Preferential nuclear accumulation of JAK2V617F in CD34+ but not in granulocytic, megakaryocytic, or erythroid cells of patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasia.

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Recently, Dawson et al identified a previously unrecognized nuclear role of JAK2 in the phosphorylation of histone H3 in hematopoietic cell lines. We searched nuclear JAK2 in total bone marrow (BM) cells and in 4 sorted BM cell populations (CD34(+), CD15(+), CD41(+), and CD71(+)) of 10 myeloproliferative neoplasia (MPN) patients with JAK2V617F mutation and 5 patients with wild-type JAK2 MPN. Confocal immunofluorescent images and Western blot analyses of nuclear and cytoplasmic fractions found nuclear JAK2 in CD34(+) cells of 10 of 10 JAK2-mutated patients but not in patients with wild-type JAK2. JAK2 was predominantly in the cytoplasmic fraction of differentiated granulocytic, megakaryocytic, or erythroid cells obtained from all patients. JAK2V617F up-regulates LMO2 in K562 and in JAK2V617F-positive CD34(+) cells. The selective JAK2 inhibitor AG490 normalizes the LMO2 levels in V617F-positive K562 and restores the cyto-plasmic localization of JAK2.