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See detailEVI1-mediated down regulation of MIR449A is essential for the survival of EVI1 positive leukaemic cells.
De Weer, An; Van der Meulen, Joni; Rondou, Pieter et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2011), 154(3), 337-48

Chromosomal rearrangements involving the MECOM (MDS1 and EVI1 complex) locus are recurrent genetic events in myeloid leukaemia and are associated with poor prognosis. In this study, we assessed the role ... [more ▼]

Chromosomal rearrangements involving the MECOM (MDS1 and EVI1 complex) locus are recurrent genetic events in myeloid leukaemia and are associated with poor prognosis. In this study, we assessed the role of MECOM locus protein EVI1 in the transcriptional regulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in the leukaemic phenotype. For this, we profiled expression of 366 miRNAs in 38 MECOM-rearranged patient samples, normal bone marrow controls and MECOM (EVI1) knock down/re-expression models. Cross-comparison of these miRNA expression profiling data showed that MECOM rearranged leukaemias are characterized by down regulation of MIR449A. Reconstitution of MIR449A expression in MECOM-rearranged cell line models induced apoptosis resulting in a strong decrease in cell viability. These effects might be mediated in part by MIR449A regulation of NOTCH1 and BCL2, which are shown here to be bona fide MIR449A targets. Finally, we confirmed that MIR449A repression is mediated through direct promoter occupation of the EVI1 transcriptional repressor. In conclusion, this study reveals MIR449A as a crucial direct target of the MECOM locus protein EVI1 involved in the pathogenesis of MECOM-rearranged leukaemias and unravels NOTCH1 and BCL2 as important novel targets of MIR449A. This EVI1-MIR449A-NOTCH1/BCL2 regulatory axis might open new possibilities for the development of therapeutic strategies in this poor prognostic leukaemia subgroup. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved detection of chromosomal abnormalities in chronic lymphocytic leukemia by conventional cytogenetics using CpG oligonucleotide and interleukin-2 stimulation: A Belgian multicentric study.
Put, Natalie; Konings, Peter; Rack, Katrina et al

in Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer (2009), 48(10), 843-53

We performed a multicentric study to assess the impact of two different culture procedures on the detection of chromosomal abnormalities in 217 consecutive unselected cases with chronic lymphocytic ... [more ▼]

We performed a multicentric study to assess the impact of two different culture procedures on the detection of chromosomal abnormalities in 217 consecutive unselected cases with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) referred for routine analysis either at the time of diagnosis (n = 172) or during disease evolution (n = 45). Parallel cultures of peripheral blood or bone marrow were set up with the addition of either the conventional B-cell mitogen 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) or a combination of CpG oligonucleotide (CpG) and interleukin-2 (IL-2). Cytogenetic analyses were performed on both cultures. Clonal abnormalities were identified in 116 cases (53%). In 78 cases (36%), the aberrant clone was detected in both cultures. Among these, the percentages of aberrant metaphases were similar in both conditions in 17 cases, higher in the CpG/IL-2 culture in 43 cases, and higher in the TPA culture in 18 cases. Clonal aberrations were detected in only one culture, either in CpG/IL-2 or TPA in 33 (15%) and 5 (2%) cases, respectively. Taken together, abnormal karyotypes were observed in 51% with CpG/IL-2 and 38% with TPA (P < 0.0001). Application of FISH (n = 201) allowed the detection of abnormalities not visible by conventional cytogenetic analysis in 80 cases: del(13q) (n = 71), del(11q) (n = 5), +12 (n = 2), del(14q) (n = 1), and del(17p) (n = 1). In conclusion, our results confirm that CpG/IL-2 stimulation increases the detection rate of chromosomal abnormalities in CLL compared with TPA and that further improvement can be obtained by FISH. However, neither conventional cytogenetics nor FISH detected all aberrations, demonstrating the complementary nature of these techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailMethylation analysis of the imprinted DLK1-GTL2 domain supports the random parental origin of the IGH-involving del(14q) in B-cell malignancies.
Katrincsakova, Beata; Takeda, Haruko ULg; Urbankova, Helena et al

in Epigenetics : Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society (2009), 4(7), 469-75

Leukemias/lymphomas with IGH-involving del(14q)(1) commonly lose the DLK1-GTL2 imprinted domain that comprises several paternally and maternally expressed genes, including a cluster of microRNAs. Given ... [more ▼]

Leukemias/lymphomas with IGH-involving del(14q)(1) commonly lose the DLK1-GTL2 imprinted domain that comprises several paternally and maternally expressed genes, including a cluster of microRNAs. Given that deletion of this region could lead to inactivation of a monoallelically expressed tumor suppressor gene, our study aimed at determination of the parental origin of del(14q/IGH). The designed allele-specific methylation study of the DLK1/GTL2 intergenic differentially methylated region allowed us to determine the parental origin of del(14q/IGH) in 9/20 analyzed cases. In six cases del(14q/IGH) was of the paternal origin and in three cases of the maternal origin. These findings argue against the concept that a TSG/anti-oncomir located in the imprinted region is systematically inactivated by a targeted deletion of its functional allele. [less ▲]

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