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Aberrant methylation and impaired expression of the p15(INK4b) cell cycle regulatory gene in chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML).

Authors: Tessema, M  Langer, F  Dingemann, J  Ganser, A  Kreipe, H  Lehmann, U 
Citation: Tessema M, etal., Leukemia. 2003 May;17(5):910-8.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:12750705
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1038/sj.leu.2402891

The important cell cycle regulatory gene p15(INK4b) has been shown to be inactivated in acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. Little is known about the expression and epigenetic modification of this gene in chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) that belongs to the myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disorders (MDS/MPD) with a high proportion of blastic transformation. Analysis of bone marrow trephines in a series of 33 CMML cases showed an aberrant p15(INK4b) gene methylation in up to 58% of cases. Methylation was analyzed employing different methylation-specific PCR and genomic sequencing protocols. It turned out to be spread over a broad area of the 5' region and exhibited substantial heterogeneity between cases and even in individual patients. The degree of aberrant methylation was correlated with a reduced mRNA as well as reduced protein expression, and was associated with a higher expression of DNA methyltransferase DNMT 3A. We conclude that aberrant gene methylation is a frequent event in CMML that might contribute to the pathogenesis of this MDS/MPD.


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RGD ID: 11252180
Created: 2016-06-28
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2016-06-28
Status: ACTIVE


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