[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Somatic mutation of PIGA in hematopoietic stem cells causes deficiency of glycosyl phosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) that underlies the intravascular hemolysis but does not account for expansion of the PNH clone. Immune mechanisms may mediate clonal selection but appear insufficient to account for the clonal dominance necessary for PNH to become clinically apparent. Herein, we report 2 patients with PNH whose PIGA-mutant cells had a concurrent, acquired rearrangement of chromosome 12. In both cases, der(12) had a break within the 3' untranslated region of HMGA2, the architectural transcription factor gene deregulated in many benign mesenchymal tumors, that caused ectopic expression of HMGA2 in the bone marrow. These observations suggest that aberrant HMGA2 expression, in concert with mutant PIGA, accounts for clonal hematopoiesis in these 2 patients and suggest the concept of PNH as a benign tumor of the bone marrow.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We conducted a phase II clinical study to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of cladribine (2-chlorodeoxyadenosine [2-CdA]) in the treatment of Japanese patients with hairy cell leukemia (HCL). Seven patients with classic HCL and 3 with a prolymphocytic HCL variant were administered 2-CdA (0.09 mg/kg per day) by continuous intravenous infusion for 7 days. Seven patients responded to this therapy, with 5 patients achieving a complete response (CR). After a median follow-up of 792 days (range, 599-1253 days), there were no cases of clinical relapse, and the median duration of the response in the responders was 670+ days (range, 470+ to 1121+ days). The median duration of the CR in the CR patients was 953+ days (range, 480+ to 1121+ days). At treatment initiation, most patients had hematologic impairment as a manifestation of HCL. During the early stage after administration, further hematologic impairment occurred, but subsequent peripheral blood counts gradually recovered as 2-CdA treatment showed antitumor activity. Infections occurred at a high incidence at this time, but all cases could be controlled with appropriate treatment. 2-CdA was surmised to represent a useful therapeutic approach for Japanese patients with HCL.
No preview · Article · Nov 2005 · International Journal of Hematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This case report describes a hairy B cell lymphoproliferative disorder (HBLD) with clinical and hematological features resembling hairy cell leukemia. The patient was a 29-year-old female who demonstrated atypical lymphocytes in her peripheral blood. Physical examination demonstrated splenomegaly, but there were no palpable superficial lymph nodes. Hematological examination showed a leukocyte count of 10.6 x 10(3)/mm3 with 41% atypical lymphocytes. Bone marrow examination showed a normal cellular and an atypical lymphocyte count of 42%. The atypical lymphocytes had microvilli and prominent membranous ruffles on their surfaces. Atypical lymphocytes expressed CD5- CD10- CD11c+ CD19+ CD20+ CD23- CD25- on the surface of the cells on examination by with a fluorescence activated cell sorter. Although these findings were similar to hairy cell leukemia, Japanese variant, the surface marker of the kappa chain and lambda chain was unbiased and studies of immunoglobulin gene rearrangements and expression showed polyclonal proliferation of B cells. Therefore, we diagnosed this patient as having HBLD. Because she did not demonstrate anemia or thrombocytopenia, she is not currently receiving medication. To date, the atypical lymphocyte count has not changed.
No preview · Article · May 2004 · [Rinshō ketsueki] The Japanese journal of clinical hematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a rare type of chronic B-cell leukemia characterized by the hairy morphology of the leukemia cells. All of 5 HCL samples and an HCL-derived cell line, BNBH-I, showed serrated edges and hairlike projections in May-Grünwald Giemsa stain and protruding actin spikes and lamellipodia in phalloidin stain. These structures were hardly detected on B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) and precursor B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (B-ALL) cells. Because Rho guanosine triphosphatases (GTPases) regulate the formation of these structures, we examined the expression levels and activation states of Rho GTPases in HCL cells. RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42 were overexpressed and constitutively activated in HCL samples and BNBH-I cells but not in B-CLL or precursor B-ALL cells. Next we overexpressed dominant-negative (DN)-RhoA, DN-Rac1, and DN-Cdc42 in BNBH-I. As a result, each DN mutant repressed the growth of BNBH-I cells by more than 50% and inhibited actin spike formation, but only DN-Racl suppressed lamellipodia formation. We also found that enforced expression of constitutively active-RhoA, Rac, or Cdc42 in the proB-cell line Ba/F3 was sufficient to induce actin spike formation, whereas none of these molecules produced lamellipodia. These results indicated that constitutively activated Rho GTPases regulate the growth and unique morphology of HCL cells.
