Translocations involving the mixed-lineage leukemia gene (MLL) confer a poor prognosis in acute leukemias. In t(1;11)(q21;q23), MLL is fused reciprocally with AF1q. Here we describe a t(1;11)(q21;q23) with a secondary event involving insertion of the telomeric portion of MLL into the p arm of chromosome 11 (11p11). We show that this latter event interrupts the CUG triplet repeat binding protein-1 (CUGBP1) gene, a translational enhancer of C/EBPβ. We then showed that these cells have reduced expression of CUGBP1 and C/EBPβ when compared to other AML blasts. This is the first report to describe insertional disruption of the CUGBP1 gene and to suggest a role for the CUGBP1-C/EBPβ pathway in leukemogenesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics|
|State||Published - Sep 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cancer Research