Notch is oncogenic dominant in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Renée M. Demarest, Nadia Dahmane, Anthony J Capobianco

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Abstract

T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a hematologic neoplasm characterized by malignant expansion of immature T cells. Activated NOTCH (NotchIC) and c-MYC expression are increased in a large percentage of human T-ALL tumors. Furthermore, c-MYC has been shown to be a NOTCH target gene. Although activating mutations of Notch have been found in human T-ALL tumors, there is little evidence that the c-MYC locus is altered in this neoplasm. It was previously demonstrated that Notch and c-Myc-regulated genes have a broadly overlapping profile, including genes involved in cell cycle progression and metabolism. Given that Notch and c-Myc appear to function similarly in T-ALL, we sought to determine whether these two oncogenes could substitute for each other in T-ALL tumors. Here we report that NOTCH IC is able to maintain T-ALL tumors formed in the presence of exogenous NOTCHIC and c-MYC when exogenous c-MYC expression is extinguished. In contrast, c-MYC is incapable of maintaining these tumors in the absence of NOTCHIC. We propose that failure of c-MYC to maintain these tumors is the result of p53-mediated apoptosis. These results demonstrate that T-ALL maintenance is dependent on NOTCHIC, but not c-MYC, demonstrating that NOTCH is oncogenic dominant in T-ALL tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2901-2909
Number of pages9
JournalBlood
Volume117
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 2011

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Precursor T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
T-cells
Tumors
Neoplasms
Genes
myc Genes
Hematologic Neoplasms
Oncogenes
Metabolism
Cell Cycle
Maintenance
Apoptosis
T-Lymphocytes
Cells
Mutation

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  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology

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Notch is oncogenic dominant in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. / Demarest, Renée M.; Dahmane, Nadia; Capobianco, Anthony J.

In: Blood, Vol. 117, No. 10, 10.03.2011, p. 2901-2909.

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Demarest, Renée M. ; Dahmane, Nadia ; Capobianco, Anthony J. / Notch is oncogenic dominant in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In: Blood. 2011 ; Vol. 117, No. 10. pp. 2901-2909.
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