No preview · Article · May 2003 · International Journal of Hematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: GATA-2 is considered to be essential for the development, maintenance, and function of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). However, it was also reported that GATA-2 inhibits the growth of HSCs. To examine the role of GATA-2 in the growth of hematopoietic cells, we introduced an estradiol-inducible form of GATA-2 (GATA-2/estrogen receptor [ER]) into interleukin 3 (IL-3)-dependent cell lines, Ba/F3, 32D, and FDC-P1. Estradiol-induced GATA-2 suppressed c-myc mRNA expression and inhibited IL-3-dependent growth in these clones. As for this mechanism, GATA-2 was found to inhibit ubiquitin/proteasome-dependent degradation of p21(WAF1) and p27(Kip1) and to induce their accumulation by repressing the expression of Skp2 and Cul1, both of which are components of the ubiquitin ligase for p21(WAF1) and p27(Kip1). Overexpression of c-myc restored the expression of Skp2 and Cul1 mRNA, reduced the amounts of p21(WAF1) and p27(Kip1) proteins, and canceled GATA-2-induced growth suppression, suggesting that down-regulation of c-myc expression may be primarily responsible for GATA-2-induced growth suppression. Next, we transduced retrovirus containing GATA-2/ER into murine bone marrow mononuclear cells (MNCs) and stem/progenitor (Sca-1(+)Lin(-)) cells. GATA-2/ER suppressed cytokine-dependent growth of MNCs and Sca-1(+)Lin(-) cells by about 70%, which was also accompanied by the reduced expression of c-myc, Skp2, and Cul1 mRNA and the accumulation of p21(WAF1) and p27(Kip1) proteins. In addition, the amount of GATA-2 protein was found to decline in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells that were promoted to enter cell cycle by the stimulation with cytokines. These results suggest that GATA-2 may regulate expression levels of p21(WAF1) and p27(Kip1), thereby contributing to the quiescence of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fatigue is an indispensable sense for ordering rest. However, the neuronal and molecular mechanisms of fatigue remain unclear. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) with long-lasting fatigue sensation seems to be a good model for studying these mechanisms underlying fatigue sensation. Recently, we found that most patients with CFS showed a low level of serum acetylcarnitine, which well correlated with the rating score of fatigue, and that a considerable amount of acetyl moiety of serum acetylcarnitine is taken up into the brain. Here we show by metabolite analysis of the mouse brain that an acetyl moiety taken up into the brain through acetylcarnitine is mainly utilized for the biosynthesis of glutamate. When we studied the cerebral uptake of acetylcarnitine by using [2-(11)C]acetyl-L-carnitine in 8 patients with CFS and in 8 normal age- and sex-matched controls, a significant decrease was found in several regions of the brains of the patient group, namely, in the prefrontal (Brodmann's area 9/46d) and temporal (BA21 and 41) cortices, anterior cingulate (BA24 and 33), and cerebellum. These findings suggest that the levels of biosynthesis of neurotransmitters through acetylcarnitine might be reduced in some brain regions of chronic fatigue patients and that this abnormality might be one of the keys to unveiling the mechanisms of the chronic fatigue sensation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The c-kit receptor tyrosine kinase (KIT) is constitutively activated by 2 types of naturally occurring mutations, the Val559-->Gly (G559) mutation in the juxtamembrane domain and the Asp814-->Val (V814) mutation in the catalytic domain. We evaluated the effects of the tyrosine kinase inhibitors STI571 and AG1296 on BaF3 cells expressing wild-type KIT (KIT(WT)) or activating mutants of KIT (KIT(G559) and KIT(V814)) in the presence or absence of the KIT ligand, stem cell factor (SCF). Both STI571 and AG1296 inhibited SCF-dependent activation of KIT(WT) and SCF-independent activation of KIT(G559) more efficiently, whereas SCF-independent activation of KIT(V814) was scarcely affected. Furthermore, both inhibitors inhibited SCF-dependent growth of BaF3-KIT(WT) cells and, with higher potencies, SCF-independent growth of BaF3-KIT(G559) cells through the induction of apoptosis. In contrast, the inhibitors had little or no effect on SCF-independent growth of BaF3-KIT(V814) cells or on IL-3-dependent growth of BaF3-Mock cells. These results suggested that both inhibitors may be effective therapeutic agents for oncogenic KIT with the juxtamembrane domain mutation, but not with the catalytic domain mutation, and that the activation mechanism of the catalytic domain mutant KIT is complex and entirely different from that of the wild-type KIT or the juxtamembrane domain mutant KIT.
