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Fatal myeloproliferation, induced in mice by TEL/PDGFbetaR expression, depends on PDGFbetaR tyrosines 579/581.

  • Author(s): Tomasson, M H
  • Sternberg, D W
  • Williams, I R
  • Carroll, M
  • Cain, D
  • Aster, J C
  • Ilaria, R L, Jr
  • Van Etten, R A
  • Gilliland, D G
  • et al.

The t(5;12)(q33;p13) translocation associated with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) generates a TEL/PDGFbetaR fusion gene. Here, we used a murine bone marrow transplant (BMT) assay to test the transforming properties of TEL/PDGFbetaR in vivo. TEL/PDGFbetaR, introduced into whole bone marrow by retroviral transduction, caused a rapidly fatal myeloproliferative disease that closely recapitulated human CMML. TEL/PDGFbetaR transplanted mice developed leukocytosis with Gr-1(+) granulocytes, splenomegaly, evidence of extramedullary hematopoiesis, and bone marrow fibrosis, but no lymphoproliferative disease. We assayed mutant forms of the TEL/PDGFbetaR fusion protein - including 8 tyrosine to phenylalanine substitutions at phosphorylated PDGFbetaR sites to which various SH2 domain-containing signaling intermediates bind - for ability to transform hematopoietic cells. All of the phenylalanine (F-) mutants tested conferred IL-3-independence to a cultured murine hematopoietic cell line, but, in the BMT assay, different F-mutants displayed distinct transforming properties. In transplanted animals, tyrosines 579/581 proved critical for the development of myeloproliferative phenotype. F-mutants with these residues mutated showed no sign of myeloproliferation but instead developed T-cell lymphomas. In summary, TEL/PDGFbetaR is necessary and sufficient to induce a myeloproliferative disease in a murine BMT model, and PDGFbetaR residues Y579/581 are required for this phenotype.

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