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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
Yanwen Jiang, Ana Ortega-Molina, Huimin Geng, Hsia-Yuan Ying, Katerina Hatzi, Sara Parsa, Dylan McNally, Ling Wang, Ashley S Doane, Xabier Agirre Ena, Matt Teater, Cem Meydan, Zhuoning Li, David Poloway, Shenqiu Wang, Daisuke Ennishi, David W Scott, Kristy R Stengel, Janice E Kranz, Edward Holson, Sneh Sharma, James W Young, Chi-Shuen Chu, Robert G Roeder, Rita Shaknovich, Scott W Hiebert, Randy D Gascoyne, Wayne Tam, Olivier Elemento, Hans-Guido Wendel, Ari M Melnick
Somatic mutations in CREBBP occur frequently in B-cell lymphoma. Here, we show that loss of CREBBP facilitates development of germinal center derived lymphomas in mice. In both human and murine lymphomas CREBBP loss of function resulted in focal depletion of enhancer H3K27 acetylation and aberrant transcriptional silencing of genes that regulate B-cell signaling and immune responses including class II MHC. Mechanistically, CREBBP regulated enhancers are counter-regulated by the BCL6 transcriptional repressor in a complex with SMRT and HDAC3, which we find bind extensively to MHC class II loci...
October 12, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Nour Ghazzaui, Alexis Saintamand, Hussein Issaoui, Christelle Vincent-Fabert, Yves Denizot
Deregulation and mutations of c-myc have been reported in multiple mature B-cell malignancies such as Burkitt lymphoma, myeloma and plasma cell lymphoma. After translocation into the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) locus, c-myc is constitutively expressed under the control of active IgH cis-regulatory enhancers. Those located in the IgH 3' regulatory region (3'RR) are master control elements of transcription. Over the past decade numerous convincing demonstrations of 3'RR's contribution to mature c-myc-induced lymphomagenesis have been made using transgenic models with various types of IgH-c-myc translocations and transgenes...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Erin C Peckham-Gregory, Dharma R Thapa, Jeremy Martinson, Priya Duggal, Sudhir Penugonda, Jay H Bream, Po-Yin Chang, Sugandha Dandekar, Shen-Chih Chang, Roger Detels, Otoniel Martínez-Maza, Zuo-Feng Zhang, Shehnaz K Hussain
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs, small non-coding RNAs involved in gene regulation, are implicated in lymphomagenesis. We evaluated whether genetic variations in microRNA coding regions, binding sites, or biogenesis genes (collectively referred to as miRNA-SNPs) were associated with risk of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin lymphoma (AIDS-NHL), and serum levels of four lymphoma-related microRNAs. METHODS: Twenty-five miRNA-SNPs were genotyped in 180 AIDS-NHL cases and 529 HIV-infected matched controls from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), and real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to quantify serum microRNA levels...
October 1, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology
M Sochalska, F Schuler, J G Weiss, M Prchal-Murphy, V Sexl, A Villunger
Rearrangements of MYC or ABL proto-oncogenes lead to deregulated expression of key-regulators of cell cycle and cell survival, thereby constituting important drivers of blood cancer. Members of the BCL-2 family of apoptosis regulators contribute to oncogenic transformation downstream of these oncogenes, but the role of anti-apoptotic BCL2A1/A1 in transformation and drug resistance caused by deregulation of these oncogenes remains enigmatic. Here we analyzed the role of A1 in MYC as well as ABL kinase-driven blood cancer in mice, employing in vivo RNAi...
October 3, 2016: Oncogene
Fabienne McClanahan, Thomas G Sharp, John G Gribben
Therapeutic strategies targeting the programmed cell death-ligand 1/programmed cell death-1 pathway have shown significant responses and good tolerability in solid malignancies. Although preclinical studies suggest that inhibiting programmed cell death-ligand 1/programmed cell death-1 interactions might also be highly effective in hematological malignancies, remarkably few clinical trials have been published. Determining patients who will benefit most from programmed cell death-ligand 1/programmed cell death-1-directed immunotherapy and whether programmed cell death-ligand 1/programmed cell death-1 are adequate prognostic markers becomes an increasingly important clinical question, especially as aberrant programmed cell death-ligand 1/programmed cell death-1 expression are key mediators of impaired anti-tumor immune responses in a range of B-cell lymphomas...
October 2016: Haematologica
Ann M Moormann, Jeffrey A Bailey
Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is >90% EBV-associated when this pediatric cancer is diagnosed in regions heavily burden by endemic Plasmodium falciparum malaria and thus has been geographically classified as endemic BL. The incidence of endemic BL is 10-fold higher compared to BL diagnosed in non-malarious regions of the world. The other forms of BL have been classified as sporadic BL which contain EBV in ∼30% of cases and immunodeficiency BL which occurs in HIV-infected adults with ∼40% of tumors containing EBV...