No preview · Article · Dec 2002 · International Journal of Hematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Anti-phospholipid (aPL) antibodies (Abs) are well known to be associated with thromboembolic events in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the clinical relevance of a PL Abs in patients without SLE (non-SLE) who have venous thromboembolism remains unclear. We evaluated 143 non-SLE patients with a first episode of clinically suspected deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by using objective tests for diagnosing DVT and laboratory tests including the activated protein C resistance (APC-R) test, the factor V Leiden test, and various aPL Abs. The prevalence of acquired APC-R, in which case there was no factor V Leiden mutation, was significantly higher in patients with DVT (15/58 cases, 25.9%, p < 0.0001) than in those without DVT (3/80 cases, 3.7%), and confirmed that acquired APC-R was a strong risk factor for DVT (odds ratio [OR], 8.95; 95% confidence intervals [CI], 2.45-32.7; p < 0.001). Multivariate logistic analysis revealed that the presence of LA, aCL, anti-beta2-glycoprotein I, anti-prothrombin and anti-protein C Abs was not reliable as a risk factor for DVT in non-SLE patients, and that the presence of anti-protein S Abs was the most significant risk factor for DVT (OR, 5.88; 95% CI, 1.96-17.7; p < 0.002). Furthermore, the presence of anti-protein S Abs was strongly associated with acquired APC-R (OR, 57.8; 95% CI, 8.53-391; p < 0.0001). These results suggest that acquired APC-R may reflect functional interference by anti-protein S Abs of the protein C pathway, which action may represent an important mechanism for the development DVT in non-SLE patients.
No preview · Article · Nov 2002 · Thrombosis and Haemostasis
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is often associated with aplastic anemia (AA), the nature of the pathogenetic link between PNH and AA remains unclear. Moreover, the PIG-A mutation appears to be necessary but not sufficient for the development of PNH, suggesting other factors are involved. The ability of PNH marrow cells to form in vitro hematopoietic colonies and the ability of PNH marrow to generate stroma that could support hematopoiesis of normal or PNH marrow in cross culture were investigated. PNH marrow from both post-Ficoll and post-lineage depleted hematopoietic progenitor cells grew similarly significantly fewer colonies than normal marrow. Sorting of CD59(+) and CD59(-) CD34(+) CD38(-) cells from patients with PNH showed similarly impaired clonogenic efficiency, indicating that the hematopoietic defect in PNH does not directly relate to GPI-anchored protein expression. PNH marrow readily grew stroma similar to marrow from normal donors. Cross culture experiments revealed that PNH stroma appears to function normally in vitro; it can support growth of normal marrow cells as well as normal stroma does, but neither PNH nor normal stroma could support the growth of PNH marrow cells. The hematopoietic defect in PNH is not due to defective stroma, but is due to defective progenitor cell growth related to additional unknown factors.
No preview · Article · Sep 2002 · Blood Cells Molecules and Diseases
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the common manifestations in the anti-phospholipid (aPL) syndrome. We examined the levels of IgG antibodies (Abs) to beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2-GP I) and prothrombin, lupus anticoagulant (LA) activity, activated protein C resistance (APC-R), and factor V Leiden in 96 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); 19 with VTE and 77 without VTE. Acquired APC-R, which was not found in any patient with the factor V Leiden mutation, was present in 33 (34.4%) out of the 96 patients with SLE. The presence of acquired APC-R was a strong risk factor for VTE. The SLE patients were divided into four groups according to the results of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and LA activity for each aPL Abs: ELISA+, LA+; ELISA+, LA-; ELISA-, LA+; and ELISA-, LA-. A significant association was observed between APC-R and the co-existence of anti-beta2-GP I Abs and LA activity or of anti-prothrombin Abs and LA activity. There was no association between APC-R and the presence of anti-beta2-GP I Abs, anti-prothrombin Abs, or LA activity alone. However, when multivariate logistical regression analysis was performed, it was clear that only the co-existence of anti-prothrombin and LA activity was a significant risk factor for APC-R. These findings indicate that the co-existence of anti-prothrombin Abs and LA activity may be an important factor in the pathogenesis of acquired APC-R in patients with SLE.
