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Joanna D Nowacka, Christian Baumgartner, Cristiana Pelorosso, Mareike Roth, Johannes Zuber, Manuela Baccarini
The dual-specificity kinases MEK1 and MEK2 act downstream of RAS/RAF to induce ERK activation, which is generally considered protumorigenic. Activating MEK mutations have not been discovered in leukemia, in which pathway activation is caused by mutations in upstream components such as RAS or Flt3. The anti-leukemic potential of MEK inhibitors is being tested in clinical trials; however, downregulation of MEK1 promotes Eμ-Myc-driven lymphomagenesis and MEK1 ablation induces myeloproliferative disease in mice, raising the concern that MEK inhibitors may be inefficient or counterproductive in this context...
October 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Zofia Litwińska, Bogusław Machaliński
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder associated with clonal expansion of cancerous bone marrow stem cells. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) targeting Bcr-Abl oncoprotein are the first-line therapy for most CML patients, however, some are unresponsive to it or develop resistance. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in the progression of CML and the development of TKI resistance based on their important regulatory function in cell homeostasis. MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression...
October 13, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Laura G Rico, Jordi Juncà, Mike D Ward, Jolene Bradford, Jordi Petriz
With the aim to detect candidate malignant primitive progenitor populations, we modified an original alkaline phosphatase (ALP) stem cell detection method based on the identification of alkaline phosphatase fluorescent cells in combination with flow cytometry immunophenotyping. Over a period of one year, we have been using this technique to study its activity in patients with leukemia and lymphoma, showing that changes in the alkaline phosphatase levels can be used to detect rare populations of highly refractory malignant cells...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Alessandra Rossi, Karin J Ferrari, Andrea Piunti, SriGanesh Jammula, Fulvio Chiacchiera, Luca Mazzarella, Andrea Scelfo, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Diego Pasini
Leukemia is a complex heterogeneous disease often driven by the expression of oncogenic fusion proteins with different molecular and biochemical properties. Whereas several fusion proteins induce leukemogenesis by activating Hox gene expression (Hox-activating fusions), others impinge on different pathways that do not involve the activation of Hox genes (non-Hox-activating fusions). It has been postulated that one of the main oncogenic properties of the HOXA9 transcription factor is its ability to control the expression of the p16/p19 tumor suppressor locus (Cdkn2a), thereby compensating Polycomb-mediated repression, which is dispensable for leukemias induced by Hox-activating fusions...
October 2016: Science Advances
Lei Zhou, Qian Wang, Xiaosu Chen, Lin Fu, Xiaodong Zhang, Lijun Wang, Ailing Deng, Dandan Li, Jing Liu, Na Lv, Lili Wang, Yonghui Li, Daihong Liu, Li Yu, Liping Dou
SIRT1 has been recently found to play an important role in a variety of solid and hematologic malignancies. The expression and function of SIRT1 may be completely different depending on cell type and gene subtype and it can act as a tumor suppressor or oncogene. In this study, we show that SIRT1 mRNA and protein levels are overexpressed in t(8;21) AML cells. AML1-ETO triggers the activation of SIRT1 by binding at AML1-binding sites on SIRT1 promoter. Pharmacologic targeting or RNAi-mediated inhibition of SIRT1 induce G1 arrest, apoptosis, and proliferation inhibition that is more sensitive in AML1-ETO positive cell lines than the negative...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Chandrika Gowda, Mansi Sachdev, Sunil Muthisami, Malika Kapadia, Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, Melanie Hartman, Yali Ding, Chunhua Song, Jonathon L Payne, Bi-Hua Tan, Sinisa Dovat
BACKGROUND: Casein kinase II (CK2) is a pro-oncogenic protein, which is emerging as a promising therapeutic target in cancer. Recent studies have revealed an important role for CK2 in tumorigenesis. High levels of CK2 are noted in many malignancies including leukemia. Use of CK2 inhibitors in various malignancies including breast, prostate, and lung cancer are being tested. Although many CK2 inhibitors exist, only a few have emerged as selective inhibitors that are potent and effective...
October 6, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Adam J de Smith, Juhi Ojha, Stephen S Francis, Erica Sanders, Alyson A Endicott, Helen M Hansen, Ivan Smirnov, Amanda M Termuhlen, Kyle M Walsh, Catherine Metayer, Joseph L Wiemels
High hyperdiploidy (HD), the most common cytogenetic subtype of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), is largely curable but significant treatment-related morbidity warrants investigating the biology and identifying novel drug targets. Targeted deep-sequencing of 538 cancer-relevant genes was performed in 57 HD-ALL patients lacking overt KRAS and NRAS hotspot mutations and lacking common B-ALL deletions to enrich for discovery of novel driver genes. One-third of patients harbored damaging mutations in epigenetic regulatory genes, including the putative novel driver DOT1L (n=4)...