September 26, 2016: Current Opinion in Virology
Julie Morscio, Thomas Tousseyn
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is an aggressive complication of solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation that arises in up to 20% of transplant recipients. Infection or reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a ubiquitous human herpesvirus, in combination with chronic immunosuppression are considered as the main predisposing factors, however insight in PTLD biology is fragmentary. The study of PTLD is complicated by its morphological heterogeneity and the lack of prospective trials, which also impede treatment optimization...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
Alex R D Delbridge, Swee Heng Milon Pang, Cassandra J Vandenberg, Stephanie Grabow, Brandon J Aubrey, Lin Tai, Marco J Herold, Andreas Strasser
Neoplastic transformation is driven by oncogenic lesions that facilitate unrestrained cell expansion and resistance to antiproliferative signals. These oncogenic DNA lesions, acquired through errors in DNA replication, gene recombination, or extrinsically imposed damage, are thought to activate multiple tumor suppressive pathways, particularly apoptotic cell death. DNA damage induces apoptosis through well-described p53-mediated induction of PUMA and NOXA. However, loss of both these mediators (even together with defects in p53-mediated induction of cell cycle arrest and cell senescence) does not recapitulate the tumor susceptibility observed in p53(-/-) mice...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Shiqin Liu, Ho Lam Chan, Feng Bai, Jinshan Ma, Alexandria Scott, David J Robbins, Anthony J Capobianco, Ping Zhu, Xin-Hai Pei
GATA3, a lineage specifier, controls lymphoid cell differentiation and its function in T cell commitment and development has been extensively studied. GATA3 promotes T cell specification by repressing B cell potential in pro T cells and decreased GATA3 expression is essential for early B cell commitment. Inherited genetic variation in GATA3 has been associated with lymphoma susceptibility. However, it remains elusive how the loss of function of GATA3 promotes B cell development and induces B cell lymphomas...
August 31, 2016: Oncotarget
Chunyan Hao, Na Zhang, Minghong Geng, Qing Ren, Yan Li, Yan Wang, Youhai H Chen, Suxia Liu
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), which includes diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and peripheral T-cell lymphoma, is a refractory malignant tumor originated from the lymphatic system. TNFAIP8L2 (TIPE2 or tumor necrosis-alpha-induced protein-8 like 2) is a negative regulator for inflammation and an inhibitor for carcinogenesis. However, whether TIPE2 plays a role in lymphomagenesis is unknown. In this study, we determined TIPE2 expression in NHL by immunohistochemistry and investigated its clinicopathological significance in DLBCL...
September 2016: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
Michael I Carr, Justine E Roderick, Hugh S Gannon, Michelle A Kelliher, Stephen N Jones
ATM phosphorylation of Mdm2-S394 is required for robust p53 stabilization and activation in DNA-damaged cells. We have now utilized Mdm2(S394A) knockin mice to determine that phosphorylation of Mdm2-S394 regulates p53 activity and the DNA damage response in lymphatic tissues in vivo by modulating Mdm2 stability. Mdm2-S394 phosphorylation delays lymphomagenesis in Eμ-myc transgenic mice, and preventing Mdm2-S394 phosphorylation obviates the need for p53 mutation in Myc-driven tumorigenesis. However, irradiated Mdm2(S394A) mice also have increased hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell functions, and we observed decreased lymphomagenesis in sub-lethally irradiated Mdm2(S394A) mice...
September 6, 2016: Cell Reports
Eun Ji Oh, Soo Hee Kim, Woo Ick Yang, Young Hyeh Ko, Sun Och Yoon
BACKGROUND: A long non-coding RNA hox transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is involved in epigenetic regulation through chromatin remodeling by recruiting polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) proteins (EZH2, SUZ12, and EED) that induce histone H3 trimethylation at lysine 27 (H3K27me3). Deregulation of c-MYC and interaction between c-MYC and EZH2 are well known in lymphomagenesis; however, little is known about the expression status of HOTAIR in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs)...
September 2016: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
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EZH2 and BCL6 mediate tethering of a noncanonical PRC1-BCOR complex to repress bivalent promoters.