Full-text · Article · Sep 2002 · British Journal of Haematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Stem cell factor (SCF) has crucial roles in proliferation, survival, and differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells and mast cells through binding to c-Kit receptor (KIT). Chemotaxis is another unique function of SCF. However, little is known about the intracellular signaling pathway of SCF/KIT-mediated cell migration. To investigate the signaling cascade, we made a series of 22 KIT mutants, in which tyrosine (Y) residue was substituted for phenylalanine (F) in the cytoplasmic domain, and introduced into BAF3 cells or 293T cells. On stimulation with SCF, BAF3 expressing KIT(WT)(WT) showed cell migration and Ca(2+) mobilization. Among 22 YF mutants, Y567F, Y569F, and Y719F showed significantly reduced cell migration and Ca(2+) mobilization compared to WT. In Y567F, Lyn activation on SCF stimulation decreased and C-terminal Src kinase (Csk) suppressed KIT-mediated Ca(2+) influx and cell migration, suggesting that Y567-mediated Src family kinase (SFK) activation leads to Ca(2+) influx and migration. Furthermore, we found that p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) and Erk1/2 were also regulated by Y567/SFK and involved in cell migration, and that p38 MAPK induced Ca(2+) influx, thereby leading to Erk1/2 activation. In Y719F, the binding of phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K) to KIT was lost and KIT-mediated cell migration and Ca(2+) mobilization were suppressed by PI3K chemical inhibitors or dominant-negative PI3K, suggesting the involvement of Y719-mediated PI3K pathway in cell migration. Combination of Csk and the PI3K inhibitor synergistically reduced cell migration, suggesting the cooperation of SFK and PI3K. Taken together, these results indicate that 2 major KIT signaling pathways lead to cell migration, one is Y567-SFK-p38 MAPK-Ca(2+) influx-Erk and the other is Y719-PI3K-Ca(2+) influx.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Overexpression of c-Myc or E2F1 sensitizes host cells to various types of apoptosis. Here, we found that overexpressed c-Myc or E2F1 induces accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and thereby enhances serum-deprived apoptosis in NIH3T3 and Saos-2. During serum deprivation, MnSOD mRNA was induced by NF-kappaB in mock-transfected NIH3T3, while this induction was inhibited in NIH3T3 overexpressing c-Myc or E2F1. In these clones, E2F1 inhibited NF-kappaB activity by binding to its subunit p65 in competition with a heterodimeric partner p50. In addition to overexpressed E2F1, endogenous E2F1 released from Rb was also found to inhibit NF-kappaB activity in a cell cycle-dependent manner by using E2F1(+/+) and E2F1(-/-) murine embryonic fibroblasts. These results indicate that E2F1 promotes apoptosis by inhibiting NF-kappaB activity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired hematopoietic stem cell disorder characterized by clonal blood cells that are deficient in glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins because of somatic mutations of the PIG-A gene. Many patients with PNH have more than one PNH clone, but it is unclear whether a single PNH clone remains dominant or minor clones eventually become dominant. Furthermore, it is unknown how many hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) sustain hematopoiesis and how long a single HSC can support hematopoiesis in humans. To understand dynamics of HSCs, we reanalyzed the PIG-A gene mutations in 9 patients 6 to 10 years after the previous analyses. The proportion of affected peripheral blood polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) in each patient was highly variable; it increased in 2 (from 50% and 65% to 98% and 97%, respectively), was stable in 4 (changed less than 20%), and diminished in 3 (94%, 99%, and 98% to 33%, 57%, and 43%, respectively) patients. The complexity of these results reflects the high variability of the clinical course of PNH. In all patients, the previously predominant clone was still present and dominant. Therefore, one stem cell clone can sustain hematopoiesis for 6 to 10 years in patients with PNH. Two patients whose affected PMNs decreased because of a decline of the predominant PNH clone and who have been followed up for 24 and 31 years now have an aplastic condition, suggesting that aplasia is a terminal feature of PNH.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Patients with aplastic anaemia (AA) frequently develop paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH) as a late complication. We investigated the frequency of the development of PNH features including a glycosyl phosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchoring defect in 73 Japanese patients with AA. A deficient expression of CD59 was found on erythrocytes and/or granulocytes in 21/73 (28.8%) of the patients. A Ham/sugar water test was positive in 13/21 patients. We also examined mutations of the PIG-A gene in 11 patients with CD59 deficiency. A heteroduplex analysis detected PIG-A gene abnormality in 10/11 patients tested. Nucleotide sequencing was performed in six patients and identified eight mutations including three mutations in one patient. The mutations of the PIG-A gene were all different and included two single-base insertions, one single-base deletion, two two-base deletions, and one each of eight-base insertion and nine- and ten-base deletions. All mutations but one caused frameshifts. Our findings indicate that a high proportion of Japanese patients with severe AA have a GPI-anchoring defect and that the PIG-A gene is mutated in the AA patients who had a GPI deficiency. We found no significant difference in the pattern of the PIG-A gene mutation between the AA patients with a GPI deficiency and those with de novo PNH.
