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Analysis of C/EBP role in leukemogenesis induced by the hybrid protein CALM/AF10

Grant number: 08/51503-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2008
Effective date (End): May 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Magalhães Rego
Grantee:Alexandre Krause
Host Institution: Hemocentro de Ribeirão Preto. Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da USP (HCMRP). Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:98/14247-6 - Center for Research on Cell-Based Therapy, AP.CEPID


The rare but recurring chomosomal translocation t(10;11)(p13;q14), which results in the CALM/AF10 fusion, is found in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL), acute biphenotypic leukemia (ABL) and in malignant lymphoma (ML). CALM/AF10 - positive leukemias have a bad prognosis like leukemias with fusions involving the MLL gene. This leukemia presents an over expression pattern of the HOXA genes, similar to the MLL - associated leukemias. Mice transplanted with murine bone marrow retrovirally expressing CALM/AF10 die with an aggressive leukemia with a latency of 9 to 14 weeks. In contrast, transgenic mice expressing CALM/AF10 under the control of the LCK or IgH promoter do not show a leukemia phenotype. Gene expression analysis using the Affymetrix platform comparing 10 CALM/AF10 patient samples to ten groups of different leukemia subtypes and normal bone marrow showed a down regulation in the expression of the myeloid transcription factor CCAAT enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBP) in CALM/AF10 patients in comparison to all other groups. The aim of this project is to analyze the role of C/EBP in the leukemogenesis induced by the CALM/AF10 fusion using two different animal models: the retroviral expression of CALM/AF10 in primary murine bone marrow cells transplanted into wild type and C/EBP mice and the transgenic model by crossing CALM/AF10 knock-in with C/EBP mice. (AU)

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