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Leukemia & lymphoma

NPM-RAR, not the RAR-NPM reciprocal t(5;17)(q35;q21) acute promyelocytic leukemia fusion protein, inhibits myeloid differentiation.


PMID 23927396

Abstract

The t(5;17) variant of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) fuses the nucleophosmin (NPM) gene at 5q35 with the retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARA) at 17q12-22. We have previously shown that leukemic cells express both NPM-RAR and RAR- NPM reciprocal translocation products. In this study we investigated the potential role of both proteins in modulating myeloid differentiation. Expression of NPM-RAR inhibited vitamin D3/transforming growth factor β (TGFβ)-mediated differentiation of U937 cells by more than 50%. In contrast, RAR-NPM expression did not alter vitamin D3/TGFβ-induced differentiation of U937 clones. These results indicate that NPM-RAR, not RAR-NPM, is the prime mediator of myeloid differentiation arrest in t(5;17) APL.