Full-text · Article · Apr 2002 · British Journal of Haematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BCR/ABL tyrosine kinase generated from the chromosomal translocation t(9;22) causes chronic myelogenous leukemia and acute
lymphoblastic leukemia. To examine the roles of BCR/ABL-activated individual signaling molecules and their cooperation in
leukemogenesis, we inducibly expressed a dominant negative (DN) form of Ras, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and STAT5 alone
or in combination in p210 BCR/ABL-positive K562 cells. The inducibly expressed DN Ras (N17), STAT5 (694F), and DN phosphatidylinositol
3-kinase (Δp85) inhibited the growth by 90, 55, and 40%, respectively. During the growth inhibition, the expression of cyclin
D2 and cyclin D3 was suppressed by N17, 694F, or Δp85; that of cyclin E by N17; and that of cyclin A by Δp85. In addition,
N17 induced apoptosis in a small proportion of K562, whereas 694F and Δp85 were hardly effective. In contrast, coexpression
of two DN mutants in any combinations induced severe apoptosis. During these cultures, the expression of Bcl-2 was suppressed
by N17, 694F, or Δp85, and that of Bcl-XL by N17. Furthermore, although K562 was resistant to interferon-α- and dexamethasone-induced
apoptosis, disruption of one pathway by N17, 694F, or Δp85 sensitized K562 to these reagents. These results suggested that
cooperation among these molecules is required for full leukemogenic activities of BCR/ABL.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Anti-prothrombin antibodies (anti-prothrombin) and anti-β2-glycoprotein I antibodies (anti-β2-GP I) are the most common and characterized anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL) detected using specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) systems. Recently, lupus anti-coagulant (LA) activity detected by a phospholipid-dependent coagulation assay was reported to be associated with anti-prothrombin and/or anti–β2-GP I. Here we show that the co-existence of IgG anti-prothrombin and LA activity might be an essential risk factor for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We examined not only the levels of antibodies to prothrombin and anti-β2-GP I (both IgG and IgM isotypes) using an ELISA system, but also LA activity detected using both diluted Russell's viper venom time (dRVVT) and STACLOT LA test in 124 patients with SLE. The SLE patients were divided into four groups according to the results of ELISA and LA assay results for each aPL: group A, ELISA+ and LA+ group B, ELISA+ and LA−; group C, ELISA− and LA+ group D, ELISA− and LA−. Regarding IgG anti-prothrombin, the prevalence of VTE was significantly higher in group A (16/35 cases, 45·7%, P < 0·001, Fisher's exact probability test) than in the other groups (B, 2/30, 6·7%; C, 1/22, 4·5%; D, 1/37, 2·7%). With respect to IgM anti-prothrombin and IgG or IgM anti-β2-GP I, the prevalence of VTE was higher in both groups A and C than in group D, but no statistical difference in prevalence was found between groups A and C. Multivariate logistic regression analysis of risk factors for VTE confirmed that the co-existence of IgG anti-prothrombin and LA activity was the only significant risk factor for VTE (odds ratio, 19·13; 95% confidence intervals, 4·74–77·18).
Full-text · Article · Aug 2001 · British Journal of Haematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Anti-phospholipid (aPL) antibodies (Abs) frequently found in the plasma of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been associated with thrombotic complications. Our aim was to clarify the roles in thrombosis of aPL Abs that react with complexes of phospholipids and plasma proteins such as beta(2)-glycoprotein I (beta(2)-GPI), prothrombin, protein C, protein S, and annexin V.
We determined the prevalence of aPL Abs to various phospholipid-binding plasma proteins in SLE patients with arterial thrombosis (30 cases), venous thrombosis (19 cases), thrombocytopenia (14 cases), fetal loss (14 cases), and patients without complications (91 cases). The aPL Abs were measured by an ELISA system in which human plasma proteins (beta(2)-GPI, prothrombin, protein C, protein S, and annexin V) were immobilized on gamma-irradiated or plain polystyrene plates.
