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Type: Journal article
Title: PU.1 cooperates with IRF4 and IRF8 to suppress pre-B-cell leukemia
Author: Pang, S.
Minnich, M.
Gangatirkar, P.
Zheng, Z.
Ebert, A.
Song, G.
Dickins, R.
Corcoran, L.
Mullighan, C.
Busslinger, M.
Huntington, N.
Nutt, S.
Carotta, S.
Citation: Leukemia, 2016; 30(6):1375-1387
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1476-5551
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SHM Pang, M Minnich, P Gangatirkar, Z Zheng, A Ebert, G Song, RA Dickins, LM Corcoran, CG Mullighan, M Busslinger, ND Huntington, SL Nutt and S Carotta
Abstract: The Ets family transcription factor PU.1 and the interferon regulatory factor (IRF)4 and IRF8 regulate gene expression by binding to composite DNA sequences known as Ets/interferon consensus elements. Although all three factors are expressed from the onset of B-cell development, single deficiency of these factors in B-cell progenitors only mildly impacts on bone marrow B lymphopoiesis. Here we tested whether PU.1 cooperates with IRF factors in regulating early B-cell development. Lack of PU.1 and IRF4 resulted in a partial block in development the pre-B-cell stage. The combined deletion of PU.1 and IRF8 reduced recirculating B-cell numbers. Strikingly, all PU.1/IRF4 and ~ 50% of PU.1/IRF8 double deficient mice developed pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) associated with reduced expression of the established B-lineage tumor suppressor genes, Ikaros and Spi-B. These genes are directly regulated by PU.1/IRF4/IRF8, and restoration of Ikaros or Spi-B expression inhibited leukemic cell growth. In summary, we demonstrate that PU.1, IRF4 and IRF8 cooperate to regulate early B-cell development and to prevent pre-B-ALL formation.
Keywords: B-Lymphocytes
Mice, Knockout
Proto-Oncogene Proteins
Gene Expression Regulation
Interferon Regulatory Factors
Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Rights: © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved
DOI: 10.1038/leu.2016.27
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