September 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Shaorong Zhao, Wei Liu, Yinghui Li, Pengjiang Liu, Shufang Li, Daolei Dou, Yue Wang, Rongcun Yang, Rong Xiang, Feifei Liu
The molecular defects which lead to multistep incidences of human T-cell leukemia have yet to be identified. The DNA-binding protein Helios (known as IKZF2), a member of the Ikaros family of Krüppel-like zinc-finger proteins, functions pivotally in T-cell differentiation and activation. In this study, we identify three novel short Helios splice variants which are T-cell leukemic specific, and demonstrate their dominant-negative function. We then test the cellular localization of distinct Helios isoforms, as well as their capability to form heterodimer with Ikaros, and the association with complexes comprising histone deacetylase (HDAC)...
2016: PloS One
Francisco Bautista, Jasper Van der Lugt, Pamela R Kearns, Francis J Mussai, C Michel Zwaan, Lucas Moreno
Survival rates in pediatric leukemia have greatly improved in the last decades but still a substantial number of patients will relapse and die. New agents are necessary to overcome the limitations of conventional chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and to reduce their undesirable long-term toxicities. The identification of driving molecular alterations of leukemogenesis in subsets of patients will allow the incorporation of new-targeted therapies. Areas covered: In this article the authors present a detailed review of the most recent advances in targeted therapies for pediatric leukemias...
November 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Xiaoyu An, Jinping Liu, Na Wang, Di Wang, Liang Huang, Likun Zhang, Jie Cai, Jean-Pierre Wery, Demin Zhou, Jianfeng Zhou, Qi-Xiang Li
Engrafting a M5-AML patient bone marrow (BM) cells into immunocompromised mice (AM7577) achieved serially transferrable stable AML and eventual mortality. The disease starts at BM followed by expansion to peripherals, typical of M5 leukemogenesis, where high leukemic burden in blood is coincident with symptoms/mortality. The leukemic cells in mice have similar myeloid morphology, phenotypes and genotypes (including FLT3-ITD) as the original patient. Autocrine mechanisms of human GM-CSF/IL-3 likely support AM7577 growth in mice...
September 23, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Mark Y Chiang, Qing Wang, Anna C Gormley, Sarah J Stein, Lanwei Xu, Olga Shestova, Jon C Aster, Warren S Pear
Activating NOTCH1 mutations are frequent in human T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and Notch inhibitors (gamma-secretase inhibitors or GSI) have produced responses in patients with relapsed, refractory disease. However, sustained responses, while reported, are uncommon, suggesting other pathways can substitute for Notch in T-ALL. To address this possibility, we first generated Kras(G12D) transgenic mice with T-cell specific expression of the pan-Notch inhibitor, DNMAML. These mice developed leukemia, but instead of accessing alternative oncogenic pathways, the tumor cells acquired Notch1 mutations and subsequently deleted DNMAML, reinforcing the notion that activated Notch1 is particularly transforming within the context of T-cell progenitors...
September 26, 2016: Blood
Qin Zou, Shi Tan, Zailin Yang, Juan Wang, Jingrong Xian, Shuaishuai Zhang, Hongjun Jin, Liyuan Yang, Lu Wang, Ling Zhang
Mutations in the nucleophosmin 1 (NPM1) gene are the most frequent genetic alteration in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Here, we showed that enforced expression of NPM1 mutation type A (NPM1-mA) inhibits myeloid differentiation of leukemia cells, whereas knockdown of NPM1-mA has the opposite effect. Our analyses of normal karyotype AML samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset revealed that miR-10b is commonly overexpressed in NPM1-mutated AMLs. We also found high expression of miR-10b in primary NPM1-mutated AML blasts and NPM1-mA positive OCI-AML3 cells...
September 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Robin R Weidemann, Rayk Behrendt, Kristina B Schoedel, Werner Müller, Axel Roers, Alexander Gerbaulet
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood malignancy and, in most cases, is of pro- or pre-B cell origin (B-ALL). The receptor tyrosine kinase KIT is expressed by hematopoietic stem and precursor cells. Gain-of-function mutations of KIT cause systemic mastocytosis, which is characterized by abnormal accumulations of mast cells. We previously reported a mouse model of mastocytosis based on conditional expression of a constitutively active Kit protein. Half of these animals developed leukemic disease of B-lineage origin...
