Surface IgM stimulation induces MEK1/2-dependent MYC expression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells

Krysov, Sergey, Dias, S, Paterson, A, Mockridge, C. Ian, Potter, Kathleen N., Smith, Katherine C., Ashton-Key, Margaret, Stevenson, Freda K. and Packham, Graham (2011) Surface IgM stimulation induces MEK1/2-dependent MYC expression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells Blood, 119, (1), pp. 170-179. (doi:10.1182/blood-2011-07-370403). (PMID:22086413).


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Although long considered as a disease of failed apoptosis, it is now clear that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells undergo extensive cell division in vivo, especially in progressive disease. Signaling via the B-cell receptor is thought to activate proliferation and survival pathways in CLL cells and also has been linked to poor outcome. Here, we have analyzed the expression of the proto-oncoprotein MYC, an essential positive regulator of the cell cycle, after stimulation of surface IgM (sIgM). MYC expression was rapidly increased after sIgM stimulation in a subset of CLL samples. The ability of sIgM stimulation to increase MYC expression was correlated with sIgM-induced intracellular calcium fluxes. MYC induction was partially dependent on the MEK/ERK signaling pathway, and MYC and phosphorylated ERK1/2 were both expressed within proliferation centers in vivo. Although stimulation of sIgD also resulted in ERK1/2 phosphorylation, responses were relatively short lived compared with sIgM and were associated with significantly reduced MYC induction, suggesting that the kinetics of ERK1/2 activation is a critical determinant of MYC induction. Our results suggest that ERK1/2-dependent induction of MYC is likely to play an important role in antigen-induced CLL cell proliferation.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1182/blood-2011-07-370403
ISSNs: 0006-4971 (print)
Organisations: Cancer Sciences
ePrint ID: 339297
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15 November 2011e-pub ahead of print
5 January 2012Published
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 14:07
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:04
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