All types of aPL Abs were frequently observed in the patients with SLE when gamma-irradiated polystyrene plates were used (51 of 168 cases positive for anti-beta(2)-GPI, 94 of 168 cases positive for anti-prothrombin, 36 of 168 cases positive for anti-protein C, 47 of 168 cases positive for anti-protein S, and 50 of 168 cases positive for anti-annexin V), whereas no Abs to these plasma proteins were detected when plain polystyrene plates were used. Multivariate analysis confirmed that both anti-beta(2)-GPI and anti-prothrombin Abs were significant risk factors for arterial thrombosis [odds ratios (ORs), 8.8 and 14.5, respectively; 95% confidence intervals (CIs), 3.2-25 and 1.8-116, respectively] but not for venous thrombosis. The presence of anti-protein S Abs was a significant risk factor for venous thrombosis (OR, 30.4; CI, 3.3-281) but not for arterial thrombosis. The only significant risk factor for fetal loss was the presence of anti-annexin V Abs (OR, 5.9; CI, 1.4-14.8).
Patients with SLE frequently have some aPL Abs to beta(2)-GPI, prothrombin, protein C, protein S, and annexin V. Thrombotic complications in SLE may depend on the antigenic specificities of these Abs, alone or in combination.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorder characterized by complement-mediated hemolysis due to deficiencies of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins (GPI-APs) in subpopulations of blood cells. Acquired mutations in the X-linked phosphatidylinositol glycan-class A (PIG-A) gene appear to be the characteristic and pathogenetic cause of PNH. To develop a gene therapy approach for PNH, a retroviral vector construct, termed MPIN, was made containing the PIG-A complementary DNA along with an internal ribosome entry site and the nerve growth factor receptor (NGFR) as a selectable marker. MPIN transduction led to efficient and stable PIG-A and NGFR gene expression in a PIG-A-deficient B-cell line (JY5), a PIG-A-deficient K562 cell line, an Epstein-Barr virus-transformed B-cell line (TK-14(-)) established from a patient with PNH, as well as peripheral blood (PB) mononuclear cells from a patient with PNH. PIG-A expression in these cell lines stably restored GPI-AP expression. MPIN was transduced into bone marrow mononuclear cells from a patient with PNH, and myeloid/erythroid colonies and erythroid cells were derived. These transduced erythroid cells restored surface expression of GPI-APs and resistance to hemolysis. These results indicate that MPIN is capable of efficient and stable functional restoration of GPI-APs in a variety of PIG-A-deficient hematopoietic cell types. Furthermore, MPIN also transduced into PB CD34(+) cells from a normal donor, indicating that MPIN can transduce primitive human progenitors. These findings set the stage for determining whether MPIN can restore PIG-A function in multipotential stem cells, thereby providing a potential new therapeutic option in PNH.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: During the late phase of megakaryopoiesis, megakaryocytes undergo polyploidization, which is characterized by DNA duplication without concomitant cell division. However, it remains unknown by which mechanisms this process occurs. AIM-1 and STK15 belong to the Aurora/increase-in-ploidy (Ipl)1 serine/threonine kinase family and play key roles in mitosis. In a human interleukin-3–dependent cell line, F-36P, the expressions of AIM-1 and STK15 mRNA were specifically observed at G2/M phase of the cell cycle during proliferation. In contrast, the expressions of AIM-1 and STK15 were continuously repressed during megakaryocytic polyploidization of human erythro/megakaryocytic cell lines (F-36P, K562, and CMK) treated with thrombopoietin, activated ras (H-rasG12V), or phorbol ester. Furthermore, their expressions were suppressed during thrombopoietin-induced polyploidization of normal human megakaryocytes. Activation of AIM-1 by the induced expression of AIM-1(wild-type) canceled TPA-induced polyploidization of K562 cells significantly, whereas that of STK15 did not. Moreover, suppression of AIM-1 by the induced expression of AIM-1 (K/R, dominant-negative type) led to polyploidization in 25% of K562 cells, whereas STK15(K/R) showed no effect. Also, the induced expression of AIM-1(K/R) in CMK cells provoked polyploidization up to 32N. These results suggested that downregulation of AIM-1 at M phase may be involved in abortive mitosis and polyploid formation of megakaryocytes.
Preview · Article · Feb 2001 · The Journal of Cell Biology