October 2016: Cancer Discovery
Yangbo Yue, Stanley G Leung, Yueyong Liu, Yurong Huang, Kirsten Grundt, Anne-Carine Østvold, Kuang-Yu Jen, David Schild, Jian-Hua Mao, Claudia Wiese
NUCKS1 is a 27 kD vertebrate-specific protein, with a role in the DNA damage response. Here, we show that after 4 Gy total-body X-irradiation, Trp53+/- Nucks1+/- mice more rapidly developed tumors, particularly thymic lymphoma (TL), than Trp53+/- mice. TLs in both cohorts showed loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of the Trp53+ allele in essentially all cases. In contrast, LOH of the Nucks1+ allele was rare. Nucks1 expression correlated well with Nucks1 gene dosage in normal thymi, but was increased in the majority of TLs from Trp53+/- Nucks1+/- mice, suggesting that elevated Nucks1 message may be associated with progression towards malignancy in vivo...
August 16, 2016: Oncotarget
Wendy Béguelin, Matt Teater, Micah D Gearhart, María Teresa Calvo Fernández, Rebecca L Goldstein, Mariano G Cárdenas, Katerina Hatzi, Monica Rosen, Hao Shen, Connie M Corcoran, Michelle Y Hamline, Randy D Gascoyne, Ross L Levine, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Jonathan D Licht, Rita Shaknovich, Olivier Elemento, Vivian J Bardwell, Ari M Melnick
The EZH2 histone methyltransferase mediates the humoral immune response and drives lymphomagenesis through formation of bivalent chromatin domains at critical germinal center (GC) B cell promoters. Herein we show that the actions of EZH2 in driving GC formation and lymphoma precursor lesions require site-specific binding by the BCL6 transcriptional repressor and the presence of a non-canonical PRC1-BCOR-CBX8 complex. The chromodomain protein CBX8 is induced in GC B cells, binds to H3K27me3 at bivalent promoters, and is required for stable association of the complex and the resulting histone modifications...
August 8, 2016: Cancer Cell
Sarah Aherfi, Philippe Colson, Gilles Audoly, Claude Nappez, Luc Xerri, Audrey Valensi, Matthieu Million, Hubert Lepidi, Regis Costello, Didier Raoult
The family Marseilleviridae is a new clade of giant viruses whose original member, marseillevirus, was described in 2009. These viruses were isolated using Acanthamoeba spp primarily from the environment. Subsequently, a close relative of marseillevirus was isolated from the faeces of a healthy young man, and others were detected in blood samples of blood donors and recipients and in a child with lymph node adenitis. In this Grand Round we describe the detection of marseillevirus by PCR, fluorescence in-situ hybridisation, direct immunofluorescence, and immunohistochemistry in the lymph node of a 30-year-old woman diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, together with IgG antibodies to marseillevirus...
October 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
C David Wood, Hildegonda Veenstra, Sarika Khasnis, Andrea Gunnell, Helen M Webb, Claire Shannon-Lowe, Simon Andrews, Cameron S Osborne, Michelle J West
Lymphomagenesis in the presence of deregulated MYC requires suppression of MYC-driven apoptosis, often through downregulation of the pro-apoptotic BCL2L11 gene (Bim). Transcription factors (EBNAs) encoded by the lymphoma-associated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) activate MYC and silence BCL2L11. We show that the EBNA2 transactivator activates multiple MYC enhancers and reconfigures the MYC locus to increase upstream and decrease downstream enhancer-promoter interactions. EBNA2 recruits the BRG1 ATPase of the SWI/SNF remodeller to MYC enhancers and BRG1 is required for enhancer-promoter interactions in EBV-infected cells...
2016: ELife
Y Fernández-Marrero, S Spinner, T Kaufmann, P J Jost
Programmed apoptotic cell death is critical to maintain tissue homeostasis and cellular integrity in the lymphatic system. Accordingly, the evasion of apoptosis is a critical milestone for the transformation of lymphocytes on their way to becoming overt lymphomas. The anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins are pivotal regulators of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway and genetic aberrations in these genes are associated with lymphomagenesis and chemotherapeutic resistance. Pharmacological targeting of BCL-2 is highly effective in certain indolent B-cell lymphomas; however, recent evidence highlights a critical role for the BCL-2 family member MCL-1 in several lymphoma subtypes...
September 2, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Romeo-Gabriel Mihăilă
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients are prone to develop bone marrow or various tissue infiltrates with monoclonal B cells, monoclonal B lymphocytosis or different types of B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (BCNHL), of which the most common are splenic marginal zone BCNHL, diffuse large BCNHL and follicular lymphoma. The association between chronic HCV infection and non Hodgkin's lymphoma has been observed especially in areas with high prevalence of this viral infection. Outside the limitations of some studies that have been conducted, there are also geographic, environmental, and genetic factors that contribute to the epidemiological differences...
July 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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