin Guo, Jun Lu
The hematopoietic stem cell-enriched miR-125 family microRNAs (miRNAs) are critical regulators of hematopoiesis. Overexpression of miR-125a or miR-125b is frequent in human acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and the overexpression of these miRNAs in mice leads to expansion of hematopoietic stem cells accompanied by perturbed hematopoiesis with mostly myeloproliferative phenotypes. However, whether and how miR-125 family miRNAs cooperate with known AML oncogenes in vivo, and how the resultant leukemia is dependent on miR-125 overexpression, are not well understood...
March 16, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855694/cd274-promotes-cell-cycle-entry-of-leukemia-initiating-cells-through-jnk-cyclin-d2-signaling
#10
Xia Fang, Chiqi Chen, Fangzhen Xia, Zhuo Yu, Yaping Zhang, Feifei Zhang, Hao Gu, Jiangbo Wan, Xiaocui Zhang, Wei Weng, Cheng Cheng Zhang, Guo-Qiang Chen, Aibing Liang, Li Xie, Junke Zheng
BACKGROUND: CD274 (programmed death ligand 1, also known as B7H1) is expressed in both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies and is of critical importance for the escape of tumor cells from immune surveillance by inhibiting T cell function via its receptor, programmed death 1 (PD-1). Increasing evidence indicates that functional monoclonal antibodies of CD274 may potently enhance the antitumor effect in many cancers. However, the role of CD274 in leukemia-initiating cells (LICs) remains largely unknown...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846391/instructive-role-of-mll-fusion-proteins-revealed-by-a-model-of-t-4-11-pro-b-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#11
Shan Lin, Roger T Luo, Anetta Ptasinska, Jon Kerry, Salam A Assi, Mark Wunderlich, Toshihiko Imamura, Joseph J Kaberlein, Ahmad Rayes, Mark J Althoff, John Anastasi, Maureen M O'Brien, Amom Ruhikanta Meetei, Thomas A Milne, Constanze Bonifer, James C Mulloy, Michael J Thirman
The t(4;11)(q21;q23) fuses mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) to AF4, the most common MLL-fusion partner. Here we show that MLL fused to murine Af4, highly conserved with human AF4, produces high-titer retrovirus permitting efficient transduction of human CD34(+) cells, thereby generating a model of t(4;11) pro-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that fully recapitulates the immunophenotypic and molecular aspects of the disease. MLL-Af4 induces a B ALL distinct from MLL-AF9 through differential genomic target binding of the fusion proteins leading to specific gene expression patterns...
November 14, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819671/protease-activated-receptor-1-inhibits-proliferation-but-enhances-leukemia-stem-cell-activity-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#12
S Goyama, M Shrestha, J Schibler, L Rosenfeldt, W Miller, E O'Brien, B Mizukawa, T Kitamura, J S Palumbo, J C Mulloy
Eradication of leukemia stem cells (LSCs) is the ultimate goal of treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We recently showed that the combined loss of Runx1/Cbfb inhibited the development of MLL-AF9-induced AML. However, c-Kit(+)/Gr-1(-) cells remained viable in Runx1/Cbfb-deleted cells, indicating that suppressing RUNX activity may not eradicate the most immature LSCs. In this study, we found upregulation of several hemostasis-related genes, including the thrombin-activatable receptor PAR-1 (protease-activated receptor-1), in Runx1/Cbfb-deleted MLL-AF9 cells...
November 7, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797721/zfx-modulates-the-growth-of-human-leukemic-cells-via-b4galt1
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Jie Wu, Lun Xiao, Haixia Zhou, Hong Liu, Yue Ge, Jing Yang, Yuanyuan Li, Depei Wu, Yun Zhao, Xiuyan Zhang
Zinc finger protein X-linked (ZFX) is a key regulator of both embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which is required for both Notch intracellular domain (NotchIC)-induced acute T-cell leukemia and MLL-AF9-induced myeloid leukemia in mouse models. However, the role of ZFX and its underlying mechanism in human leukemic cells remain unclear yet, though accumulating data have demonstrated that ZFX is aberrantly expressed in various human tumors and plays an important role. Herein, we found that ZFX was aberrantly expressed in various human leukemic cell lines and primary cells from leukemia patients compared with control cells...
December 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790998/extracellular-matrix-stiffness-causes-systematic-variations-in-proliferation-and-chemosensitivity-in-myeloid-leukemias
#14
Jae-Won Shin, David J Mooney
Extracellular matrix stiffness influences biological functions of some tumors. However, it remains unclear how cancer subtypes with different oncogenic mutations respond to matrix stiffness. In addition, the relevance of matrix stiffness to in vivo tumor growth kinetics and drug efficacy remains elusive. Here, we designed 3D hydrogels with physical parameters relevant to hematopoietic tissues and adapted them to a quantitative high-throughput screening format to facilitate mechanistic investigations into the role of matrix stiffness on myeloid leukemias...
