An instructive role for IL7RA in the development of human B-cell precursor leukemia

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
EGAS00001005347 Other

Study Description

Kinase signaling fuels growth of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). Yet its role in leukemia initiation is unclear and has not been shown in primary human hematopoietic cells. We previously described activating mutations in interleukin-7 receptor alpha (IL7RA) in poor-prognosis “ph-like” BCP-ALL. Here we show that expression of activated mutant IL7RA in human CD34+ hematopoietic cells creates a preleukemic state in transplanted NOD/LtSz-scid IL2Rγnull mice, characterized by persistence of self-renewing Pro-B cells with non-productive V(D)J gene rearrangements. Preleukemic CD34+CD10highCD19+ cells evolved to a BCP-ALL with spontaneously acquired CDKN2A deletions as commonly observed in primary human BCP-ALL. CRISPR mediated silencing of CDKN2A in primary human CD34+ cells transduced with activated IL7RA resulted in robust development of BCP-ALLs in-vivo. Thus, we demonstrate for the first time that constitutive activation of IL7RA can initiate preleukemia in primary human hematopoietic progenitors and cooperates with CDKN2A silencing in progression into ... (Show More)

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Whole exome sequencing of cord bloods with activated IL7RA leading to leukemia outgrowth in NSG mice. Four leukemia and two corresponding normal controls were sequenced on an Illumina Nextseq550 sequencer (paired end 2x 150 bp).
Illumina HiSeq 2500,NextSeq 550 6

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