September 21, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Jennifer L Poitras, Diane Heiser, Li Li, Bao Nguyen, Kozo Nagai, Amy S Duffield, Christopher Gamper, Donald Small
Internal tandem duplications of the juxtamembrane domain of FLT3 (FLT3/ITD) are among the most common mutations in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Resulting in constitutive activation of the kinase, FLT3/ITD portends a particularly poor prognosis, with reduced overall survival and increased rates of relapse. We previously generated a knock-in mouse, harboring an internal tandem duplication at the endogenous Flt3 locus, which develops a fatal myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), but fails to develop acute leukemia, suggesting additional mutations are necessary for transformation...
September 12, 2016: Oncotarget
A Staffas, L S Arabanian, S Y Wei, A Jansson, S Ståhlman, P Johansson, L Fogelstrand, J Cammenga, F Kuchenbauer, L Palmqvist
HOXA9, MEIS1 and FLT3 are genes frequently upregulated in human acute myeloid leukemia. Hoxa9 and Meis1 also cooperate to induce aggressive AML with high Flt3 expression in mice, suggesting an important role for Flt3 in Hoxa9/Meis1-induced leukemogenesis. To define the role of Flt3 in AML with high Hoxa9/Meis1, we treated mice with Hoxa9/Meis1-induced AML with the Flt3 inhibitor AC220, used an Flt3-ligand (FL-/-) knockout model, and investigated whether overexpression of Flt3 could induce leukemia together with overexpression of Hoxa9...
September 12, 2016: Oncogene
Shuang Fu, Yanping Hu, Yu Fu, Fang Chen, Xuan Liu, Minyu Zhang, Xiaohui Wang, Shichun Tu, Jihong Zhang
Patients with BCR-ABL1 fusion genes are potential candidates for targeted therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) imatinib. However, novel BCR-ABL1 fusion variants can be undetected by qRT-PCR-based routine molecular screening, affecting immediate patient management and proper treatment selection. In this study, we describe a case of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) harboring a novel BCR-ABL1 variant gene. Although Fluorescent In situ Hybridization (FISH) analysis suggested Philadelphia (Ph) translocation, qRT-PCR screening failed to detect the presence of a functional fusion transcript, which is critical for selecting targeted therapy against BCR-ABL1 fusion with aberrant kinase activity...
August 12, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Jinwook Choi, Young-Kook Kim, Kyungsoo Park, Jinwoo Nah, Sung-Soo Yoon, Dong-Wook Kim, V Narry Kim, Rho Hyun Seong
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as important regulators of the immune system. However, despite this prominence, our understanding of the function of miRNAs in the early hematopoietic stages is incomplete. In this study, we found that miR-139-5p negatively regulated the proliferation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and progenitor cells and that downregulation of miR-139-5p expression was associated with hematopoietic malignancy, such as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Knockdown of miR-139-5p resulted in myeloid-biased differentiation with expansion of myeloid progenitor cells...
September 7, 2016: Blood
Hui Li, Zhenglan Huang, Miao Gao, Ningshu Huang, Zhenhong Luo, Huawei Shen, Xin Wang, Teng Wang, Jing Hu, Wenli Feng
BACKGROUND: Yes-associated protein (YAP), an essential component of Hippo pathway, was identified as an oncoprotein which participated in the progression of various malignancies. However, its role in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) remains to be further clarified. METHODS: The expression of YAP in CML cells was determined by western blotting. Next, the effects of YAP knockdown and YAP inhibitor on CML cells were evaluated by MTT assay, flow cytometry (FCM) and Wright's staining...
2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Y Hu, H Su, C Liu, Z Wang, L Huang, Q Wang, S Liu, S Chen, J Zhou, P Li, Z Chen, H Liu, G Qing
Aberrant activation of NOTCH1 signaling plays a vital role in the pathogenesis of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Yet the molecular events downstream of NOTCH1 that drive T-cell leukemogenesis remain incompletely understood. Starting from genome-wide gene-expression profiling to seek important NOTCH1 transcriptional targets, we identified DEP-domain containing mTOR-interacting protein (DEPTOR), which was previously shown to be important in multiple myeloma but remains functionally unclear in other hematological malignancies...
September 5, 2016: Oncogene
A B Lee-Sherick, K M Eisenman, S Sather, A McGranahan, P M Armistead, C S McGary, S A Hunsucker, J Schlegel, H Martinson, C Cannon, A K Keating, H S Earp, X Liang, D DeRyckere, D K Graham
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September 5, 2016: Oncogene
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