October 25, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780967/modeling-human-mll-af9-translocated-acute-myeloid-leukemia-from-single-donors-reveals-ret-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target
#15
F Barabé, L Gil, M Celton, A Bergeron, V Lamontagne, É Roques, K Lagacé, A Forest, R Johnson, L Pécheux, J Simard, J Pelloux, A Bellemare-Pelletier, E Gagnon, J Hebert, S Cellot, B T Wilhelm
Acute myeloid leukemias (AML) result from a series of genetic events occurring in a stem or progenitor hematopoietic cell which gives rise to their clonal expansion and an impaired capacity to differentiate. To circumvent the genetic heterogeneity of AML patient cohorts, we have developed a model system, driven by the MLL-AF9 (MA9) oncogene, to generate multiple human leukemias using progenitor cells from a single healthy donor. Through stepwise RNA-sequencing data generated using this model and AML patients, we have identified consistent changes associated with MA9-driven leukemogenesis and demonstrate that no recurrent secondary mutations are required...
October 26, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756750/the-emt-regulator-zeb2-is-a-novel-dependency-of-human-and-murine-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#16
Hubo Li, Brenton G Mar, Huadi Zhang, Rishi V Puram, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, William C Hahn, Benjamin Ebert, David Pellman
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease with complex molecular pathophysiology. To systematically characterize AML's genetic dependencies, we conducted genome-scale short hairpin RNA screens in 17 AML cell lines and analyzed dependencies relative to parallel screens in 199 cell lines of other cancer types. We identified 353 genes specifically required for AML cell proliferation. To validate the in vivo relevance of genetic dependencies observed in human cell lines, we performed a secondary screen in a syngeneic murine AML model driven by the MLL-AF9 oncogenic fusion protein...
January 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27607576/atg5-dependent-autophagy-contributes-to-the-development-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-in-an-mll-af9-driven-mouse-model
#17
Qiang Liu, Longgui Chen, Jennifer M Atkinson, David F Claxton, Hong-Gang Wang
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a hierarchical hematopoietic malignancy originating from leukemic stem cells (LSCs). Autophagy is a lysosomal degradation pathway that is hypothesized to be important for the maintenance of AML as well as contribute to chemotherapy response. Here we employ a mouse model of AML expressing the fusion oncogene MLL-AF9 and explore the effects of Atg5 deletion, a key autophagy protein, on the malignant transformation and progression of AML. Consistent with a transient decrease in colony-forming potential in vitro, the in vivo deletion of Atg5 in MLL-AF9-transduced bone marrow cells during primary transplantation prolonged the survival of recipient mice, suggesting that autophagy has a role in MLL-AF9-driven leukemia initiation...
September 8, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27584789/impact-of-loss-of-bh3-only-proteins-on-the-development-and-treatment-of-mll-fusion-gene-driven-aml-in-mice
#18
Rebecca A Bilardi, Natasha S Anstee, Stefan P Glaser, Mikara Robati, Cassandra J Vandenberg, Suzanne Cory
Inhibition of the apoptosis pathway controlled by opposing members of the Bcl-2 protein family plays a central role in cancer development and resistance to therapy. To investigate how pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 homology domain 3 (BH3)-only proteins impact on acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we generated mixed lineage leukemia (MLL)-AF9 and MLL-ENL AMLs from BH3-only gene knockout mice. Disease development was not accelerated by loss of Bim, Puma, Noxa, Bmf, or combinations thereof; hence these BH3-only proteins are apparently ineffectual as tumor suppressors in this model...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27556501/ralb-provides-critical-survival-signals-downstream-of-ras-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Craig E Eckfeldt, Emily J Pomeroy, Robin D W Lee, Katherine S Hazen, Lindsey A Lee, Branden S Moriarity, David A Largaespada
Mutations that activate RAS proto-oncogenes and their effectors are common in acute myeloid leukemia (AML); however, efforts to therapeutically target Ras or its effectors have been unsuccessful, and have been hampered by an incomplete understanding of which effectors are required for AML proliferation and survival. We investigated the role of Ras effector pathways in AML using murine and human AML models. Whereas genetic disruption of NRAS(V12) expression in an NRAS(V12) and Mll-AF9-driven murine AML induced apoptosis of leukemic cells, inhibition of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) and/or mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling did not reproduce this effect...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27462455/mll1-and-mll1-fusion-proteins-have-distinct-functions-in-regulating-leukemic-transcription-program
#20
Jing Xu, Li Li, Jie Xiong, Aaron denDekker, Andrew Ye, Hacer Karatas, Liu Liu, He Wang, Zhaohui S Qin, Shaomeng Wang, Yali Dou
Mixed lineage leukemia protein-1 (MLL1) has a critical role in human MLL1 rearranged leukemia (MLLr) and is a validated therapeutic target. However, its role in regulating global gene expression in MLLr cells, as well as its interplay with MLL1 fusion proteins remains unclear. Here we show that despite shared DNA-binding and cofactor interacting domains at the N terminus, MLL1 and MLL-AF9 are recruited to distinct chromatin regions and have divergent functions in regulating the leukemic transcription program...
2016: Cell Discovery
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